News from America

Hi there, I’m writing to you from sunny California. It is quite refreshing to be here and enjoy 27°C at the end of September. What is difficult is the time difference and the jet lag. My trip actually took 25 hours “door to door”. I took a train, a bus and 3 flights. Believe me, when I finally arrived at my destination I was totally DONE!

I had made a few purchases online before going and those were waiting for me when I arrived here. I’m travelling light which is great when travelling but inconvenient when it comes to shopping as I just don’t have any space for new purchases. This is a good thing for my wallet but frustrating for the knitter in me.

Now here are my goodies:

www.knittinginfrance.com You have 2 pairs of Addi Turbo Sock Rockets that I look forward to trying. One Circa row counter which actually has 3 counters in one, a book called Sequence Knitting by Cecelia Campochiaro. I have read about this book online and I understood that this was a special book that I HAD to have, unfortunately I did not realise how big this book is, it’s a hardcover book and it is super heavy! Its full of wonderful new patterns that can be worn inside out for example. This is a treasury of innovative patterns that I look forward to dive into and I’d love to design something using this as a start point for something and I’m actually thinking of using one of the yarns you see on the picture for that.

And speaking of yarns, I have 2 from Mrs Crosby. I’ve heard of this yarn and seen it online but this is the first time I actually have some. I chose yarns from the Mrs Crosby Loves to Play line and this yarn has 55% super wash merino, 15% nylon and 30% outlast. I’ve never worked with Outlast yarn so I’m quite excited about that.

The colours I chose are Toucan (the variegated/speckled one) and Spangled Cotinga (the turquoise one). I’m going to cast on for a pair of socks with the Toucan one and the Spangled Cotinga I think I might do  a pair of mitts or maybe design a cowl using the Sequence Knitting book as inspiration.

I also got one skein of the Regia Pairfect yarn. This yarn will produce a pair of socks that should be identical.You have a yellow thread at the beginning and in the middle so you can start each sock at exactly the same place and thus the striping pattern for the leg will be identical. So I look forward to trying that out.

I also got 2 books as a birthday gift: Luxury Yarn One Skein Wonders edited by Judith Durant and The Knitters Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes.

So you can imagine that I’m going to have lots of fun with all these goodies!

Now as for the trip over here which was super long, I did knit quite a bit. I cast on for a pair of socks as I was on the train to Paris.

www.knittinginfrance.com Here you can see the beginning, I had just completed the toe increases. I used my gradient yarn from KnitCircus and my project bag from KnitRunDig. The pattern I’m doing is called Toe Up Socks with a Difference by Wendy D. Johnson.

www.knittinginfrance.com As you can see I’ve finished one sock. When I arrived in San Francisco I was on the cuff! And I finished the cuff and cast off the next day. This pattern is unusual due to its heel construction as the gusset is actually on the sole and not on the side of the heel. Its fun to try a new way of doing things and this is sufficiently simple to do while travelling. As for the cast off, on the picture you can see that the cast off has created like a crochet chain that you can see distinctly. I used Judy’s surprisingly stretchy bind off for the first time. I also did the cuff in k1tbl,p1 which was not what the pattern called for so a little change there on my side. I really like the outcome and the yarn. However, I have quite a bit left of the first ball of yarn and so I did not get to use all the colours which is a little disappointing.  I would have loved to have all the colours in my sock but for that I would have to either knit bigger socks or socks with a textured pattern that uses more yarn. But on the positive side, I have some yarn left for some hexapufs for example.

I also knit on my shawl, In the Moment by Joji Locatelli.

www.knittinginfrance.com I took this picture shortly before reaching Portland. Since then the shawl has grown but I’m still on the striping section. I only have a few repeats of the striping section left to do but I think I may have to do additional repeats as I feel my shawl is too small when compared to the pictures in the pattern. It says that gauge is not critical so of course I did NOT knit a swatch! Maybe that is proving to be a bad idea…. Anyway I’m not going to rip everything out  but rather continue and if I feel it’s too small then I’ll just add on some repeats before going to the border section. What I do love so far is the colour combination. The Pumpkin Spice (orange) colour is a beautiful orange, not too bright, not to flashy but rather a smooth, calming, gorgeous orange and it goes perfectly with the brown Pine yarn.

I’m going to continue working on my shawl this week and I’m on the leg of my second sock so I think I’ll be able to cast on for a second pair while I’m here in the US or at least as I travel back home.

That’s all for today. I’ll be sharing some pictures with you later from San Francisco and Portland.

Until next time, take care and enjoy your knitting/crocheting/spinning 🙂

 

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