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.

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 – winter 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 – and switching from a GeoMetro to a Dodge Durango is a BIG change. Note – I 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.

5 Days, 5 Mini Shawls – Day 1

{football spike my knitting needles} At least, that is how I feel. I learned a couple new things today – how to Garter cast on, and how to place and use stitch markers. Though you are only supposed to knit for 30 minutes, it took me about 45 to learn the cast on method properly . . . and find my stitch markers. I never did find my bloody markers, so I ended up raiding my jewelry making supplies and found some round bits of appropriate size. Ish. Then realized that they were too big, so changed them out for the smaller ones I already grabbed. Just in case. Quite frankly, after I FINALLY got going, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I memorized the pattern after a couple rows. Though I am not completely convinced that I cast on correctly, (as my mini shawl is a bit more rounded at the bottom rather than pointed), but it turned out alright. I can see me making this again, quite possible for a gift too.

The smaller ones near the end I actually liked better.

Gratuitous Rose Goblin Picture. She flopped onto my lap

for cuddles and attention in the middle of the project.

Of course.

I used Carron Simply Soft and 5mm bamboo needles.

End project, blocked.