At last peops! I have finally completed a knitting project that hasn't been consigned to box 101 under my sewing table; but has in fact been worn several times already....
I decided to bite the bullet and invest in some decent yarn using some Hobbycraft vouchers I got for Christmas. Up until this point I've always used thrifted or "salvaged" yarn for practicing with. The theory being that if I messed it up (again!) then I would have lost little except my time (because that's not precious at all is it?!) It occured to me recently when casting on with some particularly nasty DK yarn, that if I didn't enjoy the feel of the yarn when I was knitting with it, then I certainly wouldn't enjoy wearing it. Obvious I know! Much like sewing with nasty fabric, the finished article never sees the light of day; and I'm done with making stuff and then never wearing it! (That sounds suspiciously like resolution, ooops!)
Rowan Colourspun shade 271 (Pen-Y-Ghent), A DK/8 Ply wool/mohair mix. Just under 2 x 50g balls. I cast on 28 stitches and then just knit it in Stockinette Stitch until it was long enough to wrap around my neck twice with the ends overlapping at the front. Then some simple single row buttonholes (I was particularly pleased with myself when I mastered these!) and some vintage buttons from my stash, et voila!
So apart from learning the single row buttonhole technique; (great tute here) this make has taught me some valuable lessons.
1) You rarely pick up good quality wool in charity shops.
2) Decent yarn is delicious to knit/crochet with which means less swearing and more "aaaahhhh" moments
3) Although good quality yarn is more expensive, I'm less inclined to waste it on a crappy make. However cheap a yarn is it's still money down the drain if you're never going to wear it.