Knitting and reading friends, I have been busy since I last blogged. A couple of months ago, we finally said goodbye to our ancient, bulky, practically vintage television set, and made the jump to the happy world of flat screen tv, and, with it, the ability to stream movies and programs. Since then, I have mastered both the term and the concept of "binge-watching", which I can only do armed with needles and yarn, if only to fend off the guilt of spending this much time glued to my screen.
The first few weeks were spent catching up on "Breaking Bad", right up to the very last couple of episodes which I watched more or less live with the rest of mankind, or so it seemed at the time. When I wasn't busy shielding my eyes from all that violence, this is what I knitted:
Mittens and more mittens for afghans For Afghans, with a few hats thrown in. The tan wool yarn had been donated to a4A and I had fun combining it with alpaca and other fingering-weight wools from my stash.
After all that brown and all that seedy criminal activity, it was time for a change of mood, so I shifted gears and embarked on colorful knitting, accompanied by all four seasons of "Friday Night Lights", which I had ignored back in the day, in spite of my three daughters' huge enthusiasm for the show. My main reason back then was my embarrassing, utterly unpatriotic indifference to (American) football. I can't say that I understand the game any more now that I have watched every episode of the show. This may have something to do with the fact that I was paying much more attention to my knitting during the many, many game scenes. Meanwhile, I knitted and finished one striped cowl and one striped scarf.
I am so glad I shared my doubts about this cowl project on my last blog post. A fellow knitter encouraged me to persevere, and the moment I was done with grafting the two ends together, I could see what a comfy wear this was going to be. Blocking a long tube was a bit tricky, but it was worth it. I will post better photos as soon as my model gives me an hour of her time in full daylight, not an easy thing to arrange, but for now, I'll just say that I am pretty happy with how this wild thing turned out.
From bright stripes, it was only a small skip and a jump to chevron stripes. I first tried this scarf with just one colorway of a variegated yarn. It didn't look very good, so I frogged it and switched to two contrasting colorways of wonderful, delightful, fanciful Koigu. The pattern was a freebie which I modified slightly (more on this in a future post along with proper FO photographs). So much fun! This is such a perfect way to tame the busiest of variegated yarns. One day I'be brave and try chevron stripes in a sweater.
From high school football, its highs and lows, its heartbreaks and heartthrobs, I have now moved on to dark and creepy goings-on in Washington DC, courtesy of "Homeland" (which I find utterly addictive) and "House of Cards" (a bit more on the fence on this one). To cheer me up while I watched these dark and tormented characters either strive to defend our free world or to destroy it, depending on the episode, I made a bunch of tams for American Girl doll hats, again from a free pattern that I tweeked slightly: changing from worsted weight to fingering or light dk yarns, I cast on 52 sts on a #2 or #3 needle, switched to stockinette and started my decreases with *SSK, K11.
Perfect use of the last grams of an orphan skein of yarn. For this FO at least, I do have a willing model on hand. Say cheese, Molly!