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Color Correcting

Much seed stitchIf I thought that my stars were turning out too skewed towards pink/purple/blue… well, two of the projects on my needles are going to add some greens into the mix.

The first is my Margit in the Wind hat, which is proceeding… very slowly. That is what happens when you are working on size 0 needles, I suppose – I’m almost to the place where I fold over the brim. The second is my Sunwalker shawl, which is certainly moving along (except that it is going to use over 1000 yards of fingering weight yard, so moving along is really a relative concept).

So textureIt starts out with a lengthy section of seed stitch, which isn’t fast going but is giving the shawl a beautiful texture. I’m using Knit Picks Palette for this one as well, in the colorway Rainforest Heather. It’s a dark green with heathered spots of teal and red, which is much more beautiful than that description makes it sound. I like the use of a heathered yarn in a situation like this – it lends visual interest, but doesn’t take away from the design elements of the piece. I purchased it during a Knitpicks sale a couple years ago, intending it for a sweater, but I’m happy with this use.

I’m really excited about this one! I love the combination of seed stitch texture and lace, and for my wardrobe the dark green color will be very versatile. Like many office dwellers, I work in a building which is approximately as warm as Siberia in January, so a nice wool garment is always appreciated.

This is my second project by Melanie Berg this year, and I’m starting to think that it will not be my last. (The first project, a Drachenfels shawl, was finished just before I started back up with blogging again. I’m including a picture here for illustration and because I love it). Rustic chair bonusI have the yarn for an Ashburn  (Purl Soho Linen Quill in Turmeric and Salt + Pepper, plus an unknown third yarn in natural white/cream – I’ll be swatching to see which one works best out of my stash) and during the yarn crawl  that I’m going on with my mother I’m going to keep my eye out for yarn for a Rikochan or Solaris. Her patterns are well edited, fun to knit, and so far have turned out really, really well. Consider me a fan.

I find this shape of shawl (asymmetrical triangle/boomerang) to be very wearable – they stay on well for me and look more modern to my eyes than traditional center increase shawls.

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Beige and Stripey

img_2209My early attempts at knitting during breaks at my current job were, in hindsight, probably cursed.

On paper, I have a great commute. A pleasant walk to the subway, a fairly brief ride to downtown, a quick stroll to my office. There’s a bus I can take instead of the walk if I feel like it, and if one subway line is misbehaving (in winter, especially, always a possibility) there are two more within a reasonable distance.

My commute is cursed when it comes to knitting.  There was the time that a pushy fellow passenger bumped me and my bag into the wall hard enough that it snapped a wooden dpn. There was the time that I bumped myself and my bag into the wall hard enough that a metal needle pierced my bag and almost stabbed me in the process.

And knitting in the break room wasn’t much better for concentration. I’m in IT. People come to find me at all times. So anything that included lace, colorwork, or anything else that could be considered tricky inevitably got mangled. And when the goal of lunch time knitting is to relax, needing to carefully frog rows of mangled lace just doesn’t hit the spot.

All this to say that I have decided to have an office project, and that this project is a simple little garter stitch number in baby alpaca, which is lovely to knit with during my all-too-brief lunch breaks. Pattern is Swedish Lines by Caroline Wiens, knit in Cloudborn Fibers Baby Alpaca Fingering. I couldn’t stand the fabric I was getting on the called-for size 8s, and I don’t need a shawl that large anyways, so I’m using size 4 circs. Progress is slow, but I like what I’m seeing so far.

And as a bonus, I haven’t destroyed any needles or bags on the red line recently. And my rates of accidental needle stabbing have gone way down.

 

 

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