Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Getting ghetto

So, you've all heard Chris and Olga talk about Ghetto knitters? You may have even seen Olga's definition of ghetto knitters. Upon reading them, I found out I was a ghetto knitter and didn't even realize it.

Well, it's time to wear my Ghetto Badge loud and proud. On Monday I knitted up this!

Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you, a very tacky scarf knit in Lion Brand Moonlight Mohair. (The bad picture may be ghetto, but it doesn't really show the tackiness in it's full glory. You can't see the metallic sparke in the yarn.) It began as a small scarf for my bestus buddy for Christmas, but as I started knitting I realized it was way too tacky to gift to her. Funny thing happened though, the more I knit, the more it started to grow on me. Not only did I finish the scarf in one day (thanks to an obsessive knitting jag and a very easy pattern from the Lion Brand web-site),but I decided if I knit a second scarf they would make the perfect presents for my cousin's daughters. And to be truly ghetto, I also decided I'd love to make one for myself. Off to JoAnn's for two more skiens.

And hey, why stop at one Lion Brand yarn. I've fully embraced my inner ghetto and chose Wool Ease to knit slippers for my brother. The first one is finished. It's almost like the ones Grandma used to make us, but not quite. I have an old one (with a hole) in my closet and I'll have to pull it out and see if I can figure out the pattern.
While I think it will fit his SIZE 12 FOOT, it came out rather thin and doesn't feel very warm. At which point I realized that when I knit my first slippers (as a newbie knitter) I must have used Wool-Ease Chunky. So I think I'm going to start again from scratch. I'll keep this slipper for myself, and start a new pair for him with the chunky yarn. I should still be able to finish for Christmas. That is, if I stop blogging and start knitting!!!

9 comments:

Laura said...

Woo-hoo! Sparkly mohair! It's funny, as I was knitting mine (it's for my aunt) -- I was thinking, damn this is disco tacky. But the more I knit, the better I liked it. Now I think it's really pretty. I'm making another one for my sister in a predominantly red colorway and that really is pretty. OK, gotta go knit! :)

Laura said...

Oh, also. You are an angel to knit anything to go on SIZE 12 feet. That is LOVE.

christine said...

OMG - I LOVE LOVE the big slippers!!! Those are so cool!!! Keep in mind, I have FOUR brothers......all have really big feet! You are a master!

candsmom said...

Moonlight mohair, welcome to the hood! ;-) I know I must be ghetto because I looked at the picture and thought it was pretty, too! Seriously, the word "tacky" never came to mind, and I'm not just saying that. And are those Russian Tea cookies aka Sandies in the background?? They look homemade and VERY yummy! I think I need to come hang out at your house for a while. And yay for Wool Ease, the ghetto workhorse!! I LOVE the slippers you're making for your brother! My grandma used to make something similar, too. I still use mine. And whew, size 12, you're a saint of a sister! ;-) Take care and keep knitting...you can do it, Karen! :-)

Talitha said...

Oooooh, I have bad news for you, Karen. When I bought some Moonlight Mohair for Jill's poncho I seem to remember it costing me like 12 dollars a ball or something. That's sooooooooo not ghetto. Man, I could have two balls of good yummy yarn for that much. Anyway, this is Canada and things are outragiously expensive so I can't consider Lion Brand ghetto because it is among the priciest to buy for me. Anyway, you can keep your ghetto status as long as you don't cross the border into my hood, aight? Well, if I don't get to say this any closer to the day, merry Christmas, and thanks for being so wonderful!

Lolly said...

Girl, you are crazy. Ghetto is like using string or something! ;) Lion Brand is like gold! high class baby! hehe
I think your knits turned out great. I like the Moonlight Mohair - I guess I am ghetto for saying that! (but as you saw, I am using the Lion Brand Fur Fur, which is even more "ghetto"!)

knittinmom said...

I have to say that anything with Mohair in it isn't really too ghetto... If it was faux Mohair, then maybe. Now the Wool-Ease, that's good ghetto faire, and I have to admit I'm a big fan of it myself, thanks to Laura. I just can't cross the line and buy Red Heart, though. That's too hard core for me...

Cheryl said...

I guess TLC falls in that category too!! :))

Cathy said...

I'm sorry I haven't been around lately - way to go on your finished objects! I'd also like to wish you and your family a VERY happy Christmas filled, with love and laughter! Enjoy! Cathy

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