WIP Wednesday

All I have on the needles is a ribbed sock. I’m making socks as a graduation present for my niece. I told her I would make her anything and she requested ribbed socks. These were supposed to be my March cast on, but I needed some mindless knitting for when we are out and about, so I cast them on early.

I’ll be starting a pair of slippers as soon as I print the pattern, as I finally had to throw my worn through pair away. The hole grew too big to bother to wear them. I don’t wear shoes in the house and always wear slippers, so I’ll focus on getting them done quickly.

What are you working on this week?

Toasty Mittens

I finished my Dreyma mittens today. They might look familiar, as I made a nearly identical pair for my sister for Christmas. I made one change when knitting my mittens, I added an inch to the cuff. I want my wrists to stay nice and toasty.

These mittens are knit out of Ístex Léttlopi on US 4 needles, so they should be incredibly warm. I hope I don’t have to use them until next year, but I live in Iowa and it is February, so I’ll probably need them soon.

I hope you are working on a project you enjoy.

So Many Great Things

I should be writing a Sock It To Me Monday post, but I have too many things to tell you about and no photos of my sock, so you get run on sentences full of excitement instead.

Yesterday I went to a friend’s birthday party. She throws the best parties. Last year on her birthday we painted fox canvases. She threw an amazing BINGO party last spring, just because. This year it was a paint your own pottery party. I painted a yarn bowl and got some knitting done, all while eating the best monster cookie ever. And I was able to spend time with some of my best friends. It was so great I didn’t even mind when I got a text from the owner telling me my yarn bowl broke and I would have to come back in to make a new one.

Later that night, John and I went on a date. We ended up at the 80s and 90s themed pub in our neighborhood, because there isn’t much walkable that is open on a Sunday night. I enjoyed the pizza we shared, and the spicy ranch oyster crackers were really great to snack on, but the bar is so popular it was crowded and loud. I felt so old, wishing they would turn the music down. We did get a nice walk in before dinner, and it was nice enough to leave our coats at home.

This morning a friend came over for coffee and we sat around chatting for a couple of hours. It was wonderful. I love it when my day starts with conversation and friendship.

It was nice enough today for us to go to the park in fleeces. The kids were a lot happier to play without bulky layers.

When we got home from the park the last of my birthday yarn from John had arrived. I’m planning to make the Arachne sweater later this year, with significant changes to make it more appropriate for my Middle Aged Mid-Western body. I am going to be the coolest mom at the pumpkin patch this fall with my spider sweater and sugar skull dress.

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Have a great Monday. I promise to tell you all about my current socks later this week.

I Didn't Even Go to the Yarn Store

Yesterday I had a really great day. It was full of surprises and fun.

John is still suffering from his man cold. I wanted him to get some sleep (and to get the heck away from a pouty man with the same cold I have), so I packed up the kids and went to visit my cousin. I figured the kids could jump on her couches (she encourages this) and I could talk to her for a little bit.

The most incredible thing happened. The kids were entertained for 2 hours. Really entertained. They played. They watched train videos on YouTube. I was able to sit and knit and chat with my cousin. The kids are getting so big! I hate how fast they are growing, but I do like that it is possible to go somewhere and actually enjoy myself.

Not only did I get to relax, she let me raid her stash for slipper yarn. I’ve worn through my French Press Slippers and need to make a new pair. I’m going to make Women’s Felted Slippers, which I saw on another blog (Marilee? Alissa?). She only had single skeins, but I’m going to make it work. She also gave me some fabric clips that I’m excited to try when sewing as well as when seaming knits.

When I got home I discovered the cutest fox enamel pin from Bonny in the mail. It is adorable. I love foxes. John and I got married in a park, and at the end of the ceremony a fox walked by. I quickly added the pin to my collection. I am so thankful to have made such a good friend through blogging. This community is so great.

I had such a great day yesterday. It was like I went yarn shopping, but instead had a relaxing day with family and a note and present from a friend to brighten my day. I am so thankful for the life I get to lead.

FO Friday

In addition to completing the disco muppet, I also finished the Midas Hat I’ve been working on. Unlike the other pattern, this is one that I highly recommend and will be making again. I had been thinking about a sockhead hat for myself, but I think I’ll do a Midas instead because I really like the brim.

I love how this yarn knit up. It looks beautiful. It also crocked more than any yarn I’ve ever worked with. I soaked it several times, and hope that it will stop rubbing off on skin now. If not, I’m pretty sure my niece will never wear it.

In super wonderful news: my license and credit card were found and turned in to the zoo. I have both now. I’m relieved and happy. I took the kids out for tacos to celebrate.

I hope you have a wonderful Friday!

At Least I Finished A Hat

I’ve had an annoying 24 hours. I’m now going to complain about some first world problems. You have been warned.

I’m addicted to my FitBit Versa. I wear it every day. I am on month 14 of getting 10,000 steps every day. My FitBit died yesterday. I have spent the last 24 hours looking at my wrist to check the time, only to realize my FitBit is gone. I know what I need to do to get my steps in, so I know I haven’t broken my streak. But the FirBit app doesn’t know that, so when I look at the last 12 months it is going to be an annoying blip. I also find it harder to stay motivated on the track when I can’t see how far I’ve gone. I bought a new Versa today, and I feel so relieved to have my FitBit back.

We were on the run all day. Swim Lessons in the morning. An emergency trip to Costco for my FitBit. Zoo Tots in the afternoon. I didn’t bother with a handbag and put my credit card and license in my pocket. They vacated my pocket at some point at the zoo. I’m now without a license or credit card. I would like to on-line shop my frustrations away, but I’m not going to buy anything if I don’t get Costco cash back.

So other than that it has been a fine 24 hours. I finished my Linnea Hat. I think I would like a mohair cardigan, but this hat isn’t for me. It is too sparkly. Luckily Audrey is 5, so she thinks the hat is awesome.

If you are thinking about trying out a hat to see if you would like mohair, I do not recommend this pattern. The pattern calls for a beaded rib brim, which is a four stitch repeat. The pattern also has you cast on 90 stitches. That doesn’t make sense (88 or 92 stitches would make sense). I started with the beaded rib but gave up and switched to a 1×1 rib after about 8 rounds because you can’t really see the detail in mohair and it was annoying to knit. The brim is started with a provisional cast on and folded under to make a thick brim, so the different rib is on the inside of the hat.

At Zoo Tots today the animal they brought in for the kids to have a close encounter with was a fox. Usually they get to pet the animals, but not today. I would have loved to have pet that fluffy fox.

I really have a great life. My only complaints are having a fitness tracker die and losing some things that I can replace. Also it is really cool to be that close to a fox.