Working. What a concept. When I post Instagrams of my latest Icelandic sweater, people express amazement at my speed. It’s not speed, it’s a daily half-hour in each direction on the A/C or sometimes the B/D to the R. Until you get to the yoke, it’s perfect subway knitting, around and around in stockinette on circulars. Circular needles are the commuter-knitter’s friend. One less thing to go wrong. If a ball of yarn rolls across the floor of the subway car: indulgent smiles, help the old dear by picking it up for her. When a needle falls: all eyes avert.
At my rather ordinary rate of knitting speed (I’m an English/American style knitter, a thrower if you will, and this is not the speediest knitting method but the one I learned at age 12 so I’M NOT CHANGING IT or my synapses will BLOW), the body of a children’s size 14 lopapeysa takes 2 weeks of subway riding, and each sleeve takes a week, or less if you work on it while watching TV at night before you drop off into the sleep of the just.
So now I’m at the Exciting Yoke Phase of this sweater. The pattern is Verur, from Vedis Jonsdottir’s book Knitting With Icelandic Wool. It is the third in my series of 6 Lopapeysas for young members of our June 2012 trip to Iceland. It was an unforgettable trip, but just to make sure, the kids are all getting sweaters. A lopapeysa is for life.
I’m not risking taking this on the subway, so here’s the current Commuter Knitting.
This is the start of my first Clapoktus. Apparently Clapotis and Baktus got together and gave us Clapoktus. You don’t question these things, you just cast on. I’m thrilled to be finally using my stashlet of Handmaiden Sea Silk, bought in a fever that time we went to Oregon for Cat Bordhi’s moebius knitting festival. I’ve got enough for an XXL Clapoktus, and enough in another color for a second one. This is the summer accessory of 2013 for me.
Happy Monday, all! Miss you! Love you!