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Beach Knitting-Hemlock Ring Blankie Progresses

Sunny & Chilly on Fair Harbor Beach

Sunny & Chilly on Fair Harbor Beach

Beach knitting is one of my favorite forms of knitting in public (KIP). Unlike subway knitting where I’m filling time that would otherwise be unproductive, I enjoy being on the beach where the constant sound of the ocean kissing the shore is reassuring and peaceful.  With knitting in hand, I combine two of my favorite activities enhancing my relaxation. 

Unlike swimming, the benefit of having knitting on the beach doesn’t require specific weather conditions (although I am not a fan of knitting in the rain). The cooler than average June weather actually enhanced the experience since it kept the beach relatively deserted. Due to the slight wind (which was great for my husband’s windsurfing), I had to knit with a thicker yarn which translated to lots of progress on my Hemlock Ring Blankie. 

As with any large project, I find that the beginning goes quickly since there’s the sense of adventure and I haven’t had time to get bored with the project or an uninteresting repeat.  With the Hemlock Ring Blanket, the number of stitches per row increases significantly which means that progress is REALLY slow. 

 
Hemlock Blankie on Fair Harbor Beach

Center pattern of Hemlock Ring BLankie

Center pattern of Hemlock Ring Blankie

Green & Lavender Feather & Fan Rings on Hemlock Ring Blankie

Green & Lavender Feather & Fan Rings on Hemlock Ring Blankie

 

Despite bringing two sets of 10.5 needles, I still ran out of room to keep knitting. It became work to squeeze the stitches onto the needle. Thankfully, I have a set of interchangeable Denise needles at home so that I can extend the length.

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Hemlock Ring Blankie-Vacation Projects Begin!

Hemlock Ring Blankie Yarn-Silk Spun Cotton

Hemlock Ring Blankie Yarn-Silk Spun Cotton

Lately, I’ve been bitten by a lace doily bug. There is some about knitting round and round and watching the pattern slowly evolve. Perhaps its the influence of Marion Kinzel’s Lace Knitting Volume 1. As a result, I’ve been trolling Ravelry and the internet for vintage lace doily patterns. 

In the process, I kept finding myself drawn to Jared Flood aka Brooklyn Tweed’s Hemlock Ring Blanket which is a modification of a traditional doily pattern using a thicker wool. This pattern has roughly 2,700 projects on Ravelry! In part, I attribute this to the fact that it’s a free pattern and the recommended yarn (Cascade Eco) has a lot of yardage so that a project costs about about $30.00-$35.00. (Mind you this is a lap blanket not a full size blanket.) While I’m usually not one to follow online knitting trends, the Hemlock Ring Blankie has made it into my queue.

From a yarn swap last spring, I have 5 skeins of Farmhouse Yarns’ Silk Spun Cotton or 1,000 yards. It’s a thick yarn consisting of American grown cotton, American grown wool and silk. It’s made by Carol Martin of Hopyard Spinnery and contains 200 yards per skein. the label recommends using a size 8 needle. Since I’m making lace, I plan to use my 10.5 needles by Susan Bates in pink and purple which are plastic and have wonderful points. The yarn has wonderful names like Mint Julep for the green which is a blend of greens with a smattering of blue. Since this is a beach vacation project, the sun light plays wonderfully on the color. 

Hemlock Ring Blankie on 4 Double Point Needles #10

Hemlock Ring Blankie on 4 Double Point Needles #10

It turned out that the Hemlock Ring Blankie made a great vacation project. First, it becomes a relatively big project very quickly so being away where you don’t need to shlep it to knitting circles and the like is great. Also, the weather at Fire Island was cooler and windy than average for June. As a result, it was good to have a knitting project with a thicker yarn that could be worked easily. The finer lace shawls were difficult to knit between keeping the pattern in my lap and being able to work the yarn.

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