August 5, 2008
It’s a good thing I like to knit. I seem to have a lot on my plate with the knitting. It’s not that my initial wild enthusiasm for a project dies down; it’s more that it runs into all the other objects of said wild enthusiasm. They start bickering and jockeying for time and before you know it, I am only doing the choicest, most fun bits of each project. But then I remember: this is my HOBBY. This is supposed to be FUN. It’s OK to do the fun parts first.
Last weekend I got to work on a bunch of stuff because for about two hours nobody needed sunscreen, food, or my undivided attention as they recited the play-by-play from a Yankee game. (I’m feeling a sudden kinship with Bob Costas’ mom. O the maternal fortitude.)
Wall of Linen “Square” 8
The Wall of Linen has benefited from a couple of airplane rides including a weather delay. This square is 3-squares-in one. You start with the center one. Cast on 60 stitches. Knit 60 ridges, striping as the mood strikes you. Bind off on the RS.
I introduced peach and brown to echo the cushion that inspired me, but did not try to copy it exactly. I subbed in a small amount of leftover indigo-dyed linen that I’ve been hoarding, for a couple of the pale blue stripes.
THEN, pick up one stitch in each ridge (i.e., 60 stitches) on one side and continue striping away in the same palette for 60 garter ridges. Bind off on the RS.
THEN, go to the other side, pick up one stitch in each ridge (i.e., 60 stitches), and work 60 ridges in alternating stripes of navy and cream. Bind off on the RS. Finish by edging the entire rectangle with cro-Kay (pick up 2 stitches on the edge, *bind off one stitch, pick up one stitch, continue from * all the way around the rectangle).
One would be justified in pausing to reflect on whether the cro-Kay is really needed. It takes a while. Its purpose is obscure, its usefulness uncertain. Since I haven’t tried to join any of the pieces yet, I don’t know whether I’ll be glad, sad or mad about the cro-Kay. (Kind of a Seussian moment. Will you cro-Kay in a box? With a fox? In a house? With a mouse?) But for the moment I am committed to the cro-Kay. I have this idea that it will make the join look like a design feature instead of something cobbled together.
(For those knitting along: Yes, I skipped over Square 7. I can’t remember why, but there was a reason, probably something to do with Colors In Bag. Also, the picture shows that there is a slight glitch with Square 8, in that it would appear to be too short. Will rectify.)
This is a single square from the glorious Barn-Raising Blanket in Knitalong. It’s my contribution to a sweet gift blanket that is being done all in reds. I fell in love with this sock yarn from ShibuiKnits (which means “elegant with a touch of bitterness” in Japanese–isn’t that cool?), because of the subtle striations. I prefer a slightly uneven solid, to flat solids or truly variegated colors. There’s something so pleasing about that flicker of color. (Maybe it’s the touch of bitterness.)
Woolly Beach Blanket?
I’m still soldiering on with the second raffle blanket for Oliver’s Fund. I’m anxious to get this done because Michaela has so kindly kept the raffle bookkeeping open for so long, waiting for the paint-drying/grass-growing process that is me, sewing square to square. It’s not what you would call a portable project, at this point. It’s more than halfway there, including the border. As always with “improvised” blankets, I’m loving the surprise of seeing the idea play out. Such beautiful squares. The border is a a Koigu solid in a walnutty brown. Again with the flickering monotone.
It’s so exciting to see all the projects piling up for Team Afghans for Afghans! Can’t wait to cast on my project. (Pie Man, from Tadpoles and Tiddlers, in Rowan Magpie Aran.) For those not in Ravelry, you still need something to knit while watching the goings-on in Beijing, and Afghans for Afghans will welcome your contribution regardless!