What did you knit on your road trip, Kat™?

I started the Ann Arbor/New York trip with:

  • a second sock OTN:
  • the linen stitch scarf OTN:
  • a cake of yarn for a second cowl like this one.

In a fit of unbridled optimism I also brought along the Fairfield sweater, which had been in time out for a week or two due to its sleeves nasty state of not having enough stitches at the beginning of the armhole shaping. And I also brought along yarn for another pair of socks — just in case of being stranded on a desert island.

I arrived home with a finished pair of socks (just in time; the trip lasted longer than I had packed for and I wore these socks IMMEDIATELY), a finished linen stitch scarf, a finished cowl, and a good start on a third cowl, using the yarn I had brought along for socks.

The finished socks:



Oh, dear. Let's play a rousing game of "Find The Dropped Stitch", shall we?

Dropped stitch

Must fix.

Yarn: Lang Jawolle Color Superwash, color 8288, about 1.5 skeins, acquired in a destash from Lorette. Contrasting heels and toes are some unknown superwash contributed when I begged for sock yarn for my afghan.
Pattern: Plain vanilla, using, as always, Wendy's Generic Toe-Up Sock Pattern; 60 st.
Needles: Knitters Pride Karbonz circs. Feet, US#0; legs, US#1.5. 


The linen stitch scarf, unblocked:

Linen stitch scarf

Remember how I mentioned that two-stitch patterns give me fits? Here is the linen stitch scarf with visible errors highlighted. You can be sure there are other oddities hidden in the folds. I am relying on the trotting galloping horse theory of errors.

Linen errors 

Yarns: Lang Jawolle Superwash Solids, oxford gray (83.0003) and light gray (83.0085); Marks & Kattens Fame Trend, color 662.
Pattern: Linen Stitch Scarf by Matthew Hesson-McGinnes. There are any number of patterns for this scarf. I picked this one because 1, it didn't have fringe, and B, it was free.
Needle: Knit Picks Options Interchangeable Rainbow Wood, US#9. I think these needles had a different name when I bought them.
Notes: The pattern calls for a US#8 needle, but I preferred the fabric I got when using the US#9. Knitter's choice. Also, bigger needle = less knitting = sooner done.


Cowl The Second:

Cowl 2

Yarn: Lisa Souza Sock! Merino; colorway Appaloosa. Searching the blog reveals that I never told you about this yarn. This was a special colorway being sold as an online fundraiser for an equine rescue organization. As a member of board of my local humane society AND a knitter, how could I NOT buy a skein?
Pattern: Willow Cowl.
Needle: Signature US#5.
Notes: After wearing Cowl The First so much this past winter I decided I wanted the next one to fit a bit more snugly. I did some extra decreases in the stockinette sections on this one, but I overdid it. Cowl The Second may be a little too snug for indoor wear. It will be perfect to wear instead of a scarf when the temp is <0˚F.


Cowl The Third:

Cowl 3

Yarn:  Schachenmayr Nomotta Regia Linien Color.
Pattern: Willow Cowl.
 Signature US#5.
Notes: I followed the pattern on this one.

Question: Why did I change my mind and make a cowl from this yarn, which had been destined to be a pair of socks? 
Answer: I was working on Cowl The Second one day on the trip when we were chatting with Smokey's cousin and her husband. She asked about my knitting. As we all know, anyone who expresses any interest in an objet d'knit is fair game. This cowl is for her.

I did not touch the Fairfield sweater on the entire trip. It is still in time out, although I have figured out my next step.

Tomorrow we see what I started (and finished!) since we got home.

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0 Responses to What did you knit on your road trip, Kat™?

  1. Kym says:

    Wow! That was a productive trip! (And I always subscribe to the galloping horse theory. Because we’re not in 4-H anymore. . . )

  2. Stacey says:

    That is a good amount of knitting! The Willow Cowl must be the Milltown knit thing this year, my mom gave me one this winter!

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