I have truly loved working on Hitofude.... every minute of it. If you have followed this blog at all, you know that I can blast through projects pretty fast sometimes. Too fast, really. That old addage...stop and smell the roses? It goes for knitting, too. There are some projects that are just like those bouquets of flowers--or a good book....they need to be savored and enjoyed, and I'm putting Hitofude in that category.
It is an extremely simple pattern to knit....the lace is basic. Very intuitive; so easy to remember. But, the construction (for me) is very creative. I worried just a teeny bit last week-- I was ready to start the body increases, and feared that you would have to juggle charts and write down where you were, and add in a pattern as you accumulated enough added stitches. Phew. No such thing. The additional stitches are added simply and look lovely.
I've completed two of the four body increase sections. Each is 16 rows long. 16 increase rows + baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies = one Cardinals baseball game. (I'm a fan. I watch a whole lot of baseball. This could have been finished this week.)
I've happily let other things distract me so I can savor this process just a little longer.
Like circles. I'm thinking 9 rows of circles x 11 rows might be about the right size for a throw. The circles are finished. (yep. 99 of them. compulsive? OK. Sure.) I'm waiting for the background yarn to arrive. What started out as purely a stash-buster has now grown into an investment. (I hate when that happens.)
On that one(!) cool(er) morning over the weekend, when I whipped out the fall decorations....I also cast on for Helen Tindall's Shwook, the hat she designed for Shetland Wool Week (October 4-12). I think the idea was to knit it up and wear it to the festivities so you could identify other kindred spirits, but since I won't be making the festival, I decided to knit on it that first week of October. I didn't exactly cheat....I just got the boring ribbing out of the way so I'll be ready to 'fair isle for fall'.
Lori made this before her Shetland trip; I like her colors much better than what I chose, but this is another stash buster project, so it is what it is.
a friend and I went to an arts and craft fair over the weekend; there was a weaver...
she had kits....
the rest is history. This might even be a bit too hippy for me. Maybe not. It was fun. (The weaving loom was made from a piece of foam board....a great project for kids.)
So, you see....there is still loads of time to join Karen and me for the Hitofude knitalong. I have a few more distractions kicking around that will at least keep ME knitting on mine for another few weeks!!!!