Somehow at the beginning of every summer, I envision a long list of things that I am going to accomplish. I envisioned this summer as one of knitting,blogging, picture updating, reading, writing, and an actual vacation. It turned out to be the summer of kind-of-knitting, workshops, classroom-moving, reading, and a vacation. Clearing out my classroom proved more labor intensive than anticipated. It always is. I did read a sizable amount. I finished the entire Fire and Ice series (Game of Thrones), three Call Midwife books, plus countless other shorter novels. Foolishly, I thought I would have an organized home office space which has not materialized either. I did manage to watch all but the last season of the wire, all of Firefly, and we are on a Dr. Who kick again. Alas, I have not yet watched the most recent season of the Walking Dead. I have my Knit Your Own Zombies book at the ready for an undead extravaganza should the opportunity arise.
Knitting-wise, I have accomplished no great feats. I have knocked out a few UFO's, started some new projects, and completed many small tidbits. After a few false starts, the Skully sweater is to the front & back joined with collar. I need the recipient to try it on, so that I can make adjustments before PU stitches for the arms. My DD small funky sock monkey was completed. She chose some faceted glass bead eyes, which give the monkey a somewhat alien or insect look. I have cranked out dragonflies, wash clothes, and scarves to try and chip away at the knitting down of the stash. Due to lack of planning on my part, my Colorado vacation knitting consisted of whatever threw into the bag right before we left for the airport. I ended up cranking out some simple scarves of sparkly yarn. Knitting in the mountain atmosphere, I felt that I should have thought to bring some wool or at least socks. Alas, some of my really cool sock yarn is still in hanks. I keep put off purchasing a swift to go with my ball winder. I have on many occasions muddled my way through the winding process, but felt with that in the presence of two dogs and two shorties that I would be courting danger by attempting to wind the hanks. Perhaps, I should go ahead and wind them for future use. Fortunately, I was able to make a few of our knitting group meetings this summer. I was inspired to start some of the Sunday footies in Carnation stroll from an older knitpicks kit. They are toe up and if I can keep my stitches relaxed I may be on to something.
Today is my last day of summer vacation, which I spent cleaning. I did make it enjoyable by reading some brain candy while baby sitting the washer. In spite of my end of summer protests that consisted of staying up too late, knitting and watching Sci-fi, I will have to revert back to my early morning schedule. I will mark the summer's passing with a nice cocktail, some knitting, and TV.
Listed below are the instructions for the Colorado scarf. I used yarn for which the ball band was lost long ago. It was sparkly and probably close to DK weight and synthetic. I have not taken any pics yet, so if you choose to make one it will be like a mystery knit of sorts. I used 8.0mm straight needles.
Cast on 12 stitches.
rows 1-7: knit.
row 8: for each knit stitch wind the yarn around the needle twice.
row 9: knit into the second stitch on the left needle then knit into the first. drop both stitches off the needle. (This will give you longer twisted stitches.) Repeat for entire row. (note you may want to tug on the entire row of stitches to even them out.)
row 10-15: knit.
Repeat rows 8-15 until desired length is reached.
Bind off loosely.