I’m very happy with the way the Dice Bag of Doom! turned out. I had knit two longer tentacles, and ended up twining them together to form the drawstring. I gave one a bead to ‘hold on to’ and that gave me a nice cord stopper for when the bag is open – it holds itself closed pretty well, because I have one tentacle coiled around another. It all works very nicely.
So that leaves me working on the Belle Greene shawl and essentially nothing else (the Stereo Cuffs are still waiting on a wrist measurement for the recipient). I love that shawl, and I’m almost done with the knitted on beaded border, but honestly I need a brainless project once in a while. So I started hooking a mobius hat using some stashed Lion Brand Homespun yarn. Yes, I am a bit of a yarn snob, and I generally prefer natural fibers, but that particular big box acrylic and polyester brand is one of the first yarns I really enjoyed working with, and I still really like it. I suppose it’s a ‘guilty pleasure’ yarn, but I can’t work up a lot of guilt for that one. True, it’s not putting money into a small, locally owned business when I buy it, but the Lion Brand company is family owned and operated, and seems to have a good reputation within the industry. What guilt I feel about it is centered around the fiber content – this stuff is unfortunately not at all biodegradable, so I do try to limit my buying of it.
So I gave in and picked up a new yarn scale. Actually I just got an inexpensive kitchen scale from Target. It’s about the same price as a new ball winder or swift, and it is really useful, both to estimate the remaining yardage in a ball and to divide yarn into equal portions for socks, or to figure out when to start work on the border of a shawl. Basically, the longer I went without one, the more I felt as though I really needed it.
Besides, I think it’s pretty (and I’m always a sucker for aesthetically pleasing tools and equipment).
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I’ve entered the This Knitted Life giveaway for two skeins of yarn (10 June).