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Keeping Warm

The new year came in with a gust of COLD air – the wind chills stayed south of 0 for a couple of days and so many methods are needed to keep warm when venturing outside.

Method 1: A new scarf around the neck.

Earth Foam Hat

I have been able to fight off the chill with a new scarf – my last finished project for 2007.

The Details: Easy Drop Stitch Scarf Pattern from Frazzled Knits; The Knittery 4 Ply Sock: Merino & Cashmere in the Earth colorway. Size 10 1/2 needles. When I received this yarn from Camee in the Knitters Tea Swap 4 I knew that it was too pretty to hide in shoes – a scarf was in order. I had initially planned to make the Morning Surf Scarf with this yarn. Both of these scarf patterns are based on the seafoam stitch. The “deciding” factor was that the Easy pattern had an 8 row repeat versus a 12 row repeat – heading into my Christmas vacation the 8 rows seemed easier to memorize. So, I knit the first 8 rows while waiting for my taxi to head to the airport – once through security, as the flight was delayed about 4 hours I continued to work on this scarf and when we finally boarded the plane I had about 20″ complete. I knit on this while at home with the family and then once I was back in Chicago it finished up quickly. To block this scarf I used my new blocking wires – wow! It was so much easier than the myriad of pins that I’ve used in the past. I love the colors of this scarf! This scarf looks great with my assorted winter coats and will get a lot of use this winter.

Method 2: A new hat to keep the head covered.

Simple Soot Hat

I had a charcoal yarn in my stash that I thought would make for a nice complementary hat for the new scarf. Since the scarf had more detail I wanted a simple hat.

The Details: Ribbed Hat from One Skein Wonders; Sugar Bunny Boulevard Sock Merino in Soot; size 6 needles; yarn held double. A quick pattern that yielded a soft and squishy hat in just a few hours. I think I have enough yarn left over to make another hat – maybe a gift? Holding the yarn double provided an interesting play of the charcoal and gray subtleties in the yarn.

Back Half of Sweater

While staying warm, I have finished the back half of my (first!)¬†sweater. Now it’s on to the front half of the sweater. Since the two halves are identical to the neckline I made notes of the exact row counts through each section so that they will match up when I go to seam them up. This has continued to be an enjoyable knit – I have made a few mistakes that involved ripping back a couple of rows – these were definitely user errors.

In addition to the new handknits to keep me warm outside, I’ve stayed warm at home with older handknits – my Fetching mitts have kept my hands warm & my 2nd pair of handknit socks have been paired with my new slippers to keep my warm.

Yesterday I made a trip to My Sister’s Knits to pick up some yarn for a secret knit to provide some comfort and warmth. A quick visit to the store lasted several hours – as is often the case, a common thread of knitting allowed for lots of conversation with the other customers there: Ravelry, favorite patterns, providing first hand reviews of many of the gorgeous yarns in the store.

In true Chicago weather fashion, this weekend is quite a warm up from the bitter cold of a few days ago – today we hit 60 and all of the snow from the previous 10 days has melted away. Also in true Chicago weather fashion, I know that the handknits will be needed before too long to keep me warm outside once again.

What keeps you warm these days?

Civic Duty & Busyness

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
– Amendment VI of the United States Constitution

Jury Duty Sock

Last month the mail held a Standby Jury Summons for me. When I called the jury line on Monday afternoon I learned that I would indeed have to show up on Tuesday for jury duty. On Tuesday morning my purse was stuffed full with things to pass the time: bottle of water & snacks? check! a book? check! notebook? check! knitting? check! After making my way to the courthouse, through security and signing in at the jury room I sat down with my knitting – after watching the “Intro to Jury Duty” video the first panel called to a courtroom was my panel. As we stood outside waiting to go in the courtroom I had my sock bag hanging from my wrist and continued to make progress – a couple of women on the panel with me commented about being smart to bring the knitting with me. While sitting in the gallery listening to other potential jurors be questioned I pulled out the knitting & kept going. By mid afternoon the jury had been seated and the rest of us were sent back to the jury room where we were given our ‘paycheck’ and sent on our way. Over the course of this jury experience I added about 3″ to the leg of the sock and got about halfway through the heel flap before it was time to go home.

In other knitting news, I have started on my sweater. The first 2 games of the Cubs play-offs were the perfect opportunity to cast on for the back panel of the sweater. I have now started into the “detail” of the sweater. So far I am really enjoying this knit & see this project competing for my “knit-tention” in the coming weeks and months.

Sweater Progress

Other knitting has been pretty sparse recently. Artisan Dad came for a visit last week/weekend. Our main goal for the trip was to work on turning the spare bedroom in my place into a usable space for artisan endeavors. We got a lot of work accomplished while he was here – many boxes were sorted & cleared out and we put together a great cubed bookcase from Ikea for holding all of my crafting supplies (and I have quite a bit). A large pile of things was taken to the Salvation Army shop and several bags of books were sold back to Half Price Books. Even though the goal for the weekend was a lot of work around the house we still managed a few fun trips – a quick trip to the Art Institute of Chicago allowed us to see the Gates of Paradise exhibit. We also enjoyed the Richard Misrach: On the Beach photo exhibit. One evening we also ‘beat the heat’ by taking in a movie that we both enjoyed. By the time Dad flew back to GA on Monday afternoon we both agreed that we had made a lot of progress – although I still have more to do before my Artisan room is ready to reveal. Thanks Dad for all of your help!

The next couple of weeks look to be pretty busy – so the knitting and continued progress in the spare bedroom will be competing with other events on the calendar.

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