March 22, 2006
Weekend before last, the family went to Florida for the weekend to attend a memorial service in honor of a beautiful friend who lived to the fullest almost every minute of her 85 years.
Florida explains the sunlight and greenery in some of the pictures. Others go to Florida to swim and bask and wear green & pink capri pants. Me, I’m not a sun person. I’m a knitting person.
We were about to go through security at La Guardia when I reached for my second bag. You know, the one with a weekend’s worth of knitting in it. (“Weekend’s worth” being an absurdly optimistic concept.) THERE WAS NO SECOND BAG. Ack! I ran back to the curbside check-in: No Bag. This meant that either the bag was locked in the car in the long-term parking garage, or a Knefarious Knitting Thief had swiped it while I was distracted at the curbside check-in. The unconnected parts of two sweaters, a ton of yarn, and some choice blue-stained bamboo needles–all potentially lost. I did a little pre-mourn, but took heart when I realized that if I ripped out a wonky log cabin strip on the Kaffe Intarsia Log Cabin (thank goodness I had separated the knitting into 2 bags!), I would have enough knitting for the plane ride. On arrival in Florida, I would call upon my survival skills to reconnoiter some yarn. Hubby, who was only partially successful at hiding his delight at the disappearance of 2 sweaters’ worth of clutter, assured me that yarn-finding would be a top priority, right up there with Lunch.
So we found a yarn store. In a strip mall on the west of Lake Worth, Florida, a nice little shop called Just ImagiKnit (aw!). They had no Rowan Denim to help me with the Kaffe Intarsia Log Cabin, so I had to figure out what to knit with what they had. I spied some Tahki Cotton Classic, which I had used for months and months of knitting on the Mitered Square Blanket of beloved queen-sized memory. I have been wanting to make an alt version, only smaller and cuter. I picked out some skeins of Tahki Cotton Classic, including a spritely ‘tweed’ (2 colors) and a ‘colors’ (3 or more colors) blend. I set to work.
This project may seem like Deja Vu All Over Again. But it’s not. I loved knitting the first one, but I couldn’t bear to do the same, huge thing a second time. This one has a more limited palette. I am trying to come up with some new graphic effects with the squares. But my grand ambition for this blanket is: a NO-SEW patchwork blanket. This thrilling objective will be achieved through the deployment of 2 key strategies.
1. Knitting the squares onto each other by picking up stitches. This will form the 4-square blocks without sewing. It also means that the striped squares will be differently oriented, creating interesting challenges and opportunities for messing around.
2. Joining the blocks, be they 4-square or be they 2-square or even 1-square, by picking up stitches along the edges to be joined, and doing 3-needle bind-offs. The 3-needle bind-off will be another design opportunity.
What fun! What great portable knitting! As I was mentioning to Norma, I’m going to London. So I need some major portable airplane and train knitting for the next 2 weeks.
Here’s one of the hopefully cool graphic thingies starting to emerge
Here’s the state of play on my departure from New York.
Now I’m in London, so this post is posting all by itself, by the magic of Moveable Type. The goal: finished blanket by the time I get home. Just to keep me honest, the blanket will have the equivalent of 12 4-square blocks. And a border. Of course a border. Well, maybe not a border.
P.S. The bag was in the car when we got home. So the unconnected sweater parts are still with us, and new yarn has been added to the clutter. Yay!