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FFN:Don’t forget your towel

March 20, 2014

Thanks to the wonderful Kate over at Stitch Addiction podcast I broke down and purchased my first pay for pattern, Hitchhiker by Martina Behm (Fun story, I totally spelled her name right on the first try, yay me.) I cast on last week and knit almost exclusively on it until victory was mine.

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I ended up using some Knit Picks Stroll Multi in the sorbet colorway. I had purchased this back in 2011/2012 and it’s been kicking around the stash since I finished a pair of socks out in Chicago. The yarn is a mix of green, pink and browns, which look rather pretty in the ball, but knit up create horrible pooling issues that just made me frustrated. So the yarn sat hanging out in the stash awaiting its fate. Because one of my goals is to knit from stash and I wasn’t sure how well I would understand the pattern (by the way, it’s not complicated) I picked up the three (ish) balls I had of the stuff and set to work.

The yarn still ended up pooling and I did notice a few slubby parts that seem to be characteristic of some of KP’s yarns. But I did manage to get all 42 teeth/points which I kind felt was necessary, thanks in part to the fact that the giant is a big fan of the Hitchhiker series. My biggest “complaint” is that the thing is huge, to the point that decent photos were difficult to get, and I look a little ridiculous with wearing it.

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I definitely want to knit more of these, although I might try a less vivid color palette, because as it stands I have only a few things I would pair this with.

Lastly as a bonus for sticking around this long I have another FFN item.

20140319_105910Another pair of bootees from the Saartje’s bootee pattern. I whipped these up Tuesday night for my newest niece. I had just enough of the KP Felici Stream Bed to eek these out, which go adorably well with the hat and cardigan that I had previously knit. The main mods I did were to short row one side of the top before working around to the side for the first strap. This created a button-hole that worked out perfectly for the strap which I stuck the button onto instead. The pair was easy, fun and pretty darn near instant gratification, which is helpful considering they had to be wrapped up with the rest of the gifts last night.

 

 

 

5 Comments
  1. Q – Hitchhiker is one of my favs. The colors you chose are perfect.

  2. I love the bright colors!! They are very pretty.

  3. Love the colors of the Hitchhiker and have lots of green to wear it w/ however I’m not sure I am much of a shawl gal. lol I have a Hitchhiker shawl that has been on the needles for far too long it is of muted shades that has me feeling sort of bad that it’s been languishing for over a year now.

  4. sparkeespud permalink

    I love the Hitchhiker! I wear mine a alot in the sprig/fall as a cowl by folding it in half and wrapping it round the neck.

  5. shellssells permalink

    You mean to tell me you don’t purchase your clothing to match the handknits you create? For shame! 😉

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