Travel Knitting

One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things. ~ Henry Miller

It’s been about a week since my last post. I’ve been traveling in the Midwest to attend a family wedding. It was so cold that it makes the rainy windy conditions in the PNW feel balmy. 007.JPGNaturally when traveling, I always bring extra knitting. I want to be prepared for the time I’m stranded for days in an airport. Normally, I think small compact projects, but this trip I went a little wild and brought my Never Gonna Let You Go Wrap with all three skeins. It had no problem going through airport security. I managed to get the next single color section completed. The shawl is currently at 129 stitches. 003I also brought along my Bonfire Headband. I was hoping to get this project completed. I’m using leftover bits of skeins from previously finished projects. Of course, I left the second partial skein sitting in the lounge at home. 003.JPG

Ernie says we have snuggles to catch up on!

P.S. I think the first completed wip for November will be finished very soon.

 

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Bonfire Night & The Second Snow

Our integrity sells for so little, but it is all we really have. It is the very last inch of us, but within that last inch, we are free. ~ V for Vendetta

November 5 is Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes night in Britain. This is one of my favorite British holidays. I love that they celebrate an attempt to blow-up parliament. This mild mannered tea drinking culture wants the people in power to remember the 5th of November. The British Hubby and I watch V for Vendetta every year. Typically, we eat sausage rolls with quality street treats from our favorite British supplier. This year we settled for bangers, veggies and more tomato soup (sans the bread). 010

I also started the first of many Cable KAL projects, Bonfire Headband, using Malabrigo Rios in Niebla. 005.JPG

We also had another round of snow. Since turning on the heat six days ago, we’ve had two days of snow fall and about three inches of snow! I suspect this is going to be a great snow shoe year. I know you’re probably wondering why the British Hubby and I haven’t been hiking or out on Ulysses in a bit. We’re preparing for a family event in the Midwest. I know I’m missing my nature fixes, but sometimes one has to make sacrifices for your loved ones. IMG_20171106_1752284.jpg

Speaking of sacrifices, look at how Ernie instead to sit this evening. Secretly, I think it’s because he wants his own Malabrigo Caracol Cape. I really wasn’t sure when I finished this project if I would wear it. I wear it all the time. It’s perfect for wearing around the house doing chores or cuddling with Ernie trying to knit.

The First Snow

There’s just something beautiful about walking in snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe your special. ~ Carol Brunt

We’ve had some chilly spells already in the PNW, but I certainly wasn’t expecting snow already. Yesterday on my morning run, it started out raining and changed over to sleet/snow. By the time I was ready to leave for the day job, we had a good covering on the yard. IMG_20171103_0605099.jpgIt seemed only natural the British Hubby and I would celebrate the first snow of the season with a pot of homemade tomato soup. We love to eat tomato soup, but I had never made it myself. I started out using this Tesco recipe, but added a few more ingredients. Extra ingredients include some bacon pieces, a little bit of cream and a variety of spices. I wanted to soup to have some depth in the flavors. Yes, you do see a french roll in the photo below. We had a little carb treat. It felt so decadent having bread!

I’m also celebrating life this month by casting on a few new projects. Okay, maybe more than a few. You know I can never resist a good KAL. The Malabrigo Junkies group is doing a Cable KAL for November. You can use any Malabrigo yarn and any pattern that contains a cable. It’s an informal KAL so no prizes other than the joy of crafting with Malabrigo and of course plenty of fun and encouragement. 007.JPGThis photo has six potential new projects. I know casting on new projects is counter productive to having less wips. Let’s see how many I actually cast on. 010.JPGIsn’t Gracie cute? She was snoring when I took this photo.

Central Heating

Thousands of years ago, cats were worshiped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.

Fire was the earliest method for providing heat. Fire places were not ideal ways to heat spaces since most of the heat escaped through the chimney. Ancient Greece invented central heating, but the Romans that mastered it with their tiled floors and elaborate duct work. The Romans actually had heated floors. Here’s a really interesting article on the historical development of heating. You may wonder why I’m talking about heating today. November first is a big day in our household. It’s the day we turn on the heat! Yes, it has been rather chilly the past month in the PNW. We’ve dressed in layers and even added more duvets to the bed and lounge area. Ernie’s claimed the newest blankie as his. 007.JPGThe start of a new month also means a recap on my finished wips. I managed to finish three projects, Woven Scarf II, Shark Bait II and a Wall Hanging. This month I have more completed weaving projects than knitting ones. With a little luck, I’ll have four finished projects in November. 005.JPGStay tuned for a few new projects coming up this month. You know I can’t resist a good KAL.

 

 

All Hallows Eve

Never jump into a pile of leaves with a wet sucker. 

American Halloween has spread to many other countries, but it started out as religious festival. Worshipers would prepare themselves for All Saints day which is November 1. If you’re in Mexico, November 1 is called Day of the Dead. You can find out more info here. Scroll down to find out about the Celtic festival Samhain. Samhain is Gaelic for “the end of summer.” There is no doubt summer has ended in the PNW. This morning it was 35 degrees Fahrenheit or 1.6 in Celsius. It’s so chilly I’ve been getting good use out of my fancy dress hats (That’s what the British Hubby calls them.) 001.JPGI’m no Chicken and Spooky Spidey Hat are two of my all time favorite hats. The British Hubby wears his spidey hat all year round. These hats put me in the Halloween spirit. Tonight I’m going curl up with some knitting, a cup of tea, a few kitties and watch my favorite Halloween shows. My top three favorites are It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Cat People and Them. What are your Halloween traditions? 004Of course, we have a new hat for the kitties this year! 006Ernie thinks sleuthing is a piece of cake or is that a piece of tuna? Stay tuned, tomorrow is All Saints Day, Day of the Dead and the celebration of turning on of the heat in our house. I might even manage to get a photo of Burt in his jaunty new hat.

 

 

Completed Wip: The Third

Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take many small steps. ~ Helmut Schmidt

This weekend, the British Hubby and I were like millions of viewers binge watching Stranger Things 2. October is horror/scary movie month at our house so taking a break for the new season fit right in with the Halloween theme. It also gave me quite a bit of knitting time to finish another wip! 003.JPGHere’s the third completed project for October. Presenting my Shark Bait II socks. Now the British Hubby will have Jaws themed socks for our next July 4 celebration. During July and August, I cast on more socks than I really should have especially when I’m attempting to work down my wips. One pair down, just five more to go.

Sock Update:

  • Junkie U: I’m working on the heel for sock two.
  • TDS 5.2.17: Cuff of sock two is completed.
  • Watermelon: The leg of sock one now has five inches. Just two more to go before I start the heel.
  • TDS 5.5.17: I’m chugging along on chart 1 for the leg of sock one. This is 18 rows in. The cable pattern is looking lovely. 007.JPGI also had time to warp my loom for my next project. Burt couldn’t decide which end was more exciting.

    Three days left until November. Do I have time to get one more project finished?

Knitting Police

You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club. ~ Jack London

I’ve often believed that knitting patterns are just a guideline. There is no knitting police. I am the boss of my knitting project, and I can decide to modify a pattern. However, it is a good idea to understand why a designer decided to do things a certain way. I like to play things fast and loose in my knitting so sometimes I like to change things without really thinking them through. (Have I mentioned there’s no knitting police?) 010.JPGI decided to make some changes to my TDS 5.2.17 socks. It seemed rather silly to do a provisional cast on for a sock. Turns out it’s rather important when you don’t have a ribbing cuff. My sock has a lovely curled edge. The second modification was to carry the slipped stitch pattern down the heel. I thought this looked rather nice until after I turned the heel. My heel sort of looks like it has a butt crack. The British Hubby has been affectionately calling these my butt crack socks. At least it makes me laugh. 011.JPGAutumn is here in full force in the PNW. The trees are so amazing. Soon the tree in our front yard will be sans leaves, but for the next few weeks the stunning colors greet me when I arrive home from the day job. 004.JPGNaturally, I’m enjoying the fantastic Autumn teas. Pumpkin spice and chai are two of my favorite blends, but I recently ordered this Wicked set. The tins are so cute. How could I resist tea with ghosts and eyeballs?

I also can’t resist cute photos of Gracie & Ernie.013