Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Hi, Ho, Hitchhiker!


I'm not always a selfish Hitchhiker knitter, and today's is one that I knit as a gift for my sister. I had found some hemp yarn that looked intriguing and decided to try my first dk weight Hitchhiker, aptly named Hitchhiking ... with Hemp. It's a bit less stiff than dishcloth cotton but it's certainly not a nice, soft merino. That may be why I never knit another one, even though I've got other colors of hemp in my stash.


Looking back a these photos, I wish that I had given this a more aggressive blocking. It would have opened up the yarn overs more and maybe even softened the yarn a little bit. Maybe someday I'll get it back from my sister and fix it. I also wish I had done a better job with notes. Usually I take measurements and count the number of points, but somehow I forgot with this one


But it does make me happy to see it draped on the pea fence, among the bright greenery and blossoms. We'll be planting peas in just a few weeks, and I'll need something to drape my next Hitchhiker on!

15 comments:

  1. It's a great color, and I'll bet that the hemp softens over time like linen.

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  2. Hemp is similar to linen in that it softens with wearing and washing. (Oh, now I see the previous commenter said the same thing.) The color looks like spring blossoms!

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  3. What a beautiful color! And those pea blossoms!!!!! I am so anxious for the garden to be planted.

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  4. I agree with SJ & Margene, that hemp will soften up nicely over time (and not really too much time)! Love that color and all that GREEN!!

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  5. She's going to love it ..........gorgeous color and I like the yarn/overs.

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  6. That's a really lovely color.

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  7. Beautiful! And, so timely - I have Hitchhikers on my brain too!

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  8. It's very pretty and I'm guessing your sister loves it!

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  9. My experience with hemp is like the others above. It will soften with use and washing, and it is so durable! Lovely color, Bonny.

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  10. The hemp comment is a useful one! The color is gorgeous and it must take the dye up well to look so good. But comfort is so important to me, I would not be quick to use it.

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    1. Comfort is important! My curiosity about hemp just overwhelmed my knitting comfort.

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  11. that is one lucky sister who will think of you every single time she wears it!!

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  12. What a great color! and yeah, the secret to hemp is washing and drying over and over ... it really softens up and gets a wonderful drape. ...hmmmm.... never thought about making one with linen, but whoa, wouldn't it be pretty for the summer!

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  13. Won't hemp like linen get softer with use and washing? I am seeing Mary has the same thought.

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    1. I gifted it to my sister five years ago, so I'll have to ask her if it's gotten softer with wear and washing. I hope so!

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