A Tale of Two-Timing
It’s kind of ridiculous, even for me. I’m toggling between two projects that are on my needles right now—that’s not ridiculous, that’s Standard Operating Procedure around here—and they’re both in the same yarn, in the same color.
It all makes sense once you’re in my head.
The yarn is Rowan Creative Linen. ‘Tis the season for a cotton/linen blend, and I’m making the most of the opportunity to knit with my two favorite warm-weather fibers.
The color is a dusty navy blue by the name of Stormy. If Rowan runs out of Stormy, I will have to go on the lam with my hoard of it in the hatchback. You’ll never find me!
Why two projects? Because if I’m living right, I need an easy on-the-go project, preferably plain stockinette or garter, at all times.
And for fun, and knitterly chops sharpening, I also need a spicier project. Something not exactly difficult, but requiring (and rewarding) my attention.
Here they are.
The Easy One
I cast on Nell Ziroli’s Shakerag Skirt a week ago, and it’s been an easy-going companion on car rides, the subway, and the Long Island Railroad since then.
Believe it or not, this 7-inch section is 1/3 of the skirt.
I’m done with the eyelet lace edge (read about that modification here), and just getting into the plain stockinette body of the skirt. Personal challenge: to be able to get a few rounds in on this while technically asleep. I think I can do it! (Maybe not during REM sleep, but during the dozing-off phase.)
Calendar challenge: I really want to be able to wear this at the MDK Knitting Getaway at Shakerag Workshops, which kicks off in less than 3 weeks. Sewanee, we’re coming … and we’ll be wearing knitted skirts.
Will I have to safety-pin the elastic into the waistband to achieve this deadline? Related question: is this anybody’s business but my own?
I can see why there are already folks out there with multiple Shakerag Skirts. Knitting this skirt is just as easy-breezy as everybody says it is.
The Spicy One
You didn’t think I’d forget about my ABC Blanket, did you? Rüdiger Schlömer’s knittable typeface, Knit Grotesk, continues to be the love of my life and the wingding of my world. Here’s where I am right now.
The yarn: Rowan Creative Linen in Stormy and Silver.
Just a couple more sections of letters and I’ll have the full alphabet.
I can’t properly explain how satisfying it is to knit these slipped-stitch letters. They’ve got such verve and balance; they’re lovely and leggy. I love the way the diagonal lines slash across the ridges of the garter stitch fabric, so crisp.
Here’s a bit of news. I thought I was knitting a towel, because the measurements struck me as a bit small for even a baby-sized blanket. But it’s actually knitting up into a perfect pram/crib size.
The ABC Blanket has seen me through three police procedural television series so far: Astrid, Munch, and D.I. Ray. And now I’m onto The Paris Murders. Homicides are getting solved all over Paris, and I’m having a fabulous time!
Rüdiger Schlömer kindly sent me the beautiful printed specimen of the Knit Grotesk typeface, which has inspired me no end.
For those wondering how to chart out words, Rüdiger has made a start: I’m seeing this as another blanket.
There’s even a blank chart, ready for doodling:
I have a pretty good idea how to go about charting my own words using the Knit Grotesk alphabet. The letters are so logical, and knitting the ABC Blanket has given me a better sense of how many stitches to put between letters to space them nicely. (I’m sure there is a graphic design term for that!)
Summary of my knitting right now: SUCH FUN—hey I should chart that!