You may think it’s been quiet here the past two weeks, but I leave this afternoon for a visit with family in Maine, and there is something about a trip that triggers in me the need to sew some new clothes. And, given I’m heading for northern New England in mid-October, the thoughts that maybe I could finish that Hitchhiker scarf I started knitting during the Olympics.
So, I’ve been busy. Mostly with stuff I don’t have pictures of yet, but if I don’t get this post written and up in the next few minutes it’s not gonna happen.
Here’s the finished Hitchhiker scarf (link goes to Ravelry):
This pattern was the perfect project for someone who hasn’t picked up a knitting needle in 20 years. You’d think garter stitch is tedious to do, but I found it wonderfully meditative and a great TV-time project. And, knitted up in a merino sock yarn, it’s soooooo squooshy and soft: I hope it’s cold in Maine!
Even more important than wardrobe, however, is being properly prepared for an 18-hour trip. The photo up top there is an experimental crocheted cowl (no pattern) that I made last year and then abandoned. A thick-ish cowl, as it turns out, is not the right use for this lovely merino/silk yarn. A more experienced thread-wrangler would have known that from the get-go, but I’m still behind the curve in that area.
Anyhoo, a couple of days ago I “frogged” it and rolled the yarn back into a ball. This time I’ll try knitting it into a lace scarf, and have a simple-enough-for-me pattern ready to go. I’m curious to see how much I can get done between here and the east coast.
Gotta wrap this up, because in a truly demented moment late last week I decided to push the concept of a “wearable muslin” to absurd lengths for a Burda jacket pattern. More on that in a future post. It’s not quite done: I need to finish the sleeve cuffs (by hand) before a last-minute errands run…
On another note, I will leave you with this inspiration photo:
I did a wash load of “grubbies” yesterday, with a several-hours soak in OxiClean, and my potholders came out about six shades lighter which reveals how incredibly shabby they have become. I think it’s time to add “new potholders” to my next-ups project list for when I get back next week!
Okay, I’m off…
Internet stalker/burglar types, please note that the fact I am headed for Maine for a little bit does not mean my house will be empty: Mr. de Hilo is staying here to keep the home fires burning and entertain the cats.