Skinflint Sunday: When every day’s a bad hair day.

Every day is a bad hair day when you live in my body. Over the last month or so I’ve been pulling up cowls over my head and wearing them like a snood. One of my students asked me why I was wearing a sock on my head, but apart from that everyone’s either been complimentary, or maintained a tactful silence.

Long-term readers might remember when I paid off my little weatherboard house and ran amock buying yarn on the internet to celebrate. Since then, I’ve decided that I have to use up what I’ve got here before I buy anything else.

I don’t know if you know, but skeins of yarn that have been hand-dyed in antique kettles by Peruvian virgins are very expensive. These designer yarns are gorgeous to work with but at around $35 a pop they’re certainly not something that you want to waste. The two small balls of wool are the remnants of a couple of hats I knitted. I decided to combine them to make myself a snood.

As I went along, it became clear that there probably wouldn’t be quiiite enough wool, so I grabbed the last of the Malabrigo sock yarn from my stash and I’m easing that into it as well to eke out the supply. Once I finish this snood, I’ll knit a slouchy hat for one of the boys, probably Ryan23, and then I’ll be happy.

I used the Sockhead Slouch hat pattern to get the number of stitches to cast on and I knitted the same rib as in the pattern.

Then I switched to a 2X2 moss stitch, changing colours from ball to ball randomly and I’m LOVING how it’s looking. I also love the fact that this is definitely a one-of-a-kind project. There’s definitely no one else on the planet who is making or has made a snood like this one.

This is moving pretty slowly, due to the thinness of the yarn and the fact that I’m using moss stitch, but that’s ok. I’m not going anywhere and it’s a good school holiday knit.


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3 Responses to Skinflint Sunday: When every day’s a bad hair day.

  1. flirby says:

    i love a good garden makeover, we’ve just spent about the same on ours. Yours is looking great and will be a fantastic investment. Can i ask how the wicking beds are different to an ordinary raised planter box?

    • The raised beds have a water reservoir underneath them, so the plants’ roots wick up the water when they need it. Excellent for summer/drought gardening. has some excellent posts about wicking beds. []

      Foodnstuff Energy decline & self-sufficiency from Melbourne, Australia


  2. flirby says:

    oops, sorry posted in the wrong post!

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