Thursday, July 28, 2011

Survival Knitting

Cozy Cable Socks knit on #1 dpns for size 12 Tomfeet.  Not the speediest project ever.

Here's the situation:  the heat index is 110 and  humidity is at 80 or 90%.   The power is down because of the windstorm;  it's going to stay down for hours (it turned out to be a couple of days).   Three old and beautiful trees came down in the storm.  The tree guys you just hired get $500/hour. Everything in the fridge and freezer is spoiling.  You cannot flush the toilet and any water you drink is bottled.  No one died and your house is okay, if uncomfy.  What do you do?

You knit so you don't kill people.  

Every knitter in the universe knows this.  What you choose to knit when the going gets tense is less universal.  For myself, it's sock knitting.  The smaller the needles, the fussier the pattern, the better.

I am aided and abetted in this by Tom's willingness to be a wild-socks kind of guy.  He will gladly wear just about anything, likes just about anything.  So, I grabbed a skein of  Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock Yarn in Hyacinth Purple and cast on in a pattern loaded with cables.  Click on the photos to see detail.

A week later, there is one completed sock and 1/4 of its mate.  The power is long since back on, the fridge and freezer cleaned out, and the tree-removal bill is undoubtedly on its way to our mailbox.

One down, one to go.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Road Trip! Furrows Shawl

Travel knitting:  Furrows Shawl by Miriam Felton in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock

We've got the Wisconsin-to-Wyoming drive down to a science:

Night 1:  Pipestone, Minnesota.  Pipestone National Monument is the old quarry for the red stone from which Indians carved peace pipes.  The walk around the sacred quarry includes fields of prairie flowers, a rushing river, and even a waterfall.

Night 2:  Wall, South Dakota.  Wall Drug is America's favorite roadside attraction.  Black Hills gold for sale, threadbare jackalopes and singing cowboy animatronics from the 1950's, original artwork from dime novels about cowboys and Indians, donuts, and free ice water - it's all the same year after year after year.

 Night 3:  Buffalo, Wyoming. You'll have time for a visit to Devil's Tower National Monument on the way.  Once you arrive in Buffalo,  a stroll through the lobby and saloon of the Occidental Hotel will have you wondering if maybe there is such a thing as time travel.

Do you knit in the car?  If you're looking for travel knitting, I recommend the Furrows Shawl pattern,  It's straightforward enough that you can easily find your place but not so mindless that it becomes a slog.

This thing is knit lengthwise, which means a cast-on of   514 stitches

It's knit with fingering-weight on #3 circs so it offers lots of knitting time for the buck and the space in your suitcase. Do you love how the stitches are on the bias, yet the top of the shawl is straight?