Sunday, November 18, 2007

In which I am a shill

If you are contemplating whipping up some scarves as quick Christmas presents and you live in the eastern three-quarters of the US, Hobby Lobby is having a 99 cent sale on several different varieties of novelty yarn.

They are fun and unusual, but I am not myself a fan of novelty yarn. I once made a pair of fuzzy pink slippers for one of my favorite SIL's out of something that was a cross between a chenille and an eyelash. They turned out great and she loved them but chacun a son gout. I used the Pocketbook Slippers pattern which is turning into one of my favorites.

You can knock a pair out in two evenings if you knit as slowly as I do, or maybe one if you are an Alison Hyde*. This is also a great pattern for a beginner knitter who wants to try a small project and learn increasing and decreasing.

(*Ms Hyde, for those who have not met her, is not only one of this world's most wonderful people but also an astonishingly productive knitter. She is the one who coined the phrase "drive-by knitting" to describe unexpected gifts of hand-knitted items).


AlisonH said...

Oh, cool, thank you, that's a delightful pattern and I'd been looking for an idea for a couple of my nieces, and they're young enough that I didn't think one of my shawl patterns was quite the thing. As for speed, thanks, but I think I'm more a tortoise knitter than a hare.

Overeducated Twit said...

I would love to learn to knit, but for now I can only crochet. And in the meantime, my yarn collection grows steadily out of hand... A 99 cent novelty yarn sale does not help matters any!

Shay said...

luckily I have to work this long as I can stay away from temptation I won't succumb to it. I hope.