Just in case you have not figured it out by now, YES I AM CRAZY!!! And I love creating SWAPS for multi-troop events. To go with my PiPa Needle Arts Badge this summer, I made a knitting SWAP.
I got a few questions about these SWAPS?
- You mean you can knit with toothpicks? Yes, you can knit with just about any two round pointy objects. (I have even seen a pair of square needles, but did not tell them that).
- Did this take you forever to do? It did take more time than I usually spend on my SWAPS. This is definitely not a last-minute SWAP idea.
- WHY would you do this? 1) I’m crazy. 2) My passion for knitting overflows into every area of my life. 3) Why not!!!
Just for the record, I did not actually knit these on toothpicks. I found that the toothpicks were too rough and snagged the yarn.
I did use a skein of sock yarn and size 2 knitting needles. To create these, I casted on 6 stitches and worked in a stockinette pattern for 6 rows. On the 7th row, I knitted 3 stitches and cut the yarn tail. I then transferred 3 stitches onto each toothpick. Using a dab of hot glue, I attached the knitting to the SWAP tag.
If you would like to use my SWAP tag, a copy can be downloaded here. I printed them on cardstock and cut along the dotted lines.
Don’t forget to write your name and troop number on the back of the SWAP tag.