Later this morning I have to run to catch a train to Washington, D.C., for a weekend of museums and family and Jeni’s ice cream and a restaurant in the Virginia suburbs called Super Chicken. (It is where they make the super chicken.)
It took five minutes to pack my clothes and personal care sundries. Usually it takes at least ten times that long to select, gather, and organize my travel knitting projects. You want the transportation project, the sittin’ ’n’ gabbin’ project, the grab-and-go project, and the What If I Get Stuck There for the Rest of My Life project—at a minimum. It’s just good common sense.
This time, though, my knitting is cut out for me. Fate has decided.
The Project I Won’t Be Taking (Sob)
Although no project is too large to qualify as “portable” in my book, I have reached a pause on my epic all-Coins version of Kaffe Fassett’s Stranded Stripe Throw. Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, two seasons deep in a soapy, soppy, first-time binge of Where the Heart Is on Britbox, I finished the last repeat of the Coins motif. For those keeping track, it was my 37th stripe of Coins.
How long is it, you ask? 52 inches, or as Ann “metric” shayne would say, 132 centimeters.
I didn’t bind off anything but the five steek stitches, because I’m going to start with the remaining 249 live stitches to knit the first side of a garter stitch log cabin border.
But Kay, you say, a garter stitch border is perfect portable knitting! Why aren’t you taking it? Keep that Kaffe-inated momentum going!
I’m not taking it because I only have a partial ball of Treacle, one of the best-named shades in the very well-named Felted Tweed palette. It looks like its name: deep, rich, brown but not brown. The first and last stripes of Coins on my blanket are in Treacle, so it was an easy decision to use it for the border. Now I just have to wait for my Treacle reinforcements to arrive from Nashville!
I’ll save the needle-felted steek for when I get back. My Clover 5-stabber is in the house, my balabusta knitting group is planning to call an Extraordinary Session to witness this spectacle, and I can’t wait!
Ann! Did you know that the last day of Bang Out a Sweater is February 29, two days from today? It is!
And here’s me, after bragging about how fast I banged out my first Main Squeeze Cardigan, and boasting about how much faster I’d be able to bang out a pullover version, with only 5 hours and 47 minutes (and 6 seconds) in on my sweater.
Pride goeth before an unfinished sweater.
In truth though, my progress is not too shabby: I’m nearly up to the armholes, with three balls of Big Wool already knitted up.
So: Hell or high water, super chicken or ice cream, I’m going to be banging out my Main Squeeze pullover this weekend, and I’m going to make it my sole project. Whee! Who’s with me?