We have been on a family vacation, and I wanted some hand work to take along for the plane rides and long trips in the car.
I am using a skein of Dizzy Blonde yarn/colorway Run Amok to make a scarf.
I wound the yarn into two balls, and I am waiting to see how long it is after one ball before I decide if it is too wide. I generally prefer skinny, long scarves, but I am trying to keep an open mind. Plus, I am basically lazy and don’t want to rip it out to start over!
For my second project, I jumped onto the English paper pieced hexagon craze. No scissors on airplanes, so I prepped a bunch of pieces before leaving home.
I am making diamond units, and I plan to use an argyle pattern, so there will be solid color sections with white Xs. These are 3/4-inch hexagons so this piece will probably end up as a wall hanging.
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Yes, I just shared new yarn last week. My Dark Side of the Moon scarf is now about 8 inches long and continues to make me happy, which is the ultimate goal of any hobby!
But, there was this knit-along on Ravelry…
Jimmy Beans Wool is a fabulous yarn store in Reno, NV. I have to shop online, but their customer service is great – sometimes they warp the space-time continuum and I get my order in two days. Unbelievable! They have a very talented staff who design and run a variety on knit-alongs, many based on popular TV shows. The above yarn was inspired by Elsa from Frozen, who has taken over the ABC show “Once Upon A Time.” It is actually shades of icy blue and light teal, merging into pink and lavender.
I did not actually join the knit-along, shocking I know since I tend to join everything! But my daughter has a solo part in this year’s Christmas ice skating recital, and they are doing Frozen. So, I had the crazy/brilliant idea to make the director a cowl. The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, and it is so soft and cuddly! I picked an easy-to-memorize pattern called “Bar Hopping Cowl,” and I will take better pictures once you can begin to see the pattern. I have three rows done plus the seed stitch border.
And I have to mention the needles. You can barely see the red tips in the photo. I made a cost-saving decision to try Knitter’s Pride Dreamz instead of my usual Addi brand. So far, I am impressed. They have very sharp tips which is helpful, although the tip is longer than I am used to. The join on the circular is smooth. Overall, a thumbs up.
Tis the season – are you doing any handmade gifts this year?
I haven’t linked up with Judy L. in a while, so today I will share my current knitting project. I had a huge surge of knitting mojo at the beginning of the summer, and I finished two shawls and most of a tee. August was full of temptation with several shawl knit-alongs on Ravelry, but I settled on Steve May’s Crossbones Cowl from The Fiber Factor. You can find the pattern here.
I’m not sure of the measurements, I’m about two-thirds of the way done. I am using the recommended yarn, Kenzie by Skacel in the colorway #1013, a tweedy blue-teal. The various basketweave patterns make it a very interesting pattern to knit, but easy enough to memorize once you get going. I am using stitch markers between each 24-stitch pattern section and after about 10 rows of the chart I was confident enough to read my stitches and remember when each section changed from knit to purl. I keep this project in the car and I get get a round or two done each afternoon in the carpool lane.