Since I last wrote, I’ve been to North Carolina and back – and even got to see the Super Bowl this year – because I went out and visited my friends Aimee and Will who’ve bought and renovated a house just outside Asheville. I delivered the two hats that I knit for them, with the promise of a photo with them wearing them. Even though they were still moving in, the guest room was all set up for me:
And I got to wear my new Sara Lace Cardigan some, which was nice, and there was plenty of time to knit and I made great progress on a poncho project from my knitting guild retreat called the Tilt Shift Wrap. It’s a fun stitch pattern with some elongated stitches, and it’s basically a big rectangle that you sew up some to make attractive diagonal lines that make it better than a usual big poncho. Here’s the final photo – I hope to get one with me wearing it soon!
I also decided to make an activist hat – I’ll be honest and say that the pussy hats were not my cup of tea, even though I agreed with all the issues at stake. However, Donna Druchunas just came out with an e-book called Knitting as a Political Act, and there was a color chart for a hat saying Knit the Resistance. And I had some amazing yarn that my lovely roommate Martina bought for me in Paris – called Lil Weasel – a DK weight bouncy merino – so lovely. I made some modifications, and I really like how it came out:
If you’d like to get connected, you can join the Ravelry group Fans of Donna Druchunas and join the discussion in the thread “Knitting as a Political Act.”
And now I’m onto a few Knitted Knockers (apparently there was a Dear Abby column about them, and all the chapters are getting a lot of requests), and hats for a couple of more charities, including Operation Thank You which go to our military folks and their families, as well as an amazing Double-Helix stitch-patterned hat for the Science March in Washington, DC in April. More on those soon!
Tomorrow I head up into the lower Sierra Mountains – we are getting a lot of rain, and the ground is saturated, so I hope I get up there ok! Hopefully it won’t look like this when I went up a month ago: