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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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