Tuesday, November 15, 2005  

Winter Camping

Seriously, being so bad about posting has its advantages. See? Another FO! If you had actually watched the progress, this wouldn’t be exciting – but since I was a huge slacker and didn’t post for over a week, it’s like I pulled an FO from thin air. :)

Koigu Socks

Pattern: based very loosely on Nancy Bush’s “gentleman’s socks” from Knitting Vintage Socks. As always, I used my own # of stitches (60), made the leg much shorter, and knit them toe-up with short-row heels and toes.

Yarn: Koigu KPPPM, just over 1 skein. Words cannot express how wonderful this yarn is to work with. I predict a bit of a spending spree tomorrow night when I visit the shop.

Notes: Nothing really – basic sock pattern, great yarn, interesting stitch pattern. I would definitely knit these again.

Speaking of knitting things again, I started my next sock project during the Redskins game on Sunday (we will not speak of the game.) I thought long and hard about what this yarn wanted to be – it’s Rowan CashSoft 4-Ply. SO SOFT. I know these socks won’t wear that well, but DAMN will they be comfy! No matter what I came up with in my head, I kept coming back to the Laila’s Socks from Folk Knitting in Estonia – so I started on a modified pair. I’m loving them!

But enough with the knitting. Well, almost. This past weekend, before I completely surrender to studying, writing a first draft of my article, and taking on pet-sitting duties for the holidays, S and I grabbed the gear, loaded up the truck, and set out for Shenendoah National Park for a weekend camping trip. What gear did I make sure to grab?

Of course, given that this is one of the warmest Novembers ever, we picked the coldest night of the year - temps in the low to mid 20's - so it was far too cold to expose my fingers in order to knit. Oh well - at least I was prepared!

Speaking of "prepared" - here I am demonstrating proper camping form -

handknit hat? check.
warm sweatshirt over long underwear? check.
gloves and fingerless mitts? check.
doggie? check.

But it wasn't all drinking cold beer as the temperatures plunged. We saw the last bits of fall color, and Abby did her best mountain dog impression -

and once the temperatures fell, she modeled her new coat. She wasn't a really big fan, but seemed happier to have it on once the sun went down.

But it was a good thing we only stayed one night - it was so exciting to go on what was, essentially, a 24 hour puppy walk that this is what happened when she got home:

Cricket, on the other hand, thought we were all crazy. In fact, she decided to hide under the bed until we stopped talking about "camping." I mean, really - nice warm bed with nice fluffy comforters, or a sleeping bag in the woods?


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