This was going to be a regular WiP Wednesday post, but my WiPs aren’t drastically different than two weeks ago (given the intervening FO Friday post). I have started one new project, a hat. Abby tells me that it’s customary for men in the village to wear knitted hats to keep the sun off their heads, and she thinks it would be nice if I were to knit some for her local family.
Let me repeat that – knit hats. In equatorial Africa. I have been asked to knit hats for people living in equatorial Africa. I… can’t… even…
Anyway, I started this hat. It’s got a herringbone stripe, which I’ve never worked before.
It doesn’t much look it, but it’s actually a lace stitch – decreases are K2TogTBL, and increases are also a TBL. The result looks very much like a line of knitting perpendicular to the wales. The thing is, it’s also helical.
It’s worked very much like the Guinan hat was worked (in knit rather than crochet). In that case I crocheted 1/4 of the way around the hat, held the loop in place with a stitch marker, and picked up the previous loop in the contrasting color.
The principle is the same with the knitting, only no stitch marker is needed. Just pick up the color and knit to two before the next strand was dropped off, slip some stitches, and pick up the next strand. It’s rather fun to work such a similar technique in both crafts.
Blog Contests and Giveaways
I didn’t win either PhatFiber giveaway. I’ve entered two new (non crafting) giveaways. The Smithsonian has a quize giveaway of a tote full of cool sciencey things (2 September), and Smart Bitches Trashy Books is giving away a Kate Spade bag and a gift card to the bookstore of your choice (26 September)