My dear friend Aimee of Compassionate Conversations told me about Occupy Wool Street, an effort to provide warm clothing for the Occupy Protestors. Occupy Wool Street started in Chicago, but I decided that I’d rather keep my items a little closer to home, so I sent these things to Occupy Boston. After a bunch of research, I found there’s a Ravelry group for Occupy Boston AND a Facebook group for knitters who support them.
I mailed them a warm wool scarf I made
as well as 2 headbands / earwarmers that were in my UFO pile and really needed to be finished and donated to someone with cold ears:
The Occupy encampment in Dewey Square was broken up on Saturday morning, but I am hoping someone picked them up from the OB PO box a couple of weeks ago and someone got some good use of them. A little support from a couch potato [wink].
Well, I found a cowl that I really liked and wanted to make. As usual, I made a few “tweaks” to the pattern, and by “tweaks” I mean I COMPLETELY CHANGED IT. It’s the Amanda Cowl and it’s knit in the round with a lovely stitch pattern.
I decided I wanted it knit flat, with buttons, instead of being over-the-head. Which means I needed to convert every other row. Usually very easy, in this case, I made a couple of mis-steps, and had to restart it twice. Normal for me. OK, so here I am:
and it is biasing like crazy. Guess I should have kept this particular stitch pattern in the round. Guess the designer knew what she was doing when she wrote the pattern, eh?
Will it block into a rectangle? We’ll see…
It’s intended for a gift. If it doesn’t block well, I can always sacrifice (cough-cough) and keep it for myself.
For a wonderful Olympics. Thank you Ravelry (and the Ravelympics Mods!) for a wonderful Ravelympics. And thank you, Yarn Harlot, for a wonderful Knitting Olympics.
This was my Day 15 picture:
The socks were bound off during the closing ceremony last night:
Very comfortable merino (Cherry Tree Hill Supersock DK). I met my goal of doing two-at-a-time magic loop. I partly met my goal of knitting continental – it’s not as natural for me, so I reverted to throwing at times, especially at the beginning of each row. But I knit the majority continental and feel more comfortable with that technique now. I am proud of finishing the pair within the 17 days – that would be like falling off a log for some knitters, but took concentrated effort for me. A Gold Medal event for The Finish Line!
The Olympics start on Friday, so the Ravelympics start then, too. Knitters, weavers, and crocheters all over the world are ready to start their projects as the Olympic torch is lit, and be finished before it is extinguished.
The basic idea is to pick something that is challenging to complete in the 2-week timeframe. I am doing socks which in itself are not a challenge, but I am going to do two-at-a-time magic loop AND I am going to try to knit them continental. (I am an old-habits-die-hard thrower, even though I know how to pick.)
My friend and co-Knitting Nomad JW is going to help me with the Magic Loop if I get stuck.
I have the yarn wound, and last night got the idea to rewind it into the 2 balls that will be needed and find the same starting point on each one, so that my toes, at least, match.
I am entering in several competitions: Sock Hockey (since it is socks), Speed Skate (since it is one skein of yarn) and Stash Dance (since I didn’t buy new yarn for the event).
By the way, I am the captain of the Knitting Nomads team – Go Knitting Nomads!
I had some concentrated knitting time last week – on the way to and from a lovely visit with my family. The result is this:
which will become the lovely Tyra
from the book Modern Living by S. Charles. From the moment I saw the pattern I wanted to make this vest/shawl. I got the book from Webs (my LYS didn’t carry it) and found some Maggie’s Alpaca in my stash.
It’s great car knitting because it is all seed stitch and ribbing. It’s a bulky gauge (12 sts/4 inch) on US 10’s. The pattern called for 14 sts/4 inch but I couldn’t get that with this yarn so I modified the stitch count. The vest is constructed from 3 rectangles.