I’m on a ridiculously tight deadline for an assignment I’m working on for Simplicity, in which I’m designing and knitting 6 projects in one week. While this may sound horrifying to most, to me it’s just the kind of challenge I like. It’s like Knitting Project Runway (in my own special Walter Mitty mind, at least). I’ve been given a list of 1. needle sizes and 2. possible yarns. Other than that, I have carte blanche to create whatever I’d like.
Last night I headed off to Wal-Mart to pick up my supplies. I have to admit, at this point in my imaginary Knitting Project Runway, I’m wasn’t too happy that Wal-Mart was the stand-in for Mood Fabrics. I’ve been to Mood Fabrics and It’s ah-maze-ing. WalMart not so much. That said, when I arrived at Wal-Mart, prepared for the worst, I found a few yarns that I actually really liked. One is Lion Brand’s Hometown USA. It’s a super soft acrylic yarn that’s washable and swatches nicely. It comes in a broad range of bright colors — perfect for the projects I have in mind. Also, it’s a super bulky weight that calls for a size 13 needle. On my list are size 13 and size 15 straights … check and check. I’m also using Lion Brand’s Baby’s First for a baby toy I’ll be making. Not on my list was Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend — which was a shame because this is a beautiful yarn in Martha Stewarty colors.
Here are the projects I’ve figured out so far:
I’m going to translate these felted mittens into chunky mittens in very bright, girly colors. Next I’ll take a stab at a bulky scarf in a mock cable stitch I just learned. Then using the Baby’s First, I’ll translate this little felted cat toy I designed for Knit & Crochet Now into a Blue’s Clues inspired dog.