Archive for January, 2012

Lots Of Socks

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

I currently have 2 pair of socks on the needles. It’s been quite a long time since I was sock crazed enough to do this.

I’ll just show you one pair since the other is a gift for later this year. These are Kirsten Kapur’s 2012 Mystery Sock. Such a fun pattern! The yarn is the hard-wearing, washable Opal 4-ply.

Mystery Socks

Mystery Socks

Mystery Socks

Winter Weather Advisory

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

So much for 1-3 inches of snow on Hood Canal with the advisory expiring at 1pm today. It is now after 2pm, we have 4+ inches of new snow, and there is no sign that it’s stopping soon. This morning before it started up again the roads were clear and even our driveway was in good shape.

Snow

Snow

Snow

Snow

Snow

Snowmageddon, January 2012

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

A light dusting on Sunday, January 14.

Snow

Snow

The big storm arrived in the early morning hours of January 18. The horses are absolutely full of it now that they’ve gotten over being spooky about the change in their environment.

Snow

Snow

Unsure of the exact snow total at this time. I’d guess around 5 inches, but will update this post after I’ve measured it. Tiny, icy flakes continue to fall.

Knitting Goals

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

One of my goals a few years back was to learn how to do stranded knitting. Back then I probably would have referred to this as Fair Isle, but now I know that ‘stranded’ is the generic term while Fair Isle refers specifically to the traditional colorwork designs of the Shetland Isles.

This year, instead of setting the goal and thinking I’d get to it sometime during the year I figured I’d do it right away. As soon as I finished my secret test knitting project (to be revealed at the beginning of March) I cast on for the Norwegian Star Earflap Hat.

Norwegian Star Earflap Hat

The method I’m practicing is the one where you hold one yarn in each hand. I normally throw and now I am learning how to pick. Ultimately I think this is a good skill to have. Really, it’s been a painless process to learn (at least with worsted weight) and I don’t know why I put it off for so long. I certainly wouldn’t want to start a Fair Isle sweater tomorrow, but I am excited to do knit some other stranded projects.

There is one lesson I learned on my first hat – it really is important to go up a needle size for the colorwork section. My floats were nice and loose, but the thickness of two yarns made that part of the hat tighter than the solid sections.

Traveling Woman

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

My last project of 2011 came off the needles on December 30th, was immediately blocked, and gifted on December 31st. I did manage to squeeze in a few minutes for photos before it was given away.

This is a great shawl pattern for using a single skein of sock yarn. I highly recommend it.

Traveling Woman

Traveling Woman

Traveling Woman

Pattern: Traveling Woman by Liz Abinante
Yarn: Mountain Colors Crazyfoot in colorway Juniper, 346 yards.
Needles: US 6 (4 mm) circulars
Notes: Just as I made my first Traveling Woman, “I followed the pattern until I finished Chart B, then I added 6 8 or 10 more rows. I love this style of edging and I wanted to use up a bit more of the yarn.”

Traveling Woman

2011 Recap

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Happy New Year! We had a glorious day here with sunshine and a high temp of 50 degrees. That doesn’t happen very often on January 1st. I took full advantage of it – working both horses, picking up manure, and picking up rocks. All of those tasks would happen rain or shine, but it sure was nice to have an unexpected warm and sunny day.

I wasn’t sure if I knit enough projects to even bother with a yearly recap. I was pleasantly surprised though, to see that I knit 16 items (even if a couple of them were exceedingly easy). Here they are:

2011 Projects

16 total projects:
– 2 pairs of socks
– 1 pair of fingerless mitts/wristwarmers
– 4 scarves
– 4 shawlettes
– 1 shawl (a 2nd shawl is SO close to being done)
– 2 baby hats
– 1 adult hat
– 1 silly project (cat bed)

for a total of 5,679 yards.

I said last year, “I am well aware I won’t be knitting quite as much as in 2010.” Well, that would certainly be true – much time was given to going to school and bringing the horses home. The blog has been somewhat neglected as well.

All in all I’m quite happy with what I accomplished knitting wise. I’m also enjoying going to school and I’m thrilled to have my horses at home. I’d say it was a good year!