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Michael and I visited friends earlier this month. We both worked on our socks on the plane, which was a good conversation starter with our seatmate (she crochets!). One of the flight attendants commented, "Whatever it is you're making, I wear a size medium," which was both funny and not at the same time. I know people mean that sort of thing as a joke, but it comes across as having no concept of the time and effort that goes into these things - probably because I get similar comments so often that I almost expect to hear "could you make me a--" or "you should knit this for me--" or even "you *need* to make me one." Yikes.

It was warm when we got on the plane, but cold when we landed. I pulled on my Fleeps and immediately noticed that a crucial strand of yarn towards the top of one finger was dangerously thin. So thin, in fact, that it fell apart when I inspected it more closely. Fortunately, the local yarn shop was generous enough to give me the tail end of some green yarn they had lying around, and now my Fleeps look a little more battle-scarred. I could re-knit that finger... but I think I'll just leave it like this. It looks kinda cool.

I also bought this lovely skein of Malabrigo Sock yarn in the Zarzamora colourway, because the people at the store were just so nice about everything. I posted a thank-you note to them in their Ravelry group, too!

One night it was a little too cold for me, and Michael let me wear his floppy hat. He posted this pic to his instagram with the caption, "[Pirate] often says she loves when people wear the things she knit for them. I knit this hat for myself, but it was cold out, and I know what she means now. ❤︎" Is that not the sweetest thing? Then we had duck confit ramen for dinner, which was exactly right for the weather and my mood.

Also I think I need to make a floppy hat for myself. Maybe a floppy stranded colourwork hat! With a pompom!

On the plane ride home, I got up to the heelflap of my current sock. I'm knitting my own Cakewalk pattern again, and realized that... um... it's kind of confusing. Lots of people have made the pattern and no one's said anything, so maybe it's not so bad - but I'm going to update it so that it's more clear. Heck, this is my fourth pair of Cakewalks and *I've* never noticed a problem before. Maybe I knew what I meant when I wrote it, but I sure didn't this time!

Anyway, I'm quite pleased with the way these socks are coming out. The yarn is from last year's vacation to Salt Lake City; it's Cascade Heritage Paints in Teal Mix, some of my favourite colours of all time. I'm well into the gusset now and I've remembered why the pattern instructions are what they are, but I still think they need to be clarified in an update. Perhaps that will be tomorrow's project.

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Apparently, Michael can't find his Oversized Hat. It's not in the closet, not stuffed into the sleeve or pocket of a winter coat, not in the snowboarding bag, and not in any other logical place for a hat to be. Intead of asking me to knit a new one for him, he asked me for advice with making his own replacement. As we were driving right past WEBS on our way to Stratton on Saturday afternoon, we stopped there and he picked out a skein of Cascade 220 in a light heathery gray-ish blue, like the colour of perfectly worn-in jeans.

I showed him how to use the swift and ball-winder in the store:

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After we'd had dinner and checked into our hotel, I showed him how to do my favourite cast-on for socks and hats, the stretchy one with slip-knots (video instruction on YouTube):

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With only a quick reminder of how to knit and purl, he was ribbing away (on the other side of the room, because the light was slightly better there).

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By Sunday evening he was more than halfway through the ribbed part of the hat. I've assured him that it will go much faster once he's on the stockinette portion! And of course, completing the new hat will be the magic that makes the old hat re-appear.

Meanwhile, I knit the heel flap and turn of the textured sock, stopping just before picking up the stitches for the gusset. There should be pictures of that progress later this week, and I'll also tell you about the charity fundraising project that's been taking my time away from knitting. Stay tuned!

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Michael requested a hat of a very specific shape and size, so it would settle over his ears and flop down just so, and over the course of last week I knit it for him. It's made of Cascade 220 Quatro in two shades of grey, and is exactly what he wanted - or it will be, after it's washed and softened up so it's a little more floppy!

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When he sat down to model the hat, Kipling decided that he wanted to be in the pictures, too. He's a total ham for the camera. Good thing he's so cute! (The hat isn't bad, either.)

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Last weekend, to kick off the Tour de Fleece, Michael and I stopped at the Mannings on our way from Connecticut to Virginia. (If I'd known it was actually only about 90 minutes from home, I would have gone there sooner!)

We looked at the wheels and the looms and the gorgeous weaving projects in progress...

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...and then the yarn. I didn't want to leave without a souvenir skein or two, and eventually chose a ball of Austermann Step in a grayish-greenish-blue-ish colourway, and a skein of Cascade 220 Quatro in greys to make a hat for Michael. He wanted something very specific and so I was glad to have him there to pick out the exact yarn he wanted.

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Here I am being indecisive, but I've already got the ball of Step in my hand.

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We saw this crocheted spare tire cover on our way out. Very cool!

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