283projects @SXSW

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the lovely city of Austin, Texas for the SXSW Interactive and Film Festival. Really I was just along for the ride, Eli was speaking on a panel and we decided to make a vacation of it. I even got 283projects business cards made! Check it out!

AND, like I always do before a trip, I spent an unreasonable amount of time thinking about what new knitting project I should bring.

After much inner searching, I decided it was about time I knit a Whippoorwill.

The set up rows of this project made me crazy. I was ready to throw the whole thing out the window. That, plus the fact that her explanations of the different yarn over techniques is long-winded and as far as I can tell, incorrectly labeled. It seems like she is asking you to do sort of a half-double yarn-over on the purl side, and of course make adjustments for going from K to P and from P to K. I have been doing "regular" Yo's on the knit side, so hopefully this will not be a problem.  

In any case, once I figured out what I was supposed to do and got through my set up rows I was very happy with my progress. The nice thing about this project is that you don't really need to worry about finishing a row before you stop knitting. I can just tuck it in my bag and pick it right back up and have no trouble at all figuring out where I am in the pattern. 

As you can see, I am still working on it. I just started in on the eyelet edging in my contrast color. I had dropped a stitch during the first row of this section (yup....had to frog back like 400 stitches....*le sigh*) and so that slowed me down quite a bit. 

The yarn I'm using is Mini Moochi in Blueberry Pancake, something I've had stashed away for quite some time. I picked it up at the Bay Window in Virginia a few years back and hadn't found the right project for it yet. My contrast color, which you can just make out in the following image, is Filatura Di Crosa Alpaca in a deep red color. 

 Two stitch garter stitch edging visible here....

 In between the knitting, we did awesome stuff like have this picture taken. 

Amazing, right!? Did you know Space Camp is for adults now too!? 

Ya, and of course, we saw some panels, got some free stuff, saw some bats and stuffed our faces. Thanks Austin, you're a great town!