The Saturday Update: Week 7

We have had so many snowstorms this month I have lost count. We seem to get one every few days…maybe the one coming next Monday will be storm number 6? Anyway, there has been lots of shoveling and knitting going on this week.

Knitting

With all of the snow I have really been focusing on making more of the thick snowshoe socks that keep my feet warm and cushioned when I go outside. MacKenzie was really involved in the production of these socks this week so he will be blogging soon about them, but let me say that we are just cranking them out. I also worked on some mitts to give away to other members of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation. These mitts aren’t all that much as I’m making them out of leftover sock yarn that has been piling up in the stash, but I hope that they will be as helpful to other people as they are to me. Here’s the two pairs that I finished this week.

These mitts are made using the pattern that I developed that you can find here in an earlier post: Sweet & Simple Vanilla Mitts. Feel free to make yourself a pair if you’d like. 🙂

Since I was occupied with socks and mitts I didn’t get as much done on the Pebble Tunic sweater by Joji Locatelli as I thought I would, but I am making some progress.

I’m coming down the back of the sweater. Later on I start the front and then the parts are connected and knit top down in one piece. The pattern is here, and my project notes, such as they are, can be found here.
Garden

I bought myself some cute, cute, cute miniature ornamental kale plants this week. Look at these!!

Seriously, what could be more cute than this?

I bought two more to put into my little greenhouse that I keep on the kitchen window shelf. These just make me happy, and they were super, duper cheap, too, at $4 a plant. Total score for the kitchen garden!!

See what I mean?

I thought that I could get all three plants into the greenhouse, but I also bought the little clay pots and they made the fit for three plants too tight. I like the clay pots, so these two will have to hang out in the greenhouse by themselves.

My rose gold orchid produced the second bloom, and it looks like several others are ready to pop open.
The purple orchid is a little underwhelming, but I’m sure it is doing the best that it can.

The monster orchid is still looking good and the buds are a little bigger, but I won’t see the bloom for another week or two I think. The buds aren’t producing any color, so there is a chance that these will be very light colored flowers. It’s an orchid adventure!

Books

I’m still slowly reading The Water Dancer. It’s good, and it is making me think a lot, but the performer’s voice is rather soothing and I do go to sleep within a half hour . Hey, that is a good thing, too, right?

There is another snowstorm coming next week so I should make more progress on the audiobook and my sweater.

Have a great week, everyone!!

Author: Midnight Knitter

I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and an exceptionally spoiled kitten.

20 thoughts on “The Saturday Update: Week 7”

  1. I’m sorry you’re not getting a break from the snow. We had a winter like that a couple of years ago. About the best thing I can say about it is the regular exercise (of shoveling) was nice.
    The ornamental kale plants are so cute! The colors are so pretty. Your orchids are beautiful.
    I love the mitts! They’re so practical for chilly hands.

    1. This weekend is really nice and sunny, which means it will probably drop 40° overnight and snow like crazy tomorrow. I should check the forecast. The Rockies really mess with our weather here.

      I agree about the exercise. I am getting lots now!! I do love the colors of plants and flowers during the winter… they just make me happy!!

  2. Oh I do love your yarn colours, those mitts are both in gorgeous yarns. I’m wondering which of your beautiful sweaters you’ve made is worn the most this cold and snowy winter you are having?

    1. That is a great question!! I’ve been wearing the comfy sweaters the most… the V-Neck Boxy and Understated by Joji Locatelli and my two Drifjhout sweaters by Isabell Kraemer. If I’m going somewhere I wear my Sturgill sweater. I just love that sweater and it goes with everything I own.

      1. 5 days a week I live in my such a winter’s day jumper…I keep thinking why do I need any others now it has become home! Lol. I don’t wear it out because of the mistakes being so obvious but live in it in the house.

    1. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it! I was looking for some miniature ferns and maybe an African violet for my little greenhouse and there they were. I found them in the miniature (fairy garden) section of the nursery.

      I think the miss are a great way to show off Indy dyed yarns, and I have a whole bag of leftovers to use up. I think that 35 grams of fingering is enough, 40 grams would be totally yarn-chicken safe.

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