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Manly Neckwarmer by StarTyrian Manly Neckwarmer by StarTyrian
This is my entry for the =dAKnitters 'Knitting on a Budget' contest: behold! The idea is to make something delicious for under $9, and show your budget. I'm also supposed to have taken pictures of the materials before I start, but, er... I forgot. So pretend there's a picture of some white fluff and a couple little plastic tubs, k? :D

Scrunchy neckwarmers like this are really handy, and I've wanted to make one for a while. The problem is, all the interesting patterns out there are extremely feminine, and frankly even a plain one tends to look girly if the yarn's not exactly right. So I set out to design one from the ground up, so to speak, and I think I got it just right.

I soaked the roving in vinegar solution, painted it with concentrated dye stock, and steamed it, which got me these nice deep colors with very little dye. I spun a fine single and plied it from both ends to get that converging/diverging overlap of colors. And then I just knit a tube as if for a hat, but instead of decreasing I kept going until the yarn ran out. It's just k1p1 all the way up; all the thought and effort went into the design stage, and the knitting stage was a no-brainer.

1 oz wool/mohair roving from Sheep Shed Studio: about $2
Wilton's Icing Dye: about $1 worth
Ordinary vinegar: let's call it $.05 worth
Total cost: about $3.05
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:iconwiremysoul:
WireMySoul Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is made of awesome. I love that you dyed and spun it as well. Way to go!
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Thanks!
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:iconmattsma:
Mattsma Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I LOVE the colors you got with that :boogie:
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:iconstartyrian:
StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Thankee!
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So very welcome :hug:
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Osanagokoro Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BAD. ASS.

Poor college student JUST MIGHT want to buy one.

... if only I didn't live in bloody Hawaii. >_<
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:iconstartyrian:
StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
What people in Hawaii truly need is BEE HATS!!! I have experience in these matters.
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Osanagokoro Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually, what we need right now are force-field umbrellas.

DAMN YOU SIDE-SWEEPING RAIN OF DOOM!
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corvus-luna Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
dude, that is funky-fresh awesome. color me impressed that you spun and dyed your own yarn, and made your own pattern. I tried learning knitting, oddly enough inspired by you, in fact, but i got about halfway through a scarf and then put it down....and haven't picked it up since. poor scarfy...he only ever wanted a chance to live...

ANYWAYS, love the scarf-thing (dickie?), and the colors are divine. i'm a chick, and i would totally wear it.
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
*sheds a single tear for poor scarfy...* :D
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corvus-luna Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
i get the funny feeling you're trying to guilt me into finishing scarfy...i get that feeling...
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meaikoh Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there nothing you can't do, O Metanoia Man? Very awesome, especially for the cost. Those colours would look great in a poncho/serape kind of thing.
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:iconstartyrian:
StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
Oh wow yeah, so they would! Now I feel the need to make one. And wear a flat-crown hat and chew a skinny black cigar. And squint.
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meaikoh Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
If you feel the need to make one, you should be making /me/ one >...<! But in all seriousness: I love the ponchos. As for Dirty Harry, he's a hard man to love...but there we are.
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DragonKissses Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
Awesome job and I love that you dyed the wool and created this all from scatch! Excellent project and a great use of a budget! $3.05!! WOW! So hate you entered the contest.
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:iconstartyrian:
StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
Hate? *poutface*

Yeah, I know it's a typo, but it's more fun to sulk. :D
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DragonKissses Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
OMG I SUCK ASS!!! I wanted to say so HAPPY you entered the contest! I am so embarrassed... I blame the pain meds that I am currently on after having a c-section. OH I could die from embarrassment. *red in face*
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:iconstartyrian:
StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
Haha, I figured you meant something like that, I was just teasing. Wow, c-section... o_O *salutes you*
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DragonKissses Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
Glad you understand- I can't believe I did that. :-) HUGS!!!!
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
We used to call those neck warmers "dickies". I really like the colors you are getting out of the dye concentrate. Hope you do very well. I got a mess of fleece left from my girls and boys. I should dig up my monster spindle and spin some major bulky singlings. Always did favor that weight.

Thankies for the inspiration to drag out the wool and do some more spinning.
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
Is THAT what a dickie is! I've wondered! Of course, if I use that word in THIS house I'll have to bail out the innuendo with a bucket just to get out the door. :D
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
You got a point there. Might need a bulldozer as a bucket might barely get you breathing space at the ceiling. :lol: :D

Sillinesses aside, best of luck in the competition. ^_^
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
Gracias!
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Janik0 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Lookin' sharp, lol. XD

<3
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:iconstartyrian:
StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
*strikes a pose*
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AerieTigre Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Manry is you.
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:iconstartyrian:
StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
O so manry!
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Rahonzo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
I agree it is very manly. I like it. It has nice colors, design, and looks good.

But at the same time I cringe a little when I see this. I can't have things touching my neck and just looking at other people doing that makes me uncomfortable. I feel like I'm choking. Sorry if thats over sharing.
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:iconstartyrian:
StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
Yeah, my mom's the same way. I don't like things too tight around my neck, but I knit this pretty loosely, so it doesn't feel chokey.
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RainWhitehart Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
I have that problem a lot as one of the few men on earth who knit. You look at books or on ravelry and about 95 percent of the patters are really girlie. It's frustrating. I like what you came up with.
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:iconstartyrian:
StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
There are more male knitters every day, so we can hope to see more masculine and gender-neutral stuff in the future. Although I've noticed that most of what makes something masculine is color, texture, and lack of frippery, so what I mostly do is figure out the principles of construction and design my own stuff.

Still trying to find a good formula for shoulder decreases on sweaters, though. Elizabeth Zimmerman's sweater formulas cut off circulation to your arms if you have biceps, and no one else has bothered showing their math. :(
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MNat Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Professional
I'm not gonna lie: That is one seriously manly neckwarmer, senor.
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:iconstartyrian:
StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
Success! (I need all the help I can get. :D)
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MNat Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Professional
A friend of mine did a little knitting project for me once. It became a pastel yellow scarf--a pastel yellow scarf that's about 14 feet long. Now I can trip down the sub-way stairs, get stuck in elevator doors and make an emergency evacuation out a 3rd story window all with one handy knitted accessory! Excelsior!
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
I'm so envious I can't stop laughing. :D
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AtomicFireball Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
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OH MY FUCKING GOD OUCH
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:iconstartyrian:
StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
You're supposed to be looking at the knitting, not my pudgy mug.

Oh wait, this is you. You ARE fapping to the knitting, aren't you? :D
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AtomicFireball Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Not anymore. Fuckin' broke my dick.
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:iconstartyrian:
StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
That's the power of my knitting.
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:iconatomicfireball:
AtomicFireball Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Now show me the power of Vitamin E so it'll go back the way it was :( :( :(
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