GrammarCop's blog

Knit one, fly too

I'm sure this topic has been covered to death, but can we humor a newbie? I have to fly to Phoenix this weekend to attend a funeral. I'd like to take along the scarf I'm working on, and I've already checked the TSA site to note that knitting needles and crochet hooks are acceptable carry-ons. I note, too, that pointy scissors with blades of less than 4 inches are apparently allowable.

So I should be in the clear, right? I'll have to check my tapestry needles and long scissors, but I'm assuming I won't have a problem carrying a few balls of yarn, a couple of circular needles, a yarn gauge, some short scissors and a crochet hook in my knitting bag.

Knitting in public

I'm a copy editor and page designer for a daily newspaper. On the days I work nights (yeah, I'm aware that sounds odd), I bring my knitting bag to work with me so I can knit on my lunch and then again after deadline, when I'm waiting for the presses to start. The other day, I was alone in the lunch room, trying to remember how many stitches I'd just purled, when one of the press guys came in to use the vending machines.

"Hey," he said, "you knitting?"

"Yeah ..." I said.

Finishing the hat

Switching to dpn

I started a hat. And I got bored with it. And I decided I wasn't going to make it the way I originally thought, and for the person I originally intended. But I figured I *had* to finish it, and since I was more or less making up my own pattern (gulp!), I had no idea it would be so hard to decrease a ribbed hat. This was my first project knitting in the round, and I used both circular needles and double-pointed needles.

More swag for my bag

Today, I made a trip to JoAnn. I bought two balls of merino wool yarn (my first-ever foray into wool; I want to make a winter hat for my mom), a skein of cotton/acrylic (for another hat, this one for me) and double-pointed needles (to try to make my hat).

I'm a little concerned about the double-pointed needles. I've never used them before. Any tips the books don't have? 

The baby blanket project

Since this is my first post on this knitting blog, I figured I'd post the last project I actually completed: a baby blanket.

One of my co-workers and his wife recently welcomed a newborn boy to the world. While I wanted to create a fitting gift for the occasion, I'm a relative novice at knitting -- perhaps six months or so -- and it was a challenge to find a baby blanket pattern that (a) I could actually accomplish and (b) would be attractive and interesting enough to present as a gift.

The blanket shown above wasn't my first attempt. I'd first tried a "windowpane" blanket, which required me to knit five vertical panels that could be stitched together. The outer and center panels were a solid color, while the other two panels alternated colors. When the blanket was stitched together, I was sort of OK with the color effect, but I was unhappy with the workmanship. Add to that an unfortunate snag -- one of the panels started to unravel, and I had no idea how to fix it -- and I knew I had to try again.

The biggest challenge for this baby blanket pattern had always been how to come up with a finished project that was clearly for an infant, yet didn't scream pastels. The parents are sort of hipster-y, skateboard-riding rockers who wouldn't be caught dead in anything sherbet-colored, so why consign their kid to that fate? I had to think long and hard about colors that were clearly male, yet that didn't come across as too cutesy.