I seem to be in the middle of a mad love affair with garter stitch lately. Garter is just so easy to love. It looks great without any of that playboy rolling stockinette is prone to. It’s easy to find a rhythm and put your mind somewhere else. Though what I’m loving most right now about garter is that I can knit it very easily on a dark summer night. I discovered this Saturday night when I brought my Hitchhiker Shawl with me to a party to keep my hands busy. Still, I had to keep reminding myself that I didn't have to look down at my knitting since I couldn't see it anyway.


Hitchhiker also served double duty keeping me warm since summer nights do get cold on occasion. Who knew? When I originally picked this pattern, I wanted something that would use 2 variegated skeins of Malabrigo Sock. That second skein has made Hitchhiker so large that I’m knitting on the 52th tooth when the pattern only calls for 42. I’ve got 39g left which my chart tells me is enough for 6 more repeats. 

Every time I finish another tooth, I weigh the yarn cake to see how much is left. Then the data goes into a handy dandy spreadsheet. I can track my progress and make an educated guess about when I’ll run out of yarn. I’m not the only one that does this, right?