Sadly all of my knitting is going to be done right here instead of in three major cities of the world as planned. Yesterday instead of knitting and reading on a plane, Wendy and I worked in my office. When I finally called it a day and hit the knitting, this is what I started.
I promised my mother I would knit a replacement beret for the one she can’t find. I have some lovely Powder River yarn from Catherine at Red Barn Yarn (left over from another project) that is working perfectly. I love this teal color with the vintage leather color. I’ll finish off the bottom of the beret with what I have left of the teal. Here I am at 128 sts with increases to come to 192 sts. Clearly this isn’t going to take too long and it is very addictive. I need to move it to circulars so I don’t lose anything–I caught one stitch jumping off a dpn near the end of knitting last night.
I started this with Judy’s Magic Cast on. It is really great for starting pieces from the center. I don’t like the instructions I wrote for it so I’ll work on perfecting those before my patterns using that cast on get published. I used backwards knitting for the knobs. This is a knitting trick that seems like it isn’t that impressive, or necessary, but I can’t tell you how much easier bobble/knobs, short rows and edges are when you don’t have to turn your needles.
I have a new office assistant to cover the one-the-spot stuff that Wendy won’t be able to do from Pittsburg. Wednesday when Linda was here she was shocked to see how little yarn I have, and almost none of it is personal yarn. Projects like the beret, which is personal knitting get done from things left over from projects returned from knitters. I like to use things up, so I’m always looking for small projects that can use those bits left from larger projects. I have another project that has been sitting for months because I came up a little short and I don’t like how I blended my two colors so I have to rip back to redo the stripes. Sounds like another good vacation knit!