Monthly Archives: November 2011


Thanksgiving with my family was wonderful.

Some of us did a Polar Bear Wade:

Polar Bear Wade

There was a lot of knitting. My mom taught me to crochet so I could finally make the border on Charlotte’s Web. An aunt and cousin were knitting a lot there as well.

On the way home, Caleb and I stopped in Providence. I worked on my sock at the NCAA game that decided who would go into the Elite Eight in men’s soccer (Brown lost 3-2 in overtime).


I was sitting next to a rather young boy who was hoping that the game would end as soon as possible so he could go and get dinner. He did like my sock, though.

More updates on the knitting will come later this week. The current excitement in my life is that the road in front of the house is being repaved.

New toe

I finished the first sock of the pair while riding around as we were picking up family members for our grand holiday gathering.

My mom is teaching me to crochet so I can finally finish my Charlotte’s Web.


Mittens stacked

mittens side by side

Do these look more similar? The amounts of leftover yarn correspond much more closely.

Oops. Again.

I’ve decided to add an oops tag as well as an oops category.

Remember these mittens? IMG 2907

Well, they are actually different sizes. I accidentally did the second one (on the right in the picture) over 44 stitches, not 48. I’ve ripped it out and have been reknitting it.

I guess I should check my counts more carefully if I’m doing them without power.

Here are the mittens as of last night:


Please leave a comment if you see any problems!

Not much has been happening around here. I’ve been doing things at home and applying for jobs. The house is definitely cleaner with me not working for pay.

January Drive

AfA Mittens

Ravelry Link: Halloween Snow Day Mittens

Pattern: Classic Mittens

Yarn: KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in Mocha Twist

Needles: Size 4 dpns

Size: Largest; a little large on me, but not a large man’s size.

Amount of yarn used: 80 g.

Source of Yarn: Bought at KnitPicks; made Caleb a hat out of two skeins.

Modifications: I cast on an extra stitch to make the beginning and pick up an extra stitch at the thumb, knitting that stitch with the first stitch of the round to make a tighter transition.

Thoughts: Afghans for Afghans is having a campaign with a due date in January. These mittens (and the red ones from Rhinebeck) are for this. Mittens are fun to knit and you have at least a month and a half to knit a pair; this could be a nice campaign to contribute to.

I also am trying to start a tradition of knitting a special item on a snow day. In the future, though, I think that I’ll try to do something smaller so that I can finish it more quickly. (I’m pretty sure that this wasn’t the reason for the long snow delay, but one can never be too sure.)


Well, not that long after my last post, as it was snowing, we lost power.

We were lucky; we lost power late on Saturday and had it back on Monday afternoon. Other people in the area still don’t have power almost a week later.

We didn’t get Internet back until pretty late on Thursday. On Friday, we spent the day back in Providence, running a pub quiz and catching up on some things from our old lives.

So, as you may guess, I’m sort of behind on things happening online. I did get a pair of mittens knit, and I have made some progress on the Central Park Hoodie.

CPH fronts

If you see any problems with the cables, please point them out.

It was a long, long week.