I needed something simple to knit so I can jump up to prepare food and/or eat more food.
I took advantage of the season to get a good start on dog trainer Gail's Christmas socks.
Pattern: Basic socks on 64 stitches with k1p1 cuff and k7p1 leg.
Yarn: ON-line Supersocke, 75% wool 25% polyamide, fingering weight.
Color: Afrika, 992
Needles: 2.50mm circulars
Gauge: 8 stitches/10 rows per inch
It's Sale Time.
Amoung the many emails I've received from companies wanting my holiday dollars was an offer of "$0.00 Standard Shipping On $55 Orders - 4 Days Only" from Patternworks.
The required gauge for the sweater is 5 stitches/7.5 rows over sand stitch filler. My preliminary swatch, filler stitch only, was perfect gauge on #5 needles after being washed. I got very excited and knit the second, larger swatch over half the front pattern. It was an inch and a half too big.
Just goes to prove that gauge swatches only done on the filler stitch aren't worth a hill of beans. 1.5 inches on 1/4th of the sweater is 6 inches on the whole sweater.
I'm thankful I swatched this before ordering the yarn, but not happy I have one more swatch for this sweater that isn't close to the right size. Maybe I should think about knitting something else?
There will be no Patternworks order from me this weekend.
The birds must be fed.
It took me a while to identiy this unfamiliar visitor to the feeder. It's a Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus).
They migrate late in the season. This one was probably just passing through.
The camera makes bird watching so much more fun. I can shoot pictures of the unidentified and compare them to the bird books until I'm sure of the name.