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What are you knitting for...Halloween?

Oct 28, 2009

I've knitted miles and miles (well, actually, just a yard and a half) of bright orange I-cord. Can you guess who I'm going as for Halloween? Hint: I still need to cut it in half and wrap some tape around the ends of the cord for aglets.

If you need a refresher on I-cord, check out Kathleen's post on I-cord from a few days ago. I'm an I-cord devotee - it's strangely satisfying to slide those stitches and pull a row of knitting into a smooth, tight round. It's one of those knitting tricks that comes pretty close to magic. I like to use a very short DPN (about four inches long - I've seen these sold as "glove needles") to minimize the distance the cord needs to slide.

It comes in pretty handy, too. I love I-cord finishes on garments and accessories (it makes a nice stand-in for piping), of course, but I use it around the house wherever I need a bit of sturdy hollow cord. I've got loops of it running through the the holes in my kitchen utensils so they can hang on big hooks; I used some to hid a length of speaker cord in an awkward place; narrow I-cords have gradually ended up replacing most drawstrings in my clothes and bags over time.

And they come in really handy for when you need a set of bright orange shoelaces on short notice. I knitted this while watching the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers to get in the spirit - are you knitting part of your Halloween costume, too? Tell us about it!

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on Nov 3, 2009 1:25 PM

I knitted the she devil hat from the DomiKNITrix book by Jennifer Stafford. I'm the service writer in a shop full of mechanics and big equipment drivers. THEY LOVED IT!!! I was up until 2 in the morning finishing it because I left it out when I ran out for fast food instead of stopping to cook. My young cat (not still a kitten, but less than a year) didn't pull out much knitting but wound the yarn up quite badly. He also chewed on my nice bamboo double points like a puppy! I ruined a big emery board filing the ends and smoothing the sides. It was AWFUL!

Next project--My almost 3 grandson is tiger crazy. Lionbrand has a "handsome hoodie" on their site with short sleeves. I'm going to practice my colorwork by doing him one with tiger stripes.

stringbean4 wrote
on Oct 30, 2009 2:34 PM

I am knitting my toddler a Man in the Yellow Hat hat who is going as Curious George.

MeredithC wrote
on Oct 30, 2009 8:26 AM

I knitted kitty ears for my friend who was not going to dress up for Halloween. They are the cutest ever, and only took an hour.

ALA wrote
on Oct 29, 2009 3:30 PM

I'm *so* not knitting I-cord to hang things up with - apparently I'm not quite as knitting-obsessed as I thought I was - but making a pretty sleeve for exposed electrical cords does sound like a good idea.