Knit Challenge #2: Polka Dot Fair Isle

I made such progress on my first stitch and was motivated my the short strands of yarn to tackle a fair isle pattern. Since I don’t have internet on the plane (cheap-o!), I decided to design my own pattern. Here it is:
Pattern:

R1: K2 In Main color, K2 in FI color

R2: purl in main color, bringing FI color along

R3: knitting in main color

R4: purl in main color 

R5: k2 in FI color, k2 main color

R6: purl in main color, bringing FI color along

R7: k in main color

R8: purl in main color

Knit challenge #1: Mistake Rib Stitch

I decided to keep it simple for my first stitch in my knitting challenge. This is called the “Mistake Rib Stitch (#529)”. 


Because I didn’t know how I would progress, I brought a bunch of yarn scraps I had picked up at Scrap in Denton.  The issue is that the tennis ball can is full of short-cut pieces vs skeins. So, there are quite a bit of strands on the edge. Due to the simplicity of the pattern, I was able to complete it in less than an hour.

Knitting progress (flight 2)

While it isn’t technically learning a new pattern, I have made some progress on Kevin’s scarf. This entails using 5 balls of yarn since Kevin bought very thin yarn to start with, and while it doesn’t have the verigstion I would like, it does seem to be switching colors as things progress. 


As you can see from the picture above, the balls are starting to get a bit tangled, so I did spend a good 25 minutes trying to get untangled, but all in all, I think it should be ok. At this point, I am about 50% done (although I don’t really think it matters since I am knitting until I am out of yarn and calling it done).

The First 48

It is day three of my stay, and I have had a few areas of frustration and consternation. First off, my hotel is fine. I like the apartment-ish feel of my room, which includes a kitchen and living room. However, the location is a bit desolated, especially at night. NBD, except “night” starts at around 4:30 here, so I am rather limited on what I can accomplish after work. It also has been raining, which makes getting around to places even more of a challenge, so I have spent my first two days in Boston either at the office or out to dinner with my boss, who has been quite kind. My vision of me back in my room enjoying a home cooked meal has yet to come to fruition. So have many of the projects I saved for when I was “bored in Boston.” I know I will figure this out, but for now, I have succumbed to the Renaissance hotel pressure for next week. I do know, however, after two nights eating there, I will need to find a healthier alternative to their food. In fact, here are the things I thought I would accomplish that haven’t happened:

  • Closing out invoices for business
  • Posting remaining podcasts
  • Buying and using a Charlie card
  • Finding and shopping at a grocery store
  • Visiting a yard shop / going to a knitting meet up
  • Reading, knitting, or writing

This makes me feel a bit like a loser, so let me also catalog the things I have been able to accomplish

  • Starting a new job
  • Walking to the office
  • Exercising
  • Writing this blog entry 🙂

I think I will set a goal today to get my damn Charlie card at the very least, and perhaps walk to the grocery store if it isn’t raining and is as “warm” as is forecasted. Wish me luck!

Trip #1

Ok, so this was the first trip so there are a lot of kinks in the system. First off, I brought a bigger bag with my small bag in it, as well as a few other outfits as back ups. I had to decouple them when the weight came in at 52 lbs but was able to gate check my nearly empty smaller bag, so no big deal. I realized on the plane that I had not installed the gogo app to watch movies nor had I downloaded the full version of my first book on the Read Harder challenge, although I had a sample as was able to make a dent. I also was told by the front desk at the hotel that the office is not a 15 minute walk and that the grocery store is 10 minutes away, which should be fun in the (surprise!) planned rain for tomorrow. I spent most of the night all worked up about these issues and not prepping for my first day on the job, so I am going to call it now and say this first trip gets a “C.” 

Progress: 

  • Knitted
  • Signed up for class
  • Began first book
  • 15 minutes of yoga

Knitting Challenge

My knitting challenge actually started last year when I received the book “750 Knit Stitches” for Christmas. I started making squares with a view towards seeing them all together to form a quilt. A case of the flu gave me a chance to make good progress, but once I began self-employment, it became a tucked away project. 

So, my goal is to complete this sucker! Here are the panels already completed (unblocked, so they don’t look great)


That’s 107 panels completed so far!! Whew! 

Issue number one: Size of project— The panels measure about 1/3 of the bed, so I would need about 200 panels if I wanted to keep things the same. Given that I can’t really knit a panel an hour, I am probably going to have to adjust the plan. I think I will worry about that later. I can adjust this to be a wall hanging or a foot warmer for the bottom of the bed. Worst case, I will have a bunch of throw pillows! 🙂
Issue number 2: multiple yarns— as you can see, I have been knitting squares together using multiple yarns as I go but the thought of carting around a bunch of different skeins on the plane makes me tired. I think I will find a yarn shop in Boston and leave them in my suitcase in ny office.

Issue number 3: stitch book–as I have knit each square, I have checked off the stitches in my book. The problem is that the book is freaking heavy! My new plan is to use the “stitched at” website moving forward, which will make things easier on  the go. I think blogging about them will also help me keep track of what I’ve done and which ones I liked.

The goal with the knitting project is to challenge myself to learn new stitches and find some favorites that I enjoy.