Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible pattern #43
So I did need an extra stitch. But I only need it for one row so in the future I could borrow it from the edge stitches. I wouldn’t need it at all if I was knitting in the round.
The first hexagon in progress for my French Quilt shawl, adapted from a counterpane pattern in Weldon’s Practical Needlework. By adapted, I mean not as big. I’m estimating two rows and 4 columns of hexagons, plus the little squares and triangles to fill in the gaps. There is also a border and an edging. An interesting though occurred to me while I was knitting this. I could substitute any doily or round pattern, as long as I could block it into a hexagon. The gap filling bits could be anything I like as well. I may play with this concept in the future.
I also went thrifting this past weekend. I found 4 sweaters – 2 cobweb weight men’s merinos in green and brown plus 2 heavier weight sweaters. I estimate sport to dk weight, both in lambswool.
Both are already unraveled and the black is washed. I’m planning on dyeing the hot pink. It’s not my color and is even brighter than it looks in the pic. I’m thinking about some shade of purple or a toned down red/pink. I want it to stay fairly light as I want to pair it with the black for a colorwork sweater. Those vertical stripes on the black sweater were a pain. Thankfully they were only on the front. The good news is that they were intarsia and the yarn was not cut. The bad news is that the yarns were twisted together at every color change on every row. So I had to untwist them. It took forever.
My Olympic spinning plans have gone right out the window. I have spun a little but not nearly as much as I had planned. I keep getting distracted. But I am accomplishing things and I’m happy. That’s all that really matters.