Knitting on the Go

I’m still out of work from being rear ended over three weeks ago, so it seems like my job these days is to shuttle between physical therapy, the chiropractor, my doctor, my therapist and Occupational Health. So, a lot of my days lately involve finding a coffee shop or somewhere to hang out for a bit since there’s often not time to go home between appointments. i found myself doing this the other day:

  
Necessity begat creativity or something, right? I’m splitting my knitting time between my Clapotis (I really need to figure out where that word comes from) and my Drachenfels. The former is about 40% done and the latter? About 95%! I have four rows left and then the I cord bind off before the knitting is done! 

 
My steering wheel is proving to be a good model. 

Since I had to (well, chose to) buy a new skein of yarn to finish it, I figured I might as well add a few more rows to use as much of it up as I could. I’m verging on playing yarn chicken again, but this time I think I planned it right:

  
(Pen is included for scale)

Along with the Koigu, I picked up a couple of sets of dpns. At that point it made sense to get a little more yarn so I could get free shipping (yes I know I’m a self-enabler) so I got two skeins of lovely for a rainy day. They are both madelinetosh fingering weight merino. I don’t have pics yet, but one is blue greens and the other is sort of a dark cobalt. Yum. 

The Clapotis is shaping up well and is proving to be a pretty easy knit. I’ve gotten to a few of the dropped stitch columns. It’s the first time I’ve done a dropped stitch pattern and I have to admit, I get a little adrenaline rush from it. I love being a nerdy knitter! Since my steering wheel has been so helpful already, I’ll continue the trend:

   
 
I was afraid I wouldn’t like it in a solid color, but I do. I hope my MIL likes it too!

I still have no sock pics as they are blocking. It doesn’t look like the weird tension column from the magic loop is going to block out unfortunately, but I’m okay with it. It’s less noticeable when they’re on anyway. I’ve started plotting my next pair, but I really want to get some gift knitting done first. So, on the back burner they go for now (ahem Hermione’s Everyday Socks).

One more pic of pretty for the road:

  
Happy knitting!

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17 comments

  1. Midnight Knitter · September 21, 2015

    OK, fine. You are killing me here with your Drachefels which is absolutely fabulous. I cast mine on last night. πŸ™‚ Happy fun knitting. Beautiful shawls, and I hope things improve soon health-wise.

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    • alexand knits · September 21, 2015

      Good! I can’t wait to see pics! I would make this pattern again in a heartbeat. Thank you πŸ™‚

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      • Midnight Knitter · September 22, 2015

        That’s good to hear because I have another set of yarns all laid out for a second Drachenfels: red, bark and purple. It will be a “not go quietly into the night” type shawl, that one. πŸ™‚ The one I have started will be much more sedate.

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      • alexand knits · September 24, 2015

        My daughter wanted to wrap up in my Drachenfels so I let her–briefly. My wife thought it would be cool if the toddler had her own, so I’m thinking about making a mini-drach in the same colors.

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      • Midnight Knitter · September 24, 2015

        Can a mini-Drachefels have buttons on it?

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      • alexand knits · September 24, 2015

        Hmmm. I suppose so…that would imply button holes, too, though.

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      • Midnight Knitter · September 24, 2015

        They can be put on later as crocheted loops to the edge. I was just thinking about how would keep it on her…

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      • alexand knits · September 24, 2015

        That’s a good idea. Well, two good ideas. Thanks! Clearly you’ve experienced a toddler before!!

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  2. MrsKirstyHoll · September 21, 2015

    Beautiful πŸ™‚ (Your steering wheel makes a fabulous model LOL)

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  3. princessyarn · September 21, 2015

    Nice!!! Clapotis is the French word for the sound of the water when it is slightly agitated, the sound of the small waves in the ocean for example😊

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    • alexand knits · September 21, 2015

      Thanks! And thanks for clearing that up–I kept meaning to look it up and kept forgetting!

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  4. Kepanie · September 21, 2015

    OMGosh, I didn’t know you were rear ended. I’m sorry that happened to you. Thank goodness for knitting and yay for knitting time. You chose terrific colors.

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    • alexand knits · September 21, 2015

      Yeah, it’s been just one issue in a saga of recent bad luck. Thanks πŸ™‚

      Like

  5. knittinginfrance · September 22, 2015

    Beautiful work and I hope you’ll get better soon:)

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