Foggy Morning + Knitting

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.

Spring in all of its Bipolar Glory

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.

Rainy Morning Projects and Coffee

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.

Chickadee Cowl in Araucania Mataquito

So, my sister-in-law reminded me last week of this yarn my husband bought me on a trip to Great Falls earlier this year. This is only significant because my husband actually bought the yarn, ergo he was in the store when my total was rung up for once. It wasn’t the most expense yarn in my stash, but it was awfully close, and to say he was shocked doesn’t exactly do it justice. Ahem, so . . .. I have finally decided what I am going to do with it.

I found this pattern on Ravelry, however, at the time, I had difficulties figuring out her directions. Here is a video on YouTube on how to do the Linen Stitch, though ignore the bit about how to do it when you are purling as in the pattern I linked, you do not purl.

I started this pattern with the recommended gauge for the yarn – 6.5mm, but that ended up being an extraordinarily tight weave and a little tight around as well. 24 inches fits over my head, but only just barely. Actually, I had to go and get needles for this as all I had were 8mm in 32 inch circular, and I did not want quite that large. However, since I could not wait until my favorite yarn shop was open, I settled for Micheal’s 29 inch  9mm circular. Not EXACTLY what I was looking for, but, oh well.

Obligatory yarn therapy and coffee picture. I WAS at

a coffee shop after all. ;P

A closer look at the cowl, note I am still early in progress.