Knitting in the dark

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Last weekend we had to travel up to Auckland so I could got to University for a block course – the third of four this weekend.  We drove up Friday and back Sunday night. I quite dislike night driving, so DH took the wheel once it got dark.  The only problem with that is sacrificing the daylight hours for knitting!

I had a two socks (um, no, not matching, two different patterns) with me, but one needs ripping back a bit, and the other has a lacey panel on the front. Neither was suitable for knitting in the dark.  But I had cast on a wee Milo vest, and so I abandoned putting a cable panel in and knit around and around and around for three hours in the dark. I might even have finished knitting it except DH got tired I had to take another turn at the wheel.  Finished on Monday morning, this wee 12 month size vest is super cute, and surprisingly mistake free.

I am, however, not sure what I am going to do with this vest. My wee one doesn’t seem to suit yellow any more than I do. I was gifted this yarn in a magic yarn ball swap some months ago, and it was intended for socks.  It even tried to become socks, but it just wasn’t working. I have been trying hard to clear the decks recently, downsizing the stash, organising the WIPs I have lying around and so on. So, the sock headed off to the frogpond and rather than having the yarn join the stash, I figured I should knit it up right away. So, I double stranded this 4 ply hand dyed yarn to create a cosy vest.  I used all of the 100g.   And while I was knitting I came across lots of cute surprises: a wee bracelet, earrings, cute stitch markers, extra beads, tasty tea bags, and at the very centre, a wee ball of  (what I suspect is) Luxor Cotton.  Everything was yellow themed too.  How to make knitting even better, eh!

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So, while I’m pleased to have had something to knit in the dark, I’m not sure what the future holds for this wee vest. Anyone out there suit yellow?

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7 Responses to “Knitting in the dark”


  1. 1 Libby August 13, 2009 at 6:43 am

    I have a solution for knitting in the dark – I have a headlight ($35 from Kathmandu on sale) that works perfectly – not too bright to distract a driver but certainly bright enough to knit by. Mine gets heaps of use, put your order in for christmas or next mother’s day!

    • 2 shortly24 August 13, 2009 at 11:06 pm

      Are you sure that’s not grounds for divorce? Or commitment at the very least? I have the glovebox light available for emergencies 🙂

  2. 3 Heather August 13, 2009 at 7:08 am

    What a wonderfully cheerful vest. Shall I tell you what happened to me when I knit wee items with no purpose in mind other than to use the yarn? I ended up finding out I was pregnant. Just saying…

    • 4 shortly24 August 13, 2009 at 11:08 pm

      Oh, hahaha. I love babies. But I think I’ll restrict myself to knitting for other people’s babies from now on if it’s all the same with you!

  3. 5 Kelly August 13, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    That’s stunning…but then again I am a yellow fiend!

  4. 6 Sam August 17, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    looks great! … bright but ‘sunny’

  5. 7 Amanda @RusticRemnants October 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    That is absolutely beautiful. My littlest girl loves all things “lellow”.


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