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.

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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.

Nothing Finished Yet

And that is okay. Kind of. I am squirreling in my projects again. Most of the things I have been working on for myself I have put on hold for a bit, while I get some Yule and Christmas gifts done so I am not overwhelmed closer to the time of. No one likes to be finishing their gifts on the drive to their parents house . . . . which may have happened several times already. This year I will be prepared! Honest. (hahahahahahahaha)

I started another Graham hat this week – Yarn Bee Dazzling

in Sunburst/40. I just could resist the sparkles and colorway.

Fair warning – may be making A Lot of Graham hats for gifts.

I do not know exactly what it is, regardless, it was

a cool sight for our Saturday drive around.

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.