Over the years, I have acquired a few skeins of yarn. But really, just a few. No need to look in that chest over there. Or that other one. Or in those tote bags. And definitely don't look in that closet. Ok, so maybe it's more than just a few skeins of yarn, but some of it has been gifts and some are more like souvenirs, except it's not just a skein of yarn, it's now hours of entertainment and a scarf to commemorate D.C. or a hat to remember Arizona. And some was purchased with a project in mind and a very genuine belief that I would accomplish said project in a reasonable amount of time. Ok, maaaaaaaaybe I have a slightly out-of-control stash. Acceptance is the first step....
Ok, so I have a lot of yarn. But as part of the Just Stash January challenge, I've promised myself I will start using it up! After all, it really is hours of entertainment and I will end up with lovely things to wear and gifts to give!
Which is how this scarf got started:
I found these two soft yarns in my closet: a green that I shall call alien green and a solid black. I immediately knew that they would be perfect for my friend who has an alien green car, a love of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and an alien face drawn on his radio at work. Now of course just a striped black and green scarf is charming enough, but if you look at the picture above you can see that the scarf is....wonky. This, I assure you, is not the result of a late night (or a lit night for that matter). This is completely intentional. You see, when you look at it from an angle, something more than just stripes come to light:
Yep! a freaky huge alien head! The scarf will have 6 or 7 of these. The pattern is from Debbie Stoller's Stitch 'n' Bitch book (the pattern itself is written by Shetha Nolke). The technique is called illusion knitting and if you know how to knit and purl then you know how to make an illusion piece. It's simple! When you look at the piece from an angle, all the stockinette rows (that's knit 1 row, purl 1 row for those of you who are newer to knitting) are flat, but everywhere there are garter stitches (knit 1 row, knit the next, or in this case, parts of a row), the pattern pops right up! With just a little bit of planning, any design can be worked into an illusion! Think of the ghosts, dragons, words! Absolutely anything you can imagine!
And for those of you who are wondering, the cross stitch definitely hasn't been put to the side. There will be more and it will become valentine's day cards! Just sometimes the shiny object promise of other projects beckon. And for those others of you who might be wondering what all this Just Stash January business is, let me direct you to this post. Leave a comment and I'll add you to the blog roll. Don't have a blog? E-mail me pictures and I'll be happy to share them! I'd love to track it on Twitter and Instagram too! Just throw in a #juststashjanuary so I can see your amazing progress!