Knowing that I had a solid five hours in the car each way, I cast on one of my year of projects patterns -- the Make Up Your Mind tank. I'm using a different cotton than Julie used but since she suggested Knit Picks Comfy Fingering, I'm confident it'll look great when it's done.
|Make Up Your Mind by Julie Crawford (aka Knitted Bliss)|
This is a really interesting pattern -- call me slow but I didn't understand why Julie called her tank Make Up Your Mind until I actually started to knit it. Every 2.5 inches the pattern requires a different stitch which keeps the knitting fresh and challenging. As you can see from the photo, I just finished the fourth band, this being my favorite of the stitches so far. It's called a Hindu Pillar Stitch and I've never done it before. It's a little tiring on my fingers but I love the way it looks.
The color in the photo is quite different than it looks in real life. Called planetarium, the blue is dark and dusky. It's a beautiful color but maybe a touch too dark to really see the beauty of the stitches of each band. We'll see once I finish and block it.
So when I was out of the car and not knitting, hubby & I strolled a very hot DC. One of my all-time favorite things to do is walk and look at art. So, that's what we did ...
|Exterior of the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian|
|Exterior of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden|
|In the Sculpture Garden|
|Installation by Olafur Eliasson|
The art walk ended with a visit to Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial which is an incredibly moving site. Once this tank is done, it'll have a nice memory of our trip to DC attached to it.