The Boost Your Knitting series is underway, and March’s technique is tuck stitches. At the outset of this project I did not fully understand what a tuck stitch was. The pattern and accompanying tutorials for the Bramen Cowl, by Nancy Marchant, starts with a brief explanation …
This week is shaping up to be the busiest, most stressful week at work that I might ever have imagined. We have been tasked with a giant project and a very small number of us are shouldering all of the weight of the task. After staying late yesterday and not being able to even find time to eat lunch at my desk today, I have found that I am getting home too mentally tired to concentrate on knitting something too involves, too physically tired through long days to sit at the sewing machine, and too emotionally wired to sit still and do something repetitive and almost removed.
I have tried to put a few more rows into the growing, drapey gorgeousness of the green cowl I am making, but I find I can only knit two or three rows before I feel like I want to get up and walk around (except, of course, I feel too tired to actually get up).
But next week I have a whole, glorious five days off of work. I really hope that I can flip that switch as soon as I leave the office on Friday, to rid my mind of all the trials and tribulations of the week and move into a period of highly productive creativity.
Here is the latest item freshly of the eskineedles – a thermal stitch cowl from the popular Thermis pattern. I’ve enjoyed the look of this pattern for some time and cast on in a bit of a spur-of-the-moment blur when I was looking for a …
I have found myself these last few days longing for the winter months. I am not a child of the summer, and Eskimo Mimi was made for the snow, and the wind, and the cold. I like to wrap up warm against the cold, to envelope myself in warm and soft layers of comfort, rather then find myself in a hot and sticky climate that I cannot escape from. You can always put more layers of warmth on, but levels of nakedness are definitely finite. And there are laws against that kind of thing.
So last night, pining for the months I love most, I cast on Thermis.
It’s a simple knitted cowl, started with a number of rows of 1×1 rib. I usually avoid single rib like the plague as I find it the least attractive rib, but as with my Warden Bay socks I have elected for a twisted knit stitch in the ribbing which neatness things up considerably as well as adding a good deal of definition to the ridges and furrows. Other than that I will probably stick to the pattern as written and enjoy a simple, no thinking necessary knit. Roll on winter.