My knitting needles and I have a love/hate relationship at the moment. I have three sweaters in progress and many little projects that I tote around with me, squeezing in knitting wherever I can. Having no electricity for 8 days didn’t stop the knitting – you certainly don’t need power for that. I want to knit so badly, but sadly my wrist/elbow/tendinitis just don’t want me to make loops with sticks and yarn. My body is betraying me and I don’t like it one bit.
For awhile I was doing just fine, knitting in moderation. It was going overboard that did me in. I think Kate’s new hat is the culprit. I was a woman obsessed. I went to the yarn store one afternoon and by the next afternoon, I had finished it. That was knitting only in daylight hours. And this was try number two. The first one wasn’t working for me – cute, but not exactly what I wanted. So I started over.
I didn’t use a pattern, per se. Kristin, the owner of my lys, printed out the fair isle chart from this hat project at the Purl Bee. I cast on 88 stitches in worsted weight yarn, using a size 8 needle. My gauge is 4.5 sts per inch in the fairisle part. The colors are all Nashua Creative Focus, which I had in my stash. The gray is Lamb’s Pride Worsted which I bought because it is the perfect match for Kate’s new winter coat. I knit 7 rounds of k2, p2 rib and then changed to stockinette stitch for 7 rounds. I worked the chart and then worked 2 more rounds of st st in the green. I started decreasing by k6, k2tog across the next round. Then I knit one round and followed it by the next decrease, k5, k2tog. I kept alternating the decrease round with a knit round until k1, k2tog. After that one, I just kept k2 tog until I had about 9 stitches to pull my yarn tail through. I added a little braid and a pom pon and that was that.
My fair isle is a bit sloppy in parts – could it be the two different yarns? Regardless, the photos really don’t do it justice. I’m not sure why I thought putting a 6 year old in her winter coat and wool hat in 85 degree weather would work for a photo shoot. Really. What was I thinking? I had about 3 minutes before the meltdown started. Oh well. She’ll be happy come winter.
And me? Well, I’m calling the physical therapist again. And I am searching for an acupuncturist, too. I need my body to work with my mind, not against it. Just think of how productive I could be then.