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21  Orange String & Steel Wool: Mini-Mitts and Hat in CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES by BlooCanoe on: August 21, 2005 09:46:28 AM
This challenge got me thinking... and then it got me digging through my hall closet.  This is my first time posting pics, so I hope this works.

I started out trying to crochet with fishing line because I thought a fishing line snowflake for a christmas tree ornament would look really cool, like a frosty icicle.  I quickly realized why people don't crochet with fishing line: it is tiny, it is hard on the fingers, it doesn't stretch, and if it was any less visible, it would actually BE invisible!

So I went back to the closet because I had this old half-roll of thin orange cord (which is sold as plumb line in the hardware store).

I also noticed a box of steel wool, and thought... hey, that's WOOL (kind of)!  I wonder if I can "spin" that into a yarn?  I sort of could, by twisting it in my fingers:

I didn't have very much of either the steel wool or the orange line.  I actually started out making a scarf, but ran out of the line (probably a good thing, since who wants to wear steel wool?).  So then I made a miniature hat and mittens set. I used a pattern I had from Patons Canada for knitted Christmas tree ornaments.  I'm not sure what inspired me except that I had made these little mittens before, and I knew I didn't have enough line or wool to make something large.

Here are pics of works in progress...

Knitting with the steel wool was a little hard (threw off my tension too  Smiley), so I'm glad I was only making miniature mittens.  I eventually ended up with the final product:

Kindly modelled by Baby Oscar The Grouch, who doesn't mind the itchy steel wool:

Thanks for looking!
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