13 October 2006

Cable news

cablenews Last night, I decided that I really, really want to make the Irish Hiking Scarf as a holiday present. So I gave myself a little pep-talk: cables can really, really be knitted with my own hands.

Behold!
This is as far as I'll take my first exercise. The yarn is Red Heart's plastic worsted, which is to say it has no elasticity and feels so creepy that I'd rather be knitting with Barbie hair.


But I did prove to myself that I can, indeed, knit cables. One baby step for Teabird! Stay tuned for the beginning of an Irish Hiking Scarf in a yarn that did not begin its life as a mutant molecule in some gnarly, gnomish laboratory.

(Needless to say, one of the characters in my Nano will be knitting cables for the first time...)

10 comments:

janet said...

You are my hero!

Marji said...

Your cables look fabulous! Congratulations

Emily said...

That's actually really pretty yarn - shame it's plastic :( Blasted acrylic!

KnitNana said...

YEAH! Three cheers! Cables! I'm about to try them myself - you know Coronet from Knitty? There are hats for the girls in my family for under the tree this year! Your success empowers me to believe maybe I really can do them...
(((hugs)))

Becky said...

Cables are really fun once you get over the fear. :) Irish Hiking Scarf is on my list to do. I made Coronet and it turned out great.

KSD said...

Why, of course you can knit cables! Anyone intelligent enough to porduce the sentence, "I'd rather be knitting with Barbie hair" has it within her power to do practically anything.

Bridget said...

Good for you! I personally love cables, and had no idea they were supposed to be difficult - when I took knitting lessons, I had chosen a sweater with cables to start learning! (The instructor, bless her heart, never let on that they were something that some people saved for down the road ...)

Also, how can you go wrong knitting something called the Irish Hiking Scarf??? All three words are good just on their own, as far as I'm concerned. :-)

Jennifer said...

Of course you can knit cables! They look great.

Jenni said...

I hate knitting with plastic.

The cables look great though.

Nik said...

I like the way that yarn looks. I have made two of these scarves for presents for men. I just included a tip on my blog for binding off the edge (because you'll find that it flares and will look wider than the cast on edge).