Hi everyone. Well, it's been another week of bopping around like a ping pong ball from project to project. Recently, I won a skein of yarn from the Great Outdoors KAL hosted by Knitting Butterflies and it arrived in the post this week. It's very lovely and dyed by a fellow Minnesotan, but not quite my colors so I decided to knit it into a hat to donate for my friend Amy's Charity Group. The yarn is a soft and squishy superwash merino so very well suited to a Chemo hat. I choose a Martina Behm hat pattern that I've knit before that's garter stitch based to help me practice my new picking technique.
Speaking of new techniques, I also learned a trick at my retreat to do away with the ladders I get when I knit socks with double pointed needles. You simply wrap or pick the yarn up having it cross over your needle in the opposite direction. Normally I pick the yarn up from below to cross over ontop the needle. So instead, on that first stitch of each needle I pick up the yarn from above to cross over going downwards. This helps because it makes a shorter length of yarn in the stitch. Does that make sense? It also puts that first stitch on the needle twisted so you need to knit that stitch through the back loop to correct it's position. As you can see I am only slightly into this sock so I can't say for certain how its working yet, but I'm excited to hopefully solve this long standing problem of mine.
But, since socks are not on my year of projects list I felt I should get back to one of those projects and picked up the Dudester Scarf again. This knitting project is the bane of my existence. The pattern is super duper simple and yet I find myself making mistakes and having to perpetually tink back and re-knit. I'm not sure what the hang up is but after an hour or so of frustration I decided to cast on for another project. You see I have yet another scarf to knit for Christmas for yet another of my friend Anna's friends (as an aside don't ever make knitting commitments to others while under the influence of alcohol. You feel good and magnanimous and forget that scarves aren't like cowls and take forever to knit.) I was going to knit this pattern, but in the essence of time I chose this simpler one instead. I'm knitting it with Zealana's Kauri worsted weight yarn and I really like the look; the possum hair makes a beautiful halo. But, after purchasing this yarn it dawned on me that they kill the possums to get their hair and even though they are an incredible pest problem in New Zealand it does bother me so as I probably will not buy this yarn again.
That's my knitting progress for this week. I'm hoping the next one will have more focus and maybe a completed object - ah time will tell. If you want to check out the other Year of Project participants you can find them here. I'll leave you this week with a photo of my son and husband at the MN Renaissance Festival. We're waiting for the jousting to begin and Sam is showing off his purchase of a dragon that can wrap around your neck or wrist to keep you company. It was a wonderful day.