I really enjoyed everyone’s comments on last week’s post about my travel knitting plans. Apparently we are all over the place about how we plan and pack for knitting on the road. A lot has to do with how much “free” time we think we’ll have and how accessible more yarn might be where we’re going. This week, I’m looking back on that knitting (which is probably more useful for future planning purposes for me than any of you!)
First up – the socks – the mindless project. I actually finished sock #1 (including the kitchener toe) after brunch on Friday. and I immediately started sock #2. I was just finishing the cuff when we started games on Friday night
…and by the time we got to games on Sunday night, I’d turned the heel and worked through the gusset decreases. Last night (whoa, are y’all watching Jeopardy these days?!) I finished the toe decreases. and this afternoon I kitchenered that toe and wove in the ends.The weather forecast is turning chilly again for the weekend … and a new pair of socks just might make that bearable for my mom!
The sweater had a different experience. I was able to cast on Wednesday evening and work the first few rows of ribbing. I wish I’d made a little more progress because I would’ve realized I needed a 16″ needle for the body instead of the 32″ I brought. GOOD thing there’s a knitting store in Beaufort that carries Hiya Hiya needles 🙂 I was back in business Friday afternoon (top left)…and by Saturday morning (top right), I’d made a little progress on the yoke. …and by Monday morning (aka “driving home”) I’d made a little more. Turns out the beginning of this sweater – short rows, M1L/M1R increases AND that 1×1 cable chart weren’t compatible with much of our weekend. I will say that the cables are really fun to do without a cable needle, but I have to pay close attention to be sure I don’t drop anything. or forget to do a M1 (I counted my stitches just before our Monday Starbucks stop and almost did a happy dance in the parking lot when I had the right number!)
I needed just a few more hours (which thankfully we did NOT have in the car in spite of Atlanta’s traffic) … and this afternoon has me though the first bit and on to a stretch of stockinette…
(with lots of stitches on hold) so I can show you how lovely that cable detail looks.
I was worried it wasn’t going to show up in the dark yarn, but I think it’s going to be fine … subtle, but there!
The construction is pretty cool – the front and sleeve stitches are now on hold and I’m working the back in straight stockinette. which is good. because this is my only active work in progress … which should mean even more progress to share next week. (or maybe another project?!)
Hop on over to Kat’s to see what everyone else is unraveling!