Wildlife, Wild Knitting

My recent trip to Southeast Alaska was a success in many ways.  This is a place I hold dear in my heart, a place that has retained its wonder and beauty for me throughout a lifetime of visits.  I have been fortunate enough to be a regular visitor since I was a child, spending summers on the water and in the woods. Going to such a wild place as a child jump-started my imagination, cemented a love for animals, and ignited my curiosity for nature.  This trip was no exception.

There was plenty of wildlife to keep me entertained when I wasn’t knitting or visiting with family.

The salmon were running, which had all the carnivores riveted, from eagles and fishermen to bears.

As far as knitting goes, I was able to get quite a bit done, both in transit and during my time there.  My sister and her hubby were kind enough to model these pieces:

  • Pattern: My own.  Details at another time…
  • Yarn: Malabrigo worsted weight, 2 strands held together, 1 skein of each color for hat
  • Needles: US size 8 circular
  • Notes: These were done with 2 strands of Malabrigo worsted held together.  I ran out of blue in the blue/pink one, so had to rip back to the ribbing, add a few rows, and readjust to calling it an earwarmer.  People wear these, right?!

My sister was a superstar knitter, finishing a hat and her first ever fingerless glove.  I didn’t get a chance to take a photo, but trust me: they were fantastic.  She is such a different knitter than I was starting out.  She doesn’t want a pattern to follow; instead, she lets the yarn tell her what to do, occasionally asking me “How many more rows should I do?”.  A fiercely independent and fearless knitter that inspires me to no end!

On the plane ride home I completed another neckwarmer.  I still need to block it and sew some buttons on, but here’s a sneak preview:

To my surpise and delight, I found 3 yarn stores during my travels.  More on that later…

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4 thoughts on “Wildlife, Wild Knitting

  1. Alaska seems like a good place for knitting. You know all those warm wooly handknits will come in handy sometime soon. Glad you enjoyed your trip.

    I’m thinking neckwarmers would be fun to knit, because I discovered a great button store last week…

  2. Wow, it looks beautiful. I can’t believe that bear just wandering along the road like that! Your knitting looks interesting too…

  3. Hmmm…well I’m a carnivore also so those salmon have got me thinking about dinner too!

    On the earwarmer – I’d wear it, just differently. I’d put it under my hair in the back, like at the base of the skull, and then have it come up the sides of my head, covering the ears, and covering the top of head/forehead also. Keep the ears warm, the hair back out of the face, and the frizzy bangs under control all at once! Perfect winter accessory!

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