Sometimes you find a gadget that is so well-designed and thoughtfully engineered for its purpose that you have to stare in jaw-dropping awe. Thanks to ame_chan for this!
Now, this blog is not meant to promote products, but I’m gonna show off one: The Knit Kit. It’s coming out in March. This is smart and useful design. It contains ‘most every little accessory tool you’d need when you’re out and about knitting, and goodness knows there are many of us who knit while we travel — whether it’s commuting or if it’s a longer trip on an airplane. I’m going to be going to Florida the week after next and I wish the product were already available. Of course I’m planning my Plane Project. Most likely socks. I like knitting socks on planes because it’s small and easily portable in my laptop bag. You can often tell how much I’ve flown in a year by how many socks I’ve made! The only redundancy I see is that there are scissors as well as a thread cutter here. The only thing I usually need scissors for is cutting yarn anyway.
I’m working on a We Call Them Pirates hat in black and red for myself. I have one in black and white, but it was my first attempt at stranded knitting and I really did make it too tight. It looks okay, but it’s just too small for my bus head. If you have a child who’d like the hat, lemme know1. On a whim, I went through my stash and realized I had enough wool to make myself another one, so I am. ‘Cause, well… PIRATES! What I really need to do is make the matching mittens.
I’m also going through my stash to see what I can knit up without buying anything. One of the great joys of the fact that I use a template and just come up with goofy stuff for a lot of my projects is that I can use up yarn when I overbuy. I have a lot of gray, some burgundy, some black and some gold. I could probably come up with something reasonably entertaining with that if I gave it some thought.
My son is pushing for another gold sweater. I’m going to have to buckle down and get the nerve to try the Seamless Saddle Shouldered Sweater from Knitting Without Tears. The design is a bit more classic than the 70s looking yoke sweaters, so translates well across the years.
1Obviously, this’ll go to the first person who asks for it.