My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Hitchhiker Beyond

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


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


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?


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:


He barely fits in his cat cup!


  1. Now that’s a good friend!
    Turquoise and brown make a lovely combo.
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  2. Those colors truly are beautiful together.

  3. Wow beautiful! Loki is such a doll!
    Happy Labor Day to you all too!

  4. It could only have been Hitchhiker Beyond! That yarn/colors look terrific with that pattern! And you are a supremely good cat momma!

  5. Love those two colors together. Your Hitchhiker is beautiful. Loki is resting so he can do more supervising!

  6. Beautiful yarn and project! My little girl kitty is much smaller than Loki – she has a lot more room on her kitty cup – lol! Loki is a handsome ball of fluff!

  7. Ooh, two (very pretty) colors. Weighing the yarn. Using it *all* up. All great ideas!
    I’ll be very interested in knowing the finished size. I must be the only
    Raveler who hasn’t taken the Hitchhiker plunge yet. I want a deeper
    version, not a longer, skinny one. And I have this insane idea that maybe
    some of the yarn I spin for Spinzilla might work.

  8. Shirley Gallagher says:

    Love the colors and the yarn, what a wonderful friend you have. Loki is so gorgeous, I love the photos you share. Happy Labor Day, enjoy your day off.

  9. Blue/Brown is on my favorite combos. Also green/brown and pink/brown. But actually I am not fan of plain brown, funny 😀
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