Fiber Fests, Gingers, and Sunshine

It was a weekend for fiber and sunshine here in the Big Sky state! Some friends and I went to Crazy Days in downtown Bozeman Friday afternoon and made out like bandits with yarn from Stix.

We then carpooled early Saturday morning over to just outside of Whitehall for the Copper K fiber festival. We got there early enough for a good parking spot and to enjoy strolling around the festival before it got too hot. If you noticed the trio of ladies wearing the big floppy hats with flowers, that was us. Stacy got to try out latch hook things, and both Stacy and Michelle got some spindles and roving. We then beat feet over to the farmer’s market there in Whitehall proper  – after a yard sale pit stop – to visit the Hutterite stall and then picnic in the park. Well, our picnic turned into an impromptu drop spinning lesson for Michelle, as Stacy and I convinced her to turn to the spinning side (not that we actually had to convince very hard).
As I had not, I worked on my sock. I will get this second one done . . . someday.
Today I want to say I am recovering, but I went and made a batch of Spiced Bourbon Peach Butter (link goes to my food blog) this morning, and now I am contemplating what I am going to be making from my haul of yarn from Friday, with The Rose Goblin graciously helping me show it off.
I know they are are going to be lightweight shawls, but what patterns am I going to use? Hello Ravelry, my old friend . . .
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Project Updates

In my fervour to get ALL OF THE THINGS knitted for Yule and Christmas gifts, I have burnt myself out a wee bit with the knitting. Mostly. I WAS going to take time for me and knit me all of the things that I have been putting off, however, I resurrected the group a friend and I made and well. … there goes that idea.  I now have, from this year alone so far – 3 hats (plain bulky hat, purple newborn hat, Traveling hat), one scarf (Ginger Rib), one shawl (Day 1 of the 5 Days 5 Mini Shawls challenge I did), and the first glove in a pair of (SImple) fingerless gloves started . . .though not finished. The shawl and one of the hats are for me. XD

This is the Traveling Hat I am working on. I’ve gotten another repetition of rows done since this picture, but haven’t worked on it in weeks. Why? I keep getting wrapped up in an online game I play with my husband and some friends. . .and cross stitching. Right now I am working on this pattern.

Not pictured are the words “May” and “Devour”. I also started on “Last” right after I took this picture. So . . .. while I want to get back to my knitting, this is a nice break. I am also listening to the Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer while I stitch this – I find it not so oddly appropriate. While it isn’t in the Lovecraftian mythos, it has that kind of setting and vibe to it.  If you like Sci-Fi conspiracy things, I def recommend this trilogy (as I have listened to it so far, I’m only in the beginning of the second book). Or if podcasts are more your groove, still in the same vein, check out TANIS.

Knitting Day/Snow Day . . . Same Thing

At least for me, though baking is definitely tossed in there as well – banana bread (planned) and peanut butter cookies (requested). Today I want to get my husband’s thick winter hat done, and also relish in the post-holidays knitting frenzy by working on a pair of fingerless gloves for me. Also, tea.

I will be posting about the presents made later . . . some time. Maybe even before the new year.

DPN vs Circ Sock Battle

Okay, not battle exactly, but what I have experienced with first wooden DPNs, then metal DPNs, and then circulars while on my first and second pairs of socks.

I started mt first sock in Patton’s sock yarn, color Clover, in  . . . . April? Beginning of April. I already had the yarn, cast on with wooden size 1/2.25mm double pointed needle. It was okay – the wood has a good grip on the yarn, but between my cat and my own clumsiness, two needles were down. Though I technically had enough to carry on with the sock, I bought a set of Addi Flip Stix, same size as my wooden set. Flip Stix have a blunt end, and a more pointed end. I liked them right from the start. Being metal they are more sliding around but when I am knitting fast, that is what I want. Transporting them is more difficult because of said sliding though. Some sheep point protectors cured that.

A few weeks ago, I finished my first pair of socks and started on my second. A friend knitting her first pair of socks recommended 9″ circulars, as that is what she was using and zipping along. So I decided to give a go. I LOVE them. Love love love love. It took some getting used to the small circs? But I am already on the heel of one sock and almost to the heel of the other. DPNs are still needed for said heel, but it is going quite well.

Evelyn Shawl Update

We were up at the Deer Creek Cabins this weekend, making sure our renters were alright and relaxing ourselves. Ntm enjoying the noon/after noon thunder showers cooling everything down for a bit. I brought the Evelyn Shawl I am working on and some embroidery – for the hotter parts. As it was, I was able to work on the Evelyn Shawl quite a bit, to the point I have 6 more rows and bind off. However, I started my last skein of Juniper Moon Farm chunky a few rows back . . . .so now I am playing yarn chicken.

Sitting on the back porch of the “3rd Cabin”. My favorite morning

hiding spot out of the sun.

Aaaand we have a storm rolling in. Oh darn.

An Evening Stuck in Big Sky

Eric, Toby and I went to Big Sky for the Farmer’s market last night and got stuck up there when a semi full of decking materials had the misfortune of overturning. What made clean up even longer was the other semi hauling logs over turned about a quarter mile north from that. So, we ended up stuck in Big Sky for 5 hours. I got a lot of knitting done, just sayin’.

We drove around a bit after dinner to kill time. There

really isn’t a horrible view there. This is towards the Yellowstone Club.

This is where we rejoined the line, just at the turn off for

Lone Peak Brewing, where we had dinner.

Toby was exhausted. It is so rough being a dog.