I really enjoy knitting–mostly the brainless kind. You know, things where you hands can keep working and your brain doesn’t really have to be there. Something that I can do while having a conversation, watching TV or keeping an eye on a passel of kids in the backyard. Scarfs, washcloths, baby blankets–those kind of things. Occasionally I’ll hold my attention span long enough to do something with a bit more of a pattern, but really I prefer something bordering on monotonous that lets my hands fly and my mind roam free.
My local Walmart has a pretty decent yarn section, and I frequently pick up my kitchen cotton there for my washcloths and such. I have noticed that they have had some really neat yarns lately-one of them that actually really confused me was the Sashay yarn by Red Heart.
It looks like a ribbon yarn on the skein, but when you pull it out and start looking at it, it’s a wide strip of knitting. I couldn’t even imagine how you knit with it.
Then in the kind of Kismet that seems to happen in my life with Walmart–I was offered the opportunity to receive some of this Sashay yarn as one of the Walmart Moms and try it out! Cool! Not only did I get to play with new yarn, but since it was paying work, I had a great excuse to just sit down in the middle of the day and play with new yarn. My job is so cool some days!
When the box arrived I was like a kid in a candy store–because not only did they send me THREE skeins of Sashay yarn (it only takes 1 to make a scarf) but they also sent a huge assortment of knitting needles and crochet hooks. YAY!
There was also a cool Red Heart tote bag–but that didn’t fit in my photo (I’m just loving the black background lately by the way).
This stuff is a bit weird, and slightly less brainless then I would prefer. You are basically threading your needle through the top loops of the mesh (every other one is the best way to go so you have a bit of room to work) and then when you knit you are just dropping one of the loops over the needle and knitting that. It’s a bit odd, it doesn’t work exactly like regular knitting, but it’s pretty easy and it whips up a gorgeous scarf in no time flat.
Here’s what mine came out looking like:
I used about 2/3 of a skein to make this scarf for Princess. She’s petite, so I didn’t want to make it full length. I think it’s a very attractive fashionable scarf–and since you pay less than $4 for the skein it’s a bargain to make! I’ve seen folks selling these locally in shops all made up for $15-$20.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words–and sometimes video is worth even more–so instead of trying to figure this out from my poor description, here’s a great video from Red Heart showing you how knit with the Sashay:
Now if you’d like to play with Sashay Yarn but don’t knit, never fear! Several of the Walmart Moms used this yarn in different ways: