Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Thank You Note

Dear Mother Nature,

Thank you so much for listening to my plea for more snow. I'm sure I'm not the only one asking for just a wee bit more Winter before Spring, um, springs.  But I might be the most grateful. Today's forecast calls for light snow throughout the day with flurries...the cutest snow and the most fun to watch. Tonight it might snow up to an inch or so.  Perfect!  I didn't ask for another Snow Day, just snow.  You WERE listening!

If there's anything I can do for you, please let me know.  I knit a mean pair of socks, just fyi.

Your humble snow-lover,

Monday, February 24, 2014

February Happenings

 Joey turned 18!! He spent his birthday with his dad.  They went go-carting (indoor track) and to the Car Show in Baltimore.  And no, his mother isn't a lazy baker...he likes his favorite cake without icing or frosting.  Favorite cake? you ask...Marble Pound Cake. (Now you want cake, don't you?)
 I finished a mystery shawl on time with the rest of the 600+ knitters doing this project.  The clues were handed out once a week for five weeks.  Each clue had choices A or B...so you could pick which one each week.  You could also do two colors, if you wanted. It's fun to see all the different shawls in the end but some of those color choices...ew!
 Blocked a hat I knit. Very clever hat too. I love patterns that teach you something new. Non-knitters turn away...the brim is knit with short rows so the back is only about 1/2 an inch and the front about 2 inches.  AND the short rows aren't your usual wrap&turn, they're German short rows, oh yes, learned something new I did. Look 'em up on YouTube if you want to see how it's done.  The stitch pattern is super easy to do but the fabric looks woven! I got this hat in a kit from...wait for it...France! The yarn is very "woolly", like off-the-sheep woolly...and it had an odor. After blocking it was much softer and less odor-y.
 Took this cute picture of our cat, Lyra.
And lastly, I knit a new short-row heel created by Dolly.  No holes and no double wraps...don't cha just hate those?  Non-knitters, just nod your heads in agreement.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Confession Sunday

Well, it's Sunday. A good day for confessions, especially if you're kinda Catholic. Or Catholic, but not practicing.  Or as my friend, Mtr. K says "the church you're going to when you're not going to church".  Take your pick.

I follow several blogs, mostly knitting blogs.  If you're scratching your head and saying "What?!" to yourself, yes, believe me...there are tons and tons of knitting blogs just waiting to be read.  They're prettier than mine, better photographed and posted to more often but they don't include me, so how on earth can they be more entertaining? Really, I've never seen an escape-the-giant-spider-encounter post on any of them. So there.

In this lovely month of February, after several snowfalls (since November for some) and cold, cold temps...I'm seeing posts with titles that say "Done, Done so Very Done" and "I'm Finished".  They're not referring to their knitting, oh no.  That's right...they're sick of the cold and snow and want it all to be over.  Everyone from Florida to Maine is sick of cold and snow.  It hangs around long after it falls, piled high in parking lots and front yards, getting dirty and brown, slushy during the day and icing over again at night.  Who on earth isn't sick of this Winter?!

My confession?  I want it to snow AGAIN!!!  Just one more big snowfall before Spring dances in....pleeeeease!!  Mother Nature, if you're reading this...please one more beautiful blanket of white.  Create one more coating of quiet softness on my world, catch every branch and stubborn leaves on trees and Aunt B's still hat-less head (below).

I promise to celebrate Spring with the rest of the world but I'm not ready to bid Winter a fond farewell.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I like to party.

A few funnies for today...

 I finished this pair of socks!  They're Crowley by Alice Yu. Beautiful yarn by Susquehanna Knitting Company.