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.

Intense Rainbow Shawl

So, for those of you who did the 5 days and 5 mini shawls challenge may recognize this one, as I am doing the first shawl of the week. Only with larger size needles and heavier weight yarn. I am using Crystal Palace Yarns, Chunky Mochi in 801 Intense Rainbow, 8mm circular needles.

I am completely enamored with the colorway! As it get bigger,

the colors do not blend nearly as awesomely as this first skein does,

but it is still cool.

5 Days 5 Shawls Days 3,4,&5

Sorry! Completely forgot to post the rest of the week! I squirreled over another project – no surprised, I am sure.

 Day 3. I kept missing this one yo, and frogging it until I

gave up and just went with it. In the end I only missed one yo,

right there to the right of the middle. Not a bad shawl.

Day 4. The only thing keeping my going on this shawl was

the encouragement from the Facebook group for the challenge.

It was the biggest pain in my ass. Note – use a smaller circular

needle to start. Or go to DPNs.

I really liked this one. Simple, sweet. I would totally

do this one again. Maybe with a variegated skein or two.

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.