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Tarn and other knitty-ness.

My knitting obsession continues. Seriously, I’ve barely slept this week and there are definitely yarn scraps in my bed. But that’s really beside the point, the point being the fruits of my tireless labor.

First:

The best bow ever.

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I’m just really obsessed with the hot pink worsted weight yarn. And it’s a bow, so duh it’s awesome. Also, I used this little project to learn the moss stitch. I really like the results, but don’t necessarily love how time consuming it is.

I’ve been reading up on knitting the past few days and heard that knitting Continental style is much faster. I’m right-handed so English feels pretty natural. Thoughts my more experienced yarn-minded compatriots?

Second:

Another awesome bow, this time in headband form.

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I used some really lovely black worsted weight Red Heart yarn. It’s a different line that’s much softer than the Super Saver I’ve used thus far.

I knitted this on US 13 needles, doubled stranded. As I’ve said before, I’m impatient. I also wanted something with a little more body that would both stand out against my hair and also be able to hold up to it. I have a lot of hair.

Both pieces are just a simple garter stitch, but they get this really great knobby texture when knitted with two strands held together on these fat needles.

I’m enjoying these little projects, just to see how different needle size, weight and stitch styles can change the look of something. The experimentation will continue!

And a lot of it will be with this:

TARN!

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If you are unfamiliar, Tarn is t-shirt yarn. Made from t-shirts cut into continuous strips and then just essentially stretched out into long tubes, this stuff is awesome. And seriously, so easy.

Which leads me to ask: HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS SOONER?!

Perhaps because I wasn’t knitting until now. Anywho, better late than never.

I made these three “skeins” last night out of some old/oversized t-shirts I had around the apartment. I have intentions on thrifting some more material this weekend though.

If you’re interested in making some yourself, here and here are a couple of great resources. I won’t bother reinventing the wheel with so many good tutorials out there already. And seriously, it couldn’t be easier.

My only word of warning: near seams, on thin strips or on particularly fragile material, be careful not too tug TOO hard. You risk ripping your tarn!

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I’m not sure exactly what I’ll do with the tarn yet, but there are tons of great ideas on Pinterest. First up will probably be this Lion Brand pattern though, which calls for their Zpagetti yarn. Which, from what I can tell, is fancy tarn.

Anyone out there have experience working with tarn? Project ideas welcome!

 

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Knitting: It’s so knotty!

So, I taught myself to knit this weekend!

It’s great fun, but after practicing for two straight days (and unraveling it all) I decided to hunt for a quick and easy (super easy) project to keep me energized.

Enter: The “It’s a Cinch” headband.

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I’m a little obsessed. I stayed up way too late last night to finish it, but I’m glad I did. I’ll definitely be making quite a few more (in EVERY color). I’m envisioning them in different yarn weights and needle sizes. This one was knitted in Super Saver 4 worsted (sorry if this doesn’t make sense – I don’t really know the lingo yet) in this AWESOME hot pink on size 11 (US) needles. It’s a larger size than the pattern called for, but I’m impatient and wanted it to go quicker. I really like using the bigger needles. Easier for a newbie! Next time I’ll probably make it a little thinner and leave the tails longer to be able to wrap the center better.

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Cozy ears.

But I do like how I can pull it over my ears to keep warm now that its becoming rather frigid and then fold it back and keep it on as a normal headband all day. Yes, I realize it probably looks a little odd as a normal headband (in the office) but that’s never stopped me before.

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“Normal” headband

And please excuse my dour expression. The photos were taken quite early.

 

 

 

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