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Beach Patterns-Knitting Inspiration on Fire Island

Fair Harbor Beach

Fair Harbor Beach

Patterns are an integral part of knitting. They are the instructions that we read and the sequence of stitches that we make to create wonderful hand made creations from various fibers. 

Spend time on any beach and you’ll see natural patterns emerging. Being in true sunlight can have a wonderful impact on the color and shadows that emerge. They can be sources of inspiration for new stitches and ways of imagining garments and other knitting projects. Norah Gaughan in her book Knitting Nature draws on naturally occurring patterns.

Here are some of the patterns that I found while on vacation in Fire Island. In particular, I was drawn to the way that wood was used and the patterns it formed. I could envision sweaters with ribs and/or colors translating these shapes.

Dune Fencing on Fair Harbor-Could be sweater ribbing

Dune Fencing on Fair Harbor-Could be sweater ribbing

Gate Design - Two Colored Graphic for a Sweater?

Gate Design - Two Colored Graphic for a Sweater?

 

Board Walk Pattern

Board Walk Pattern

 

Fence Shadow as Sweater Pattern Inspiration

Fence Shadow as Sweater Pattern Inspiration

What do you think? Have you used any of nature’s patterns in your knitting?

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Fire Island Bound-Knitting to Follow

Fair Harbor Flag on Fire Island

Fair Harbor Flag on Fire Island

We’re off to Fair Harbor in Fire Island. It’s a wonderful town on one of the shelter islands off the southern coast of Long Island. From Manhattan, it takes a LIRR train, jitney (fancy name for a mini bus from the train station to the ferry) and a ferry to get to.

The trip takes about 2 1/2 hours from the time you leave NYC’s Penn Station until you set foot on Fire Island. But once you arrive, you feel like you’ve left the city far behind.

 

 

Welcome to Fair Harbor, Fire Island, NY

Welcome to Fair Harbor, Fire Island, NY

Since Fire Island is a small island, there are few four wheel vehicles. A few year round residents and people who compose the local businesses have cars; otherwise, they are forbidden.

View from Fair Harbor-Fire Island, NY

View from Fair Harbor-Fire Island, NY

The beach is a US National Coast Line and sitting by the water’s edge you feel the wonder of the natural beauty. Since Fire Island is difficult to get to and there are few public facilities, the beaches are relatively empty.

For me, it’s a great place to sit in a beach chair with my knitting in hand and listen to the constant sound of the water lapping up to the shore.

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Planning Vacation Knitting

Overcast skies at Fair Harbor Beach

Overcast skies at Fair Harbor Beach

This year, we’re going to Fire Island for a beach vacation where we both get to indulge in our hobbies. My husband wind surfs in the bay and I knit on the ocean beach.

In preparation, I plan out my knitting, especially since there aren’t any yarn stores on Fire Island in case I run out of yarn or supplies or get bored with my current project(s).  To this end, I like to bring a variety of projects that involve different types of knitting and materials. 

For me, beach knitting is great for zen knitting where you get into the knitting zone without having to think. I find that it allows me to relax. This can be good for complex patterns such as lace, long projects that require lots of knitting which would take months otherwise, quick projects that you can finish in an afternoon on the beach or more simple minded projects requiring little thinking. 

When it comes to vacation knitting, I  tend to over pack since I like having the option of changing projects. Vacation knitting is a great way of having a memory of your vacation in terms of the finished item. 

This year, I’m  bringing a combination of pieces. Since I’m looking to reduce the number of WIPs and my stash,there are some stash buster projects in the queue. Here’s what I’m bringing with me:

1] Fountain Pen Shawl (Source: Interweave Magazine 2009)- This project has been planned for outdoor summer knitting since I’m using black Malabrigo sock yarn that I bought on sale at The Point. Alyssa, the manager, inspired this project. After knitting the Shetland Lace Scarf, I had promised myself not to make any more black lace pieces until my choices for the Malabrigo sock yarn were been black or white (and I have tons of white yarn from last year’s wedding projects!). 

2] Nightsong aka Gail (Source: Free Online) This project is already in progress using a free pattern that I found on the internet for free. I used the comments on Ravelry to help me. I’m using a cobweb weight lace cashmere. Between the fineness of the yarn and the complexity of the pattern, it’s taking longer than expected to finish. It’s a present that’s due on July 1st which is definately going to be late.

3] Hemlock Ring Blankie (Source:  Brooklyn Tweed). I’m planning to knit this project in a cotton, wool, silk blend made by a small producer. The yarn looks more interesting than it is to knit with. Usually, I’m not one to jump on such a big internet trend like the Hemlock Ring Blanket but lately I’ve been bitten by the lace doily bug and wanted to use a tried and try pattern to better understand how to extend a doily. This project is a gift.

4] Mitered Top (Source: Vogue Knitting Summer 2009). This is a Norah Gaughan pattern which should have a broader audience given it’s great line. It may be the mix of yarns that turns some people off. Given the way that the top gets more fitted may hurt its following, at least on Ravelry. (Part of NaKniSweMoDo)

5] Grey-Beige-White Long Sleeve Top. (Source:  Basic seater top.) This sweater was started back in March since I wanted a hand made sweater for the spring. Unfortunately, I didn’t get it finished in time. The colors were perfect for the spring in an Anny Blatt/Bouton D’Or linen blend called New Jeans. I am knitting it in a reverse 3/1 rib with a v-neck. The project is crawling towards completion. (Part of NaKniSweMoDo)

6] More knitted doilies. (Source: Online) Using Ravelry’s search function, I’ve been collecting a variety of patterns to test using scraps and swapped yarn. (Recycle projects to use up yarn while creating something useful.)

When I started this list the Botanica Medallion top on the cover of the Summer 2009 Vogue Knitting and my Estonian Lace Shawl were in the queue but I decided to cut back a bit.

In addition, I’ve made sure that I have hard copies of all of the patterns and put them into plastic sleeves to protect them. I  also fortified my knitting notions to ensure that I have enough stitch markers and highlighter tape to keep my projects straight.

Of course, this is more knitting than I can do in this period of time but I believe that it’s better to be overstocked with projects than being bored!

What do  you do for your vacation   knitting?

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