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I’ll be quick because we’ve only just returned home, and I am knee deep in The Aftermath of the big trip. I will say this: there was fishing and hiking and camp-cooked meals. There was even sliding on the snow, in July no less. imageAnd there was lot’s of driving. (Reed took the driving shot with my phone…clever, three-year-olds are these days…). imageI did sneak in some sock knitting. (Yes, that’s wine in the blue cup… If you are wondering why there is no chocolate pictured, it’s in my mouth.) I almost finished the pair, nearing the final rows that lead up to the toe decrease. I was fretting bit, trying to match the length of the first just so. That’s the one tricky bit about a simple, stockinette sock: the beginning of the toe decrease isn’t quite as obvious. It can hide a bit. imageI was in my best knitting place. Happy. Nature. Wine. Campfire. Sleeping child. Feeling quite overconfident, actually. I had the in-progress sock on the right foot, and I was trying to juggle everything to get the finished sock on the left foot, for comparison purposes.

That’s where it all went wrong. Just the slightest bit of weight on the needles and crack.image

We tried to tape it back together and carry on. We really did*. I almost broke out our emergency super glue, but I knew it wouldn’t hold either.

So that was that. I am now the proud owner of an almost-finished sock. New needles expected to arrive in the mail Thursday. (I followed Julie’s advice. They are metal.)

Good thing I had my back up project. It’s a baby hat** bonanza around here these days. I have four on the list, and I plan to knit them all at once. image I am joining the Yarn Along this week. I am book three (Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay) of the Neapolitan Novels and Just Can’t Stop. So good! I also listened to the audio version of Modern Lovers during our five zillion hours of driving. Also fabulous.

*Forgive the repeated photos if you follow along on Instagram or Facebook…I’m behind on photography and camera downloads!

**This a modified (read: mistakes were made) version of the garter earflap hat from Purl Soho. I have knit this one several times before love it. Free pattern.

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  • Reply stephanie young July 13, 2016 at 5:17 am

    My heart skipped a tiny beat for a second when I saw that broken needle…..what if you hadn’t brought along the requisite month’s worth of knitting for your week’s vacation?!?!?! Phew. Thank goodness you had backup. Would have hated to have that whole perfect week totally ruined in a crack of the needle. (I would have been tracking downed twigs and done some whittling.)

  • Reply Alina July 13, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Welcome back, dear Andrea! Oh, the broken needle in the middle of nowhere must be so frustrating! I try to always have a spare pair since the time when my needle broke during my trip. I was stuck without knitting for almost 12 hours. Scary story. 🙂

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple July 13, 2016 at 6:14 am

    well…that looks like one happy 3 year old!! and YaY for backup projects. i prefer wooden needles, the way they feel in my hands and the way they hold on to the yarn. BUT that’s a problem i had never thought of, and it’s never happen to me…now there’s a reason one should never go camping 😉

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise July 13, 2016 at 7:46 am

    well it seems that knitting problems are in the air around here, I hope I don’t catch the bug!! I love that you thought electrical tape would help, you definitely are a positive thinker 🙂

  • Reply Sylvia July 13, 2016 at 7:47 am

    I love your camping spot! Wyoming?

  • Reply Laura Gesin - KnitReadPray July 13, 2016 at 9:55 am

    IDK if I could handle snow in July, but your little boy looks so happy (and I love his hat). Rough luck with that needle but as all knitters do, you came prepared!

  • Reply Jennifer July 13, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I love the earflap hat! I’ve got a friend with a new baby girl, and a 7 y/o son. I was thinking to knit them matching hats and I think this is just the one!

  • Reply Stefanie July 13, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    I enjoyed these photos. What a great trip you had despite a broken needle but good thing for back up.

  • Reply wifemummynurse July 13, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    What sad thing to happen to your needle!!

  • Reply nanacathy2 July 14, 2016 at 12:14 am

    What a wonderful trip. Bet you all feel great for getting out like that. Shame about the needle!

  • Reply Caroline July 14, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Oh how frustrating. Thank goodness you had a back up project to do. I do like a bit of camping knitting too. There is just something lovely about the feel of yarn when outdoors.

  • Reply MrsMcD918 July 14, 2016 at 5:51 am

    As a new knitter (who really does well only with garter stitch), Thank you! Now I have a new pattern to tackle!
    Visiting from Yarn Along

  • Reply zeta (kalianapodi.wordpress.com) July 14, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Despite the broken needle (I wouldn’t have survived the stroke if I was in you), seems like you had a blast. Reed looks so happy! Oh, happy moments!

  • Reply Dartmoor Yarns July 15, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Fab photos. Glad you had some back up knitting – but you’d be a crazy lady not to 🙂

  • Reply knittedblissjc July 15, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    That is totally the reason I don’t to bamboo needles when I travel, I totally got screwed one time on a business trip, and I was trying to file a new tip from an emery board… and I had to do it 6 times. Basically until I got back home. metal only for travel from now on.

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