The hooks are out!

I was ready for a change of pace, so I grabbed a crochet hook and started a wavy hat. Using up worsted wool scraps AND adding to my Xmas gift tote. Win-win. This is how much I got done on the train during my morning commute:

Oh – and I finished the handspun mitts:

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Stripes – sometimes they work

It pleases me to no end that I am capable of spinning yarn that is knitable. I really enjoy spinning, but I’m not a technical fanatic so my results vary. Sometimes they vary widely, and in no way can I predict what a finished yarn will look like, but I can get fiber to┬áreliably end up as yarn that I can actually knit with. Awhile back I spun up a lovely hank in “Black Raspberry” and the yarn is between DK and worsted; I decided a pair of fingerless mitts would be lovely. So far, so good, with subtle stripes.

I’m also working on my┬áTemperature Scarf. It seems I have chosen the ugliest time of year to begin, as our temps are jumping across wide ranges —- so I have unpleasant stripes of lime green and construction-cone orange, interspersed with school bus yellow. People keep telling me it will get better. I hope so.

(Note: no cats were harmed in the staging of this photo; in fact, she prefers I knit things large enough to cover her like a blanket, and she’s fairly unhappy with my recent bout of small knitting projects.)

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Lakeside finish

This weekend was mostly spent lakeside, enjoying good food with friends — and a pile of projects that needed ends woven in.

So while I worked on all those ends, I got to enjoy this view:

We all tromped out to the dock at some point, to photograph the spectacular cloud displays.

The lake was glass-smooth, which made for fantastic reflective photo opps, too.

Last night I blocked all those FOs.

Under the watchful eye of one curious calico, who managed to balance herself on a most precarious perch.

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Or maybe these will be mine

Blue heaven in a mitt, I tell ya.

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The other Mmmmm

Madeline tosh. Yum.

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(I finished the malabrigo mitts. Pics later, after I weave in ends. )

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Mmmmmalabrigo

I do like malabrigo yarn – it’s so soft and squishy! And it makes lovely mitts, too. Got a pair almost done and they’re supposed to go in the Xmas gift box, but they’re calling my name…

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On a roll

Fog has us socked in this morning and the sky is a disconcerting shade of warm grey. It mutes all other colors, and even the bright fall display on the coral bark maple seems lackluster.

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The fog dampens all sounds, and lies heavy on the spiderwebs; the creators have abandoned their handiwork and taken refuge beneath sodden leaves.

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It also makes me want to curl up in my comfy chair with a cup of coffee and my knitting. With October upon us, the gift knitting has taken priority over personal knits, because while my gift box has a decent stash of presents in it, there never seems to be enough time to make everything I want to.
I am currently working on fingerless mitts; finished two pairs recently and have a third on the needles.

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And the un-rainbow socks are in the home stretch.

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I’m not the only one thinking of cozy knits – saw these at the mall the other day:

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