It’s Yarn Along day! Can you believe it’s the last Wednesday in January? Did the month seem to pass faster this year?
I am very happy to report that Shujin’s second sock is off the needles. In fact, both socks are blocked and were presented to him as a belated birthday present. And it didn’t take another week; just six days…
I feel a little like a proud mom.
Once finished, I cast on a double knitting practice square in preparation for the Epic Knits mystery knit along that I signed up for last month. The practice square is from Lattes & Llamas’ Geek-A-Long project.
This is the Mario Kart square from the 2016 collection. I’m working it with Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in Alfalfa and White. When it’s finished I’ll post pictures of both sides so you can see how it turns out.
Double knitting definitely works both sides of the brain. I haven’t tried this in 20? years, preferring instead to stick to normal intarsia since I usually don’t have a need to show two sides of the fabric. But Silly Me thought she could go straight to the MKAL without practicing. She cast on the required stitches of the Epic Knits project, started the first pattern, and found out she couldn’t remember how to double knit correctly. So she hastily watched a YouTube video, frogged the thing and started again. And again. And again.
Yes, many hours later, the beautiful alpaca yarn lay forlornly tangled on the carpet, Silly Me grabbed a pint of Sierra Nevada, and a few minutes (and half a bottle) later the superhero Smart Me emerged from the realm of yarn funk with the realization that she needed to practice.
Well, duh! Two hundred posts in the forums discussing the difficulties of double knitting should’ve convinced me of that. But it didn’t. As usual, I had to learn the hard way.
The good news is that I also learned fuzzy alpaca isn’t the best yarn to use for double knitting anyway. No matter how much is saved during the yarn sale.
The bad news is that I had to order new yarn. Okay, maybe that’s good news, too, depending on one’s point of view. And practice. Thus, the first square of what (I hope) is to be a new blanket is on my knitting needles.
In the meantime, the MKAL is progressing. The spoiler thread in the forums has beautiful pictures of the scarves being knit. I don’t think I will be able to catch up at this point, but I still can’t wait to get started. Tania cleverly used role playing and a storyline to make this knit along interesting. I’ve only rolled my character (and her cat companion) and read the first chapter. It was hard not to continue reading and rolling for pattern selections, but I would rather wait until I’m ready.
The woes of a knitting geek!
As a side note, I’m still reading Knitlandia (liking it), The Lies of Locke Lamora (liking it), and The Way of Zen (loving it). I’m finding that I don’t read now as much as I used to. I would much rather knit when I have free time, and there are so many good podcasts to listen to that I haven’t felt the need to even listen to a book.
Here’s your hyperjump to the other Yarn Along projects: WARP SPEED NOW