Swap yarn

I have an awesome group of knitters that I meet with every Friday night. We meet at an awesome Korean bakery that stays open until midnight on Friday night, so we are there knitting from about 8 until they kick us out. We spend most of Friday afternoon haggling on Ravelry about where we will go to eat before we meet for the knitting. The whole shebang is pretty fun.

The one “thing” that we do each year is a Gift swap. Now, we are completely aware that most of our members have holiday gift knitting to do for their family, so a work-around was developed (before I joined). It is  a secret swap so the names are drawn about a month before the holidays to get us into the spirit, but the actual swap takes place some time around Valentine’s day.

See, no stress.

This year my secret swapper got me a beautiful skein of Skein. A yarn I have been coveting for quite some time. So when I was trying to decide what fun-and-for-me knitting I was going to take on my stay-cation it was an obvious choice.

Let me tell you, it is luscious.

The second decision was what to knit. Towards the end of last month the talented Thea Coleman of BabyCocktails released a new e-book called With A Splash Of … which I found it necessary to buy immediately. I love small, fun accessory projects and this collection totally fit that bill. And, y’all might have noticed, I have an inordinate fondness for ellipses…

A pink hand knit fingerless mitt

Isn’t she loverly?

End result of all of these shenanigans is that my “carry around” project for DragonCon was a pair of cashmere fingerless mitts. And I even finished the first one! The name of the pattern is Chamomile and you can knit it with worsted or with fingering held double. Obviously I am doing the latter.

I have knit with yarn held double but never like this. Previously I would carry a thin strand of something fancy to dress up something chunkier. With this I am working from the outside/inside of the same ball, it solely serves to provide a thicker yarn.

A fingerless mitt

The color is as soft as the yarn.

But it works. The resulting fabric is subtly different than if I were knitting with worsted and the mixing of the two hand-painted strands of yarn provides a deeply complex color palate.  And I have a metric butt-tonne of fingering weight yarn. There is a very high possibility I will further explore this idea.

But now it is back to “work” knitting. I am hoping to find the time to finish the second mitt. Of all of the knitwear that I have, the fingerless mitt is the thing that I wear most frequently once it starts getting chilly. One is not particularly useful. Once you get the hang of the twisted cables and one slightly fiddly element of the pattern it is pretty much smooth sailing.

Hand knit fingerless mitt

You know I can’t resist one last picture

All in all, love the yarn, love the mitt A++ would (and will) knit again!

What is your go to carry-around knitting?


One thought on “Swap yarn

  1. Anything small with an intuitive pattern. I carried a lacey twisted rib sock around with me traveling and it was easy because I only needed to check the pattern for the big shifts every 20 rounds, the rest I could figure out from where I was.

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