Put me in Alaska with nothing but yarn, needles, a stitch dictionary and time, and this is what I come up with.
Pattern: Klawock Neckwarmer
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted Merino, mystery color (does anyone know what this is? I love it!)
Needles: US size 8, straight or circular
This is the double Eyelet Rib stitch from the Harmony Guides Knit and Purl book. It looked more twisted in the book photo, but in my version the eyelets are more apparent. This was unintentional, and probably a result of my complete disregard for gauge. But, I decided to use this as a feature: the eyelets are just the right size and stretchiness to double as buttonholes! I love things with multiple purposes.
If you’ve been here before, you’ve probably noticed I am in a Neckwarmer Phase. This is in part because I am trying to produce enough pieces to sell at a craft show later this fall. But it’s more than that. The idea was born out of a desire to play with new stitch patterns, try my hand at design, and use up some of my stash yarn. I also have a need to use buttons lately, and what better way that to button something warm and comforting around your chilly neck?
As that unmistakable chill of fall creeps its way into the air, I find myself longing for the little luxuries that are so necessary during the colder months. Hot tea. Slippers. Soup & warm bread. A jacket in the morning. And of course, comfortable, warm, snuggly handknits. It is my hope that others will find these neckwarmers not only warm and functional, but interesting accessories to brighten up a dark winter day.
This brings me to a question I have been pondering as I put my wool to the needles: what is my knitting worth? This is not a new question, but one that must come up for each knitter, designer, and crocheter at one point or another. Whether you engage in these activities for pleasure or profit, your precious time, creative energy, and yarn stash are going into an item that has value. This value may be purely emotional; there is immense satisfaction in the process and completion of creating something handmade. But when one contemplates putting her knitting out there for others to see and hopefully purchase…yikes! What is my time worth? How do I put a dollar value on this neckwarmer?