Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snow Day!

We had a little snow storm over the last two days. Not a huge deal - Mr. Tinks and Frogs and I went out to move the car earlier this evening and you could still see the tops of the cars parked on the street (most of them). Chicago got hammered and both of our employers closed up shop for today. A chance to sleep in, we got to catch up on some cleaning and organizing that we've been meaning to do for a while, and I got to finish up a couple of WIPs that have been hanging around here for a bit too long.

This is what things looked like when I got up this morning:

Trust me, there's a street out there. You just can't see it.

I'm going to be selfish and save some of my FO shots for later - it's not often that I get to take pictures in natural light in the middle of winter and I want to milk that a bit longer.

For today, I finally got around to weaving in the ends on my replacement favorite socks:

Pattern: Gentleman's Shooting Stockings with Fluted Pattern from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy, colorway ? (rare gem) with a hint of Black Parade at the toe
Needles: size 1 addi lace 47" circular needle for magic loop
Mods: I didn't make any on purpose. But because I ran out of yarn on the last toe, I probably made the legs a bit longer than I have in the past.

I know I've said it before but this really is one of my absolute favorite sock patterns. The fit is great, thanks to a pattern that is stretchy but snug at the same time. The pattern shows off handpainted yarns without obscuring the coloring. And, perhaps most importantly, the pattern is super easy to memorize and I can knit it while I read. There's even calf shaping, which makes for a very nice fit.

Hmm, I've almost talked myself into casting on for another pair right now.

So what else did we do here at chez Tinks and Frogs? We spent quite a bit of time watching the snow. 

It was utterly fascinating.

The day certainly ended well - my boss just called to say that the building is closed tomorrow, too. Snow days really are a beautiful thing. Especially when you get two!


Jonah said...

I think the toe is charming. Also, I want another snow day! (although I did really enjoy living in a managed building and not having to shovel.)

Sel and Poivre said...

That combination of snug but not tight really is a great feeling in a wool sock isn't it! Enjoy tomorrow!

Gale said...

Love the new socks. What are you going to do on your extra snow day?

elizabeth said...

Have fun on your snow days! I'd forgotten you live in Chicago - eek! I'm hoping for a enough ice/sleet tonight to keep us home tomorrow...

Love the socks, but I love all Nancy Bush patterns!

Jodi said...

Beautiful socks! Glad to hear you made it through the snowstorm OK -- the photos of LSD were amazing.

Isn't it a delight to have good light for photos?

Brenda said...

I have toes like that too. Lovely socks.

Kathy said...

Hurray, you got your snow day! And then some! Ironic that I said I really wanted to knit from NB's book and wander over here to a great pair of socks. Those look long/tall enough too! And you shave your legs in winter (which probably says more about me than you). I hope Nayyir enjoyed the watching with more to come tomorrow.

Rachel said...

I find it amusing you are hording FO shots! The socks are very cool, especially the calf and the long ribbed cuff! So far, my favorite pattern in terms of fit is also a Nancy Bush pattern...she knows her socks no? And whether intended or not, I love the funky toe.

Hope you are out from under the snow (I'm so out of touch I just found out about the 'big snow'!

Shooting Stockings said...

I have just started making simple designs of my own with some help from my mom, shes so much better than me :(