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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m pleased as punch that I had the foresight last January to start knitting the Christmas stockings. They are done, all six, and I was never stressed about finishing. Now, it did take me nearly a year to knit what amounts to very little knitting but we are not focusing on that.
We have finished stockings, people, and that is all that matters!!!
The patterns all came from the Christmas Stocking eBook from Annie’s Woolens and were all perfectly written. The only tiny change I made was to add a picot edge at each top hem. I absolutely loved knitting short row heels and toes because it is a technique that I haven’t used much before. The instructions made it really easy to understand. Since I usually knit socks toe-up, it was also quite thrilling to know that I can do a mean kitchener, without even looking up directions.
I’m so glad that I bought the recommended yarn for this pattern: Barlettyarns Maine Wool. It is rustic and woolly and you know I love that. I remember doing some crude math last January to try and determine how much yarn I would need for all six stockings. Miraculously I got it right – I used every skein and didn’t run out. Came a little close with the green though.
You can check out my pattern page for each stocking (basically just a bigger version of the pictures, not much else) on Ravelry.
My knitting time is scarce, yo. But it is Spring Break at school – woo! – and yesterday I picked up the Christmas stockings I started a while ago. The pattern is really quick to knit, actually, and I might even finish this angel stocking today if I don’t have to rip out the heel twice like I did on the first one.
They will all be personalized at the top with our names. I am going to make six stockings; four for us, one for the cat (the kids insist) and one for my mother in law who is often with us on Christmas morning. So I’m one quarter of the way to being finished, and it’s only March 5th!