Well, I broke my own rules. Instead of working only on current WIPs, I started a new project yesterday. I couldn’t help it. I’m going to a party tonight and I need a new simple travel project. (Yes, this is how you party when you’re old. You get together and eat, play games, and knit. I’m okay with it.) I also had a craving for garter stitch. The Hitchhiker shawl was near the top of my library and I had my new Frolicking Feet yarn handy, and before I knew what had happened, I’d cast on. It’s marvelous! I love that nifty sawtooth edge there, and the garter stitch is so squishy and dense with the size 4 needles I’m using, and wow those colors! This is my new favorite project and I’m sure it’ll be finished before I get back to those other, older WIPs.
But sadly, Hitchhiker is not a good travel project for me, at least not a good party project. You have to keep track of which row you’re on, and I’m not good at that when I’m distracted. So instead I’ll cast on for AndreSue’s KitKat Hat with some brown Malabrigo Worsted and that’ll be my happy mindless knitting for the evening.
And also sadly, I had another needle mishap. I have the worst luck with needles lately! Especially this set of Knitter’s Pride Trendz acrylic needles. I already have one with a broken tip, now I have one that came apart. Apparently you need to be very careful when you tighten these. I love the colors of these needles but they’re definitely not as durable as others I have. At least this one I can glue back together.
Oh, and big news in our house: the girl got her learner’s permit! Now I have to let her drive my car, eek! She’s been out once in my car and once in the husband’s truck, and actually she’s doing well. We’ll just stick to parking lots for a while, I think.
Give it a few days and you’ll be Hitchhiking like a pro! I never get sick of making them!
Love those colours and the sawtooth edge! Stunning!
Love the bold, happy colors in your yarn and it looks great in this pattern. I just finished my first Hitchhiker and I’m sure I’ll be making more.
Thanks! It really is a fantastic pattern, isn’t it?
Love your Hitchhiker yarn. Good luck with he teen driver. How we all survive being sixteen and learning to drive is a mystery to me, but I am glad we do….
Thanks, I need all the luck I can get! Right now I cringe at the thought of her being on the roads but logically I know it’ll get better.
I love the colours of your hitchhiker- it really seems to be a pattern that looks fantastic in self striping and plain yarns! Have you tried using a little click counter for keeping track of your rows? Makes it much easier when chatting at the same time!
Actually, yes, I have one and use it…but I’ve been known to forget to click it when I get distracted! 🙂
Oh boy! I’m not really looking forward to teaching my kids to drive. Your hitchhiker is gorgeous and I really want to try that hat pattern too.