It’s early days! Early days I tell you!
First, good news: I have unlocked my first Giftalong Achievement.
It has a ribbon candy thing going for it that is very seasonal. It also has points (being a parallelogram), that I did not manage to get into the frame.
I was happy all the way through this project. Between the light, lovely yarn, with its fascinating color modulations, and the sweet, syncopated rhythm of the sequence-knitting stitch pattern, I didn’t want it to end. I loved the clever way the pattern handles the color changes, 3 stitches in from the edge. And after all that knitting, there were only 4 ends to weave in.
I could have made my Parallelogram Scarf longer (and used up all the yarn), but I like to bind off a scarf before it becomes so long that it wants to trail behind the wearer or drag its tips on the ground.
See? It’s folded in half and it still wraps twice. Tiny John Lennon loves it.
And now I can make pom poms with the remaining Freia nubbins, which may have been my scheme all along.
Next on My List
Now, with one FO to my account, I’ve got Giftalong Fever. Must knit moar gifts!
First up: a Sheep Sorrel Hat and Mitts set, with Delicious Mystery Yarn That We Can’t Talk About Just Yet.
I cannot wait to get this yarn on my needles. It’s perfect for the Sheep Sorrel Hat and Mitts, and for the know-the-provenance-of-your-yarn ethos of Hannah Thiessen’s book, Slow Knitting.
A couple of weeks ago I saw a young woman walking on Broadway, wearing a large-gauge garter-stitch scarf. It had that homey, handmade look that in New York usually means they got it at Barneys or someplace with similarly shocking prices. It was color-blocked, with abrupt and obvious color changes; no “fade” at all.
I loved it and of course immediately had the dangerous knitterly thought: I could whip that thing up in no time, and Carrie would look great in it.
Problem: I don’t have any yarn that weight on hand.
Solution: I have these lovely single skeins of Plucky Knitter Bello Worsted. If I double them up, I’ll get a pretty chewy gauge going.
This vague plan got galvanized today, when Bonne Marie Burns’s Chic Knits blog featured a handy clip & save chart for combining yarns for quick knitting. If Bonne Marie thinks this is a viable plan, that’s good enough for me. I haven’t even cast on yet, but my scarf is already nicer than the one I saw on Broadway.
Is a scrappy, big-stitch scarf the knitter’s answer to the Hail Mary of edible gifts?
I sure hope so!