New tricks, a landscape, and casting on
Above is how I close the gap left after binding off in the round—I decided to video it after Marie Greene shared her method in the Olive Knits weekly email. The two methods are quite similar, but have enough variation to be intriguing! One of my favorite things about knitting is the seemingly infinite number of ways we come up with to accomplish the same task!
(Forgive the background noise—I’m a liiiiiiittle worried about the belt drive in my washing machine….)
Henry Hsu is an advertising art director—who happens to make REALLY CUTE enamel pins, stickers, etc. I spotted his kitties with glitter yarn balls, and he sent some, stat! Four colors to choose from, and they all come with locking pin backs.
(Also seen: progress on stripping the round table at the shop.)
While I have NO business starting a generously-sized garter stitch wrap, that didn’t stop me from pulling several color combinations! My friend Wendy Ellis of Lancaster Yarn Shop in Intercourse, PA designed Basin, Range, & Sky in collaboration with Erica Dirks. The pattern is conceived of as a #knitlandscape; I thought the combination at the top represented summer in Kittitas County rather well. (Then I started playing around with other combinations I liked.) I can’t start one right away, but maybe you need to!
You finish things, and then you get to cast on, right?
Incidence is the result of Hunter Hammersen’s newfound love of brioche. Her sample uses two different lace weight mohair/silk blends; several of her testers used fingering weight yarns, and I’m using leftovers from two other projects—Apple Fiber Studios Delicious, a silk/mohair blend and Malabrigo Lace, held double. I don’t actually recommend holding double for this pattern—doing so makes the cluster stitches harder to execute—but I am stubborn.
This is not a beginning brioche pattern, but if you love the technique and like a little zip in a small project, it might be just the ticket!
Joji Locatelli’s Hipster Cowl is generous and cozy, whether worn as one long loop or doubled. Plymouth Yarns Merino Textura has the next-to-skin softness an accessory like this needs. The pattern alternates garter bands with stripes of a textured stitches, and wee tassels are added at the end. Depending on where you are in the pattern it can be easy social knitting, or demand a bit more of your attention.