Change of direction

Despite my best efforts, I am not going to have enough time to complete the wrap for our upcoming trip to Florida. A wrap for a trip to Florida?! Well, yes. It is still technically winter, and it is possible for there to be temperature dips that are incompatible with what I’m planning to wear while there, so a wrap seemed like a perfectly logical item to make.

The wrap is coming along swimmingly. The overall length is in excess of 40″, which is quite an accomplishment in stockinette stitch. I know there are a couple of flaws in the knitting, but that’s OK. Those flaws give it character. However, in about another 25″ or so, I’ll be back to knitting lace, and that is a slow business. Add to that the blocking and drying that will have to be done–and having to work in all this effort around my day job–suffice it to say that it’s just better to call a halt to the proceedings rather than put undue pressure on myself to finish up.

The trip to Florida is the first of our 10th wedding anniversary celebrations, so I still want to make sure to have a few special items with me. Luckily, in storage, I have the wrap that I made for my wedding day! It is made from a length of sheer, white fabric, embroidered with blue flowers and green vines (similar to the wedding theme) and trimmed with fun, silky fringe. This wrap will work just fine for our celebratory evening out.

So, with the wrap project on hiatus for now, what’s on the needles next? I am making my husband a scarf–a 3×3 rib, 45 stitches wide, on US 7 needles–using yarn of his choosing. His pick was Sugar ‘n Cream Stripes from Lily, in the Tie Dye Stripes colorway (white and two shades of blue). The yarn is a very stiff, rough, all-cotton yarn, so it’s a little scratchy to work with, but the stitches look great!

Scarf for Steve

You’ll also notice that the scarf is on my one of my new Karbonz needles. I have the set of interchangeable circulars, and I LOVE THEM. I’m a new knitter, so my opinion might not carry as much weight as that of more experienced knitters, but what I like so much about these needles is that I have no worries about the yarn slipping off–the carbon fiber grabs the yarn just enough–and the needles are super comfortable in my hands. I’ll have a much more detailed review of the needles soon, after I use them for a while longer and have a chance to form more complete opinions.

Also! For my regular readers out there, I will be on vacation (as mentioned above) very soon. During that time, there will be a few pre-drafted posts, but I am undecided about posting from the road.