Hello! It's officially Summer now here in Minnesota after the Summer Solstice this past Sunday and I find myself wanting to knit small quick items. Silly really as we have air conditioning so it's a very comfortable 72 degrees Fahrenheit and I could pretty much knit anything I wanted in comfort. But, still I find myself wanting to knit on smaller items that don't sit in my lap as I knit them. Thus, in comes in the above projects in a category I've never knit from before - hair accessories. My summer copy of Interweave's KNITS magazine arrived last week and contained a whole section on headbands, kerchiefs and head scarves of which I loved every single one!
My favorite by far was the Jubilee Kerchief by Shaina Bilow which you can see in the first two photos. The original calls for a cotton blend DK weight yarn of which I do not possess, and not buying yarn I wasn't going to go purchase it. So, into the yarn stash I dove and came up with a very pretty brown sock yarn by Malabrigo, which if I doubled the fingering weight strand turned into about a DK weight - just what I needed. I did have to buy the navy iris metallic beads from Artbeads, but since I'm not on a bead buying freeze this was fine with me. It was a very simple knit with the only tedious part being you have to string all 253 beads before you get to begin knitting but in all honesty this really didn't take too long. This was my first project knitting with beads and I was delighted to find it really easy to do. In fact I see a beaded shawl in my future...
Next up is a headband called the Wrap and Tie Headband by Jenise Hope. It calls for Knit Picks Stroll sock yarn, which I happened to have in my stash - yay! This pattern is written out line by line or you could knit from the included chart. A very simple pattern in an increasing then decreasing 2 x 2 rib with a wide center section. It's just long enough, about 27inches blocked, to tie twice with short little ends that my hair hides. The headband is very lightweight so as to hardly notice it's presence.
While these projects only added about 180 meters to my Stash Dash totals, they were immensely satisfying with the instant gratification of only taking just over a day each to knit. After I finish these socks, which are oh so close to being completed, I'm going to see what other hair accessories I can knit with my stash yarn.
Joining in with:
Nicole for Keep Calm Craft On
Ginny for Yarn Along
Beth for Whatcha Workin' On? Wednesday