I took my traveling project with me on my recent cruise. The picture is of me with an oversized
scarf I was knitting from left over pieces of skeins. The location is the new Zealand fiords;
it was very windy. It's a k1, slip 1 (double knitting) pattern that meets my criteria for a traveling project:
(1) very simple pattern and (2) materials that I could afford to lose if my baggage fell into
harm's way. Airport security in Australia relieved me of my embroidery scissors because they were
a dangerous sharp object. They did not pay any attention to the Signature stiletto point needles
in the same bag. Considering that the stiletto point Signature needles could be described as
weaponized knitting needles, it seemed funny that tiny emboidery scissors with 1/2 inch cutting blades
were considered worthy of confiscation.
While I was in New Zealand I got to see the possum that is the source of fiber in the Merino-possum
yarn. They don't look anything like the North American opossum. They have long fur
and they have furry tails, more like the tail of a long haired cat. The one I saw had
reddish-brown fur; there are other colors. Apparently they are just as stupid
and just as much of a pest as the North American opossum. They are not native to New Zealand; the locals
would be happy to see them gone because they are a hazard to native species, especially native birds
like the much treasured flightless kiwi bird.
The use of the possum fur in the Merino-possum yarn has made hunting of the possum economical and that is reducing
will help to reduce the population of an unwelcome interloper.
By the way, welcome to the Knittingfool.com.
If you are new here, I suggest that you explore the
Alphabetical listing. That is the gateway to a collection of knitting stitch
patterns -- there are more than 2400 stitch patterns included. There are also other
ways to explore the listing.
If you are looking for a cable or a lace or
some particular category of knitting pattern, try the
Stitch Type Listing.
If you are looking for a stitch that repeats over a cetain number of stitches, try the
Stitch Count Listing.
If you want a visual overview of all the knitting stitch patterns, try
the Stitch Gallery where you can page
through thumbnail size images of the patterns. Each thumbnail image
is a link to a larger image and more detailed stitch pattern information.