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. ūüôā

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.

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All the Cables are Belong to Me

I started Twig Cowl by Tiny Owl Knits this last Saturday. Yarn Scout has had it on display for over a year, . .  and I have had the yarn to do it for just as long. As I now mostly get cabling, I decided to give it a go. Mind you, I tried to use the yarn for some crochet hood project . . . . needless to say, it got frogged.

I fucking love it! I have to stop every few rows and squish it. Above I am out for coffee with Stacy, who is knitting a bit for her husband out of the bison and bamboo she spun up.

Spindle and Roving

Today was a long, but fun day. It started with open knitting at Yarn Scout and moved on to Stix for the fiber show they were hosting. Kami Noyes of Ranching Tradition Fiber was there with roving, and yarn and it was awesome!  It was so awesome, that I ended up buying a roving and drop spindle kit she had on display.  

And LOOK! I did a thing! Courtesy of Stacey teaching me the basics. After about two hours, I needed to stop, though it was a lot of fun.

Project Peace KAL Day 2

Day 1 did not start out so well, if only because I am out of practice with gauging how much yarn I need for a long tailed cast on. The first time I MAY have cast on 200 stitches before I realized I would not have enough for all 318. Third time ended up being the charm. (crowd cheers) And then I did nothing with it until Open Knit last night, when I did nerve wracking first row. Now, I don’t know about everyone else, but for me, the first row of ANY knitted project is ¬†. . . not exactly nerve wrecking, but definitely tense, most especially after casting on over 300 stitches. I almost dropped four. After that? Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. It was easy to drop down in to a semi-meditative state when I picked it up again at home.

Speaking of which Рwinter has finally come. Though it had only snowed maaaaybe an inch, roads around Bozeman where so slick that I was in 4lo and STILL sliding around. To be fair, this is my first winter drive with my new vehicle Рand switching from a GeoMetro to a Dodge Durango is a BIG change. Note РI was highly impressed with how patient and considerate almost everyone was of everyone else.  That does not happen nearly as often as one would think.

This  morning, after reading The Healthy Knitter blog, I was started my rows for the day and reflected a bit about what she is blogging about. What does peace mean to me? What do I associate with peace?

Peace is what I am feeling right now. I am having coffee and watching the sun rise as I type, October and Rose Goblin curled up near me. Peace to me is that feeling of calm and happy stillness that overcomes me at times like this. I realized that I feel it more often than I had thought, but still want to evoke more often. Granted, sometimes my getting to this state is a little more . . . curse laden. Like this, and I do not think that will ever change.

Morning Musings . . .

I went to the Thursday open knit night at Yarn Scout for the first time last night, and it was nice being able to knit with other women, and ask questions. Or, at least have the option to ask questions. We talked about doing a KAL that Kristine Campbell is putting out towards the end of the month, or maybe it is the beginning of December. From what I gathered, it would be a KAL where you would have the pattern before hand, knitting only 4 rows of pattern a day. However, you would receive an email every day on something you can do about peace in your life. I want to do this.

Another thing I want to do is give my Not A Noro scarf another try. I was inspired by the post over at¬†Brooklyn Tweed¬†to make a Noro scarf, only I couldn’t find any Noro I really wanted to use at the time, but I had a couple skeins of Painted Sky ready in my stash. I ended up frogging the whole thing due to curling. IF I had read the post more closely, I do not think I would have had the same issue, as they used a 1×1 ribbing that LOOKS like Stockinette, and I used Stockinette, thus curling.

So, here is to hopefully learning form one’s mistakes and giving it another go.

New Yarn Shop

Today we went to Great Falls, making a day of the Farmer’s Market, the CM Russel Museum, and maybe some shopping. Ergo, I FINALLY got up to Great Falls not on a holiday weekend or just a Sunday day trip, ergo, I FINALLY got to go to Pam’s Knit n’ Stitch. It is a good sized shop, with a healthy yarn selection, and some beading and quite a bit of cross stitch stuff as well. As we got in a bit late (half an hour before they close), we tried to be quick. In the end, I picked out a couple skeins of yarn, and a Card and Tablet weaving booklet.

This picture does not do the colors justice. At all.

Never heard of this yarn before. I like it.

And because I like it, well, it is not the most expense yarn I have purchased,

but it is close. Kind of.

It was 50 cents. Who can resist that?