Posts Tagged ‘entrelac’

Too Big for Travel Knitting

July 13, 2017

I’m doing a fair bit of air travel this summer, flying down to Washington DC every week for a couple of days with a new client. Even though the good folks at JetBlue provide free in-flight wifi, making it easy to keep up with online work, there’s still a fair bit of “down time” — or as I call it — knitting time.

Thanks to multiple flight delays (runway construction and summer storms are the double-whammy of on-time travel), the lovely Woven Sky Throw is progressing nicely. I’m close to the final tier of triangles, which means there’s “just” the border to finish. But I’ve come to terms with the fact that it’s gotten too big for schlepping around airports and subway trains.

Entrelac-throw-wip

So yesterday evening, I broke out the swift and ball winder and grabbed my two skeins of Anzula “Cricket.” After a few minutes, they went from this…

anzula-cricket-yarn

to this.

Anzula-cricket-yarn

Next step: casting on for the Spring into Summer Romper.

 

 

Intro to Entrelac

June 10, 2017

Over the past couple of months, my knitting focus has been on the public art, yarn bomb project at a nearby lake. While great in length (about 23 feet/7 meters in total, I think), it wasn’t particularly interesting knitting. I didn’t have an idea for my next project, but I was looking forward to it — whatever it was!

By good fortune, I spent a couple of hours with a dear friend who asked for my help in rescuing her project, a cozy entrelac throw for a granddaughter who will be heading off to college in the fall. In advance of my “house call,” I watched a couple of entrelac videos and fell in love with the geometry and construction.

As soon as I got home from our wonderful visit — I ripped and tinked while Barbara wove in ends (entrelac has lots of ends) — I found the Woven Sky Throw pattern and ordered four skeins of Universal Yarn, two each of English Garden and Silver Blush.

universal-yarn

I cast on pretty much immediately after the yarn arrived, just before Memorial Day Weekend. The ferry rides between Nantucket and the Cape provided perfect knitting time — accompanied by a tasty Whale’s Tail to start the summer off right. (Let’s not dwell on the cold, rainy start to summer that we’ve had here in Massachusetts, where it was 49F/9C for a couple of days last week.)

entrelac-ferry

I took advantage of a dishwasher dilemma to knit a few rows. Thanks to a wonky latch, the dishwasher door wouldn’t stay closed, so I pulled up a chair and applied some foot pressure. Voila! Clean dishes and another tier of entrelac triangles.

entrelac-ntkt

Yes, I recognize that this did not actually fix the dishwasher dilemma, but I’m OK with the short term solution. Besides, there was no way I’d get an appliance repair person to make a house call on the holiday weekend. Maybe the house elves will repair it before we visit again….

What’s on your needles these days?

 

 

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