Monday, January 9, 2012

Work Travel = Knitting

My first business trip of this year allowed me to finish my last knitting project of last year!

Although I was a little nervous to bring my nice knitting needles on the plane with me (I've heard a few horror stories of overzealous TSA agents), everything went smoothly and I knit my way to Chicago and back.

Feathers and Fans Scarf

The scarf will be a gift to my sister, Calliope. The pattern is very pretty (close-up here) and very easy, too. My version is made from an uber-luxurious cashmere and silk blend, hand-dyed yarn.

Can you tell I've been furiously knitting away trying to clear the backlog?  My last mini-project from last year was to make a sample of the lace pattern I worked on fruitlessly in my lace basics class. You remember. It's the one that I sprained my brain trying to do. 

Sample of lace pattern

No sprain this time, thankfully. But I did have to sit quietly and focus intently to knit even this much (it's only 3x5" or so). I think it's safe to say that a whole wrap/shawl is just not in the cards for me. Plus it isn't really my style, beautiful though it is. So, my needles are free for a moment, although I plan to knit another pair of socks to keep me busy on my commute home.

For the time being, it will be back to our regularly scheduled programming: SEWING! Next up, I will reveal my Burda Cover Dress, which I finished hemming last night. Stay tuned.


K.Line said...

How utterly beautiful! And I love the name Calliope. Your parents were on the ball with names.

Clio said...

Thanks! Although, I have to tell you, both Clio and Calliope are noms de blog, and not our actual names. ;-)

puu said...

love the feather & fans...i've had one as a WIP on a set of needles for over a year...oops :-) i'm not even sure i remember how to do it any more!

Karin said...

Very pretty!
I was friends with a Calliope in grade school (it was a Greek orthodox school.). Seeing your sister's lovely name put a smile on my face.
I've never been brave enough to bring knitting needles on a plane. Though knitting would be a perfect way to pass the time.

K.Line said...

Oooh, sneaky :-) I am, indeed, Kristin. Much though I find the name bland and overdone (no offense to any other Kristins.)

Marie-Christine said...

No need to ever lose your knitting needles if you print the 'allowed' list from the TSA website which has included knitting needles practically from the first..