This post my contain sand, suncream and a just a little envy inducing showing off. It may also be clumsily typed and badly spelt because I’m fighting the auto correct on my tablet (not as easy to type as at my computer at my desk!)
So what’s going on? Ben and I are on holiday in the beautiful island of Bali, Indonesia. It was a last minute thing because of a whole host of “poor me” reasons, not least of which was still struggling to get over loosing little Purcey.
But this is a knitting blog, not a “where did Susan go on holiday blog” 🙂
So what’s on the needles in Bali?
It’s a little something I picked up at the Rowan stand at the knitting and stitching show at Ally Pally….and it has ginger kittens on it!
Its from Martin Storey’s new book, Easy Fairisle Knits. It’s the kittens and stripes scarf from the cover…
Want to see three day’s laying on the beach progress?
Here’s a close upin the sand…
And a detailed shot…
It’s a narrow scarf but very long – 16 repeats of the 4 different colour kitten heads. That’s a whopping 64 rows of kittens!
I’ve changed the construction of the pattern quite a lot from the Martin Storey version. His says to knit 2 flat sections, 8 kitten heads wide, then join in the middle with a three needle bind off so each end of the scarf has the kittens up the right way. Then sew the side seam to make a 4 kitten head wide tube.(and there doesn’t appear to be a selvage stitch allowed for the seam so its going to be wonky too! I know this book is easy fairisle but in my experience it’s much easier in the round (and no lumpy seam down the side!) So my kittens are magic looped over 58 stitches.
Also, why knit two sections and join them to reverse the pattern? I will get half way then turn the chart upside down…it’s not rocket science.
The sun is going down and a last dip in the pool is beckoning ….. 😀