When we got back from Thailand there were some new programs and projects waiting for me at the office. I always think of summer as catch-up time at work – kind of peaceful, maybe a walk at lunch – but for the past month my inner self was doing this most days. At night there was time for knitting (while watching Netflix’s Orange is the New Black…best show I’ve seen in a while), but not blogging.
So now I have a bit of a backlog. Bear with me.
Oh, but first, a Thailand-food-collage. Because I might get around to posting more of a recap, but if all you see is the food then you’ve seen some of the best Thailand has to offer. The food experience there totally makes the 26 hour combined flights worth it. Clockwise from the top left corner: papaya salad, fresh fruit, pineapple fried rice, dragonfruit, $4 worth of awesome dinner, latte, tabletop make-your-own soup, street noodles, steamed buns, and mangosteens.
Now we can move on to the knitting. First, a swiss-cheese like Summit Scarf that I knit from Three Waters Farm handspun (a birthday gift from Christine). I did a provisional cast-on and grafted the ends together to make an infinity loop. This is a great pattern for handspun…it makes a little bit go a long way.
And then on those long Thai train rides, I worked on a new pattern design that borrows from Teddywidder, but is a grandpa-style cardigan with a shawl collar. I’ve named her Sheboygan, and I have to say that the yarn (Phatastic from Skeinny Dipping) is the perfect pairing. It’s worsted spun so it offers warmth without a lot of weight.
And last…the second edition of my Pomme de Pin Cardigan. The first time around I was trying to make something shorter that I could wear with dresses. I had doubts about the final product but decided to weave in the ends and wear it to the office, where my coworker gushed over the yarn color but described the style as, “kind of 90s” (which she said with a touch of pity and a hint of disdain. Dammit. I knew it. I went home that night and frogged everything except the sleeves. Here’s what I frogged…
…and here’s the longer, sleeker remake.