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Tuesday, 19 March, 2013

What’s on the needles

Hitchhikers: Oh man, I am in so much trouble. This pattern is like the black hole of knitting for me, and now that I’ve been sucked in I can’t escape its pull. I started two of them this week, and I am not even exaggerating when I say there are like 7 more in different colors I’m considering knitting.

mot hitchhiker

Sundara Sock in Mint over Toffee

Mint over Toffee was dyed in limited quantities, like ten or less skeins, for a sock club Sundara did several years ago. I fell in love with this color, hard, and managed to track down 6 skeins of it. But for as pretty as it is in the skein, it’s a difficult color to knit with. Stockinette is out of the question with this much variegation. So all six skeins have sat in my stash, waiting for the perfect project. I’m only using two for my second Hitchhiker, but hey, it’s a start.

twisted hitchhiker

Twisted Fiber Arts Arial Evolution in Antique Shop

This pattern was pretty much made for gradient yarns. On my list (and yes, there is an actual list) of colors I want to make more Hitchhikers in is at least one more Arial Evolutions in another range of shades. My favorite colors for clothing are grey and black and more grey in other shades of grey so little shawls like these, in bright pops of color, are perfect for me.

woodland sampler borders finished

Woodland Sampler, by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

Woodland Sampler: I worked on this quite a lot over the weekend so I could get all the borders done before it was time to take a picture for this blog post. Cross stitch always takes longer than I think it should. I am really enjoying working on this though, and I’m excited to finally be able to move on to the fun part.

What’s off the needles

hitchhiker on fence

Hitchhiker, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight in Rare Gems

Hitchhiker: We established last week that the yarn was super mega beautiful. What I have not found out yet is whether one skein of BMFA STR is enough to make a decent sized Hitchhiker. I had really hoped to go on a giant blocking spree last week because I think I have three projects ready to take a little soak (let’s not talk about all the projects that need to be photographed because OMG I am months behind on those) but it was another case of my body not quite being back to its old self. Bending over for an extended period of time to block things is not in the cards for me quite yet. But if I find a single skein is enough to make a good sized shawl, then look out. I will be buying up Ravelry destashes and digging through my own small STR stash for all the barf colored shawls, until I remember I don’t like variegated yarn that much.

Current obsessions

viajante

Viajante, by Martina Behm

I am aware that this is a little too poncho-like for comfort. I know knitting this much stockinette stitch in the round will be mind-numbingly boring. But despite both of those warning signs, I want to knit Viajante so bad. Martina Behm, I am so in love with your patterns (see also: Lintilla).

The pattern calls for laceweight but HA, no. I don’t do laceweight. But I think Madelinetosh Merino Light would be a fantastic substitute, and it would look really classic in French Grey. Added to the queue.

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