Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The E Train Mistake Headband

The baktus scarf is now the baktus headband.

While I was working with this gorgeous yarn--Road to China--it felt very soft in my hands. BUT then I rubbed it against my neck. Razorblades! OK it was 90+ degrees -- not the conditions the scarf will be worn in. So I blasted the air conditioning in one room, sat right in front of the air and wrapped the fabric around my neck. Barbed wire! I tried this over a few days. No change.

I do have sensitive skin. Others rave about Kid Silk Haze and liken it to a cloud--a dream. Not me. KSH feels like nightmarish thunderbolts on my neck.

I suspect the alpaca and/or the camel may be the offending yarns. I'd never knit with either before--so now I know.

But what to do next? Frog it? Then I had an idea--I took what I had knitted and wrapped it around my head. Felt OK. My scalp and ears didn't itch. So I decided to repurpose it into a headband to be worn on the coldest of winter days.

Meanwhile, if you take a close look--you'll see a mistake:

Yep, one of the darker gray rows is wider than it should be. But that mistake is going to stay. When I noticed it, I laughed. This is the easiest of mindless knits and I make a freaking mistake?! Let this be a reminder to me to pay attention. It doesn't bug me at all--I actually find it funny.

I made this error while on the subway going to Queens to have lunch with two very old and dear friends. So I'm now calling it the E Train Mistake Headband and when I look at it, I'll remember the fun afternoon we had.

While this mistake doesn't bother me--I made one on something else that does. More about that later.


rho said...

Haven't I taught you anything.... It's not a mistake it's a design element! ;)

Anonymous said...

I agree with Rho. Just a couple of other wide rows, and it becomes a design feature.

Bubblesknits said...

I'm glad to know i'm not the only one that finds it itchy against my neck. I made a scarf with some Kid Silk Haze in it that did the same thing to me. So you're not alone! :)

minipurl said...

Here in Lancaster County, the belief is that only God is perfect, so the Amish regularly include a mistake in their creative endeavors :) The rest of us have adopted that idea cheerfully.