Fall Break

Today is day one of my two-day fall break. Despite the mountain of papers waiting to be graded, I was determined to get some knitting in. Not the knit a few rows before bed kind of knitting but some actual soul soothing knitting.

As an extra treat for myself, I thought I’d spend the time not just knitting but finishing. I’ve had my Looped Loop sitting in a basket waiting to be bound off for at least six months. Binding off required Reverse Kitchener Stitch, though, and there just hasn’t been space in my brain for that.

The cool weather we’re having this week seemed like a great reason to take the leap. I must say I was also hoping to have a wonderful story of Reverse Kitchener glory to report.


Here is a shot of the kitchenered ends. They’re right in the middle there, a tiny bit to the left of the middle vertical chair rail.

From this distance it looks okay, but honestly, I’m disappointed. I was hoping the join would be truly seamless, and it isn’t. The knit and purl columns don’t line up exactly. Plus, the seam area has virtually no give. Reverse Kitchener is now on my list of things to master, and I’m planning to try Tricksy Knitter’s method next. I’ll report back. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know.

Augie did a close inspection and decided he wasn’t thrilled with the results either.

Despite the Kitchener issues, having a cozy new cowl to wear when I go back to school on Wednesday makes me happy. And the yarn is divine. It’s Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in Rasberry Blaze. Absolute heaven.

The fall weather has also ignited the need to bake. Yesterday’s goodness was Smitten Kitchen’s Jacked Up Banana Bread. It’s the best banana bread evahhhh. We had it for dinner, breakfast, and lunch.

Things continue to be hectic, but I am mostly keeping up with everyone’s posts. I’m sadly behind with commenting but am loving reading about what everyone is up to.

Until next time, be well, my friends. And knit on!




  1. Jay

    I was thinking about you this morning because of fall break. I always tried to do something for me but felt guilty because of the stack of grading that needed to be done. I’m glad you were able to get away and do something for you.

  2. Oh, the yarn you used for that cowl looks so yummy! What a beautiful accessory to keep you warm on cooler days. I have used a Kitchener stitch for stockinette and garter; however have not used reverse Kitchener as of yet. So sorry that I don’t have a solid tutorial or something for you there. I hope you enjoyed your break!

    • melinda

      Thanks, Paula! I think I’m going to enjoy it. The DIC Smooshy with Cashmere is super soft and nice against my neck. No worries on the reverse Kitchener. I’ve got high hopes for the method I linked to in the post. I’ll let you know how it goes!

  3. Gorgeous cowl, Melinda! That colour is absolutely delicious! I had to undo a recent attempt at *normal* kitchener, so I’m amazed at the seam you did here. My mind can’t seem to wrap itself around this seaming method. 🙂 Your bread looks truly glorious!

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