Last month, I made my fifth annual trek to my most favorite place in the world - Sisters, Oregon - for a week-long quilting workshop and great reunion with friends. As always, I had a most wonderful time, and this year, I think it was especially restful, maybe because we'd had such a long and tough winter season. I plan to share more about my week in other posts but today, I thought I'd share a little about a knitting project I started the last morning we were there (and yes, I know I went to quilt but the two are related, you know: stitching...)
My friend/housemate - we rent a cute little bungalow cottage for the week - and I bought yarn, a pattern for a poncho: Churchmouse Classics' Easy Folded Poncho ...and we both splurged on a complete set of Addi-Click bamboo neeedles (at ruinous cost I might say, though we did get a substantial discount). We each knitted the requisite swatch, measured and I had to make another; I tend to knit tight so I had to go up one needle size. The yarn we both bought is luscious; mine is by MadelineTosh, Pashmina: 75% merino wool/15% silk, 10% cashmere. The color is called candlewick, lovely shades of mustard yellow. I heart yellow.
Fast forward to now: My next step was to cast on 115 stitches and the pattern suggests using the provisional cast-on method. Guess who a) had no idea of what that was all about and b) learned, upon investigation - yay Internet! - it involves crocheting and c) cannot crochet? Yep, me! So, I did the very best next thing and contacted my friend Mary, an expert knitter extraordinaire, for some advice and guidance. She sent me here.
Last night, I am pleased to report, I succeeded in learning how to do the provisional cast-on; it's really quite simple - and now, I'm ready to knit the next phase of my poncho: 50" of stockinette stitch. TBC...
Mucho thanks Mary!