Reed Lakes Hike – August 2020

Last week, I finally had the opportunity to hike Reed Lakes with some amazing ladies. This popular hiking trail around Hatcher’s Pass highlights the lower and upper Reed Lakes which are about a mile apart. You can find more information about this trail on the Alaska.org website.

Reed Lakes Trail Map

From the trailhead, it is a fairly easy hike that follows an old mining road along Reed Creek. The path reminds me of the valleys towards the Symphony-Eagle Lakes, except when you get to the wooden makeshift bridges, there is a switchback up the side of the mountain that leads to a beautiful waterfall. The switchback trail is mainly compressed dirt held with rocks and small boulders which I think is a tremendous help for the soil to not erode. That day, the steep parts of this path was scary to trek on the way down because they were slippery mud. The trail is also filled with blueberry bushes and fireweed, the gorgeous fireweed!

The boulder part is pretty challenging, at least for me. I am certain other people would find it easy but if you have not done a lot of hiking in Alaska, please be warned. They are huge, gigantic boulders that one can easily slip from and get injured. On the other hand, I can also see why this sense of adventure is so worth it. People not only trek these mountains for the scenic view and adrenaline, but also for the experience of it.

After passing the boulders, there is a stream with again, boulders that we had to climb up on. However, as I learned on the way back while it was drizzling, getting in the water instead was better. There were some shallow parts so it was not that bad, as opposed to slipping while trying to get on the boulders which can be pretty disastrous.

At the hill overlooking Lower Reed Lake.

We had our little lunch at the lower lake. It was indescribable! Blues, greens and the light reflection just made it so beautiful and pristine.
At the top of the hill on the way to Upper Reed Lake, there is a beautiful waterfalls off a granite ledge, framed with mountain ridges that look like they were carved into an intricate formation.

It is about another mile up the hill to reach the Upper Reed Lake. When we got there, we snapped a couple of photos and by the time we were heading back, it started drizzling. The setting looked like it was from the movie Lord of the Rings, with the fog and the mist. This hike was definitely in my bucket list and I am so thrilled to say, I was able to check it off! If you ask me right after the hike if I would do it again, it would have be a resounding NO but now that my body has been repaired, I will gladly do it again.

Wishbone Headband by Susann Hummel

  • Project Started: August 3, 2020
  • Project Finished: August 6, 2020

The Wishbone Headband Pattern by Susan Hummel is from a Ravelry Knit-Along group. You can find my Ravelry profile here.

For this project, I used these materials:

  • Yarn: Lion Brand’s Heartland in Yosemite colorway, scrap yarn in contrasting color

  • Knitting needles: Clover Takumi US 6 (4 mm) double pointed needles, 3 needles of which 1 was used as a cable needle

  • Crochet hook: Susan Bates US G6/4 mm

What caught my eye on this project was the main cable, the Seeded Wishbone stitch. Newstitchaday is my go-to website for a pretty wide variety of video tutorials. You can find a tutorial for this beautiful cable stitch here. And as gorgeous as this cable stitch is, I think the simple left and right leaning cable stitches add to its charm.

The pattern itself is a bit complicated for beginners. Yes, the main stitches used are just the basic knit and purl, however, it recommends the provisional cast-on to start off the project. I have never done a provisional cast-on ever so I was so thrilled to try and learn something new. Using the provisional cast-on, together with the kitchener stitch, eliminates having to weave the ends at the end of the project. The cables… oh, you will definitely get lots of practice with this pattern!

It took me a while to finally be satisfied with how Row 1 looks. I had to try the provisional cast-on a few times before getting comfortable with it. However, once I had that established, it was easy enough to follow the rest of the pattern. I find it exciting to work again on a pattern that is not mine and learn some new stitches along the way.

If you are on Ravelry, you should check this Knit-Along pattern. It does not have an ending date so you can work on it whenever you want. There are also plenty of helpful resources to guide you along the way.

Project updates will be posted here as I go. How about you? Have you done the provisional cast-on before?

I finally finished this project and here are the rest of the photos. It was very satisfying considering with the kitchener stitch, it was a different way to bind it off or sewing it together. I really enjoyed that.

What do you think about the Seeded Wishbone Cable Stitch? I would love to hear your input.