Knitting project design process

All the cool kids were at Rhinebeck last weekend, and I was way over here on the left coast, just hanging out. But I walked to Twisted on Saturday and bought some yarn, so I didn’t feel so left out. I came back with these.

db cash chunky

db chunky knit

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky, 55% merino, 33% microfiber, 12% cashmere. This is incredibly soft and squishy to knit with. One ball makes a very efficient neck warmer (kind of like a mock T-neck), but it’s not very big. I don’t really want to use two for this project, so we’ll see how it goes. The color is somewhere between the two pictures: deep, vibrant, wine-y.

mal chunky

Malabrigo Chunky, 100% kettle dyed merino, 100 grams. It’s slightly heavier. And also really fun to knit with. The stitch definition is divine.

kw bulky

And I have one more on hand; it’s a bulky 100% merino yarn from Knitted Wit. Why am I suddenly obsessed with chunky yarn?

I’m hosting another party for the high school Booster Auction. Twisted is supplying the venue, and Lantern Moon is donating the needles. (Thank you to both!) Last year, I designed the Checkerboard Scarflet as a party project. I need a new project for this year. Yes, it’s above and beyond hosting the party, but it’s fun and for a good cause.

I’ve decided that I want to use a chunky yarn this year, to get near instant gratification. The project needs to be beginner friendly, but interesting enough for an experienced knitter to get some joy from it. I don’t want another flat scarf/scarflet. Fingerless mitts would be great, but you have to make two. I think a single item would be better. I think it’s going to be a cowl.

Next step: The perfect stitch pattern. I want to give options, so I think I’ll have three of them. I want at least one of them to be simple enough that a relative beginner will have a successful experience. I want something easily memorized. I want it to be elegant. Soon, with these chunky yarns!

In the meantime, I’ve returned to the piano bench and am picking my way through a Clementi sonatina (hey, I can still read music!) for relatively instant gratification, as well as trying to resurrect old repertoire. Hello, Mozart? Are you still there?


And I’m playing this guitar, just for a couple days. I have it on temporary swap with a friend; it’s new and I may want one of my own. Yes I have a guitar, but it’s not this nice! (Thanks to the Teen for being guitar model. He plays way better than I do.)

14 responses to “Knitting project design process

  1. How excellent! I can hardly wait to see what you come up with! And I even have 6 skeins of Sheep Shop 2 (3 in 2 different colors) so I’ll enjoy seeing some potential options for my stash yarn!

    BTW, I seem to recall you had posted previously that you ‘don’t stash’. I swear, I remember reading that-and it haunted me cuz I dreamnt about that a week or two later! Was it all just a dream?

  2. Leslie’s right, for someone who doesn’t have a stash, you’re increasing it a bit. 😉

    Suggestion for one of your cowl ideas – adaptable to be a slouchy hat. I think I saw one in the new Knitted Gifts book, but too lazy to go check. hehehe

  3. Oh, it’s not stash because I’m actually knitting with it! See the pix? 😉

    The yarn from Knitted Wit was a blog contest prize, I think. It doesn’t count as real stashing since I didn’t buy it…honest!

  4. I just wanted to say that not *all* the cool kids were at Rhinebeck last weekend. You and I are cool, and so are our knit/spin buddies!

    In the words of Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap…”I envy us.”

  5. It was cool at Rhinebeck…We needed mittens and hats! Michele, you’ll have to join Bernard and I there next year!!!

  6. I was just going to suggest a cowl. They are so in right now and therefore very appealing to High Schoolers.

  7. Maybe the attraction to chunky yarn has to do with the turning of the seasons. Any day now we’ll be needing big warm things–and we can get them more quickly with chunky.

  8. I wasn’t cool, I was really cold at Rhinebeck. Love the yarn and I think the cowl idea is really good, especially with chunky yarn.

  9. Oooh, that Malabrigo looks edible!!!

  10. laughing at Leslie and Tammy’s comments, because I was thinking the same thing…you are stashing! hehehe

    Love the instant gratification hats!!

  11. I was drooling over the knitted whit yarn, I love the color and it looks like a dream to knit with.

  12. Very pretty yarn – the Malabrigo looks so squishy! Good luck with your Auction!

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