Friday, October 5, 2012

Knit In Progress: Hitchhiker

Wollmeise Pure - Versuch
I have a confession: I tried to be a monogamous knitter for 3 weeks and then couldn't take it any more.  I had to cast on something new.  I was starting to get bored.  Plus, my current main project is too heavy and too big to tote around (and it's too fiddly to mindlessly knit on it...but that just sounds like an excuse to cast on a new project, doesn't it?).  I knew that if I didn't cast on something pronto, then all hell was going to break loose and an uncontrollable onset of Starteritis would most likely be the result of this monogamous business.  I couldn't let that happen, right?  So wouldn't you agree that casting on a new project was a must?  Yeah, I thought so too.

So I give you my newest WIP: the Hitchhiker shawlette by Martina Behm.  I know, I'm probably the last knitter on Earth to have knit this pattern.  It seems like everyone and their dog has knit this pattern at least twice.  Even though this pattern has been in my queue for what seems like forever, I was actually inspired to knit it when my friend Liisa was here.  Not only was she sporting one around her neck, but she had also cast on her sixth Hitchhiker before she left.  That's right, I said sixth.  Liisa could probably knit this pattern in her sleep by now!

I immediately knew that I wanted to use a skein of Wollmeise (and not because all Strickmich patterns are knit in Wollmeise) for this project as I wanted the shawlette to be long enough to be worn as a scarf...and because I need to start knitting up my Wollmeise stash.  Since this pattern is fairly simple in design, I knew I wanted to use a variegated colourway to add some interest.  I had literally pulled out every.single.skein of Wollmeise that I own trying to find just the right colourway to work with.  Brett walked in on me during this selection process and saw me sitting in front of our closet completely surrounded by baggies of yarn, opened his mouth to say something, thought better of it, and decided to just leave me be.  I think the deer-in-headlights look that I must have had on my face and the piles of yarn (and the not so lady-like language as I was muttering about not having enough yarn) was enough to let him know that it just wasn't the time to converse with me.  I finally settled on a Versuchskaninchen colourway that reminds me of Loki (the Tom Hiddleston version), which kind of makes me call this project 'the Loki scarf' rather than Hitchhiker.

KIP - Hitchhiker Spikes

Anyhoo, I'm still not sure if I'll be keeping this shawlette or if I'll be gifting it come Christmas.  Cause you know, it's never too early to start Christmas gift knitting!  I can definitely see why so many knitters have knit this pattern more than once.  Can you say insanely mindless knit?  I've been toting this project around everywhere.  Knitting on this at the playground, in the truck while waiting for the Munchkin at preschool, at the mall while the Munchkin pretends to ride the mechanical train in front of Toys R Us, while waiting for my drink at Starbucks, or when I need a break from all the tinking I've doing on the main project.  Considering that lately I've only been able to knit a few stitches here and there, Hitchhiker is working up pretty darn fast.  I like that.

KIP - Hitchhiker

I'm not in any rush to finish this shawlette any time soon, but I now have a hankering to try knitting this pattern up in a few balls of Knit Picks Chroma Fingering.  Last Friday I saw my friend Hayley knitting up the Gossip colourway in another Martina Behm design, and it totally made me want to knit up a Hitchhiker in that yarn.  I love, love, love the fact that the majority of Martina Behm's patterns tried to eek out every last inch of yarn by giving you a percentage of how much yardage you'll need to knit to the last part of the design.  Cause not every skein of yarn is as generous in the yardage department as Wollmeise is.  But hey, maybe I should finish this Hitchhiker before I start planning the next!

Have you knit a Hitchhiker before?  What yarn did you use?  Have you knit more than one?  I'm still planning out what to knit for gifts!

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