Sorry to have been quiet. It is partly the result of my website being all shaky and falling down constantly at the end of last week, and partly because I just got too busy.
The offical Boardwalk Bag Knitalong start is on June 23, but to get a jumpstart, I sent out swatching instructions and some general Notes today. If you bought the pattern, you should have received a newsletter from me. To get the Notes you need to have purchased the pattern (available on Ravelry, Craftsy, and Jill Wolcott Knits). The discussion part of the knitalong will be over on Ravelry in my Jill Wolcott Knits group, but I’ll also be chatting about my own progress here.
I used the magic loop to knit the pocket/swatch. The front is Triple-Slip Coating and the back is stockinette. This was fun to knit once I got a rhythm, but I was a tiny bit tight. I loosened up when I cast on for the bag. I was supposed to carefully follow the pattern, but I didn’t the first night because I was reading subtitles on a movie we were watching. The next night I had FIDM graduation, and I realized once settled in with my knitting that I’d forgotten my instructions. So I worked on it without the instructions. So I was grateful that Jessica from A Good Yarn confirmed the errors that I had found in the pattern setup. I always ask myself how these things get past me, but a little investigation showed that we hadn’t ever sent it to the tech editor after reformatting it into our current pattern layout. Clearly, errors snuck in. Oy. Well I don’t think anyone was hurt, but I always feel badly.
I am not a big fan of graduation, but I always love the hats. Sadly, despite all the selfies taken, I can’t find any photos of students from the graduation here in San Francisco. I also love the shoes. Pretty much see the sublime to the ridiculous! I clapped for each of the (not sure all 58 of them were there) Product Development grads. I often barely recognize some of them all prettied up; I tend to see them in hoodies and jeans–or whatever the current equivalent is. But I felt great about everyone who walked and was glad to have been part of their journey. Otherwise, although efficiently executed, it is the same damn graduation every year. I got Thai take-out for a late dinner.
So I knit for most of the two hours, which meant about 2″ of knitting. The pin marks where I was when I started the graduation, and the additional length is my reward for knitting in public. I had to do a little backing up when I got off track on my pattern. It was knit in public week, so I think I did my part. Today I spent part of the day doing a better presentation of the shaping on the body and making appropriate charts.
Spent another part of today doing some pattern checking for a soon-to-be released pattern. I won’t spill the beans now, but will as soon as I can.