The other day I was watching a Knitty Gritty episode, where they made beautiful items with simple rectangles and easy stitches. It was the specialty yarns that made the difference. Unfortunately, I can't afford that stuff, so I went looking for ideas in my yarn cupboard. I came up with several, knitted up some samples, and posted them on my website. (Please excuse the lousy page design--I need to work on that site, but I'm too busy with my daughter's pet expo).
I'm really sorry I didn't think up the elastic trick for the footies I knitted last Christmas. It comes out really thick, soft, and stretchy.
Now I want to try a pattern, using the "party" or "confetti" idea. I'm thinking I could take a simple picture--like the logo on Love Your Pet Expo, turn it into a transparent gif file, print it on graph paper, and count the stitches to transfer it to my knitting. Then, I could add the black yarn as a 2nd color and make the pattern that way. For something like a sunflower, the ends could be left hanging. I'll bet this isn't making a bit of sense, is it.
As soon as I get something finished, I'll post a photo.
Anybody else have ideas for making specialty yarns?