Our writing group, the Writers Retreat, had a mini-retreat March 4th through the 6th in Indianapolis, Indiana. Authors A. Catherine Noon, Nicole Gordon, Darla M. Sands, and the Pack Rat met for a weekend of touring and hanging out and, of course, writing.
Since I went along, we of course had to do a side-trip to the LYS (Local Yarn Shop). We visited:

Mass. Ave. Knit Shop
Susan Brennan, Proprietor
862 Virginia Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46203
Main tel: (317) 638-1833

It’s a very large store with a big sale room. I found some neat stuff on sale:

di.ve brand, from Biella – Itally, a ribbon yarn that’s full of luscious fall colors and a startlingly bright silver splash. It’s the Luxus line, which is 91% Polyamid and 9% Polyester; I bought color 29204, lot 1496.

I first swatched with garter stitch on size 10 needles. It yielded a very dense fabric, springy and stiff. I didn’t like it, and since garter uses up so much yarn and I only bought three balls, I decided to try something else.

I swatched a pattern from Barbara Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns called “Vertical Lace Trellis.”

Vertical Lace Trellis
Odd # sts.
R1 & 3 (WS): P
R2: K1 *YO, K2T
R4 *SSK, YO, REP *, END K1

Since it’s only 4 rows, and only 2 of those rows are the pattern row and the rest is purl stitches, it’s a very easy pattern to follow. I’ve done another scarf in this pattern, but need to post some pictures of it. In the meantime, here’s what I’m trying with the Luxus:

CO 3
YO after first and before last stitch, all even-numbered rows; do pattern in the middle on the odd-numbered stitches.

This will create a triangle shawl.

I think I’ll add a bead at the point of the triangle for weight, or maybe some tassels. We’ll see.

3 thoughts on “Update from the Itinerant Knitter

  1. Maddy Barone says:

    I bet you guys had a blast! If I’m ever in the area I’d love to get together with you all.

  2. We’d love to have you!!

  3. I had so much fun that weekend! And I love what you’re doing with this!

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