no matter which way we look, we are surrounded by piles and pile of snow.
i skipped the exercise bike today in favor of shoveling—so much better to be out in the fresh air. and it encourages me to do some yoga afterward to get the kinks out of my back.
getting lots of snow is normal for this time of year and always makes things feel sorta cozy and insulated. the house is quieter and it’s easier to concentrate; the snow covering even compensates somewhat for the heavy skies that come with it.
i just hope it stops in time for my trip to germantown on friday—i’m driving (alone) for this one and i’d rather not do it in a blizzard, heh.
i’m excited to be joining the germantown knitters for a weekend of classes at ball and skein. i hear we are kicking off the weekend by celebrating the opening ceremonies of the knitting olympics at a local gathering place. susan, the owner, is lots of fun to work with and a great organizer. i know from cookie’s visit that the town is absolutely adorable, the class accommodations are top-notch, and the knitters there are awesome (i also heard they’ve had much less snow there). if i have to be away for valentine’s day, this is the best kind of place to be.
i’ll be teaching lace knitting, sweater fitness, and a finishing class—i think there are still a few spots if anyone wants to join us this weekend; see the events page for more info. you can also find the shop on facebook.
aside from shoveling, i’m afraid i’ve not been getting as much public knitting done as i’d like. i’m determined to finish some of my secret knitting because it’s really time to get that stuff out the door.
i’m tired of the lies and deceit . . .
this knitting too, goes more slowly than i’d like. i can’t figure out if it’s just that there are too many current projects (five pair of socks going and another biggish project), or am i not knitting enough, or have i fallen into a twilight zone where time and action run parallel, but never meet?
maybe it is the last thing . . . shoveling is a time-suck that i tend not to “count” as taking up precious hours, because it’s fun.
i also spent a good part of the last two days working on the pattern for the little shawl i showed you last time.
it’s going pretty well, despite the hairiness of working with the body motif. i thought i was losing my mind completely yesterday, when the largest size ended up with the least number of sts left at the neck and all the head banging in the world didn’t change the numbers. i took a nap, came back later, and instantly saw my error. thank goodness—my sanity remains intact for the moment.
i still have a snag to sort out around the shoulder shaping if we are to have three sizes of this shawl, but i think i came up with a solution while i was shoveling this morning (this is why i love shoveling, bike riding, and naps—the rhythms of those activities really help me think).
even though i worked at my desk til 10:30 last night, i still spent some time communing with this french quarter sock and got a big whack completed on another secret project.
i want to get this sock done so we can release it during the last week of the month. i think kim’s beautiful kashmir sock yarn is really making the design shine. she’s planning to put up kits for the sock to sell at SPA and in her online shop in this special hanky panky colorway.
my socks and secret projects are in a weird place for me. i’m WAY ahead on the patterns for all five of them—every single project has a finished and proofed pattern. but my knitting is lagging well behind. i’m having the hardest time finishing up the socks in particular (which we need for pattern cover photos, haha). i knit on them every day—for at least a couple of hours, but the work just seems to go nowhere.
this is not a complaint—i’m actually just stymied at this phenomenon; it really does feel like i’m knitting in some sort of time-pause lacuna. i might need to re-examine my schedule to see if i can force some more knitting time into it.
i started david’s version of the longjohn sock the other day the cayenne color of shalimar zoe sock. this yarn has such a nice density to it—i love the sturdy-but-soft feel of the fabric; no wonder it’s david’s favorite.
the pattern looks so cute in the nearly-solid red; just like real long underwear. i like it equally well in the variegated catalina colorway, too.
well, i guess i shouldn’t dally here too long if i’m going to get any knitting done at all. plus, the snow is coming down hard again—it looks like i might have to do a second round of shoveling before my spinning class arrives later this evening.