Sunday, May 19, 2019

Hooked on Hitchhiker

It's been a dreary weekend: cold, windy, rainy, gray skies. I'm not complaining because I needed to rest and this weather definitely helps with that. I went to Torah study yesterday and then had a nice long lunch with my mom. Last night, Keith and I started the third season of The Man in the High Castle (Amazon), and it is as good as the first two.

Today I started cleaning up my studio and then went out to lunch and Urban Sketching. I ended up drawing one of our sketchers:
The blue sky is just wishful thinking. It was quite gray.
I'm pretty happy with this sketch. The woman sort of looks like Jean, the sketcher, which is a rare accomplishment for me! I need to find some time to just play with my watercolors. It's a challenging medium and I don't put enough time into it.

This is good knitting weather. I finished my first Hitchhiker, and I love it. It only has about 39 teeth (it's supposed to have 41), but it is long enough right off the needles. After blocking, it should be a decent length.
I like the way the gradient works out when it's around my neck. I think it came out well enough to be a gift.

It was such a fun and relaxing knit, that I just had to do a stash dive and start a second one.
I have no recollection of where I got this skein of yarn. It's going to be an adventure. It's a magic ball with 15 colors of sock yarn tied together with square knots and wound into a cake. I haven't come to a knot yet, but I'm hoping that I can just leave the knots in place and have a rustic sort of shawl. Strangely, there is no company name or brand. All I know is that there are 525 yarns of Merino superwash sock yarn. 

For dinner tonight I made a delicious red lentil dish from the Oh She Glows Every Day Cookbook. The dish called for homemade mango chutney, but I cheated and bought some. I'm not vegan, but I do make a lot of Oh She Glows recipes. They are healthy and reliably good.

I noticed that the photo of my most recent quilt in my last post was fuzzy, so I just had to go on record with a better photo:
How was your weekend?




14 comments:

  1. We had a beautiful weekend here. (First non-rainy weekend in MONTHS!)

    I love your finished Hitchhiker. I don't think you'll notice the magic knots in the ball. Garter stitch is kind of bumpy. The knots will blend right in.

    Hope you have a wonderful week.

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  2. I love your sketch but i ADORE your hitchhiker !!! Maybe my favorite knit this season!!!!

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  3. My weekend had twists and turns I hadn't expected so normal-ha!
    The new sketch/watercolor is beautiful as always! Nice to see this one in today! The gradient shawl is a winner but the new one looks so festive-have fun with every row! (doesn't it go fast in the beginning?!)

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  4. I always love seeing your sketches!

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  5. Beautiful sketching! My weekend was "back to normal" and that was just exactly what I needed!

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  6. My weekend was quite productive, which always feels good come Monday. I love your Hitchhiker! I have never made one myself, but it certainly seems that once you knit one . . . you need to knit more. ;-) Love your sketch. And your quilt. Hope your Monday is off to a good start.

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  7. We had a very busy weekend with lots of singing and also a visit with the GK. Love your Hitchhiker; I so need to do one of those but have some other projects screaming to be finished. Hope you have a great week!

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  8. Your Hitchhiker shawl looks great, I'm sure the new owner will love it. This weekend was spent catching up with regular jobs at home and cleaning out the caravan ready for the summer. Cathy x

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  9. Oh my! Your Hitchhiker is Gorgeous!! I think it may be my favorite of all that I've seen. I just love that gradient and it worked out perfectly for the scarf. It's absolutely gorgeous!

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  10. I LOVE your speckly, gradient Hitchhiker, and your next one looks quite intriguing also!

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  11. your sketch is perfect!! The more I watercolor the more I like to watercolor, Ive got so much to learn. I also adore your hitchhiker! I've got one on the needles and I've yet to to have the pattern completely memorized (it's like 95% there...). I see more in my future.

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  12. I enjoy seeing your sketch. I envy those who can sketch and draw. The hitchhiker turned out well and the next one is going to be really fun with all those colors. Knit on.

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  13. I love the sketch, a likeness is so hard to capture. Your hitchhiker is great. I knit Miss Winkle a few years ago and it had that same addictive pattern!

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