Say What? For those of you who do not knit, DPNS may be a new word. It’s actually an anacronym for Double Pointed NeedleS. These are knitting needles which have points on both ends (instead of just one end) and are only about 8″ long. I LOVE working on DPNS!
They are used for knitting in the round, meaning that you work around in a circle, rather than back and forth on a flat, rectangular piece. They allow you to create hats, tubular scarves, sweaters and sleeves without seaming, handbags and all kinds of other rounded shapes. My recent craze is knitting these awesome bird’s nests and eggs:
Aren’t they fun?? I can’t decide which I love most…the PROCESS of making them or the END RESULT! Both are de-light-ful!! Being a crocheter as well, I’ve often thought that it was only in crochet where you could begin in the middle of a circle and work your way out. BUT NO! These eggs and nests have showed me how simple it is to start at one “end” of an egg, increase to the desired circumference, and then decrease to the other end. All in one piece! Then the nest is really the same concept! You just squash one half of the “egg” shape down into the other half and voila! You have a nest! So, so fun to make.
If any of you are knitters and you want to make this, click here for the FREE pattern from Purl Soho. It is off of their blog, the Purl Bee, which is one of my absolute favorite spots for inspiration and patterns (both free and for purchase) for knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, etc. It is visually one of the most beautiful craft blogs on the web! As an artist, I adore feasting my eyes on how they have photographed the creations and the type of projects they seem to choose are wonderful.
Oh my…in linking you to The Purl Bee, I see a Big Cuddly Bunny I’ve just gotta make for Maddie! And I have THIS PATTERN on order for more bunnies…so full of character, I just can’t resist!! Drawings and photos forthcoming!!!!!