Hi Guys,
The area I do a lot of my hiking is along the Des Plaines River in the NW burbs of Chicago.

At the 3:34 mark you can see the forest where I hike in the upper right-hand corner of the frame in the video below. So many houses are still underwater. It's never been this bad here. Thankfully, we are dry. I just thought I'd share. So sad.

Help with pattern

I am working on a new pair of socks using a simple pattern using bulky yarn. I have gotten everything correct but have gotten to a part that has totally baffled me. I am attaching the was free...and if you have time, would someone please look at it and on the Make heel flap section on the second page, can you help me interpret the highlighted section? I just don't get the part where I should start picking up the wrapped stitches. Since this section is supposed to be consuming the stitches that were increased during the gusset section, if I pick up the wrapped stitches....hmmm.

Firsts are always Fun...if not curious

I made a pair of socks. They aren't anything special, just worsted weight for warmth, Caron acrylic, sensible grey. I have put off making socks since I started knitting in 2010, but now I have overcome that hurdle. They aren't my best work, but I'm proud that I finished them both and they fit! Maybe I'll even get brave enough to use sock yarn one of these days.

The New Sweater Is Emerging

The new sweater I am making that I bought form Staci at It feels like butter; so soft and firm enough to hold up the collar with only a small additive. I have just gotten to the part where the sleeves have been slipped off and the torso of the sweater. Now the increasing is finished and I will make it as long as I like, about 27" I think. Then the arms and last the zipper.

Ripping a whole stocking hat out...

I was one row away from finishing a stocking hat that was being done with stocking thin (1) and #2 and #3 circular needles. I have never worked with#1 yarn and never such small needles. I'm glad that the folks at Addi had some that I bought most of for the reward money we got when wife purchased my addi click set. Anyway, I was watching a particularly exciting scene when I put the needles in my lap to watch. Then when I picked them up again, half of the live loops were just sitting their waiting for me to go rescue them.

Son's Sweater Completed

After all the yarn breaks and frays that I moan about in an earlier posting, I finally finished my son's Christmas sweater. He chose the color and the plain stitching. It's only 4 days late, so not too bad. The challenge was making sure that the 20+ breaks/frays and ends of skeins were all woven in so they can't be seen. I am happy with the results. This is my first long-sleeved garment. I was able to join the yarn breaks in the areas under the armpits, so at least there they wouldn't be as visible as they might be dead center of the front or back.

Spoiled and Love It!

My wife and son are so giving. I am so spoiled. For Christmas, they gifted me with a beautiful set of Addi click circular needles. They also bought me some additional cords, connectors, a couple intermediate-sized needles, and a cool collection of 101 Stitches on individual cards with pics and pattern, similar to a calendar.