#MakersWednesday: Quaker Yarn Stretcher

Posted By on Jul 22, 2015 in Handmade Love and Inspiration


Welcome back to #MakersWednesday, the most creative day of the week!

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Lately I just haven’t been feeling my knitting projects. I’m not sure if I’m in a funk because of the stress of working on that Golden Girls project, or if it’s the crazy days of summer zapping my inspiration, but I just haven’t felt much like knitting lately, which is very unlike me.

I decided that part of my problem might just be my current project – a knitted tank top which may turn out to be lovely and may be an utter flop. I’ve already got my suspicions that it’s going to be too small, and yet I was far enough into the project to be disheartened at the thought of ripping it out and casting on a larger size. Something just wasn’t doing it for me in the stitch pattern, either, which was easy to memorize but just went on and on and on.

So I decided – life is too short to be unhappy in my hobbies! And I let myself cast on for something new. This project is one I’ve been wanting to knit for a long time – a Quaker Yarn Stretcher scarf/shawl, using some gorgeous handspun I received in a swap years ago. I love the project because I get to work with handspun, which is a real joy, and the stitch sequence is easy enough to memorize but changes enough to be interesting. It’s the perfect project for me right now!

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So, now it’s YOUR turn – what are YOU working on? Share it with us in the comments or tag it #MakersWednesday on social media!

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