Snack knitting seems to be the knitting of choice these days. It really helps focus one’s attention to have a self-imposed limitation to use only yarn on hand.
Shyeahright. My attention is so shot these days. My attention span is somewhere between squirrel and goldfish right now. I can’t seem to focus on anything except Words with Friends, where I am sorry to report that SQUEE is not a word.
What you’ve got here is Madeline Tosh DK (shade Graphite) and also Madeline Tosh Vintage (shade Terra). These two yarns are first cousins, with Vintage a tiny bit heavier but I am ROUGHING IT and MAKING DO with what I have.
The pattern is Madeline Tosh’s Bubble Wrap Cowl.
This stitch is a relative of the Ballband Dishcloth stitch. You’re using one color per round, you’re feeling kind of clever. But there are no slipped stitches here. No, it’s much weirder than that. The way you get the fabric to bubble up is kind of great. You knit along, row up on row of easy greasy knitting. Then. At an appointed and dramatic moment, you drop four stitches down, stick your needle into the unfettered stitch and knit it, thereby catching the four dropped stitch strands on the back of the work.
Oh MAN. It just doesn’t get more thrilling than that.
The backside looks like smocking. Remember smocking??? Right up there with tatting, quilling, bobbin lace and fixing dinner as Semi-Lost Arts.
In other news, sometimes somebody blogs so deliciously that you wish you’d blogged it yourself. If you’d like to go along on Gale Zucker’s visit to Nashville and the Monteagle Assembly last month, her three-part recounting of her journey rivals Alexis de Tocqueville, if Alexis de Tocqueville were good with a camera. Gale makes the Assembly seem a lot more benign than it actually is, I will say.
What are you all working on? I could use some inspiration!