Out of my comfort zone

The key to my current project.


Yes, size 15. But at least they’re ebony. I’m not enjoying this as much as I thought I would; something about P2tog tbl is really not very comfortable with giant needles and super bulky yarn. But this pattern was so cute, I had to try. It’s the Leif Slipover by Adrienne Larsen from the winter Interweave Knits. The pattern actually calls for size 17 (12 mm) needles, but gauge is everything, right?

mag pic

I thought I’d get most of it knit this weekend while I’m away, because the yarn is so bulky, but working with charts and multiple P2tog tbl is slowing me down. When your needles are size 15, certain accomodations are required. Stitch markers? How about some yarn ties?


It’s Crafty Moms Weekend, so I’m at the Oregon Coast with 10 of my favorite people, and one of my favorite views outside the window.


It’s been really stormy this weekend, but it cleared enough for a walk today.


I love these little jellyfish dots; they’re about the size of a nickel.


A very different view from last week’s!

ala wai sunset close

Oh! One other sighting from last week. We went to Morimoto Waikiki for dinner on a whim, since it was only a block from our hotel. We’d been there in December at CollegeKiddo’s request, but Chef Morimoto wasn’t there. (He was there a week later for the Obamas.) There weren’t any tables available, but there was room at the sushi bar. DH wasn’t wild about sitting at the sushi bar. I thought it would be fun to watch the sushi chef.

morimoto 2

It was Masaharu Morimoto himself! Way cool. Do you watch Iron Chef? CollegeKiddo introduced me to it; it’s a fun show.


Beautiful, silky sashimi stacks. Oh, pro tip: Don’t finish your dinner at high end Hawaiian restaurants. The takeaway bags are lovely. Heavyweight paper, lovely chopsticks.


Our favorite meal was at Alan Wong’s. The bag isn’t as lovely, but we had the five course tasting menu, and each dish was exquisite. I couldn’t finish!

alan wong

OK, back on topic. Have you knit with big fat needles? Do you like them? Any tips for me, other than taking breaks?

10 responses to “Out of my comfort zone

  1. Great post Michele. Love the color of your slipover. I’ve only done a couple projects with large needles for the very reasons you’ve stated. Love the finished results though.

    • Thanks! This color was my third choice, after gray marl (as pictured in the magazine) and cherry red. It’s also out of my comfort zone, but it’s pretty so I’ll give it a try!

  2. I saw that project from Interweave & loved it too – can’t wait to see it knit up! It’s so beautiful in Hawaii, it’s on my bucket list. I have knit several projects with rather large needles – I always find after a few inches I get pretty comfortable and switching to smaller needles and yarn is weird. haha Maybe I will tackle this same project once you’re done 🙂

    • I think the cables are prettier in the picture than they are in person, so far. There’s an eyelet between the two knit stitches. I think a good wet block will help!

  3. I was thinking about that sweater too! I was thinking about doing it hoodless, maybe.

  4. I hate working with fat needles, I make sure to take breaks with smaller needled projects to remain sane.

  5. Ooh this is going to be so pretty! Love the color!

  6. some seriously big needles. I haven’t done any that big in, well, a long time. Nice slipover though (haven’t heard the word before – I like it!)

    Cool jelly fish! They’re always intriguing!