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.
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 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.
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 had a really great day today. It was almost sunny here. It was almost 40 degrees here. It was the kind of day where you let yourself believe that spring is on its way. I felt the darkness of January leave my mood as I walked in the sunshine.
I met a friend for tea this morning. I hadn’t seen her in a couple of months, so we filled each other in on our lives. She keeps me up to date on the goings on at my old job. I managed not to talk too much about how much I miss fructose. Every time someone tells me about a recipe I need to try it has fructose in it.
This afternoon I finished up my Winter Walk hat. This hat ticked off a lot of boxes for me. It has a fun cable. It used stash yarn. It was fast. It will keep my head warm. It allows me to wear a huge faux fur pom-pom.
Tonight Ivy came over for some knitting time. It is always good to catch up with her, even though we were both thrown off knitting together on a Sunday night instead of a Saturday night. She gave me a birthday present, a new notions pouch. I love it. A person can never have too many notions pouches (well, I suppose they can if they don’t knit). I will be filling it with notions and using it throughout baseball season.
Winter hasn’t really kicked in with cold weather yet, but my brain is totally in winter mode. I just want to hang out and craft. It’s hard to get the kids outside to play, which is not good for them, but it is really good for my knitting productivity.
I cast on my January project last Friday. I’m making John the Bikey Beany from Alterknit. I don’t have much experience with colorwork, and I’m hoping to change that this year. I really enjoyed knitting the bikes, but now I’m at the boring part of the hat. I’m hoping to get to the crown decreases today, because I need more than stockinette in the round to keep the project interesting at this point.
I knit about an inch on my shawl this week. I am enjoying it, I just haven’t made time to pick it up.
I am making progress on John’s socks. Swim lessons start again tomorrow, so these will probably be going in the swim bag and worked on once a week. Or I’ll become obsessed with them and have them done by next week. There is very little middle ground in my knitting.
I’m apparently having a very blue January.
What are you working on this month? Do you have an unexpected color theme too?