Brioche scarves and Etsy

Miss me?!  Well, I certainly did.  I know I haven’t written a post in awhile (you can blame dithiothreitol reduction of disulfide bonds for that), but hopefully this next project of mine will help you forgive and forget.  I know, looking at the image above, a lot of you are thinking, “Really? Another scarf?”  Well… yes, it really is another scarf.  But this one is different, I promise!  In a lot of commercially sold scarves, I’ve observed this mysterious ribbed pattern that I just can’t seem to duplicate.  It looks kind of like a k1p1 ribbing, but it’s much stretchier.  Also, it’s very thick, which makes me think there’s a slipped stitch somewhere under there.  And after several failed attempts, I accepted the fact that this stitch would become my Moby Dick (That’s the whale, right?) and I’d be making Herringbone cowls forever.  However, just a few weeks ago, as I was google image searching “cool knit stitches” (a common occurrence), I came upon this stitch called the Brioche stitch.  Out of curiosity I started working at it and, lo and behold, it turns out to be the stitch I previously believed to be out of my grasp!

Okay, I understand that story probably meant a great deal more to me than to any of you, so I’ll just continue on with the superficial, flashy things that grab your attention for all of 5 seconds.

This is my friend, Kim, wearing my very first Brioche stitch infinity scarf!  Well, it’s actually her Brioche infinity scarf.  You see, the reason I was searching for cool knit stitches to begin with was because Kim had solicited me (wrong word?) to make her a scarf.  And, thanks to her, I’ve made my very first commission sale (I’m so new I don’t even know if I’m wording that right)!  Here are some more pictures of my Brioche scarf.  Sometimes its hard to see because Kim’s in the way.  I apologize for that.

So, a little bit about the Brioche stitch (this is a knitting blog after all…):  I was right when I thought it involved slipped stitches, which adds to the plushiness.  The pattern is pretty simple, except for one tricky part where it tells you to knit a stitch, but by doing so you also simultaneously create a stitch.  A lot of instructions for the Brioche stitch out there can make this way more confusing than it is, so here’s my recommendation for a pattern if you want to learn this stitch yourself.  And if you’re embarrassed about going to a site called verypink.com, which is decorated in (what I guess would be called) cute and pretty colors, do what I do and print the instructions out in grey scale and then fold it up really small so it can fit in your pocket where you can discreetly peek at it for guidance (I’m clearing my search history as we speak).  But all dignity aside, I am really impressed with this stitch.  It’s incredibly stretchy, giving a lot of leeway in how long you want to make it, and it’s super thick, making it the perfect oh-shoot-it’s-really-cold-I-should-grab-something-before-I-leave-the-house scarf.

Now I know some of you are saying to yourselves right now, “Wow.  Kim has such a great friend!”  And to that, I can only agree arrogantly.  But others of you might be asking how you can get your hands on one of these scarves (or any other daniel-knit item, for that matter).  Well, I’m happy to say that my one man sweatshop is now open for public use!  If you want to be as happy as Kim looks in those pictures (Except in the first one, where she looks like she knows something you don’t.  Like the Mona Lisa.) contact me through any physical/virtual means available to you and let me know exactly what you want and how much you’d like to pay for it (acts of service permissible by California state laws are also viable forms of payment).  It’s the perfect buyer-seller relationship, cutting out the middle man!

But, if you really want that middle man in there, then go here.  It’s the link to my etsy.  Yes, I have an etsy now.

Okay, I’m a preemptive kind of guy, so let me say some things before I get empt-ed.

First of all, I’m not really an etsy person.  Wordpress, myspace, xanga (don’t ask) I can do, but when you get to etsies it’s a whole different world.  I envision the ideal etsieite (so close to a palindrome!), and I say this with the utmost respect, to be a 30 something craftster with a pinterest account and a love for DIYs.  There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s just very different from what I’m used to.  Essentially, if everyone who had an etsy were put in a room, I’d be the odd man out.  Actually, I’d probably be the only man out.  So what I’m trying to say is that my making an etsy is kind of an uneasy thing for me, but I’m hoping that the pinboard-loving family will accept me as I am into their fold.

Secondly, I know that the price of knitted wares can be somewhat steep.  I’m not entirely sure why this is, but out of respect for our economy and how it should function, I have decided to make my prices match those of everyone else’s.  So if you’re a particularly wealthy person and a supporter of the arts (& crafts), please peruse my shop (with all of 2 items in stock at the moment) and see if anything piques your interest.  And for everyone else, still visit my shop, but favorite my items because I check that obsessively.

Since my last post, I’ve realized that I’ve become a bit ballsy (now that‘s a word you’ve never read in a knitting blog before) with my knitting, what with selling my scarves and creating an etsy.  It’s a new feeling, and I’m still trying to get used to it.  But if this newfound audacity annoys you, then I’m sorry  you can suck it.

***According to marriage psychologist John Gottman, the four characteristics (the four horsemen) that predict the end of a marriage are criticism, defensiveness, stonewalling, and contempt, the last of which is the most destructive.

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