Knitting on the Plane to Panama

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Since I posted about Maggie’s sweater, shown above being worn (yay!), I have knit things. Many small things. Some pairs of things. Things to add to the pile of knits that keep us warm.

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(Rikke for Maggie)

Lately the knitting happens between other things; I have a job now, and ferrying children home from school takes a big chunk of the day. If I could knit while driving, man wouldn’t that be great?

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(Rikke for Jerry)

 

I knit in small chunks, enjoying it when I can. I now understand the question “how do you find the time to knit?” because some weeks I don’t.

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(Kinetic for Mom)

Here and there I pick up a project, finishing things some weeks, ignoring them others. But the knitting bag kindly waits for me, waits for those days when I have the time and energy to knit for a bit.

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(Girdwood for Maggie)

This post is a snapshot of my knitting progress, evidence that yes, I am a knitter. Knitting isn’t as central to my life as it once was, but I am so grateful to have all the yarn around. It keeps us warm.

This post is also to tell you about something I’m doing this Spring. My sister Holly is hosting a wellness retreat in Panama at the end of May. I’ll be attending (with knitting, naturally) and I’m so excited to participate in the retreat. In Holly’s own words, there will be “yoga, fitness, goal-setting, yummy food, adventure, relaxation” all at one of Panama’s most famous beaches. This is a new venture for my sister, and I hope you’ll have a look at her website to learn more about the trip. The “early bird” rate is available through the end of February.

Visit AlaskaHealthStyle for more details. If you have questions, leave a comment or email me and I’ll get you in touch with Holly. Thank you for looking!

 

I knit a sweater

Time passes, children grow, seasons change. It was time for Maggie to get a new sweater.

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I purchased some beautiful heathery purple Ella Rae Classic yarn during Webs’ summer yarn sale. It was $4 per ball or thereabouts and I used about 2.5 balls for this sweater. All the colors in the yoke, various worsted weight wools, came from stash. At $12 a very economical sweater, indeed.

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The pattern is Elizabeth Zimmerman’s yoke sweater, found in various books and pamphlets. Some time ago I bought the version known as Spun Out #4 – Child’s Fair Isle Yoke Sweater, a single sheet of legal-size paper covered front and back with EZ’s typewritten and hand-drawn pattern.  You can still buy it, as part of the Spun Out Collection, from Schoolhouse Press. I have knit the pattern before, when I used the charts provided. This time I charted my own design.

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I labored away on the sleeves and body for a few weeks. When I hit the yoke it was a race to the finish just to see what it would look like. I am very pleased with the final design, which differs slightly from the original chart because it was muuuuch too long and had to be unknit and altered for a quicker neckline.

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The thing about knitting an EZ sweater is the sudden urge to subsequently knit all the other EZ patterns ever. There is neither enough time nor wool for such endeavors. Just kidding, there’s totally enough wool.

At the moment, we’re experiencing Autumn in NC. There’s no promise for cool temps to continue, but I remain hopeful for a good, prolonged cold snap. Maggie, at least, will be ready.

Stripe Study

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As my last few semesters of school wound down, I became obsessed with stripes. There hadn’t been much knitting during my two years at school and I needed something coveted and something simple. Two things fit the bill.

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This Stripe Study Shawl was cast on knowing that I’d be traveling during my second internship, with ample car and airport time for long stretches of garter-mania.

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I used a yarn that I bought years ago from SAFF is Asheville. The labels were long gone but I remember that it was a sport weight wool in natural colors from a small producer. The result is lightweight and spriongy…you really have to feel it in person. I can’t wait to wear it when the air cools.

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The other stripey project I obsessed over came in the form of hats. I went on a bender and decided to knit up all of my Shelter yarn (and other woolly remnants) to make the perfect hat.

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The result was a multitude of hats. Some stripe patterns worked better than others, some color combos were just meh, but the real point of all these hats was really just busy hands.

I was compelled, during those last few months of classes, to keep knitting no matter what. I have so many hats to show for it. It was odd, given that I had let months pass without picking up a single project. Now that school is finished (like, finished-finished) I’m thinking of starting a few big knitting projects, and thinking a lot about my knitting past and my photographic future.