#fivethingsfriday – Week 2

  • My trip to Vermont was so relaxing. We went to the Cabot cheese factory (yes, I don’t like cheese, and yes, I enjoyed the factory anyway), to the Ben and Jerry’s factory, to the Lake Champlain Chocolate factory, Magic Hat… we hit a lot of places in the week we spent at Smuggler’s Notch! My favorite day was the day we spent in Burlington – I went to Nido, an awesome yarn shop, worked from a coffeeshop for a few hours, and then ate delicious food and drank a few small pours of delicious beers at the Farmhouse Tap and Grill. I love the hell out of Burlington.

    Goodies from Nido. I love all of these things.

    Goodies from Nido. I love all of these things.

  • Speaking of vacations, I’ll be spending a weekend at the Cape soon! I’ll knock another goal off of my 35 in 35 list, and I’ll also get to spend time at one of my favorite places ever. My sister will be at the Cape with her husband’s family and they will be staying at the next town over, so I’ll spend time with them. I’ll also spend some time up in Provincetown, because Provincetown is fun and awesome and has great food. I’m excited.

    A beach in Provincetown.

    A beach in Provincetown.

  • I went to the local grocery store the other day to buy some tea. I wasn’t expecting much – I had gone a few weeks ago and wasn’t super happy with their selection, but I really wanted some earl grey. As I walked toward the dairy department to get my yogurt, however, I passed a huge display of tea by a company called Tea Guys, which is based in a town not too far from here in western MA. I was way, way too excited to find not only my earl grey, but little samples of flavors such as Hibiscus, Raspberry, and Currant, Vanilla, Almond, and Coconut, and Salted Dark Chocolate. I bought a couple flavors to try and I’m excited to pick up more! I love tea!
  •  For the past couple days, it’s felt more like fall than late spring outside. Highs have only been in the mid to upper 60s, with lows in the mid 40s! I don’t mind the cooler weather because my apartment stays pretty cool, but it so doesn’t feel like June. It’s supposed to warm up into the mid 70s through the weekend, which supposedly is still below the average for the month, but I’m not complaining. I’d be happy if the weather stayed in the mid 70s all summer long!
  • At my hair appointment yesterday, I asked my stylist to change the color in my hair from a slightly purply pink to a slightly pinky purple. I love how it turned out! I’m pretty happy with my hair these days.

    Purple in my hair!

    I love purple in my hair!

Happy Friday, all!

Sock it to summer!

Happy (almost) summer, friends! I kind of like to think that summer started on June 1, but really, it doesn’t start until the summer solstice on the 2oth. It’s been warm and sunny, though, so to me, summer’s well on its way.

With summer comes a fun knit-a-long – Amanda of Knot a Podcast and Lamby Toes Yarn holds the Sock it to Summer KAL, where you just knit lots of socks! It started on June 1 and goes until August 31. She’s written a post on her ravelry group (a Ravelry account is needed to view this post) giving all the details, so if you want to knit socks too, join her group and join the fun!

Oh, you want to know what socks I’m knitting so far? I guess that’s why you read this blog, maybe.

Hedera beginning

First, I’m knitting a pair of Hedera socks by Cookie A! I’ve had these socks in my list of things to knit for ages, and I finally cast them on last week while in Vermont. I picked this project as my vacation knitting, and you can see I got a lot done.

Knitting down the leg!

Knitting down the leg!

Iiiiiit's gusset time!

Iiiiiit’s gusset time!

Hey look, I finished a sock!

Hey look, I finished a sock!

I don’t know if I’ve ever knit a patterned sock so quickly, and on DPNs to boot! The pattern’s super easy to memorize, though I still needed to read the directions for the heel flap, heel turn, and gusset. I haven’t knit a cuff down sock in a couple years now as I’ve become a toe up Magic Loop convert. It’s fun to change it up a bit. I still need to cast on sock #2, but I’ll get to it eventually.

I took this picture as we drove to the Ben and Jerry's factory. Mmm, ice cream...

I took this picture as we drove to the Ben and Jerry’s factory. Mmm, ice cream…

Next up, I’m knitting a vanilla sock (that’s a plain sock with no patterning on it for all you who don’t knit) out of Knit Picks Stroll in the Queen Anne Tonal colorway! I’m kind of bored with knitting vanilla socks so this one’s a little slow going. It’s great for mindless knitting when I don’t feel like knitting a patterned sock, so it’s a good project when I need a break. I want to always have a pair of vanilla socks on the needles, just in case I want to satisfy that knitting itch and I don’t want to think about it too much.

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I don’t have any goals for Sock it to Summer. I’ll almost definitely finish these two pairs, and I’ll probably cast on at least a third. I don’t know what I’ll knit yet, but I’m leaning toward another patterned sock. I’m kind of in the mood to knit something more exciting than a vanilla sock, so I’m thinking I’ll be knitting patterned socks for the bulk of the summer. We’ll see.

Thanks, Amanda, for hosting such an awesome summer KAL!

Currently…

Clouds and trees in Vermont.

Clouds and trees in Vermont.

Feeling… Relaxed. At ease. Upbeat. I’m feeling pretty good for the most part.

Listening to… Various and assorted playlists on Spotify, mainly my Discover Weekly station. Are we Spotify friends? Let’s be!

Reading… The Fiery Cross, book 5 in the Outlander series. I really enjoyed the first 3 books in the series, but 4 and 5 have dragged so badly. I hear they get better, so I’m powering through the boredom!

Working on… Two pairs of socks – a vanilla pair out of Knit Picks Stroll in the Queen Anne Tonal colorway and a pair of Hedera socks out of Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in the Beach Glass colorway. I’m also knitting my sweater and a shawl, but I’ve been focusing on my socks this week.

Thinking about… What to knit next. I bought the latest edition of Pompom Quarterly while up in Vermont and there are a few sweaters I want to knit. I’m thinking of knitting either Olivette or Vaara, but we’ll see if I want to cast one on during the hot summer months!

Craving… I bet you’ll never guess. Yes, sushi. Of course.

Looking forward to… going to the Cape sometime this summer! I also can’t wait to sit outside and drink coffee and beer.

Making me happy… Knitting. Spending time with friends and family. The usual.