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A favorite pattern: Hitchhiker


                  Hello, selfie! My Hitchiker-using Hedgehog Fibres "Oil Slick" yarn. So pretty!

A favorite pattern is the Hitchhiker by Martina Behm. I have knitted it once, what a great pattern. It's long, and has little 'teeth' up one side. A nod towards the Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

If you can knit, purl, kfb you've got it made. You can use any wool, or needle. I prefer to stick with the smaller 2.5 needles...These are easy stitches. The only hassle is remembering which row you're on. Which isn't hard, with a stitch counter. The pattern is probably one of the most knitted, Ravelry says there's 19,500 projects made! I love that about Ravelry-they show the pattern, and examples of it made. You can filter to see handspun yarn and much more.

So when, I mentioned I was up for knitting another scarf...I asked my daughter "what pattern" she answered: Hitchiker! So I find myself casting on again :)



No more ends!



Never weave in another end. This technique works really well! I found success with DK and smaller yarns-otherwise it can get too bulky. I use this all the time, easier than using a spit join, which can be a little yucky, and look weird. It's awesome when you want to have distinct color changes. Check out the color progression in a baby car blanket I made recently.




Spinning Meditation



Watch one of my Over the Rainbow batts being spun. This batt-was featured in the BATT book by Grace Shalom Hopkins. It's a rad new E-book that discusses several fun ways to spin yarn-from batts.

I chose to try the miniature art yarn technique-and spun it thinner than the video shows. I was going for LACE. I spun up some thread-literally. It took for-ever! Then plyed it with nylon blend thread-looks awesome. It took awhile, but it's worth it. I have about 400 yards, and the batt was about 3oz


 I am excited to knit something up like this gorgeous shawl from LatelierDuChatNoir...who I wrote about in this previous entry she excels at this technique-taking 3 oz and turning it into 700 yards :) wow-right?? She took one of my 2.8 oz Lotus batts, and spun up about 374 yards-amazing!
 

Is this shawl gorgeous or what? Look at that fab miniature yarn-looks great in this wonderful shawl.
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