Thursday, January 15, 2009
SteamPunk Neck Warmer
As promised, here is the Steampunk Neck Warmer that I designed and made for my dear Daughter for Yule. She asked for a button on neckwarmer and it needed to be made from yarn that wouldn't drive her crazy as she's violently allergic to wool.
I ran to the LYS and found a skein each of three different black, white and grey yarns, on sale, even. Two fuzzy and one ribbon type were used. I held the three VERRA different yarns together and used Size 10.5 needles to knit this in a 2x2 rib. I am grateful that the yarn itself hid the deficiencies in my buttonhole making as the DD wanted this to be fitted and to button on as well.
The buttons used are brass buttons from the League of American Wheelmen with a design of a bicycle wheel overlaid by three wings and the initials of the L.A.W., which is an organization that my Da belonged to back in the day. The organization has been around since the 1800s as it's for riders of penny farthing and boneshaker type bicycles. I then added neoprene washers behind the buttons to make them bigger and to help with the over all steampunk effect.
My apologies for not being able to get a better picture of the buttons, I can't find my tripod and I can't hold the camera steady enough for macro photos, suffice to say, THEY are verra kewl.
The DD loves it, it keeps her neck warm and it doesn't make her itch which is the best thing of all.