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Tosh Sock in Black Velvet

Recently I played copycat to someone else’s idea of knitting a Hitchhiker Shawl.  I had seen the pattern around, and admittedly I dismissed it as being “just” another garter stitch scarf.  But when Bells said she was knitting one, it sounded like just the sort of soothing, absent-minded knitting I needed at the time.  I chose a pretty skein of Madelinetosh sock from my stash and got to work.

What fun!  It starts out small with just a few stitches, and quickly grows into something resembling a dinosaur smile.  All those teeth!  This pattern works great for that skein of sock yarn that is either too special or two wild; you simply knit until you have 41 teeth or are nearly out of yarn.  For the longest time I was knitting along and the ball of yarn seemed to stay the exact same size.  Then one day I looked and it was just a little pile.  Time to cast off!  I finished it in the car on our way to the aquarium and wore it the rest of the day, dangling ends and all.

This is also one of those projects that seems so tempting to cast on another one immediately after finishing, just to have as a go-to simple knit.  And during last week’s knitting mojo drought, I was seriously tempted.  I’ve also been thinking about giving one of Martina Behm’s other patterns, Lintilla, a go.  More clever garter stitch!

Yarn Along:: Hitchhiking onto The Marriage Plot

Book: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenedies Knit: Hitchhiker Scarf in Madelinetosh Sock’s Black Velvet

This week I’m celebrating the discoveries of others: a book that one of my friends and her husband read in record time, and a knit another friend recommended via Facebook. Whether it’s lack of imagination, or feeling inspired at just the right moment, both the book and the knit are perfect for right now.

This scarf is just the antidote to the single skein of sock yarn dilemma (when you don’t want to knit socks!); you just knit until you’re almost out of yarn, maximizing yardage and garter stitch bliss.  I can often be heard muttering “just one more tooth…”.  The book is a coming of age novel about recent college graduates in the 1980s.  Alternately heady and intimate, it is reminiscent of my Freshman year stint as an English major.  I can tell this will be something I can really sink my teeth into.

Like many of you, I’m feeling inspired to knit down my stash right now. I’ve been casting on new projects with home stash and shop stash like crazy.  To help the matter along, I have some new destash yarn for sale over on Ravelry.  There may even be a giveaway or two in the near future.

What’s in your project bag and on your nightstand this week?

*Yarn Along, from Ginny @ small things: ~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?