Needle points West

So, seeing as how the 5 day vacation to West Virginia was beyond words, I’m going to follow up with some photos.  Needless to say, my knitting adventures did not follow suit, and I only completed…..1 item on the list. And that was the Pumpkin Beret.  Well, I even didn’t finish all of it.  I finished the base part and then decided to move on.

Odin’s Aunt Holly owns 100 acres in West Virginia.  That’s quite  a bit of land.  In the mountains.  With no cell phone reception.  And no internet.  This is just one of the buildings there was.  The bottom is her cellar, and the upper two floors were given out to her family’s families for the weekend.

This was where we stayed…The Dome.  It reminded me of Star Wars, quite a bit in fact.  It wasn’t heated, although it had a wood stove, and it wasn’t insulated.  The three of us shared a bed, and Odin’s Dad and his Girlfriend shared the bed on the other side.  Both of the men were happy to make the fire in the stove, although by the time it was cold enough to do so, we were all either occupied elsewhere or too tired to bother.

(Yes, that is a hand knit hat!)

(She’s a superstar!)

And, of course, what I spend most of my free time and resting time working on (to the amusement of his family)

This is the progress I’ve made on the Hemlock Ring Doily Throw, using Cascade Eco Wool.  This is almost all of 1 skein (478 yards!) in a beautiful deep purple.  The feather and fan pattern is proving to be trying, as I add 32 stitches every 5 rows (currently it is stable at 408 stitches; I haven’t worked on it since arriving home).  I think a single row takes between 10 and 15 minutes to knit at this point.  I’m not quite sure what the diameter is yet – I imagine around 4 or 4.5 feet.  I do have about 10 more rows to knit for a “standard” throw size, and have enough yarn to knit more after that.  The question is – do I want to?

It is an absolutely amazing pattern, however, and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone on a budget and/or looking for a new, practical project to test their patience and sanity.  I have it on the back burner for now, trying to finish necessary projects first.

That about wraps up this update though!  Sorry for taking so long to respond.  Post vacation is never an easy time period, what with trying to catch up on normal life and all.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marie
    Dec 03, 2010 @ 11:45:10

    You need to get yourself a few pair of circulars for the Hemlock Ring Doily Throw! It will be so much easier than all those DPNs! Check the ‘Yarn Sales’ forum in Ravelry; there are a few stores either having sales or going out of business that might have what you need at a good price.


    • Little Green Pixie
      Dec 03, 2010 @ 17:25:43

      Thanks for the comment. I just threw the DPNs on there when it was picture time. I am using a really long circular ndl for the actual knitting, but try laying out a circular item on one set of needles! Thank you for the ravelry tip! I hadn’t considered using the forums like that!


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