sometimes I’m very cocky about my knitting speed. I’ll think a car ride is enough time to finish half a sweater, a pair of socks, or, in this case, a whole shawl. nevermind how long the car ride actually is, I’ll always pack multiple projects for fear of running out of knitting.
two weeks ago we did a little road trip I dubbed #bourbontostitches. we drove to kentucky, stayed there a few days to hit up some distilleries, and ended the week in nashville to hit up stitches south, meet up with amanda, and get some good food. so of course I packed a brand new shawl project, a sweater in the works, and some socks with extra yarn in case I needed to start a new pair. do I need to say where this is going?
once we were out of the philly area, I worked on nothing but my masgot shawl. I knit the first day until I ran out of sunlight, same thing on the way back. I would wake up and knit on it and work some more after dinner each night. I even took it with me while driving to distilleries. we could be an hour in the car and I could only get a few rows in. I swore I saw no progress for days. once we got to nashville, I ignored the poor thing for fried pickles and pretty new yarn. can you blame me?
I only needed a couple of days after getting back for finishing up. I love the end result, soft cushy garter stitch goodness. I ran out of the lighter color so my last two stripe sets only have four stripes of each color instead of five. I did have some issues with the bt loft breaking on me a few times. thankfully it split splices easily, but there was a lot of spit holding this shawl together before washing.
my shawl didn’t come out nearly as deep as the pattern states, even though I used larger needles and I’m usually a loose knitter. maybe it was all the car knitting and bourbon 🙂 I was so wrong, mine is actually a little bigger than the pattern states. that bourbon did affect me!
this is when I wish I could use slick metal needles. I’ve tried different aluminum and nickle plated needles, but they all cause my tendinitis to flare up. I’m relegated to using wood or carbon fiber needles, which isn’t so bad but makes big projects like this a bit of a drag. for this shawl I used some new carbon fiber circs by newhouse I ordered a set of their dpn’s before and liked them so much I wanted to try some more and I’ll admit the odd size drew me in (my needles are 4.75 mm, 5″ tips and 32″ length).
I love the lightness of the needles and their sharp points. I did notice that as I knit the points were reshaped, almost like a pencil tip. this didn’t affect my knitting, but the points didn’t have the same deadly sharpness as out of the envelope. in the middle of my shawl I did begin to miss the metal tips found on my karbonz. I didn’t realize how much that little change would change my speed. my biggest issue was with the cord though. I want to love it just for being red, it’s so nice to have something that doesn’t look like anything else out in the market, but they are too soft/wimpy for me. this made pushing stitches along difficult, with the cord sometimes pulling through between stitches (think magic loop when you don’t want it) when I would push stitches closer to the left needle. I love supporting a small family business and I really love my dpn’s (though now I need to check how those points fared), but I would need the cord to be changed for me to get another circular needle for shawls or sweaters. for now I’ll stick with my karbonz for those projects.
pattern: masgot by lete’s knits
needles: 4.75mm circs
yarns: the plucky knitter oxford, oatmeal, 1 skein
elsa wool company woolen-spun fingering weight cormo, 70% dark grey. .77 skein
brooklyn tweed loft, sap, 1 skein
date started: 4.20.2015
date finished: 4.27.2015