The Love Knitting Blog posted a funny article about others reactions to knitting. As someone who knits in public often, I have heard almost all of them. One that I feel should be added to this list is: “Omg! How long does that take you?!?” I get it people are curious. At this point these reactions don’t phase me. Often times I suggest that they take a stab at it. 😉
What are some of your favorite reactions to your knitting?
Warm sun and clear skies was the forecast for this past weekend. So FH (future husband), myself, and two friends headed south to the San Bruno Mountains for a hike. In addition to our great views, we also encountered what felt like millions of lady bugs! Since ladybugs are lucky, I hope good fortune is headed my way ;). Overall, we made it 8.5 miles round trip. My feet were killing, but it was all worth it. Nothing like getting to enjoy a little nature.
What did you get to do this weekend?
As a child I loved Mister Rodgers’ Neighborhood. I don’t know what it was about him that had me so interested…maybe the soothing calm voice? My favorite part was his routine of him coming in the house and putting on a sweater. I am a sucker for a good ol’ cable knit cardigan (even then!) and I have to say Mr. Rodgers had some great ones. Here is a video of Mr. Rodgers showing off his collection of cardigans. The sweetest part of it has to be that his mother made them all of him. How adorable! Just goes to show how much hand-knitting can mean to your recipients.
Happy Friday Everyone!
The highlight of the week has to be my new needles arriving. I ordered a 47″ fixed circular needles (US size 1) from Knit Picks last week and they arrived on Tuesday. I selected these specifically to make socks two-at-a-time. If you haven’t heard of or gone on the Knit Picks website you need to get there ASAP (plus there is a sale going on!). I like the affordable needles and other tools they offer. Nothing beats knitting needles for around $5 a set.
My first two-at-a-time endeavor will be… the Business Casual Socks by Tanis Lavallee. It has been in my queue for awhile. I got out my leftover Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn (in Mustard) and got to work. The pattern calls for DPNs, but I really don’t like using them. So I decided to try Two-at-a-Time Magic loop.The guide on Jimmy Beans Wool has a video and written instructions. I love that internet videos are so readily available for all things knitting (yay technology!), but sometimes videos confuse me. The added visual support of written instructions is super nice. This method was a little tricky. It took me about 30 minutes to get my socks cast-on and to complete one row. I think the tricky part was managing the rather long circular needle. Since you are using two balls of yarn and the longer circular, things can get quite tangled. However, I got myself straightened out and now I have almost the whole cuff completed!
I can’t wait to see how these socks come out. Check back for progress!
The smooth glide of wood
I relish repetition
Wool calming my mind.
Enjoying my wool and bamboo needles lately. Sometimes one has to pick up a fuzzy ball of yarn and enjoy the simplicity of stockinette.
One of our new favorite things to do on the weekend is take an Urban Hike. What’s an Urban Hike you say? Well it is a long walk through the the city landscape. Since San Francisco has lots and lots of hills it feels much like a hike minus the wilderness. This weekend, we hiked from Twin Peaks to Golden Gate Heights Park and then back home. Usually hikes include us walking for about 5-6 miles and then ending up a local bar or restaurant to “rehydrate” our bodies. The hikes have been a really nice activity. Not only to they give us some exercise, but it is a great time to chat and explore our city.
The view of East San Francisco and the Bay
View of West San Francisco a top Golden Gate Heights Hill
What were you up to this weekend?
Last week I got started on a new sweater for spring. My One-Way Tee is going well. This is a great knit for watching interesting TV shows. It is basically stockinette aside from the lace panel. Therefore, I pretty much can knit without looking until I hit the stitch markers. I made the executive decision to knit the torso in the round rather than in panels as the pattern states. I know by the time I finish this project I will not be in the mood to do much seam sewing.
I am loving this color. Originally, I was going to go with the lime green color as shown on the model. However, when I was at Stitches West and found a giant cone of peach colored yarn, I knew that my sweater should channel springtime. Since this yarn choice is worsted weight rather then DK I ended up swatching and found out that a US size 6 needle was most appropriate.
Can’t wait to show the finished project soon!