Monday, August 25, 2014

Travel knitting

I figured I'd better keep this short and sweet for those of you who waded through yesterday's looong post – and those of you who wouldn't/couldn't!  ;-)

I finished the linen stitch fingerless mitts on the way to Ely. I didn't like the loose cuff of the original pattern, so finished mine with wrist-hugging 2x2 rib (kbl for the knit stitches). The intended recipient has small hands. Hopefully these will be big enough; they are tight on my slender 12-year-old. The yarn is the Targhee I spun and n-plyed during the Tour; it is very soft – almost feels cottony. I like it a lot, and will look for more Targhee to spin in the future.

But what was I going to occupy myself with on the return trip? I had leftover yarn; I decided to knit a coordinating linen stitch headband/earwarmer. This went well until I was ready to bind off. I tried several methods, but wasn't happy with any of them. None looked like the tidy cast-on edge (knitted cast-on followed by a round of kbl), and all flared out. I'm also concerned that it's too big; it certainly is generous on my (small) head. At least this project kept me busy until we arrived in Portland; now that we're home, I need your bind-off suggestions.
Still lovin' that linen stitch!

That's it for now from . . .

4 comments:

Nancy Kay said...

I like that close up of the linen stitch...and yes, it looks great with that yarn. Love the colors!

Theresa said...

I always like ribbing on just about anything for hands and feet! I did read through your last post, twice and Boy! you guys aren't happy with just a vacation, you need a full on adventure, complete with chills and spills! I hope Rick is feeling himself still and your knee survived. I low all the critters are as happy to see you as you are to see them! Welcome home.

Maureen said...

Love the wool and your creations! I made hubby a toque for Christmas, and used the "super stretchy cast on"... I have heard you can use it for bind offs too. Just search YouTube and I am sure you'll find it.

Laura said...

EZ's Sewn bind-off is said to mimic a cast on edge. You could also use a crochet cast-off (which is a lot like a normal bind off).