Archive for October, 2011

Knitting In a Muddle

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

This post is written while laundry dries all over my living room.  What a muddle.  My perfectly timed 8:00 PM laundry run was  more complicated than necessary–all of the machines were full (for the first time in my laundry history), and after waiting for 15 minutes I hijacked a washing machine that finished its cycle–I got my wash started in time (my building’s laundry room closes at 10PM)–but when it came time to dry it all, there was only one machine that was empty.

With my fingers crossed, I loaded 2 washing machines worth of clothes into one dryer–the one dryer that is missing a lint trap filter–but my money was already in by the time I realized that.  Needless to say, an hour later, I was faced with an oversized load of damp laundry which is currently drying in my living room.

In any case, I’m giving up on the laundry now, and focusing on my mitten in progress.  It’s my usual pattern, Fox and Geese from the book “Fox and Geese and Fences, a Collection of Traditional Maine Mittens” by Robin Hansen, and the yarn is from Topsy Farms on Amherst Island.  The pattern makes very sturdy mittens with long cuffs which I love.

Somehow now that it’s almost November it seems appropriate to be starting on mittens again.

 

Thanksgiving Knitting

Monday, October 10th, 2011

hurricane hatThis is my latest knitting project.  It is the hurricane hat, a nice quick knit with intuitive easy to follow instructions.  I knit it out of Cascade Ecological Wool, on 4.5mm needles with a 90 st. cast on.

It was very important that this hat be finished in time for Thanksgiving, because part of our crazy family tradition includes a swim in the lake.swim

This year, thankfully, the sun was shining and the water was a balmy 12 C, which encouraged us to actually swim.  Sometimes if it is really really cold on Thanksgiving we get in the very shallow water and lay down and call that a “swim”.  On some memorable occasions people have been known to don ski jackets and ancient fur coats and tiptoe through dustings of snow to take a dip.  My grandmother, who recently celebrated her 96th birthday, has graduated from swimmer to “lifeguard” on such family occasions, and enjoys (from a safe distance) how we youngsters carry on her ridiculous swimming traditions.

Sometimes along with all of us cousins and uncles and aunts, friends come to join in with our family celebrations–the brave ones take part in the swimming traditions along with us.  This hurricane hat was finished in time to warm up a very chilled swimmer!

post swim

After swimming, we enjoyed a turkey dinner with all the fixings, followed by pumpkin pie and lots of good conversation.  My next project took shape over the course of the afternoon–a pair of fox and geese mittens–the first of this season.  I have to keep reminding myself that it is indeed fall, and that the temperature will likely plummet any day now, and someone will certainly appreciate a new pair of mittens!

mitten

What a great day!  So many things to be thankful for–good weather, good friends, good food, health, peace and lots and lots of yarn!full moon

What are you thankful for?