It is just exhausting chasing those squirrels, so October helped me get started
with the #LOUDER hat I am working on.
It was only sunny for a bit, so I took full advantage of it and sat in the shade
with my knitting and audio book.
Further proof of sunlight.
This morning my husband start a fire going in our wood stove, so by the time I woke up, it was going good. To top my morning off, the coffee is still hot and fog is thick enough in my neck of the woods that I can barely see the tops of the mountains. Looks a bit Silent Hill-like between the houses. These are my favorite mornings.
In knitting news, last night I turned my first heal on my first knitted sock, and started the gusset. Even better? The ladies at Open Knit Night said I had done it right – and I cannot tell you how excited I am. All the socks!!! They may become Yule and Christmas presents . . next year.
I am using Patons Kroy FX sock yarn, in Clover. While I didn’t want to break out the super nice sock yarn for my first couple pairs of socks? I really like this yarn, and will probably use it a lot more. The pattern is Churchmouse Classics – Basic Sock. I really like this pattern so far, as it is more of a sock recipe, and that is awesome.
A friend and I want to learn how to do stranded color work while knitting, so she urged me to actually make a hat that has been in my Ravelry Library for a while – The Fuck It Hat, by Not A Lazy Suzen.
I used Schoppel-Wolle for both the grey and variegated yarn. As this is my first stranded knitting project, there are some things I had problems with, and some things I am not sure how to fix. However, I did know enough to realize that the first incarnation of this hat I had to frog, as it was all puckered – that will not block out and means I had one or both of the yarns too tight.
Seriously. It starts off rainy and wet and maybe a bit foggy, and morphs into a nice and sunny day by afternoon. OR it is a so so day, sunny for a bit in the afternoon, and then storms at night. Sometimes it storms all day, sometimes it is sunny all day. Not to mention occasional snow. My favorite, no sarcasm intended, is when we are at the cabins and there are low clouds drifting through the trees all around us, and it becomes a rainy or snowy morning, which is melted by about noon.
This morning I got to watch the clouds flow over the Bridgers while I enjoyed my coffee.
In other news, the last couple months I have been a knitting fool. Hats, cowls and more hats have happened. This month I have slowed down on the actually finishing projects, as most of my projects are a bit larger. Or a bit of a pain in the ass, aka – why did I think making yet another bloody scarf was a good idea, much less two of them. And yet, here I am, contemplating joining Christine Campbell’s Coddiwomple KAL. Why? I am a fan of her designs, and the name Coddiwomple caught my attention. I know what it means, having done so before and will be doing so again, but a project named after it? Aw yis.
Updates on my Evelyn Shawl as of last week. In this
picture I am in the middle of the first of three 18 row
repeats. Well, three minimum. You can do more.
And The Rose Goblin. Ever curious, forever wanting to lay
in comfort, or question a project’s existence.
Last Memorial Day weekend some friends and I took a trip up to Missoula for an antique fair/craft show. Being the fiber lovers that we are, checked out one of the yarn shops there – Beads, Yarns, and Threads. Since we were short on time, we could only hit the one, but it was rather satisfying all by itself. I picked up some Berroco yarn, Worsted weight, I think the colorway was called Jungle something, a couple skeins of a thread weight multicolored mohair blend, and thread weight tan alpaca. The owner had a scarf on display to showcase both yarns knit together in a two stranded mesh scarf, and I absolutely loved it. My knitting skills at the time were not up to the task. A few inches into making my own version of the scarf, and I frogged it and put it away – I couldn’t stand the mohair sticking and making sure the two strands were both in my needles drove me nuts. A couple weeks ago I decided to give it another go. Though I couldn’t find the pattern the shop owner had given me, I did find a good substitute after some experimentation and failure and more frogging – Simple Lace Scarf.
I have been putting off some things for a bit while I work on hats and more exciting projects. Two of which are pictured below – The mesh scarf, and the Not a Noro Scarf. I tried to not start another project until I got those two done . . . but I gave in to the urge this last weekend. I was looking for a shawl for the 4 skeins of Juniper Moonfarm Moonshine in deep purple I had originally bought with the All shawl by Doris Chan in mind. However, I have already made that shawl a couple times using different yarns and I am a bit tired of it. When I stumbled upon Evelyn, I was sold. Granted, I will need a couple more skeins, but I have enough to tide me over until after Yarn Scout’s spring break. 🙂
Clockwise starting in the upper left – Mesh Scarf, Not a Noro Scarf, Evelyn Shawl.
This morning is a perfect morning for knitting – overcast, raining, and a bit nippy. It is also a perfect morning for trying new a new coffee. I picked up come huckleberry coffee a while back, but forgot about it in my freezer (sacrilege, I know). After unearthing it this morning, I ground some up and put it through my stove top espresso kettle thing – a little bit of cream and honey later, deliciousness. Highly recommended.
A while back I posted about the Twig Cowl I started making. I finished the cabled outside not long after I posted, but had difficulties making myself finish the fuzzy inside. Why? Bloody eyelash yarn. Softest man made yarn I have ever fondled, most difficult to work with. Totally worth it though. I though I wouldn’t be able to wear it until next winter, but Montana March is coming in like a lion this year. Oh darn. 😉
Twig Cowl, by Tiny Owl Knits