Why “back to?” Well, as it turns out, VAustralia (run by Virgin) does NOT allow knitting needles on board planes. Can you believe it? Not even small, blunt, circulars (which is what I was carrying). I was even threatened (not too nicely, might I add) with getting them confiscated, which made me grip the sock I was working on pretty tightly. They let me put it away without confiscating them, though, which is good! On the trip itself I didn’t knit much as I was too busy so the 40 hours of plane time that I thought I would have to knit turned out to be 0 hours, so I basically got no knitting done during my time down under. I do have to say that the experience (happened on the flight over to Australia) made me more than a little bitter and I wrote a pretty angry letter to VAustralia customer service about it. They wrote me back with a “sorry about that, but no knitting needles allowed” generic answer. One thing is for sure, no way am I going to fly with them again! Well, if I ever go to Australia again that is, LOL!
In either case, I’m happy to be back and knitting again. So happy, in fact, that I finished a hat in just two days. It’s a very easy hat, though, so don’t be too impressed.
The best part of this hat is the yarn I chose for it… I used a brand new yarn to the Fiberphile line called Dream Worsted. It’s 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Silk and 10% Alpaca and is oh-so-soft. Not only that, but it’s very warm, which is what I made it for – as a new winter hat. The color is also perfect for this time of the year – Pumpkin Spice! Thanksgiving anyone?
Although you probably can’t tell from the pictures, the ribbed section is actually doubled up (it’s folded and seamed on the inside) so that it keeps my ears nice and toasty – very important for someone like me whose ears get cold before any other part of her! The pattern was very easy to do and memorize and probably would make a good Christmas gift if you’re looking for hat patterns!
Pattern – Jane by Jane Richmond (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Fiberphile Dream Worsted in Pumpkin Spice (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US8 (5mm) and US10 (6mm)
Cast on – November 24, 2009
Cast off – November 25, 2009
Modifications – None
The next FO is actually something I’ve been working on since October (actually cast on for it on the bus to Rhinebeck!) and cast off the night before I left for Australia. I couldn’t block it before I left, so it waited until my return. It is, however, one of my favorite shawlettes I’ve made so far!
And, yes, that’s yet another green shawl. And, yes, it’s yet another green Wollmeise shawl. But, in my defense, I couldn’t help it. The Wollmeise Farn was speaking to me and saying that it wanted to be a shawl and it wanted to be one now! I couldn’t help it… I’m weak when it comes to the whims of my yarn!
It’s funny because I really didn’t think I was going to like this shawl as I was knitting it, but when I blocked it out and put it on, it was like love at first sight. Honestly, I love how this one came out! I made it quite bigger than the pattern says to do and this is all I had left of the skein:
The pattern itself is easy though some parts of it are really poorly written. I’m not sure why it hasn’t been updated if you think about the number of people who’ve made it already! In either case, if you’re going to make it keep in mind that the part that says YO, K1 6 times *should* say (YO, K1) 6 times. I know a lot of people who had to do quite a bit of ripping due to that mistake.
The pattern is quite lovely, though, and I couldn’t be happier with the end product. I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a shawlette to knit… though I’m sure most of you have made one already!
Pattern – Multnomah by Kate Flagg (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Wollmeise Sockenwolle 100% Superwash in Farn (rav link | store I used – Ravelry trade)
Needle – US3 (3.25mm)
Cast on – October 17, 2009
Cast off – November 25, 2009
Modifications – Knit garter stitch section to 265 stitches, did 13 repeats of Feather and Fan section to make shawl bigger – finished width 58.5″
I’m very excited for Thanksgiving tomorrow, though the hubby and I are spending it alone this year (first time in more than 3 years!). I’m still making my famous (yes, it’s famous!) Apricot Turkey, though. I’m trying a Chocolate Pudding Pie for the first time ever, so I hope it goes well – I’ll be starting it today so wish me luck on that.
For all of you celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, Happy Thanksgiving! And if you aren’t, I hope you can still think of things to be thankful for… it’s nice to do that at least once a year, no? I personally am thankful for a lot in my life, but especially my friends (both online and not) and family. I wish you lots and lots of things to be thankful for!