A Dusting

DSC03413Ok, so I stand corrected. We did get a LITTLE bit of snow the other day, when I was bemoaning the fact that the meteorologists are always wrong. Here’s the same shot, with a bit more snow. But notice that you can still see the tops of the grass peeking through, so it’s nowhere near the 3-6″ they predicted. And thank you to everyone who offered to send me some of their piles of snow. Unfortunately, none of you followed through and actually sent it, so we’re still low on snow in St. Louis. Or maybe it’s still enroute from your snow-covered house to mine.

DSC03415Here’s a new sock, just off the needles. I really like knitting with Alchemy Juniper (this one in Aubergine). Great twist, great feel, beautiful color options, and comfortable socks. I’ll bet it knits up into gorgeous shawls, too.

The pattern came from Carol’s book, Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn. I originally bought the book for two reasons – because Carol is a friend of mine, and because another friend stopped by Loopy one day with a sock out of this pattern and I fell in love with the way it looked. (So really, I intended to buy the book, but James’ sock made me go back to my computer and order it right then and there.) The pattern is Braided Gem Socks by Elizabeth Ravenwood. I’ll definitely knit this one again, as well as a few other patterns in that book. (Ok – first I’ll knit the matching sock for this one, and then I’ll use the pattern again.)

I still haven’t started my sweater for the KAL yet. There’s a reason for that. I had settled on a vest pattern and then another good sweater pattern came along. (Note to self: STOP LOOKING!) Now I think I’m back to doing a sweater and will do the vest next time. I’ll decide soon soon-ish.

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  1. Sheri, I will be more that happy to send you some of our snow! We are in whiteout conditions right now. I have not been to office all week, but I been doing some work from home. Today I’m going to knit. I with you have not decided on a sweater pattern, but do have the yarn I want to use. Never too many socks on the needles!

  2. I think maybe 15 would be too many on the needles. I am with Julie in VA, we have 3 feet of snow here in Ohio. Maybe I will keep it though, it is good knitting weather. Alas the place I work at does not close. If you cannot geet there, they will come and get you.

  3. Yep, Snowpocalypse Jr. was a bit undersized here, too. They told us 14″, we got nothing near that. Oh, well. Still pretty.

    I haven’t started the sweater either, but the tendonitis in my thumb is keeping me down as I can’t purl so I’m crocheting for a bit as I can compensate for that. Moving along on a gift for a friend, but not as fast as I’d like. Oh, well!

  4. So if you haven’t started yet, does that mean I’m not too late to join the KAL? I started a “Sweater to Love” during the Super Bowl on Sunday…I’d love to have a reason to get it done! :o)

  5. they are calling it Snowmageddon here and the hysterical tv weather people are saying that when the howling 40mph winds fade, “5-to-10 foot drifts are likely.” So Sheri, I’m boxing up approximately 327,089 tons of it to send your way, there will still be plenty here.

  6. I am here in Kentucky and just loving our snow days for sure. I live in the country however and doubt I would like it so much if I was in the city. It stays prettier out her. I finished the back of my sweater for thwe KAL and wondered if I might do a vest also or are we just limited to one? I saw a vest on Knitting Daily and fell in love with it. Now I want to do it also. I loving working with the baby boom for my current sweater. I like using it anyway for what ever project. Stay warm!!

  7. snowmageddon has come to NYC – we have blizzard warnings – waiting on the ok to go home from work.

    I don’t think any amount is too many as long as you are completing the socks – I usually have a pair or two on the needles – I know some who have 5 or 6

  8. Howmanyistoomanytohaveinprogress?

    One more than how many sets of sock needles you have.

    I haven’t started my sweater for the KAL yet either. I have to clear the decks a bit first. Or there won’t be room on the couch for anyone with all my wip bags on it….

  9. Sheri, I’m really trying to send you several feet of our snow, honest, (we’ll still have plenty left, I promise), but even the post office isn’t coming out in this weather, and the airports are closed… We’ve been home since mid-day last Friday (except for the 2 times I made it out for brief outings to restock, and to buy new snow shovels since the last dump killed ours). DD has such bad cabin fever that she went out last night to shovel, while it was snowing, just to burn off some energy and because she was ready to climb the walls – literally.

  10. Sheri if you want snow I have PLENTY to share here in Central PA. And more keeps coming down and the wind then kicks up and blows it all about. Office is closed today. We will open tomorrow but it will be interesting, I’m sure.

  11. If you have more socks on the needles than I do, you are in bad shape. Back when I was active on the Socknitters list on Yahoogroups, I once posted — truthfully, and laughing at myself — how many socks I had in various stages of completion, and somebody actually wrote back and suggested, humorlessly, that it would be wise for me to seek psychiatric help. I think I just need more knitting time!

  12. Hey Sheri – if you want – I can wait ’till UPS opens tomorrow – pay them to shovel some of our show and put it right in their truck to ship fresh from us to you! 🙂
    I hope we open at work tomorrow – we were closed on Sat. and our pay period goes from Sat. to Friday.
    We just broke a record here in SE Penna for the most snow in a season ever. The guy on the news said it most likely will never be repeated in our lifetime (whoopee). What concerns me is the 6 – 12 inches of snow on the tree limbs – they’re calling for high winds tonight and some friends were without power earlier – don’t mind no lights – but I DO mind not having heat from power loss. Some in NJ still are without power.

  13. Forgot to answer your knitting project question….
    I try to always just have one knitting project going at a time – not easy but I have to be that way with me or I know I would never finish anything. I DO have “issues” with having more things going on than I would like to…a book I want to or have started reading (I have an upstairs in my bedroom book and a downstairs book), podcasts to listen to (but I try to listen while knitting), prepping my kitchen so I can paint it, etc. And when I am doing one – I am thinking I should or want to be doing the other – that’s where I have my shoulds and oughts to deal with 🙁

  14. (Raises hand) Ummm, I have SIX on the needles at the moment. But one of them is lace and cables – can’t knit that on the bus, another one is cables – can’t knit that on the bus, and the rest are Plain Vanilla but in various stages. I really don’t want to have to pick up the gusset stitches while jouncing along Santa Monica Boulevard.

    I just bought a bunch of sock yarn and now my Mom has told me she likes a bunch of other colors! Help!

  15. I have (using the British phrase) on the pins right now:
    1. Cat Bordhi’s Baby Sky to learn sockitecture
    2. Stephanie Pearl McPhee’s sock recipe sock a-l-m-o-s-t done (one toe left) in DIC classy Cool fire (except I might run out of yarn so it’s a dilemma)
    3. Another SPMcP in Anthonia sock yarn (one almost done, one to go)
    4. and the beginnings of a sock in Claudia HandPaints Choc. Cherry JUST so I could put my Valentine’s sock KIP bag to work. Learning 2 circ knitting on this one.

    So 4 is no big deal.

  16. Oh, I’m sure I have four socks on the needles – including one pair for my husband that he keeps asking about…..oops!
    I’ve finished one ball of dream in color for my sweater, so I figure that means I’m one sixth done!!

  17. here in Western NY we are low on snow, too!

    I admit to 26 WIPs, 6 of which are socks…is that too many? I think so, I’ve been trying to reduce the number, but I do *love* to cast on!!

  18. I agree with Ronni. As long as you’ve got needles to keep them on, you don’t have too many pairs of socks going! They’re predicting Snowmageddon here as well, but no one is holding their breath.

  19. I always have about 6 socks on the needles at any given time- I like a bit of variety in my life. 🙂 And hey- as long as I occasionally finish one, no harm no foul, right? 🙂

  20. Maybe you can never have too many socks on needles. I have so many socks on needles I have to buy more needles to start more socks!

  21. I don’t know how many socks are too many but the owner of yarn shop where I work and hang out wanted to add a “what’s on your needles” article to newsletter. So she asked the 5 staff members this question. We had so many projects that she had to make a website page with a link in the newsletter. She said we had a sickness.
    When you started receiving soggy boxes at Loopy Central, you’ll know what happened to the snow we sent.

  22. I’m a slow knitter, so if I have more than 2 socks and a shawl on the needles, I get discouraged with my imperceptible progress. I agree with you about the Juniper sock yarn. It’s so squishy soft and the colors are amazing. I’m using Cherry Tart at the moment and don’t want to be done with the socks I’m making with it.

  23. Um … about that snowstorm…
    I went to bed last night expecting major accumulations. The local University was closed, the grocery stores, well best not to talk about it. When I looked out the window this morning, we had gotten about 1/2 inch. No extra knitting time for me!

    How many WIPs is too many? Well, I have 2 pairs of socks, a shawl and 2 sweaters that I can think of off the top of my head. Obviously, I’m a bit behind on starting projects.

  24. Dallas just had 12.5 inches of dusting, with accumulations up to 2″ yesterday. Pretty, but we don’t have snow plows here

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