I just got back from a fantastic trip to the Grammys! I took my current project, and got a lot done on it. It’s Knitty’s “Coronet,” designed by the talented and gracious artichaut who was so kind as to answer my questions about adapting the pattern for my handspun.
I had an excellent experience with taking my handwork on the plane. I had gotten a start on the cabled band before leaving for the trip, so I had about 5″ of it worked; the rest of it was all knitted on the planes and in the airports. I would have finished on the way home, but ran out of yarn. I wasn’t sure how much I’d need – now I have to spin some more before I can finish the knitting! I didn’t have a single issue with any of the security folks; my little wooden tube has 4 aluminum and 5 plastic needles, plus my bag has a big tapestry yarn needle and a thread-cutter (Clover, the pendant kind) and a latch hook for catching dropped stitches. Didn’t even get a second look from the security folks, although I always get a few odd glances being a guy knitting in public. Unfortunately, nobody came up and said howdy.
This is the hat flat. The brim is made to fold up, so it’s inside-out when it’s flat like this. The yarn is my hand-spun Dark Coopworth. I’m pleased with the way it is working up. I’ve never knitted with handspun before, let alone stuff I’ve spun myself.
The hat, with the brim folded.
Me, tryin’ to look moody-yet-dashing with a partially knitted hat on my head. Unfortunately, the flash wipes out the contrast in the cables, and it’s tough to model and shoot at the same time. Will probably have to have somebody snap a photo outside, to get a good one of me in the hat.