Well, heck, I crochet, so why shouldn't I apply my manual dexterity in making knitting easier for myself?
My former objection to knitting was that I was painfully slow and my stitches were uneven, but with a little practice I improved from what my mother taught me when I was 12 and threw down the needles in frustration. I'd been working on a headband, and somehow increased from 12 stitches to 21 stitches. She was amused. I was extremely angry at myself.
And then the Internet came along, and became robust enough I could learn much more than the resources of my little podunk town could provide. I practiced. I quit. I saw something I wanted and tried again. I quit. I made some fabulous sweaters on a knitting machine. I quit. I saw how fat my crocheted stuff made me look, longed for drapier handmades, and tried again. This time, it stuck, so I try new techniques when I create something. I'm not to the point of being able to look at a photo of something and know what size needles, what size yarn, and come up with a pattern off the top of my head, not yet. So, advanced beginner.
I saw a gorgeous knitted faux-fur cowl on the Lion Brand website. Here it is:
(Photo property of www.lionbrand.com)
Isn't that lovely? So I went over to our local Joann's, found the Pelt yarn for the pattern, and used all the coupons I had (and my boyfriend helped), to buy all the skeins of Pelt they had. Six. They only keep six. Fortunately, that's all I needed.
I knitted in the car across the state and back on Saturday. I worked on it on Sunday. On Monday. Late Monday night, I finished.
It's beautiful, lemme tell ya! It's soft and realistic feeling. My dog loves the stuff. It's 98% real fur looking, but all synthetic and machine washable.
Oddly enough, it was pretty easy to work with, unless I made a mistake. Dropped stitches are impossible to see and fix, but the good news is that with all that fur, all fixes and wrong stitches will never show.
I'll admit that I kept stopping to rub the fabric I'd made against my face. Mmm!
This is a project worth learning to knit for.
Make you one? Sure. Do you have $250? Materials aren't cheap, and I don't work for free anymore.