I know it's a keychain.
Don't be a wiseguy.
Do you know what it is - what its purpose is?
It's a chapstick holder. Okay, let's get this right. It's a lip balm holder. Isn't it cute?
It was an easy little knit. Piece of cake. Mmmmm . . . cake. I used US 3 needles and Sugar'n Cream cotton, knitting it magic loop style, K2P2 rib over 12 stitches. Just made it long enough to fit the tube and then did a 3-needle bind off. Cuteness.
So I made a second one . . .
I knit this pink one from the bottom up using the magic cast on for toe-up socks (not that I've ever knit toe-up socks, but I figured it would work for a toe-up chap . . . ahem . . . lip balm holder.) This way, the bound-off end is the open end, so it's a lot more rigid and sturdy. (I think those words kind of mean the same thing, but they help me make my point.) I like it better this way.
I'm planning to knit a bunch of these and sell them at our team booth at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Milford in September. Our team is geared around breast cancer (Woohoo! Breast cancer!), so I figure that I'll knit them in different shades of pink. Pinkity pink pink. Hopefully, they'll sell for a few bucks each and all of the proceeds go to the ACS. Good stuff.
Have I ever told you how much I love summer? I hate the heat and I can't stand the hot sun, but I love love love the knitting time. It's a wonderful thing when my real life doesn't get in the way of my knitting.