Materials: 5 skeins Valley Yarns Northampton in Natural, 1 skein in Brown Heather, and 1 skein in Charcoal; sizes 4 and 5 needles. Pattern: The Knitter’s Dude.
Time: Two months, or both seasons of Narcos.
Cost: $40, yarn + pattern.
First, a story: back in grad school, I spent a few years working for one of my advisers. A notoriously conservative figure within our generally liberal department, he never came to campus dressed in anything less than a three-piece-suit, though I can confirm that, when working in his office, he would hang up the jacket and roll up his shirtsleeves.
And, just before I started working for him, he had discovered The Big Lebowski. “It’s brilliant!” he would chuckle to me. “It’s just like a Raymond Chandler novel!” And, to signal the start of office hours, he would flip the cardboard sign hanging from his doorknob that he’d fashioned out of two bumper stickers from THE DUDE IS NOT IN to THE DUDE ABIDES.
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Materials: 5 skeins Valley Yarns Northampton in Twilight Heather; sizes 3 and 5 needles. Pattern: Bedford.
Time: A month.
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Materials: 7 skeins Knit Picks Simply Cotton Organic Worsted in Marshmallow; sizes 4, 5, and 6 needles. Pattern: Bray.
Time: A couple of months.
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Materials: 3.1 skeins Bernat Softee Chunky in Natural; 1 skein Knitpicks Telemark in Black; size 3 and 10.5 needles; the better part of a bag of fiberfill; an impressively decrepit old white t-shirt. Pattern: Bobble Sheep Pillow.
Time: One month
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Materials: 7 skeins Valley Yarns Northampton in light gray; size 4 & 6 needles. Pattern: Honeycomb Aran.
Time: Several months.
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Materials: 6 skeins KnitPicks Comfy Sport in Marlin; 2 skeins KnitPicks Comfy Sport in Carrot; size 3 needles. Pattern: Me and My Arrow.
Time: A couple of months. It’s only an accessory, but 1000+ yards of sport weight still takes some time.
Cost: $6 (plus shipping) for the orange yarn.
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Materials: Leftover bits of Malabrigo Worsted in Black, Natural, and Pearl; Tosh Vintage in Forestry; size 5 and 6 needles. Pattern: Baa-Ble Hat (get it?).
Time: A weekend.
Cost: None! Yarn leftovers.
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Materials: 8 skeins Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Thirst, 1 skein Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Brass; size 5 and 7 needles. Pattern: Yane.
Time: The all-too-brief series run of Terriers; Fargo, Seasons 1 & 2 (so good!)
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