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Summer Travels and Camp Loopy Update

I’m sailing right along on my Camp Loopy project. I have the first half done and the second part is coming along nicely. I’m expecting to graft the halves together tomorrow so I can get started on the edging. I would be further along if not for some gift knitting and a few commission projects that needed to be finished up. More on one of those gifts a bit further down. I’m looking ahead to Camp Loopy July already and my yarn and project have been chosen and I’m thrilled with what I’ve picked out.

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I spent this past week in Delaware visiting my Dad. It was a solo trip and it was really nice to see my Dad and Myra even if only for a few days. My last day there, there were a couple of gigantic storms that drove us inside and made me a bit nervous since his house is surrounded by huge trees. It ended up being a lot of rain and thunder but other parts of Delaware weren’t so lucky. I wish I had gotten to spend more than three days with them but maybe later in the year I’ll be able to go back up.

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I finished a pair of socks for my Dad while I was there. He has been a bit difficult to make socks for over the years and I think this was his fourth pair and they were a winner! I got a lot done on these socks while in waiting rooms the past few weeks with Mike who got hurt on his job. He’s in pain but getting better. He starts physical therapy this week so I’m going to guess it’ll be more waiting room knitting! You can see one of the first pair of socks I made for him in the background there.

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Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss Fingering in black. I liked knitting with the yarn but I don’t know if it was the color or yarn but every single piece of cat hair seemed to get attached to this. I’m not sure I would use it for a gift again. Of course I know I already have some set aside for more socks in my stash.
Needles: US 1.5 done with magic loop.
Pattern: Harris Tweed adapted for toe-up with a short row heel. This has become my go-to men’s sock pattern for the past couple of years. Always a crowd pleaser!

We had lost most of the light by the afternoon on my last day and my camera battery and iPhone had both died so these pictures aren’t that great but I had to photograph the occasion of how much my Dad enjoyed these socks. Before I left we also picked out the next project I’m going to make for him and picked out the yarn which should be arriving this afternoon. I asked him because I had seen the pattern and thought of him but I wanted to make sure it was something he was going to like. If all goes as planned I should be swatching this evening!

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Camp Loopy: June

This year I decided to join Camp Loopy. I’m not sure why I didn’t participate the past two years but this year when Sheri announced it, the wheels in my head started turning. The first challenge is to knit a one skein project using at least 375 yards of fingering or lace weight in a base you’ve never used before. I spent a good hour going back and forth between shawl projects and drove poor Mike crazy in the process.

I finally settled on this yarn – Madelinetosh Prairie in Corsage and I’m going to turn it into…

The Print o’ the Wave shawl!

I got my yarn about two weeks ago and cast on early June 1st and with only two really straight of knitting I’ve finished 10 repeats which is a good ways into the body.
I have a couple of other knitting commitments to work on this week before I go out of town on Tuesday and since they’ll (hopefully) be done by then, I’ll be able to take my shawl and another pair of socks I’ve been working on for Mike with me. It’s only for a few days but of course with travel time, car time there and evenings I’m going to have a lot of time to knit.