WIP - November 8, 2012

Snow in Jersey City, NJ
We had another storm yesterday, leaving a coating of heavy, wet snow that brightened the view this morning before sunrise. Last night my youngest son and I enjoyed a small snowball fight when I came home. The ride home on the PATH train was one I would not like to repeat. The water that flooded the tunnels during Hurricane Sandy left a malodorous stench that seeped into the train cars and was exacerbated by the crowded conditions.

Needless to say, this morning I was back on the bus and fully intend to skip the PATH train indefinitely. The train line I usually take, from Jersey City to the World Trade Center, is out of service anyway.

A little review from the weekend prior to Hurricane Sandy until now:

Preparing for the storm I did a lot of baking...apple turnovers, pear tarts and home made bread...also oatmeal raisin bars which were devoured before I remembered to photograph them.



Knitting became a family endeavor during our time without television, computers, cell-phones or video games. My 16 and 10 year old boys both knitted with me, the youngest learning for the first time. He was the most taken with the art and finished a wrist band and went on to start a headband with two colors! He certainly is enjoying his newly acquired skill.

I made little progress on the gigantic socks, my priority project, while our electricity was out, but I was able to finish them once power was restored. They will get a nice washing and evening out while the dry on sock blockers this weekend. 

During the week after the storm I was able to make some progress on my stash blanket. This is a project that uses scraps of yarn, swatches and stash yarn to make a sort of "crazy-quilt" inspired blanket. I typically hold two strands together to create a dense fabric that will make a warm blanket. It will go back into hibernation until the holidays are over.

My next "hot project" is the ski mask for my youngest son. This one is quite exciting as it incorporates fair isle and is my own design. I take it off the circs and put a strand of waste yarn through the live stitches so I can get a custom fit for him. There is short-row shaping across the bridge of the nose and I am just about to commence the eye opening.

Lastly, I have begun a commuter knitting project now that the socks are complete. This is a knitted hat done in the round with Lion Brand Sock-Ease and a honeycomb brioche stitch.

I would like to make several hats to have on hand at home during the Holidays, giving them out to my sons' friends when they visit. I am not sure my production rate can match my desire!.This is hat is, perhaps, the first for that endeavor, or may end up on the head of a family member come December 25!

The week ahead will be finishing up the ski mask and gift hat, and casting on a fair isle hat in the Shetland wool I purchased at Rhinebeck.


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