It will haunt your nightmares

How does one get out of a knitting funk? By knitting joke patterns, of course!

Scary Mask Finished

This is the famed adult balaclava pattern that has made such a splash on ye olde interweb.

I made this out of some spare Cascade 220 I had in my stash on size 8 needles. It only took a few days, and the results are just fabulous. Check out my friend Panda modeling:

But she looks so innocent!

I actually made this for my friend Mr. N, who is also owner of the eyepatch mentioned in the earlier posts.

Molly thinks I’m crazy for making the mask:

Molly and the mask

But I’ve found it’s good for brainstorming:

Thinking mask

So, the official cure for the knitting blues: ridiculous vintage patterns! Take my word for it!

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  • Steve says:

    so awesome. So so awesome. I’d totally rob a bank with that thing.

  • shula says:

    Never did I expect to see a balaclava even more scary than the original.

    Sure did the rounds, that pattern.

    Must find another.

  • Taylor says:

    Should be using that to rob a bank…everyone falls down laughing…no stress no fuss getaway.

    Probably more effective on Halloween based on the color scheme and the time of year…this would be too hot for a summer time heist.

  • Gil wilmore says:

    Ha, looks like the spiderman mask out of “the amazing spiderman”,what’s it made from?, did you make it yourself, could be a market for masks like this on special events.the colors are simply funky.

  • Hi!!!
    From the beginning of March 2014 we (Oliver Chanarin and Adam Broomberg) are holding an exhibit in a major London Museum that will run for 4 months.

    The focus of the exhibition is a new form of surveillance technology called “non-collaborative photography”. In short this allows the government or private organisation to take a 3D image of anyone without their knowledge.

    It is both intriguing and a very intrusive technology. The walls of the large space will be filled with approximately 2000 portraits we made earlier this year in Russia using this technology.

    As a counterpoint we would like to have a continuous ‘knitting circle” in the centre of the room. In the spirit of the ‘Tricoteuse’, the nickname given to the women who sat beside the guillotine during public executions in Paris in the French Revolution, who continued to knit in between executions as an act of protest.

    Instead of scarves (as the Tricoteuse ironically knitted) we would like our knitting circles to knit balaclavas, in any form, colour or shape as long as they resemble a balaclava.

    These are in fact the only device that elludes or fools this new technology. We also believe the spirit of human contact, presence and community is an important counterpoint to the cold technology in the museum.

    As each piece is complete it will form part of the display in the museum and the artist will be credited. There will be wool provided during the daily performances.

    If you’re contributing from a distance we’re happy for you to use any wool you like. After the show the balaclava will become part of the exhibit that will then travel to various venues, so they will not be returned to the knitters.

    We are looking for volunteers of any age or gender who would like to take part in this public performance or to send contributions from afar.

    If you’re not in London but would be prepared to contribute a piece to the show we’d love it

    If this is of any interest please be in touch with us…. your work is amazing

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