A small photo on the front page of today’s newspaper appeared next to the headline “Tiki.” The story was about a resurgence of interest in things Hawaiian and tropical, featuring events at a local tiki bar. How funny, since we just returned from a week in Hawaii! I found it personally amusing because one of my designs, the Crocodile-Tiki Cloth, was created several months ago, long before any mention of tiki interest:
If you use your imagination, when the cloth is turned one way the stitch pattern looks like crocodile heads and when turned the other way it looks like tikis in a tiki room!
Although these Crocodile-Tiki Cloths were not recent FOs, I did work with the color green this week to complete a revised version of the Meditate afghan from the Berroco book “Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans“:
My version was done in a different yarn (in limited quantities from stash) at a looser gauge than called for in the pattern, so I adjusted by chaining 154 to start, for a finished afghan approximately 42″ square.
After completing this rather large project, I took a quick trip to the local Michaels store, to kill some time while waiting to meet DD for lunch. In the clearance aisle, tucked behind baskets full of this and that, I spotted two balls of poppy red 100% Peruvian wool (perfect for hats) at a super bargain price (not to mention the senior discount!) The yarn is Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller “Full o’ Sheep” and it worked up perfectly into a version of my Cob Toque, which first appeared in the CEY Web-letter, Issue 107:
One other thing this week was a visual “tutorial” on how to create the Hodgepodge Baby Bootie. Since the stitch pattern is based on a “leaning” shell, it can be a little confusing to follow the written pattern for the Hodgepodge Baby Hat & Bootie set so I added some photos to the pattern page that may help with construction:
I need to hit the road now. Enjoy the Labor Day weekend, hopefully with some time for stitching. The seasons are changing and soon it will really feel like “knitting & crocheting weather!”