Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Knitted Infinity Scarf


Here's the thing.  I'm not a knitter - not really.  I'll take on an occasional project.  I have a hoard of knitting needles inherited from a lovely older lady.  I have skeins upon skeins of yarn.  I know the basics of the craft.  But I wouldn't call myself a knitter.  Why?  Because I never use these things.

In honor of Just Stash January, I convinced myself it was Go-Time.  Time to pull out the needles, wrap some yarn around my finger and get moving.  I had been holding on to this beautiful Bernat bamboo yarn for years.  It's neutral colored, soft and fluffy.  It was destined to be scarf... someday.

Its day finally came late last week when I decided to suck it up and give it a go.  There's a slight remorse when a crafter has been holding on to a good yarn or fabric and it's time to actually use it.  There's a fear the project won't turn out and thus the material is wasted.  Pretty terrifying actually... a smidge heartbreaking.
Today was no day for fear though.  I pulled out my HUGE bamboo knitting needles (11 gauge).  I was going to knit bamboo with bamboo.  Very organic and Earth-friendly of me, don't you think?
 I did a basic knit.  I'm not going to waste my time and yours by creating a new knitting tutorial.  YouTube is chalk full of them.  However, let me tell you, if I can do it, you can do it.
I used the full 2 skeins of the yarn I had.  My scarf was about 4 feet in length when I finished.
 To finish off my scarf, I didn't do anything fancy.  I folded my scarf in half, matching the end to my needle end.  Lining up the holes.  Thread a simple plastic needle onto the end of your yarn.  A simple running stitch going through pairing holes will do the trick.  Once you've gotten to the end, slide off your needle.  Make sure your ends are secured.
It's not the prettiest or most discrete seam in the world, but it was fast and to the point.  Plus, I just make sure it's the part that's on my neck when I put my scarf on.  Don't stress over it.  People will be too distracted by your awesome craftiness to worry about the seam.
 Speaking of Just Stash January... this is all that was left over.  Go me!
 And here's me proudly modeling the scarf.  I'm obsessed with it.

Hope your #JustStashJanuary is going well!  Share your projects on Instagram and Twitter with me!

4 comments:

  1. Love the scarf. You did a great job, and it is gorgeous. I can see why you are obsessed with it. I have promised to teach my daughter and my sister to knit, so this might be the perfect project for them to start with. Wonderful post!

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Samantha!

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  2. Love it! It came out so gorgeous and looks ridiculously soft! I'm right there with you on the remorse of finally using something (except mine is less remorse, more panic since I'm positive I'll mess something up), but when the project turns out just so..... :)

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    1. I'm glad someone else knows my pain! Thanks a bunch for the sweet words!

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