Sunday, September 23, 2012

What the Heck? A Knitted Donut Collar


You might ask, what the heck, Shams? What is that thing?

Fair question.

When I was in Ashland a week ago, I decided I needed an easy knitting project, primarily because it is suggested that you bring an easy handwork project to Design Outside the Lines.

At Web*sters, they didn't have enough balls of yarn for the project I wanted to make, so I switched gears. I picked up this "braided cowl" pattern, but the yarn to make it would have cost over $80, so I switched to another yarn, of a smaller gauge. I also switched to smaller needles. In the process of making this change, the resulting knitted fabric became more dense, and less flowy. The "cowl" became more like a collar.

I like it, but it's not the same beast.

I decided to call it a "donut collar". It looks a bit strange over a black tee, but I think it would look nice over a black coat or jacket, in cold weather. I have more yarn left, and am thinking that maybe I need matching cuffs. ;)

You can read more about it on my Ravelry review, Shibui Knitted Donut Collar.

I received only one request for the free ticket to Artistry in Fashion, which is in less than a week. Therefore, it goes to Sewphie! I will be mailing it soon. I am so sorry I have to miss this year!

On Facebook, Marcy is already posting pictures from New Mexico. You might be able to see these without being a member of FB, I'm not sure. I'm not leaving quite yet. I still have a few tasks, such as work, taking DD2 to the doctor, packing.

By the way, I enjoyed watching the Emmy's this evening. My favorite dress was a Vivienne Westwood worn by Tina Fey.

44 comments:

  1. I love the little donut roll! The idea of matching cuffs is a good idea.

    karendee

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  2. The donut collar looks great on you and really suits the haircut - that top picture looks like it was taken by a professional - great pic and lovely collar.

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    1. Pshaw, BeaJay, but thanks for the compliment. :)

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  3. It's a nice collar and I love the color. But more chollah than donut, don't you think?

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  4. Thanks, Shams -- will be sure to take (and share) some pics of the Designer Sale. Have fun at DOL!

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    1. It's in the mail, Sewphie! I can't wait to see your pics and hear about AIF!

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  5. I like when projects transforms...make them more individual.. I love the color and think the shape is cool

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    1. Thanks, Rachel. Congrats, again, on finishing your disseratation. :)

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  6. I like your scarf thingy. The colour looks good next to your face, it really brings out the rosy tones in your cheeks.

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  7. Tina Fey does look stunning.

    I love your collar thing-y. It would be perfect for our cold climate up here. Sometimes you just can't get enough around your neck when it gets to twenty below! Have fun at your retreat.

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    1. Yes, I can imagine it would work up there!! Thanks, Bunny.

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  8. what a great photo of you, Shams. Beautiful.
    Please, please make matching cuffs!
    Love that idea!

    Have a great time at DOL. I can't wait to hear all about it!
    Helen

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    1. Thanks, Helen! I appreciate your enthusiasm. :D

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  9. But it's so pretty!! I love it! Gorgeous colour!

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  10. Love it, Shams! It's a great color on you.

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  11. Interesting how you would knit that, guess its a bit like normal cable knitting? nice colours.

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    1. No, it's flat knitting. You knit two strips, with holes, and you weave them through each other. Easy peasy.

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  12. Yeah for knitting! Your hair looks great. Going to g st today. Wish u were here but have fun at dol!,,..

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  13. Lovin those sunglasses! The donut is really cute! I'll have to go over to Ravelry and read about it.

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  14. Have FUN in Taos. Looking forward to a report on your return. - Heather

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  15. Am I missing something, does this mean you still need a small hand project to bring to DOL? Or will it be the cuffs? I'm not sure about the donut. The color is lovely as is the pattern, but for myself, I would prefer something much less 'heavy". Tina Fey rocks that dress and it is SO nice to see some vibrant color.

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    1. You got that right, Theresa! I have some other potential projects, but nothing prepped. Oh well. :)

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  16. The collar looks great and the nice thing about it is how versitile it is and no huge bluk around your neck. Great for wearing indoors as well as out.

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda! Yes, given how "thick" it is, I'm glad it's not right against my neck. It would feel like it was swallowing me.

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  17. I like your "donut"! It is cute, not cutesy though.

    I am in good company, I thought Tina Fey was THE best dressed last night, and she didn't even make it onto some of the lists. So wrong.

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    1. Thanks, Elle! That is just not right. Tiny Fey *rocked* it last night.

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  18. Not only is this donut, or collar, a beautiful shade of blue, but I like the drama of it with your sunglasses and gorgeous hair. Not everyone can wear something so extravagant but it really sets off your skin and hair. If I could knit, I'd make one which could also go up like a headband-this ruining any chance of looking put together! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Mary, that is quite a nice compliment! lol on the headband.

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  19. Yowza! That Tina Fey dress is awesome!!!!! And.. the donut collar is interesting. I could really see a Christmas wreath version! By the way, I've scheduled the spring "Speakeasy" tour date, so you can find it on my blog now (today's post)!

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    1. Lol, I also thought it looked like a wreath when flat. Better a wreath than a toilet seat...

      Wish I could come to NY, but it's not on the books right now. (I would LOVE to come to NY in December.)

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  20. Your cowlnut (or douwl) looks great on you. Gorgeous yarn, too. Madelinetosh yarns are just wonderful. I just looked at the pattern on Ravelry, to get the feel for the original idea. It's a nice pattern.
    I hope you have a fabulous time in Taos. I'm so looking forward to hearing about it!

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  21. The collar looks stunning. Love those sunglasses!

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  22. What a great cowl. I may have to make it. Love it!!!!1

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  23. What a fun project, even if it wasn't what the pattern intended. Also, cute hair and glasses!

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  24. Tina Fey would ahve looked even better with a matching collar donut....

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  25. Love this picture of you, and this is a beautiful, creative project!

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