Adventures in printmaking

by Stef on January 18, 2014

in Knitting, Letterpress

Miles Nervine Proof Press - letterpress

Years ago we bought a letterpress on eBay.  It went unused for far too long for far too many reasons and sort of became the roundabout way that I started knitting.  Later, I found a proof press on Craigslist and bought that as well.  Perhaps I should have researched letterpress a little more before buying not one, but two machines.  I quickly discovered that foundry type is expensive and just sort of stalled on the whole thing.  How does one develop a somewhat expensive hobby while having no money to spend? One, apparently, picks another hobby.

The proof press has since made its way to Wyoming.  We’re in a new year, one where I vow to get shit done, so I’ve been determined to actually use it.  I could have grabbed some type on eBay.  I could have designed something in Illustrator and had it made into a polymer plate; something I’d like to learn to do on my own someday.  I also had an abstract idea that there exists in the craft world linoleum blocks which can be carved and stamped with.  I watched a few videos online and chose the path of least resistance, hand carving.  Since my follow through has been previously non-existent, I also took the cheap route: these carving tools and these blocks.  The tools are awesome, the blocks sort of suck.

I tried laying something out in Illustrator, printing it out, then transferring the design with a warm iron – as the package directs.  Spoiler: total failure.  The block melted and crumbled so I channeled my rage into a sassy review on Amazon.  I never would have applied a warm iron to rubber without the prompting of said package instructions therefore they are to blame.  I also quickly realized that this material would never withstand the pressure of actual printing and give crisp design, so I abandoned that phase of things in favor of just doing it all by hand.

hand carved print making tools

The second time around, I just sketched something by hand.  An artist, I am not.  I generally dislike my handwriting and haven’t sat down to draw something since I was in middle school art class.  Still… I don’t hate it, I think?  Take yourself back to your elementary school art classes to visualize how this is done.  Sketch the design, heavily pencil in the design, flip it over, rub the back to transfer the drawing. Boom.

hand carved print making

Then I started carving.  Generally speaking you should be a responsible adult about these things and always move the tool away from you.  I found that light pressure is better than heavy and it was easiest to just slightly move the carving tool along while spinning the block on the table for the curved lines.  Does that make sense?  Let the block dictate the movement and keep your hand steady, not the other way around.

hand carved print making

Then this happened and I was all stfu I am a professional at this? I mean, clearly, not, but it’s sort of fun and soothing and rhythmic, probably similar to all the reasons I like knitting.

hand carved print making

As this was happening, I knew it was going to go poorly but couldn’t make myself stop.  To my knowledge, ink is usually spread on a glass or plastic-like surface so you don’t waste the whole fucking tube.  Lacking either of those, I used the bottom of a Christmas gift box and like 90% of the ink immediately soaked in.  It was therefore difficult to actually get any on the brayer and then get any onto the stamp but whatever.  It sort of worked in the end.  I also didn’t have anything to clean my tools after use and if you’re wondering if hot water and dish soap work, the answer is no. They do not.

hand carved print making

It’s not final here, but I think I’m onto something.  When I was sending out Christmas gifts I realize that I didn’t include any washing instructions, thus my impulse for starting with this design. I don’t know if most people would throw something hand knit into the washer.  I’m guessing they would.  The needles look like nails and the whole thing is very rough, but I’m into the idea of continuing.  I need to rethink some of my supplies, but I’m forging ahead.



Chemo cap; a fair isle tam turned hat

by Stef on January 17, 2014

in Knitting


I’m so behind on sharing projects, I doubt I’ll ever catch up.  By my last count, I’ve completed 31 knitting and crochet projects between Thanksgiving and yesterday.  That’s 4 cowls, 15 hats, 1 pair of mittens, 7 scarves, 1 shawl, and 3 crochet toys.  Before I share all my Christmas knitting, I figured I’d start with the furthest back and work my way forward.

A family member has a friend going through chemo right now and asked me to make a hat.  She wanted something bright and colorful to match her friend’s vibrant personality.  I’d hoped to take some final photos, but the hat has long since gone to its new owner, so this will have to suffice.  The pattern was this Fair Isle Tam converted to a standard hat, and further converted to use this specific yarn.  The recipient lives in Florida, so I wanted something that wasn’t too warm and picked Knit Picks Comfy Sport in peapod, carrot, fairy tale, marlin, and parchment.

Knit picks comfy

I was emotionally committed to making something really great because the cause was important.  I had the hat halfway done in another color combo before deciding it was just too crazy.   As I often do, I kept going, thinking things would improve and they… didn’t.  I ripped the entire thing out, took a day off, and started over.  Here.  I’ll show you.


Lesson learned, this was the mistake of just selecting replacement colors for those in the chart.  By that I mean, I decided “everywhere they have _____ I’ll use _____.”  Clearly, it was a disaster.



Instead, I eventually decided to use parchment as my “background color” and to swap in accent colors depending on the fair isle motif.  My Aunt wanted colorful, but the other version was just crazy.

By changing the hat from a tam to a beanie, picking yarn with a different gauge than the original, and changing the color scheme, I eventually ended up pretty much rewriting the pattern.  If you’re interested in making one for yourself, I cast on 104 stitches and k2, p2 for 8 rows.  I then increased to 120 stitches (I believe I knit 15, then kfb, repeat) and followed the chart as written.  Since my crown was much smaller than the original pattern, I decided I needed more height before decreasing, so I added another section of crosses.  In the decreases, I separated and placed markers in sections of 20, to make 6 petals instead of 7.   Otherwise, I followed the decrease chart essentially as written.  On that note, the decreases in this pattern had me ripping out the entire section multiple times.  It is literally impossible to complete the hat as written in my PDF version (perhaps there are multiple versions out there?).  I thought I was crazy/dumb, but I found feedback from others indicating that they had the same issue – it seems that the solution is to knit to the marker, then back up one stitch before doing the double decrease.  Since completing the hat, I’ve gotten messages on Ravelry multiple times asking for help so if you try the hat and struggle, you aren’t alone.


Despite minor annoyance during the process, I’m pleased with the hat in the end.  It’s soft, pretty, and hopefully brings comfort in a time of need.  I heard through the grapevine that she loves it so I can’t ask for much more.  My notes are here, if you want to try one for yourself.

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Airstream update

by Stef on January 6, 2014

in Airstream

1963 Airstream Tradewind

Whatever with this blog, guys.  I make no promises in 2014.   Let’s start small.

My parents have been in town for the past few weeks to see us for Christmas and help with the shop.  As part of our Christmas gift, they announced that they’re taking the Airstream for straight-up legit restoration at P&S Trailer Services in Ohio.  The Airstream still lives in Michigan, but I finally met her over Thanksgiving.  I guess you didn’t even know we traveled home for Thanksgiving because I post nothing ever for months on end.

Preliminary calls to P&S suggest that they’ll end up replacing some of the more damaged end caps.  They are Airstream magicians and will do as much or little restoration as we request.  For now, that looks like them getting all systems running (heat, electricity, air conditioning, appliances, sub floor, axles, propane tanks, etc.) and repairing and polishing the exterior.  In short – wow.  We could not, would not afford this type of work on our own.  My grand plan for the Airstream was to make it road safe and then just gut the interior and throw a mattress on the floor until we could afford more work.  We’ll miss the step-by-step restoration and documentation process, but will have a pristine Airstream in the end, something we never could have done on our own.  I’m PUMPED.

The photos below show some P&S work.  P&S did an Airstream restoration for the incredible Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan so I’d trust them with anything.


Lately, in a roundup sort of way

by Stef on October 23, 2013

in Food, Knitting

Eastsidebride, my internet spiritual guide, recently posted: Weirdly, when things are going well in other realms, it makes me clam up on the interwebs. I’m always more inclined to blog when I’m avoiding doing something else.  Which, yeah.  Pretty much that.

I’ve been doing A LOT lately, but none of those things have been internet or blog related, unless you count looking up houses, knitting patterns or researching sourdough, which is pretty much all I do these days.

First of all, my recent sourdough success has shown me just how wrong I was last time around.

sourdough bread

There was this loaf, the first of a new method and it opened my eyes and convinced me that great sourdough can be made at home.  Please ignore the yellow cast (thanks, dark kitchen) and dirty counter because taking and editing perfect pictures is precisely the thing that stops me from blogging lately so we can have these ugly ones or nothing.

sourdough bread

Then, THIS.  Would you look at that texture?!  It was chewy and filled with tons of holes without being overwhelmed with huge ones.  It was super sour and just… gooooood. Like, really good.  Although not as tall as I would have liked, the size was the fault of too little dough in too large of pan, not the rise of the dough itself.  This loaf made me realize that my previous attempts were great bread, but not real sourdough.

sourdough bread

Then, this.  Oh god that counter is so nasty, I promise you it’s clean now.  This loaf came out of the pan perfectly and was a great size, although not as sour as I would have liked and too dense of a crumb, my fault because I totally forgot it on the first rise then tried to rush the second.  Lessons, they are being learned.

If we can take a quick moment of silence, I’ll now tell you that my gorgeous, lively, miraculous starter is… dead.  I had him in my preferred resting environment, in the oven with just the light on, then pre-heated the oven to make dinner.  He slow baked in a semi-solid lump before Alan noticed a weird smell… sooo…. I’ll be starting over again.



We made some new friends in town and I brought pie to their house because food is my default method for sharing and getting to know new people.  The pie was excellent, the prospect of another family to hang out with is thrilling.  Obviously I left the leftovers at their house because, while I love pie, I’m not a total psycho, but then I decided that maaaaaybe we needed more pie too, so this happened last night.  It’s not pretty but it’s good.  Like, fucking good.  I’ll refer you to Smitten Kitchen’s Apple Pie if you’d like a recipe.  Ours isn’t exactly the same but it’s close enough to not be worth my time typing out a new recipe.  I use whatever apples I feel like, more flour in the apples, more spice, used some really gorgeous handmade Amish butter that just appeared at our grocery and added some salt to the filling because I really enjoy that sweet/salty thing in my baked goods.

Next up, my Mom and I decided to do the craft show then I had to schedule oral surgery, which I’ve been informed in no uncertain terms is serious surgery, not just pulling teeth, so we’re not getting a table this time around but that hasn’t stopped me from churning out nightly knitting projects.  By the way, your feedback on the survey was fantastic.  You guys seem to be interested in buying knit goods and would pay on the high end of the spectrum for things, which is thrilling because it means at least some people appreciate handmade wares.

So, knitting.  I’ve amassing quite the collection of things to sell and I’m slowly chipping away at my holiday gift list.


Be-autiful Manos del Uruguay Maxima that just happened to be the wrong color for my gift list thanks to internet ordering.  I decided to just knit up stuff to sell in the hopes of breaking even.


The final (final?!) order for holiday gifts – herein lies yarn for my sister-in-law (Alan’s sister), Alan’s Grammy, one brother’s wife and hooooopefully something that works for my brothers who I’m finding very tough to knit for.  I’m torn on what is suitable Man Knitting.  If you’re still reading, would your guys wear a hat and scarf?  If you knit, what do you knit for the men in your life?


Semi-finished scarf for a family member, who doesn’t read but I still won’t mention here in case they decide to take up blog reading.  This was pre-blocked and the finished scarf is so beautiful, I’m almost a bit smug about it.

And finally, in totally unrelated news — We’ve dusted ourselves off from the blow of not getting that house and looked at a few other places which just made me whine about The House.  THEN we looked at a new The House and it is the house to beat all houses.  Starting with the bad, as I am frequent to do, it’s 2 bed, 1 bath, like 1000 sq feet on a generous day, with the teeniest little kitchen to rival some of my college apartments and really 70s fabulous (but not even slightly fabulous and really just gross 70s), which is to say that it’s nothing that we wanted yet somehow EVERYTHING WE’VE ALWAYS WANTED?!

We looked at another house the same day, a tidy little cabin on a small piece of land which was beautiful, really, but that’s not very interesting, is it? A beautiful place that needs no work is not the house of my dreams.  To be fair, I wasn’t just being stubborn, because it was too small as well with no option for an addition or proper lot locations to put a garage.  We moved along, intending to breeze through the second place because time was tight but as we trailed along in our little three car caravan and I saw, very happily, that the lot next door was for sale, then caught sight of the house itself, I could feeeeeeel Alan smiling in his car before I even saw his face.  We hopped out of the cars and he immediately said better pull out the checkbook and I knew we were going to at least try to make this place work.  It has a huge – HUGE - barn and a legit wood burning stove and I was all shut the fuck up with your adorable stove imagine the sourdough I could bake in here all one phrase say it really fast! which amused neither Alan nor our realtor but who cares because stove!  I’m getting ahead of myself (shocking!) because it’s priced too high and we haven’t offered yet but I consider this a major milestone.  Every other house has paled in comparison to the first house and now this house has taken the lead, so there is reason to hope and be positive and I’ll consider that enough for now.

If you just skim, I’ll break it down for you real quick: KNITTING! SOURDOUGH! HOUSE!  Per usual.


fan and feather lace knit cowl

Hand knit Sandpiper fair isle cowl



Falling water cowl




knit cupcake hat

I’ve been thinnnnnnking about selling some of my knit goods.  There’s a Women’s Expo coming up in town, something I sort of laughed at until a customer told me she unloads $1500 worth of handmade chocolate in which case, um yes, that can buy me a lot of new yarn.  The thing with knitting is, I’m a process knitter.  I knit to see how yarn feels, how the stripes turn out, what the product looks like, then I move along to the next.  It’s very rare that I think about something I need and set out to create it.  Instead, I impulse buy yarn and let the yarn decide the project.

So, I have a lot of stuff laying around.  Stuff that is so lovely, but I don’t need.  Who needs 10 cowls? No one. No one needs 10 cowls.  I also have bowls and pods that I originally planned to sell online, then we moved and changed lives blah blah and now they’re still sitting around.

So I want to ask you…  Imagine you are at a craft-ish art fair type place, would the stuff above (or similar) interest you; is this something you’d buy? Please note that I’m not actually asking you to buy things..  I’m just crowdsourcing info.  If you would buy this type of stuff, what kind of cash money would you pay?  Also note, almost everything is made with premium yarns, mostly wool, that needs to be hand washed and laid flat to dry.   Any toys or kids gear are probably an acrylic blend or superwash wool, meaning it can be machine washed.


Early winter

by Stef on October 4, 2013

in Wyoming life


Work took me out of town last week, happily (unexpectedly!) through a nearby national park where I took some lovely photos for you, intending to share them here.  I saw 82° on Tuesday but returned to town with warnings of snow before week end.  In the past year I’ve learned that 72 hours in Wyoming means you can see everything from 82° to sub 32°.   Last week’s sun and little bits of snow now seem hardly worth showing when THIS happened last night.

The photo above is immediately after work.


Radio, of course, is absolutely thrilled.  This is just an hour or so later.  It’s taken through the glass door because my ass was not walking out there.

snow3 snow2 snow1

And the scene this morning!

You may think I’m going to complain, but snow is the BEST thing that can happen for our business.  Alan has already been outside tearing around on machines.  We’re unpacking awesome new merchandise in the store. I don’t know that I’m pumped about the six months of snow ahead, but for now, happy times!


Special Olympics scarf project 2014

by Stef on September 19, 2013

in Knitting

Special Olympics Scarf Project - Red Heart yarn

My mom and I were recently discussing our habit of knitting more things that we’d ever need.  Since I don’t have any desire to stop knitting, I’ve been in search of a way to knit for others.  Enter, the Special Olympics scarf project.  From what I can gather, this project used to be sponsored by Red Heart but the partnership ended in 2012.  Certain states have chosen to continue on their own.  Of course, I’ve chosen to knit for Wyoming.

Wyoming doesn’t require a specific yarn, but I decided to pick from the suggested options below and chose Red Heart.  It’s well priced, machine washable, durable, and the colors are vibrant with consistent dye lots.  I already complained about the quality of Super Saver earlier, so I couldn’t see using it for this project.  I needed to order online and wanted to stick within the same type since both colors will be used in each scarf – Classic is different than Soft is different than Super Saver, etc.  This led to me Red Heart Classic in Silver and Cherry Red.

If this project interests you, I suggest taking a look at the Facebook page to see how totals are adding up by state.  Beyond generally wanting to support my current home state, I suspected Wyoming may struggle to meet their total and wanted to help as much as I can.  I’m aiming for at least five scarves before the deadline.  Maybe you’ll join in?

Here is the information for Wyoming:

Colors: any shade of red and silver/light grey
Goal: 250 scarves
Deadline: 15 January 2014
Send to:  Special Olympics Wyoming
Attn: Carolyn Burke
P.O. Box 624
Jackson, Wyoming  83001

**Yarn/color suggestions:

RH Classic Cherry Red (0912)
RH SS Cherry Red
RH Soft Really Red (9925)
RH Soft Cherry Red (5142)
Caron One-Pound Scarlet (0516)

RH SS Light Grey (0341)
RH Classic Silver (0142)


Finished granny square baby blanket

by Stef on September 16, 2013

in Knitting

Crochet granny square baby blanket

Boom, the blanket is finally done!  I finished the actual crochet (hooking, I believe some call it, which…..  yeah) shortly after this post, but only just now finally weaved in the ends.  Beyond practicing on some scrap yarn, this was my first crochet project so I didn’t set out to make something so large, but I’m really happy with the final project.  It’s intended to be a baby blanket, but has taken up residence on the couch and makes a cozy little lap blanket for now.  I think I’m going to give it a quick wash then tuck it safely away before the dog starts napping on it.

For those of you that crochet, is it really necessary to block a project like this? The ends are curling more than I’d like, but it seems a bit silly to block the blanket just for pictures.

Crochet granny square baby blanket

Crochet granny square baby blanket

I’ll be honest, I’ve found crochet to be a bit lackluster thus far.  I can’t really explain my issue, I just don’t love it the same way I love knitting.  That said, I think there are definitely some perks to crochet over knitting – I find that it’s much faster, much easier, and it’s far less scary to yank back a few stitches or rows if you make a mistake.  Crochet also lends itself really well to making circles, so I see a huge benefit if you like making knit toys.  Above all, I love that I now know how to add crochet trim to knit projects.  I know I’ll start adding sweet little trim to finish off future scarves, blankets, and cardigans.  If you LOVE crochet and want to make me change my mind about it, please share some project ideas with me!

Crochet granny square baby blanket

As expected, the Be Sweet Merino is gorgeous in the final blanket.  It’s soft, warm, and super thick.  Given how unwilling the yarn was to felt, I expect that it will withstand years of love.  I got lucky and have only the tiniest scraps of yarn leftover, which sits well with my obsessive tendencies.  You know I love when a project uses exactly the right amount of yarn. For reference, there are 3 white, 3 yellow, and 1 gray skein in the blanket.

I doubt that I’ll put this one on Ravelry because it’s so simple.  Step 1. Figure out how to make granny square.  Step 2. Make really big granny square!


Down the rabbit hole of Airstream dishes

by Stef on September 14, 2013

in Airstream

I’ve long been in love with Jadeite dishes.  Unfortunately, Martha Stewart did jadeite collectors the greatest disservice ever by routinely being taped/photographed in front of her ridiculously large collection, so Jadeite is stupid expensive (this is the jealous talking).  I occasionally find a random bowl at antique stores, otherwise I cannot begin to afford a real collection.

Since the Airstream is not in my possession, I’m busying myself with daydreaming and eBay/Etsy stalking for things vaguely related to the Airstream.  Were the camper not intended for actual use, I’d park it in our backyard and fill it with knitting supplies and letterpress machines and jadeite and sit there like a crazy little old lady, surrounded by the questionable things I love.  Since we do plan to use it and paper goods seem terribly wasteful, we need dishes that are not breakable.

Enter, and I nearly pooped my pants upon this discovery, minty jadeite-ish colored melamine.  Uuuuuugh did you know this stuff exists, because I DID NOT.  Yes, I actually yelled about it. To my computer.


Source: Oleander & Palm; For the love of Melamine!  On that note, check out the post to see the collection she discovered, then die on the spot, then daydream about someday making the same discovery

If you are a person not amused by vintage dishes, then I’m sorry you found yourself here because I AM TOTALLY A PERSON AMUSED BY VINTAGE DISHES.

I pieced together product descriptions and fell down a really sad, really dark late night hole of googling whereupon I’ve now armed myself with the knowledge that this stuff is usually called melamine. Texasware, Dallas Ware, Melmac, or Boonton dishes/Boontonware.  Type one of those badboys into eBay or Etsy, plus either mint or green or jadeite and prepare yourself for my personal Willy Wonka factory of dreams; come with me, and you’ll be, in a world, of pure imagination.

SO THEN, I was on my Airstream forum and I saw someone post a thread about Airstream dishes and I was all heyyyy Airstream forums, way to be in my head! In that thread, I was directed to these here Falcon Enamelware dishes and… how did I not even consider enamelware before?  Super gorgeous, right?!

Guys, at this point I’m at a level of excitement where I cannot even find appropriate ways to cope with all these feelings. Fair warning, this may be because I’m currently watching my beloved University of Michigan Wolverines lose to the Akron Zips which absolutely should not be happening so I’m avoiding the situation by writing about dishes.  ALSO, I just love dishes.

Thennnnnnnnnn, and surely by now you see why I refered to this as a rabbit hole?  THEN, I decided to check eBay for enamelware, because I’m sort of opposed to buying all new Stuffs to put in the Airstream and I see the holy grail of discoveries.  Do you presume to explain to me that I can obtain vintage dishes that are enamel and have an accent of jadeite-ish green?  This is the stuff my dreams are made of and now eBay is going to manifest that dream for me? I just. Cannot.


Buy it here


Buy it here

I’m now just totally overwhelmed and overstimulated, so I’ve purchased nothing.  While I want many Things, I’m also opposed to buying more than we need due to weight and money and waste.  I also go through phases where I want to own nothing, so the thought of buying a whole new (old) set of dishes has me paralyzed.  This concern is probably for the best, because old Stefanie would have haphazardly clicked Buy It Now on eBay until I was the proud owner of 3 plates and 14 bowls and 8 mugs with 11 saucers with no regard for overall concept.  What is my plan? I DO NOT KNOW, BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS AND I LOVE THEM ALL.

At this point it’s pretty worthless to pretend I’m not ridiculous and incredibly dull, so you now have an idea of how I’ll now spend my super sexy Saturday night – consumed with finding vintage tableware auctions on eBay.  OH YEAH!



In progress

by Stef on September 12, 2013

in Food, Knitting

Sourdough starter

Wool for knitting

Fan and feather knit scarf

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash

Seymour, my first sourdough starter, died during our cross country move to Wyoming.  I tried to revive him for awhile but he never recovered from the strong alcohol taste.  I also (quickly!) got frustrated with high altitude baking and gave up, eventually forgetting him in the fridge until he turned black.  I’m trying again.  This new starter has only been brewing on the counter for two days, but field tests suggest that Wyoming sourdough is somehow a vastly different creature than Michigan sourdough.  My first starter took quite a few days to develop a strong smell.  Yesterday, day one, I checked this new starter to discover it’s already quite pungent.  I fed it a bit more flour and we’ll see what happens.  I definitely miss baking so I’m excited to finally figure out the mystery behind baking at altitude.

This year I’ve already decided to become one of Those People and give hand knit gifts at Christmastime.  I’m honestly not sure how it will be received.  Years ago I sort of gave up on the idea of adults giving presents to other adults.  I mean… I don’t not love gifts.  I totally love them, I’m not insane.  But… it’s just a transfer of money, no? Why don’t you not give me a gift and I’ll not give you a gift and we’ll just spend time together? I always prefer something handmade, either of the craft or baking sort, than a purchased present, but I don’t know of others feel the same way, so I’m super excited but also maybe a bit nervous about this idea. If you have thoughts, please share them!

The first bag contains Berroco Alpaca and a ton of my beloved Manos del Uruguay Maxima, which will become gifts for my brothers and sisters-in-law.  The neon pink is an impulse buy for myself which really shouldn’t have happened, but it did.  The project is a fan and feather scarf, no pattern necessary although I suppose I could make one, for my grandmother.  The last box, all Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash, will become stuffed toys for my niece and nephew.  Christmas gifts should be all about the little ones in my opinion, so I’m sure we’ll add a toy or book to the mix.  I’ve come up with ideas for my two brothers and their wives, my niece and nephew, my grandmother, and Alan’s Grammy.  I’m seriously considering making another (better) Falling Water scarf for her because I’m still second guessing the yarn I used.  I have colors in mind for the rest of Alan’s family but haven’t picked any patterns or yarn yet. It’s only September, but I’m preeeeeeeetty sure I’ve already over committed myself, so I may have to set a firm schedule to get everything done in time.

Oh! and the purple packages on the right of that Knit Picks box are additions to my interchangeable needle set.  I grabbed some longer cables and size 2 and 3 needles so I can finally try making socks.  My mom gave me an amazing book on two-at-a-time sock knitting along with stunning sock yarn, so that’s the next project on the list in, oh, January?