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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Handmade Knit Scarf & Tag

I haven`t done any knitting since last spring, so I decided to tackle a really simple scarf for my sister-in-law`s birthday. I found some beautiful yarn at
my local knit shop:  Lampo - Allssandra Filate (polyamide/polyester blend).
It's a ribbon like yarn in a range of turquoise, blues and navy with shots of silver metallic slubs. 

I added a new pair of 6.5 mm Bamboo knitting needles and started knitting. 

I cast on 22 stitches and then knit it long enough so that it could 
be worn in a variety of ways. (The scarf measures 65` x  4`)

Once I finished I added a little gift tag/envelope and it was ready to wrap.

The `gift tag` is actually a little envelope I made using Papertrey Ink`s Tiny Envelope die. I cut it out of white card stock and then stamped Background Basics: Circles using my `new`Autumn Rose ink. I tucked the label from the yarn into the tiny envelope ..... this gives the fiber content and the care instructions for the finished scarf.

The label and image are both stamped with Close to My Heart`s Indian Corn Blue ink and stamps from Hand Knit (Stampin`Up).  The little ball of yarn and the knitting needles were stamped, coloured and then fussy cut and finally added to the front of the envelope with foam dimensional tape.  (I actually cut the little knitting needles out and then "slid" them into two slits that I made on the ball of yarn, so it looks like I'm in the middle of a knitting project!) 

A Little Helpful Hint for Knitters!!
I like to knit while I`m watching television, but it always bothers me when my yarn goes flying across the floor or underneath my chair when I pull on the ball to release more yarn. I've seen Yarn Bowls on various sites and thought they were a really neat idea. My husband suggested that I try putting it into a coffee can or large container to prevent the yarn from taking flight!!
Here`s what I came up with:

It was just the right size and it was free!!
(But I still like the decorative Yarn Bowls - maybe a birthday gift??)

When I finished knitting each day, I neatly tucked the scarf and my knitting needles into the container and they were kept clean and organized until I was ready to pick them up again. 

I am linking this to the Sew Darn Crafty Party at Sew Many Ways
Thanks for visiting today!!
Karen C.


Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

Now this is something I could *never* make Karen, wow! It looks so professional, so impressed! What a lovely thoughtful gift too, and sure to leave the recipient beng super-stylish! Thanks so much for leaving some love on my blog, your sweet words made my day!

June K said...

What a lovely gift for your SIL. The scarf is beautiful, Karen. And the packaging is adorable. Great fussy cutting too. She will be thrilled.

Jen Adcock said...

You are so clever, but I knew that. I am a rather incompetent knitter...more of a knot maker actually. But I did get some groovy tips. Thank you. I love the tag, it looks fo amazingly well done. And those wee knitting needles are awesome. Genius!

Lorraine said...

Oh Karen, your scarf is gorgeous! I love the colors! I am definitely not a knitter, lol.

Anne B said...

Gorgeous scarf, Karen - it looks so elegant and soft. And I love your idea of a 'yarn bowl'. Have never seen one before and might just give it a go next time I do some knitting :)

carol (krillsister) said...

The scarf is beautiful. I am not that coordinated to knit. Love the colors. I like the little envelope. Clever to put the care instructions there.