My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

It Grows

My big at-home colorwork project is growing. See?

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I am a couple of inches away from the start of the armholes. I am doing a simple drop-shoulder design so I’ll insert steeks and keep on knitting.

Loki can barely contain his excitement!

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Hitchhiker Beyond

Those of you who said that my new lunchtime project is Martina Behm’s new pattern Hitchhiker Beyond are correct!

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A couple of weeks ago I got a surprise in the mail — some gorgeous handspun yarn from my friend Leslie.

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I love that Leslie thought of me and spontaneously sent me some of her beautiful work for no reason that than that she is a lovely person. I loved coming home from work to a mysterious package and the contents definitely made my day. Heck, they made my week!

The yarn is a merino silk blend, 2-ply sport/dk weight, and there are approximately 350 yards of each color. As soon as I saw it, I thought “striped garter stitch shawl!” And then a couple of days after I got it, Martina released her new pattern. It was meant to be!

I worked a little swatch in stripes to decide on a needle size, and settled on a U.S. size 6. Working Hitchhiker Beyond in stripes instead of one color is working out beautifully — I don’t even need a row counter because I can see at a glance when I need to bind off for the points.

The two colors of yarn complement each other so nicely. Knitted up, you don’t see the blue bits in the brown/tan yarn nearly as clearly as you see them in the skein, which I find interesting. But they do look lovely together, don’t they?

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My progress is slow because I am knitting this only in stolen moments here and there. I do a couple of rows while I eat lunch, or if I only have a few minutes. My “big” project is bulky and heavy now, so I don’t want to drag it out if I only have 15 minutes of knitting time.

I weighed the yarn before starting so I can knit my shawl by weight — I want to be sure to use all of the yarn!

Happy Labor Day!

Loki and I are in the middle of a lovely holiday weekend. When he is not in my lap, he is never far away:

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He barely fits in his cat cup!