This is what my bed looks like when I'm preparing for a parade. I was surprised how easily I slipped into all the pieces of the uniform: white shirt, kilt, belt, sporran, tie, hose, flashes on hose, ghillie brogues, and the felted wedge hat, the glen. Also the harness and the bass drum and sticks!
For Christmas I am planning sweaters. I have been planning this quite a while, which is not the same thing as doing the knitting. Scott's sweater is rustic navy. Never has it looked this bright in person. In the hope of matching the sleeves, I kept pins at each decrease. It worked except I didn't get row gauge and my sleeve cap was too tall. Had to be reworked.
He has just flown to Newfoundland to hike for 2 weeks with a friend from high school (a girl!) on the East Coast Trail. He and his nerd posse hiked the Juan de Fuca trail on Labour Day weekend and enjoyed the backpacking. They hiked a peak a week last year. Two of his high school buddies work at our local outfitters, Mt. Waddington, and have brought a lot of expertise to exploring our Cascade mountains.
We have a farmers' market in the city as well, but it's just getting started, and I think I'd rather shop at the market called Local Harvest that also has freshly milled flours from Anita's and bakery items from the wood fired brick oven, Magpie Bakery.
I look forward to wearing them when I visit the MOMA and see the painting.
Yes, I'm going to New York next week and then cruising up the East coast to the St. Lawrence Seaway and Quebec City with my bestest bestie. I'm pretty excited.
I whipped up this fox cowl. Need to fix the opening. We were going to wear them all on knit night at Hallowe'en. But I am going to be in Palm Desert with DH at that time. As I'm removing my summer clothes from my closet, they're going in a bin for desert packing.I cast on Monstermitts in Must Stash Cloudy With a Chance of Rainbows. I thought I could bring them, but it's fiddly knitting with changing colours and dpns.
Panicking about getting all the Christmas knitting done. I wound some yarn for Em's sweater and hemmed and hawed. I'll revisit it when I get back.
I still have a pair of socks to make before the end of the year as well as a Baby Surprise Jacket for my drum teacher's first grandchild. Her daughter babysat for us, too. Add the mitts for Em's boyfriend, hot water bottle covers for my sister and her husband and maybe felted slippers for Mom and Paw. Granted those are a lot of little projects, but they are a lot. The socks would make good travel mates.
But this wool does not want to become a Cobblestone. It is tweedy, but not rustic. In checking for yardage, I searched Ravelry for a DK weight men's sweater and came up with Leo from knitty.com. Eventually, after much swatching and more math than I do unless I'm calculating opiate equivalencies, I cast on the back. That's right. Pieces. There will be seaming.
But each piece will be a happy companion in my purse and I think the finished product will be better. I hope to secretly knit it up on the trip, or most of it. I will need something a little more interesting as a palate cleanser. Maybe the sock in a pattern? Or the Song of the Sea that has almost been cast on if it were not for the giant navy blob. But I don't want to bring too many projects either.
And you gentle reader. I'll blog again when I get back for a week. Then I'm off to the desert. And then it'll be November. See what I mean? I'd better get back to packing and preparing.