Saturday, July 05, 2008

Playing Catch Up

I can hardly believe that it is July already!

Front Door,Majc, and the Flag

I have noticed that time goes faster the older you get. Remember when you were in grade school, summers lasted FOREVER!! Now, it seems a couple long weekends and it is fall again. But that is ok too, because I like fall/autumn.


Anyway, we went to Estes Park for the Wool Market again this year.

We stayed in a really nice cabin that we liked from a trip to Estes Park five years ago. The staff was really nice too.

HPIM4973Fall River

We made a four day weekend out of it. Funny, because we stay longer every time we go up there!

We visited all the regular vendors (Plain & Fancy, Brooks Farm, ect) and a couple new ones as well.

Mixed BluesSolo SilkAutumnal Colors
Handspun CoilsKoigu

DH enjoys the llama events and the food. That's okay, he is a guy. I am glad that he does enjoy going so much.

Llama limboLlama limbo

We also went to the campers' campsite for dogs and smores Saturday night. Thanks ladies for having us again, it is always so much fun.

But this year, the best part of the trip was the hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park.

What a View!

I did so much better than last year. We have been working on the hiking, exercise in general really. I went further and felt great!!

Stream running along the Trail

I can't even put into words how good it felt!

Clear Skies

But if a picture is worth a thousand words, than I shouldn't have to say much!

Mountain Lake

On Sunday, after an adventurous morning hike, we found a nice spot overlooking a meadow to have a picnic lunch. A herd of elk thought it was a nice meadow too!

Elk Herd GrazingElk Herd GrazingElk Herd Grazing

Here is the set of pictures I took at Estes if you want to see more.


There has still been lots of knitting going on. Summer weather does not keep me from the yarn. It might if I lived in a different climate I guess. And I feel bad for those knitters that live in the hot, humid, sticky places. But it is far from that here in Colorado.

I have discovered that I like making mittens almost as much as making socks. I showed the noro mittens I made last post. But I was not totally happy with the afterthought thumb. So I tried another way to do a top down mitten - a reverse thumb gusset!

I am happy to share the technique, but I did not invent this. I am just passing on what I learned from others at knit group and from patterns available online.

I did the thumb first.
I am going to do a reverse thumb gusset of sorts.
kinda like Knucks, but a mitten.

ThumbsTop Down Mittens 2.0


Yarn: Plain and Fancy Sheep and Wool
Needles: 2.5mm

I provisionally cast on 24 stitches
worked 30 rows
decreased every other row (k2tog every stitch)
3 times (6 stitches left)

Main Hand Part:
I am working the mittens top down.
I magic cast on 14 stitches and increased every other row until 56 stitches around.

Attaching the thumb:
take out provisional cast on and put thumb on 2 dpns
attached on the side (corner) of mitten
tinked (unknit) 1 stitch from the right needle back to the left where the thumb stitches are
place maker
ssk last hand stitch to first thumb stitch
knit till last thumb stitch
place marker
knit aound to 1st marker
knit 1 row plain
decrease every other row
(ssk after 1st marker, K2tog before 2nd marker)
until back to original number of stitches
knit 5 rows plain
2X2 ribbing 2.5 inches
KFB every stitch
knit 1 row plain.
modified Russian bindoff

I worked on these most of the weekend.
I attached the thumb and decreased back to the original number of stitches.
it took a couple tries to get it just right.
the thumb was too long, I shortened it by about an inch.
I am onto the cuff now. easy 2X2 ribbing.

Top Down Mittens 2.0

Top Down Mittens 2.0

This has turned into quite a long post.
I shouldn't wait so long before posting again.
I know.


Anonymous COgirl said...

Welcome back. The Estes Park/RMNP photos are gorgeous. We're lucky to have such beauty nearby, aren't we?

7:54 AM  

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