The Day After a Day to Myself


Its the day after I had a day to myself and I got my one-skein neckerchief done. Its done-and-off-the-needles done, not done-and-blocked done. But still, casting off is always a nice feeling.

Most of the knitting happened yesterday while I was bumming around my home avoiding humanity. It got finished up today, brought home, and presented for Feline Inspection.

Her Royal Cat-ness likes the neckerchief. She’s tried to knead on it with her razor sharp claws twice already. Its always nice to have one’s work appreciated don’t ya think? Its also nice to have a project go from roving…

to yarn…

to knitted.

That’s the full cycle of my crafting life (no, I have no interest in raising the sheep too). When I make something from my handspun I feel like its all mine (I’ll leave that to you hardy, country folks). And I know no one will ever have something exactly like what I’ve made (I can’t even control two house cats so there is no way I’m taking on sheep).

Because someone will be wondering, I made this little wrap around the neck thingy by:

Casting on an odd number of stitches. I think it was 35.

Row 1: knit 2, yarn over, knit until the center stitch, yarn over, knit that center stitch, yarn over, knit until 2 stitches are left, yarn over, knit last 2

Row 2: knit

Row 3: same  as row 1

Row 4: knit 2, purl until 2 are left, knit 2

I repeated Rows 3 and 4 until I had used up half the yarn. That gave me this increasing edge.


Then I started decreasing.

Row 1: knit 2, slip-slip-knit twice, knit until 3 stitches before the center, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit the center, yarn over, slip-slip-knit, knit until 6 stitches are left, k 2 together twice, knit last 2

Row 2: knit 2, purl until 2 stitches are left, knit 2

I repeated those two rows until I was almost out of yarn. Then I worked row 1 once more, knitted a row back (to make a garter stitch edge), and bound off.

Now I’ll get back to my summer tee. It had to suffer me cheating on it with this project, poor thing. But I’m ready to take it back into my loving arms while I finish up that audio book, The Gun Seller, that I started yesterday. I have about 6 hours left on that book. I have… more tan 6 hours left on my tee. lol.



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I’ve looked back at all the free patterns you have offered. It is beautifully generous of you to share you talents with the rest of us. I can’t wait to find time to make some of the leaf shaped coasters (I love leaf shaped things) and the cute mini Christmas stockings, and . .


Another free pattern! They are all lovely but this one really pops. You made a good selection in that roving. Thanks again


Gorgeous colorway! Don’t you just love having something handmade and one of a kind? Great job!


That’s why I love having the sheep! 🙂 I go from sheep to wool to washed wool to dyed wool then to carded wool (which I often get done but can do myself) to yarn to garment. VERY satisfying.