Day 5 of Project Inspiration...Simply Stated

It’s day 5 and I hope you have been inspired to evaluate your yarn stash, survey your needle selection, and start planning your next knitting adventure. Today I want to draw your attention to simplicity. Projects do not have to be intricate or complicated to be attractive. Therefore, the inspiration for day 5 comes from yarn selection.

We we are coming up on busy days that will leave us with little time to wade through a multi-step, complicated set of knitting instructions. I know for sure that knitting is a mental life-savor when chaotic schedules rule our lives. The process of yarn running through my fingers in rhythmic fashion brings a satisfaction that can rival a glass of wine.

Today’s Inspiration comes from a simple pattern called the “Tube Scarf”. To get started you need to visit your stash and find some yarn that intrigues you. Yarn in your favorite color with just the right combination of your preferred fiber. Grab a set of 16 inch circular needles 2 sizes larger than the recommended needle size and cast on enough stitches that your work can be joined together for knitting in the round...and knit circles upon circles of fiber. Knitting in the round hides issues related to inconsistent tension. So simply stated... enjoy the process.

And you will be well on your way to creating your very own simply stated “Tube Scarf.”

For this piece, I used Crazy Wool by Stonehedge Fiber Mills. I love how random their color mixtures appear. No two skeins are alike and the sport weight merino is working up with nice drape on a size 6 needle.

Nothing fancy about this pattern... just beautiful yarn unfolding in a cozy project.

I played around a bit a bit with some Silk Garden Noro yarn this afternoon and throughly enjoyed the way the two colors compliment each other.

I used one skein of Silk Garden Solo and one skein of traditional Silk Garden. Three rows were completed in one color and two rows were completed in the other color. I picked this combination because odd numbers seem to be more pleasing to my eye. You can set your own pattern based on your chosen fiber.

I did did not complicate this pattern with a provisional cast on (a cast on that later can be grafted shut). Instead I will decide at completion on how to best enhance the open ends. I can leave it to have a simple rolled edge, add fringe, or I can crochet the ends closed.

I would love to hear what fiber you have lurking in your stash that is just waiting to be worked up into your very own “Tube Scarf.”

Day 6 of Project Inspiration will be available on Sunday evening. Until then, Happy Knitting!!

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