Back seat knitting

With a 5-6 hour car ride to Montreal coming up, being faced with dozens of rounds of repetitive stockinette in the Hey Hey, My My pattern by Reiko Kuwamura suddenly doesn’t seem like such a bad thing. I’m past the tricky blackberry stitch yoke, and now only have to pay attention every 15 rounds or so for decreases and increases. No pics just yet, but I did try on what I’ve knit so far and it fits really well in the shoulders, which is unusual (normally everything is a little bit wide).

The cotton yarn I’m using is from Elann, made by an Italian mill. I usually try to use local or handspun yarn as much as possible, but the reality is that cotton just doesn’t grow this far north. One fibre that does grow well up here is hemp, which I’ve never spun but will be the subject of a class I’m taking next month. Cellulose fibres have never been my favourite spinning material but I’d like to expand my skill set a bit. And who knows, maybe I’ll be as excited about bast fibres as I originally was about, say, alpaca…

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