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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Episode 233 Knitcircus Socks

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Nature Notes
This morning I happened to see a little white dot traveling up one of the maple trees outside our bedroom window. It was the cute and somewhat elusive Brown Creeper. This little bird is not much bigger than a hummingbird. It has a white breast, which is what I was seeing, and its head, beak, and back are about the color of the trunks of trees. Its beak is long and curved, especially suited to foraging for insects that have taken refuge in the crevices of the tree bark. Another bird that travels along the trunks of trees is the nuthatch, (White-breasted mostly in our area) but the nuthatch travels mostly downward. The Brown Creeper travels upward in a spiral around the tree trunk. I think he or she had a good breakfast. Read more about Brown Creepers here on the Cornell Lab Site.
Last week we had a big event with the birds at the feeder. My husband has been saying for some time that the birds get really close to him when he fills the feeder. He has tried getting them to come to eat out of his hand. He came inside and said that he had 3 “hits”, all Black Capped Chickadees. It was so exciting. It happened again the next day but I’ve not been able to get a photo or video of it yet. The weird thing is that it wasn’t very cold and there was no snow cover so food was not that scarce. I’ll keep you posted on that and we’ll see if they continue to come to him. I’ve said for a long time that I want to try this but he’s always the one filling the feeders so it’s only logical that they should come to him and know him.
Perhaps you have read that we are going to have a full moon on December 25, 2015. It’s the first Christmas full moon since 1977—38 years. The next Christmas Full Moon is in 2034. So it will be an especially bright night especially if we have snow cover. Sounds like a good time for a walk.
The winter solstice is coming up on December 22, next Tuesday.
I know I have read this little poem before but it is sweet and beautiful for this time of the winter solstice.
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.
'We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,'
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December."
Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing
Needle Notes
Knitcircus Socks
I would like to be as comfortable with toe up socks as I am cuff down. PrairieGirlSusie from Prairie Girls Knit and Spin podcast said, “I’m a cuff down girl in a toe up world.”
Let’s clear something up here. It’s a sock knitting urban myth: It is NOT easier to try on toe up socks. The needles are in the way! At least with DPN’s.
#2 try Basic Knee High Toe Up Sock.  Gusset and heel. Too short
#3 same thing but started gusset later. On Sock #2 found out that I was 2 or more stitches off from previous sock.
#4 Afterthought heel sock. Success! And it will be easy to replace the heels when they wear out.
Tried picot hem bind off but didn’t really like it so took that out and went with ribbing.
These might be my favorite socks ever, even though they are toe-up!

Knitcircus Socks!

Look at those stripes!

Nomad Yarns in Plainfield IN from Taste of Nomad Club

I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran
Toe up with afterthought wedge heel. Super fast in Aran weight.
Basic Ribbed Socks by Kate Atherly
The FiberStory Fave Sock available at Warm N Fuzzy
The Sock Ruler and Sock Ruler Junior available from Friends in Fiber on etsy (JanL on Ravelry)
Summertide Shawl by Curioushandmade aka Helen Stewart
Prairie Piper’s Summertide 2 (Better Photo coming soon)

Seven Sister’s Arts Matrika Merino and Silk Blend  Lodestar and Platinum
Le Mouton Rouge Knittery is a new knitting shop in Bloomington IL
In The Pipeline
Thank you to Artisan Books for sending me a review copy!
The Winner is #5 Moknita from Madison CT!
New Giveaway!
Balsam Hollow Kit Giveaway from Little Skein in the Big Wool

Christmas at Green Gables features the perfectly Anne-inspired shawl, Balsam Hollow, which Paula Emons-Fuessle of the Knitting Pipeline created for my original Green Gables kit, with a brand new set of colors created by Leading Men Fiber Arts for the holiday version.

With a slight twist to the design, this kit offers a speckled main color (Christmas at Green Gables) and a coordinating edging color in your choice of Winter Shrubbery (a cool green) or Vintage Sleigh Ride (a beautifully vintage oxidized orange). This duo of colors are hand-dyed by Leading Men Fiber Arts on their squishy, warm, sportweight Callback base. The shades perfectly evoke the snowy, vintage landscape of Prince Edward Island.

Vintage Sleigh Ride

If you've knit Balsam Hollow in one of the original Anne colors, you'll want another one in this special, two-color edition. And, if you missed out on the original Green Gables kit, you'll be thrilled by this new interpretation!

Winter Shrubbery 

Add a Green Gables project bag to your cart, and we'll pack and ship it all together.

Enter Christmas at Green Gables giveaway by leaving comment in the giveaway thread (not the Episode thread). Which color you prefer, Winter Shrubbery or Vintage Sleigh Ride?
In the Piping Circle
4 gigs last weekend! 2 solo on Sat and 2 with the band on Sunday.
Eureka Christian Church, Eureka IL

Haste ye back!


mariaeb on Ravelry said...

Paula. Your Summertide Shawl is just beautiful! I look forward to seeing it in person in GA! Have a wonderful Christmas­čî▓

Knitting is Gluten Free said...

Great cast! I'm a top down sock baby, too. Happy New Year!

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