Fun Fur and various other eyelash yarns. These little synthetic yarns can elicit strong opinions and emotions from many knitters – I have read many a blog tirade on this very subject. Me? I am of the "ilk" that there is a time and a place for everything; yes, even furry yarns.
Last week, I was browsing my Bloglines list, and was really taken by CraftyModster Anjo’s holiday decorations. She is so talented (scroll down to see her finished Josephine Knitty cardigan!) Her adorable knit trees, decorated with metallic sequins really caught my eye. What a novel idea! Perfect for ornaments, or a holiday centerpiece. I told her she should win the best use of fur yarn award!
With Anjo’s generous assistance, I made my very own trees. I like Anjo’s models better – they are more whimsical and even a little reminiscent of Dr. Seuss, while mine are like furry cone hats. Practice makes perfect, however!
I used Lion Brand Chenille Thick and Quick, held together with Fun Fur for the tall one, and the smaller one was Lion Brand Homespun held together with the same Fur Fur. I knit the tall tree with size 13 DPNs, and the small one with 10.5 DPNs. The taller one took about 2 hours, and the small one was done after 45 minutes – you could definitely fit this in before Christmas!
Polyfil (the pillow stuffing from the craft store) fills out the form of the tree, and completes the wintery snow scene above. Another little tree is in the works – and I am planning a few decorations for that one.
I have had experience with furry yarns in the past (my Boa hat - I love it and wear it often; a Trendsetter scarf for my sis; a headband/neckwarmer and even a Cha Cha cardi for my niece) and while it was not always pleasant to work with because of the loose threads everywhere, the final results were cute and fun; especially for kids, and for little accent pieces.
Not all fun fur sucks; it just needs to be used correctly, and in moderation! I am all for more people getting involved in "the craft", even if it takes fun furs to bring them in! So, why all the vitriol?
The reindeer I made a few weeks ago was fun, but it was done with the wrong kind of paper. Thanks to Megan for sending the right kind! It really made a difference!
I also got some beautiful new Christmas ornaments from my parents; and they are pomegranates! Kris and I did not put up a tree this year. We are planning to get a new one after the holidays; our old one is quite ugly, and has been used and abused by some little cats. So, the lovely ornaments are now serving as a table centerpiece. Thank you mom and dad!