in-my-bag knitting.

I’ve been carrying my handspun lacy baktus around with me, and even though I love how this looks, I find that I’m not taking it out of my bag to work on in those in between moments: after class, between appointments, before yoga. Even though the pattern is super easy to memorize and to read in my work, I don’t always remember where I am, and I think the knowledge that I’ll have to do a little bit of thinking to figure out how to pick up where I left off has been stopping me from pulling this out when I have a few minutes.

So yesterday, I decided to move my baktus to the pile near the couch, and cast on something new to carry around with me.

Yep, this is another seaman’s cap. I’m making this one medium-sized, with a particular friend in mind, though if the colors end up feeling a little too crazy, I’ll keep it and make her something slightly more subdued. I think I do best with in-my-bag knitting that is in the round and very simple: rib or stockinette. This is the worsted-ish Crown Mountain Farms superwash merino I spun up a few months ago in the rest of the Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds colorway. I thought I would knit this into mittens, but I think it is a bit late in the season to gift mittens. (Let’s face it, it will be March before this is done, and probably even closer to spring before I get this in the mail.)

Yesterday, for both lunch and dinner, I made Deb’s vegetable dumplings. Last year, as you may recall, my kitchen was the site for many a dumpling recipe test. These emerged victorious. Make them. You will not be sorry.

I’ll leave you with Boh. I eventually made him move so that I could make the bed, but I think he has the right idea. It is snowing here, and I’d like nothing more than to spend the day hunkering. Alas…off to campus.

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3 thoughts on “in-my-bag knitting.

  1. I know what you mean about needing really mindless knitting in the bag. I won’t do anything but circulars there, either, or else I drop stitches. I need to make those dumplings. Oh Boh. Now I’m all sleepy again…

  2. I started a baktus this weekend–and ripped it out twice because I lost my place in those four simple rows. I couldn’t *see* where I was at all. Someone on Ravelry suggested doing 2 row stripes is an easier way to keep up with the pattern. Think I will try that. Even if I knit in solitude and think I’m paying total attention, my mind wanders.

  3. Boh definitely has the right idea. It’s snowing here, too. Dear Nashville, what’s going on?! Good luck with the new portable knitting! I love the crazy colors …

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