Spring knitting

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IMG_0826I’ve been fitting in some knitting time between all the outdoor projects of this season. Never enough, of course, but enough that I think we are due for a check-in. I finished this hat a week or two ago, and gave it a good trial when we camped over the weekend. I’m happy to report that it passed with flying colors, which means that I still like the fit and it stayed on my head through a whole night of sleeping-on-the-ground rotisserie action. The yarn is Loft, from Brooklyn Tweed, which I fall in love with a little bit more each time I knit with it. It’s lightweight, but fluffy and soft and woolly in the absolute best sense. And I managed to finish the hat with exactly five feet left, which meant it got contrasting tassels.

Most of my recent knitting time has been spent on another baby blanket project. Which mostly looks like a vaguely octopus-like blob:
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Which means while it is really satisfying to knit, it is terrifically uninteresting to blog about. If I arrange the blob just so, I can make it look slightly more interesting…IMG_0841But this view has looked the same for ages, because it’s reached the size where it’s only growing in the part that you can’t really see. It’s a rather unconventional choice for a baby blanket but I had a strong urge to knit a circular blanket when it was time to start this project and I’m pretty confident that these parents will happily roll with unconventional. I also decided to make up the pattern as I went, which has resulted in a fair number of extra hours spent in some version of this:

2015-05-15 17.34.02bThere’s also the added excitement that I’m knitting with a very finite amount of yarn (it came from a closeout bin a few years ago), so without a pattern the yardage math is rather high stakes. Which is exactly why that elaborate edging I was graphing out above got nixed – there’s a chance I would have had enough yarn, but not a chance that I was willing to take. I have three skeins of yarn and I’m barreling down the home stretch of number two, feeling awfully anxious to see if it holds out as long as I calculated it would. And by “barreling down”, understand that I’m at least a couple hours of knitting away from the end, but I’ve been knitting extra fast. Because no amount of rational thinking will convince me that I can’t fit more stitches into that yarn if I just knit a little faster. Stay tuned, folks, the knitting spreadsheets may get exciting.

 

 

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