Sunday, August 05, 2018

Chasing Waterfalls

This weekend Majes and I went hiking on the north side of the White Mountains. Between the earlier heavy rains still pouring off the mountain and the terrain itself, this was definitely a push to get in just the couple of miles to where we would camp.  And also, I am so very grateful for opportunities like this.

I even spared a few ounces of pack weight for my current pair of socks in progress. Their intended recipient will appreciate their brief visit to the AT.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Pretty Pink Silk Socks

Also in my to-be blogged pile is this pair of pretty pink socks.

Yarn: Regia Silk 4-f├Ądig (Uni / Solid) in colorway 035
Yarn Supplier: Windsor Button (out of business)
Needles: US 1 / 2.25 mm
Pattern: Girl's Anklet Socks by Mary Saunders
Pattern Source: Vogue Knitting on the Go: Socks Two

Modifications: I knit this as written for the girl's medium and then didn't decrease, so that this was an adult small sized sock. Having said that, I would not recommend it, as the cuff really needed the extra stitches relative to the body of the sock to be stretchy. It barely fits over the arch of my foot, although it fits fine once it is on.

Fortunately, I know someone who could use an extra pair of socks, and they fit!

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Cool waters hat

There is nothing like a heat wave to make you pick up your knitting... or something.

Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm
Yarn: some of Jasra's leftovers stash
Pattern: made up to fit my head

It has been a while since I have had the urge to knit, so I decided to take advantage of it while it lasted. Jasra kindly let me raid her stash of leftovers, and I found a pretty variegated yarn that feels like merino. Eyeballing it, it looked like just enough yarn for a little hat for me, and with my shorter hair that seemed potentially useful, if not in this heat.

It was a little bit of a game of yarn chicken, but I am really pleased with the results. Plus it was nice to revisit with my knitting mojo.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Quechua Benefit

Salvbard is the best, and found us an alpaca farm while we were in the Portland, OR area. And the Quechua Benefit, which had a really good story.

We got to visit and see a bunch of alpaca.

I even got to feed some!

And we picked up a little bit of souvenir alpaca yarn.

Our trip was too brief, but this was a fun little side-adventure, I was really glad we got to have.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Reflective Neon Green Hat

Woah, yeah, I am way behind in blogging things. This hat has been sitting in a pile waiting to be photographed and blogged for over a year. It was on the needles for nearly 2 years, for no real reason. And according to Ravelry, this yarn had been in my stash since 2014. So I guess it is finally time.

Yarn: Reflective by Red Heart
Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm

I didn't use a real pattern, just a 2X2 rib and then working roughly in pattern through the decreases. This is a huge hat though. It has just about 2 skeins of yarn in it, and they are pretty generous to begin with. I have some pretty big headed people in my life though, and I really like a wide fold over brim in the winter to keep ears warm.

This is definitely not my favorite yarn to work with. The reflective strand is sort of obnoxious when you are knitting, and the yarn is somewhat splitty. But it is an interesting addition to the market to have something with the reflective nature, and I appreciate that in the finished project, although it is somewhat scratchy.

Friday, June 01, 2018

May Progress - Temperature Blanket 2018

As mentioned in the April update, May saw the first orange, which represents an average temperature in the 70s Fahrenheit.

I have to say that May looks decidedly 70s living room to me.

And a progress-to-date picture is clearly necessary to how how things are shifting.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

April Progress - Temperature Blanket 2018

April progress has a little more variation, but also some of the more steady temperatures of March.

So year to date, it is looking like this:

When I have been working on this, I have had a number of people tell me how much they loved the color palette. Today May 2nd is the first day with orange though, so things are changing as we speak.