Instant Gratification
Published On: September 21, 2012

It’s starting to get cool.  Not cold (cold comes later) but just slightly cool.  It’s that time of year when you haven’t gotten out the winter clothes yet, but your summer clothes aren’t quite warm enough (sorry southern hemisphere folks, I know it’s only doing that here, not there).  It’s the time of year you start pondering scarves.  Not thick chunky ones, light fluffy wispy things.  More fashion statement than insulation, but just what the weather demands.  The sort of thing that, were you to actually knit it, would take you a freaking year because it would be on lace weight and size 2s and you’d be sick of it 4 inches in and then would come the despair.

So here’s what you do instead.  Go to Target.  Wander to the Halloween section.  Find these:

Buy them.  Take them home.  Open them up.  Each one is 9 feet long and 2 feet wide.  You’ve now got about a dozen different potential scarves at your fingertips.  Things I’ve done so far include:

1) braid them together

2) ply them together, either 2 or 3 of them (just like you’d do if you were spinning…impart twist to the individual ones, then twist them around each other)

3) tie them all 3 together in a loop, double it up

4) tie one in a loop, triple it up

5) one loooooong scarf (1, 2, or 3 of them at the time)

You’ll be amazed.  They’re a ridiculous amount of fun to play with.  I’m sure there are a zillion other ways to wear them (I’m thinking of finger knitting one of them).  Now, of course, the package says ‘decoration only, not a toy.’  So if you’re inclined to follow directions precisely, you’d never ever do this.  I’m not saying it’s the most designer chic thing you’ll ever see, but wow is it fast and fun and it looks totally fabulous.


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