The Accidental Shawl Part 2

Mr. Aitch and I are finally back home from an extended vacation out west.  Along the way, we stopped to visit friends and family.  While stuck on the Interstate due to an accident, I began knitting a shawl based on the beginning of the Kindness shawl.

I didn’t want to deal with constantly looking at my work so I changed from stockinette stitch to plain garter stitch.  For non-knitters that means I knit every row.

Mr. Aitch drove the entire trip (his choice) which meant that I could knit when not navigating or knitting the row with the eyelets and the row after.

I knit about one third to one half while away and finished it once we got back home.  

Good thing as I was running out of yarn and I had to dive into my stash for some coordinating colors to knit the last several rows.

The shawl took a bath yesterday for blocking when I realized that I wasn’t extremely happy with it.

The eyelets are way out of line below the green line.

Plus I dropped a stitch.  Didn’t see that until I started stretching it out for blocking.  You can see the wonky eyelets better below…along with the dropped stitch.

I might tink it back to the eyelet row (which includes the dropped stitch) and begin adding the coordinating yarns earlier since I already know I won’t have enough.  They would blend in better.

But for now, it’s going to hibernate.

 

 

The accidental shawl

My progress on the shawl I began knitting while stuck in traffic due to an accident:

I’m adapting the Kindness Shawl pattern to make for an easier travel knit.  All garter stitch with the eyelets in the main body.  Not sure if I’ll go to a lacy pattern at the edge.

Down the tubes

I was cleaning up my knitting bag and had to come up with another plan for all my double-pointed needles (aka dpns).  I’m not a Magic Loop convert yet so most of my socks and other knitted-in-the-round items are made using dpns.

I know I bought some of these but I also inherited some.  In the beginning, the needles were safe and organized in the original cardboard packaging.  Then the packaging fell apart. 

The inherited needles were held together with rubber bands or tape (Gasp!).  Rubber bands deteriorate rather quickly and leave gunk on the needles.  And tape residue is sticky and rough. 

I made some holders from small paper envelopes and wrote the sizes on the front.  That worked for awhile but it wasn’t a fantastic solution. 

Enter these double point needle tubes*!  

I love them. 

Now my needles have a more secure home.  I cut out some circles (address labels), wrote the size and stuck them on the end so I can see at a glance what needle I have/need. 

The tubes are adjustable so they can accommodate shorter or longer needles.  I even keep some crochet hooks in one as every knitter sometimes needs one of those. 

They now live in the knitting bag of tools and supplies.

Sets of size 10 1/2 and above are too large to fit inside these tubes so until the Super Duper Sized tubes arrive, I will keep them in my make-shift holder. 

I’m not sure how I ended up with so many size 8 dpns.  But can one really have too many? 

*I received no compensation for this review.  I just like this product and thought you might, too.