I came back from Knit 1 Oxford in Oxford, MS with several new yarns and knitting patterns. That pretty much happens every year - the Knit 1 people are incredibly talented and giving of their time and energy. The first thing I did when I got home was knit up two cowls that required me to knit continental style with my left hand and English style with my right hand. Well, actually, I could have knit the cowl using only my right hand to throw the stitches but it would have taken me twice as long and I wouldn't have learned a great trick. I'm really thrilled with how they came out although it's no great surprise that the second one was better than the first.
My current knitting project is a scarf using the linen stitch. The stitch makes a very flat fabric with far less elasticity than a knit/purl stitch. The scarf is knitted in the round. When it's finished, a section of 28 stitches is dropped, unraveled and cut in half to make fringe. I'm of two minds. I love the idea of not having to weave in ends no matter how often I change yarns but I hate to knit all those stitches only to tear them out once I'm finished. I'm using a sock weight MadelineTosh yarn that I love. I'm not generally a fan of super wash wool - why can't you just leave the wool alone to be fullable and/or feltable as it wishes? - but I love MadelineTosh.
I'm almost finished with this little scarf and will have lots of yarn left over. I think I'll weave a similar sized scarf on the Cricket loom and maybe knit one up using a totally different stitch. It would be a nice test to see what this yarn looks like when it's handled several different ways.
I'm weaving on my kitchen towels too but more on that tomorrow.