I identify as a crocheter, for the most part, because I’m better at it than knitting and because I do more of it than knitting. However, my best friend’s birthday is in August, and she picked out StarBurst Cape by Jeanne Abel, so I picked up my circulars and gave it a go.
Reader, this seafarer was utterly unprepared for what it is like to knit 270 some stitches in a single row. Crochet rarely increases that quickly or to more than two digit numbers. (Unless you crochet shawls, which I do not, because I feel that crochet as a general rule makes too dense of a fabric to make good shawls.) It has been tedious. Very tedious. This cape is worked in stockinette and reverse stockinette alternately, with radiating eyelets where it transforms from knit loops to purl bumps. Ergo, mostly it’s just purling or knitting, over and over and over again.
Also, it looks an awful lot like a terrible purple lump at the moment. The yarn is Color Dance’s Moonwalk series, in the colorway Purple Rain. It’s not a terribly well known yarn, as it is from a local creator with a small business, but it can be obtained from her Etsy here and is truly a joy to knit with. Still, I feel like I won’t be able to fully appreciate it until it’s off the needles and properly blocked.
Eighteen more (very, very long) rows of stockinette to go.