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i am never mentioning the size of our (puny) snowbanks again, hahaha.
the ones here in maryland are far, FAR, bigger than any i’ve seen in ohio.

i have to make this really quick and knitless—it’s almost time to get ready for class.

yesterday afternoon, somewhere in eastern pennsylvania or western maryland, we drove through the most amazing stretch of scenery and i instantly knew you would like it, too. for about 10 or 20 miles, the world around us was completely encased in rimefrost

thicker and icier than hoarfrost, this is a type of frost that forms in windy, humid conditions, such as those is coastal areas or pockets of highway. because it builds up and ices over repeatedly, it takes on the look of cooked frosting or glazing.

i was driving at the time and david was dozing, bu i shook him awake and slapped the camera bag into his hands—please can you take pictures?? can you do it faster?? (hahaha, my sense of urgency tends to differ from david’s)

unfortunately, we missed getting pictures at the prettiest stretch, where the trees were pressing in much closer to the road. good thing i have the image in my head.

once we got into town, we checked in with kristi and paul at eleganza yarns and then headed down to colombia to meet up with my nephew james and diana for dinner at a highly recommended japanese steak/sushi place

they had the steak and seafood hibachi menu, while david and i literally ate a boatload of sushi. mmmm. it was actually very good

we have a full weekend ahead and i promise to bring you more of it—david may be touring the white house on sunday (i’m so jealous!), and if he does, he’s agreed to take the camera along and do a guest blog about his trip there.

wish me luck in my classes . . .

24 thoughts on “whoa

  1. How beautiful! We were up that way in 1995 and the trees looked like glass with the sun reflecting off the icy branches. One of the prettiest sights I’ve seen. Have fun in your class!

  2. The frost is gorgeous! A few years ago I took a summer roadtrip in New England and my absolutely favorite part was the driving – hours and hours of straight road surrounded by magnificent trees (how does one choose the season – the awe-inspiring winter frost, the blooming green spring, the refreshing summer, the golden fall?)… I envy you!
    I’m sure you don’t need luck for your class – so I’ll rather wish you to have fun! : )

  3. Welcome to Maryland! I am very disappointed that unanticipated family issues will be keep me from making the 2 hr drive up for the Indie Celebration today, but hope you and David have a great time on your visit.

    Kristi and Paul at Eleganza are great so I know they will do their best to make this a good experience for you.

  4. So beautiful! Having grown up in so. Calif. I am always marveled by winter sights of all kinds. Living in Boise, we do get some winter fun, but it is short lived. Enjoy your trip and your classes!

  5. I think you need to get a ticket to tour the White House from our local congressional representative. And I don’t think you are allowed to take pictures either. David may need to do some quick online searching before he goes. The Smithsonian Museums are fabulous alternatives. Just a heads up. M.

  6. Oh, beautiful! I always loved the hoarfrost in Alaska when I lived there years ago. The holocaust museum is also well worth your while!

  7. Love the scenery, glad you are having a good time. There is so much to see and do there, I know it will be a wonderful adventure.

  8. good luck! coincidentally, i am currently knitting both your rimefrost and your fernfrost patterns. i’m about 2/3 of the way through the scarf & was getting a little restless, so i cast on the socks 2 days ago and am already through 1.5 repeats on the leg! it’s perfect winter olympics knitting; i love to watch the snowflake pattern unfold!

  9. Yeah, Anne. Welcome to my world! I so wanted to be with you in Frederick this weekend but it just wasn’t going to work out with my grandchildren here. Hopefully another time… (I wasn’t lucky enough for the Spring Fling this time around)

  10. It was a great class and so fun to actually meet you. Your passion for lace and pattern making is so palpable and inspiring.

    I hope the rest of the weekend and your travels to NY go well..

  11. Good luck with the classes! I agree about the snow. I was in Pittsburgh last weekend and was blown away by the several feet they had everywhere. There was nowhere left to put it!

  12. I hope you have a great time, good luck with your classes. The scenery looks amazing i love a good trip as long as there is good views. The frosted trees look so pretty. when i walked out first thing today there was layers of frost dotted about on the pavement that looked so pretty. Anyways have a great time 🙂 x

  13. Another Maryland knitter here who couldn’t make it to Frederick, but it sounds like a great time. Your Ohio snowpiles are almost certainly bigger than ours in a usual winter but I was glad to know that we weren’t exaggerating when we called it Snowwmageddon around here. I’m knitting Caricia for the Knitting Olympics (in between rounds of shoveling) and I’m enjoying it very much, by the way. I would have loved to see your trunk show. Maybe next time!

  14. Sushi! Come visit Tokyo and I will take you for the best sushi. Of course, sushi will never be the same after that! And I have a guest room.

  15. Those snowpiles have actually melted somewhat in the last week or so. Those are the ones left from plowing – there were actual snowdrifts on the road, during the second blizzard in less than a week, that were more than 8′ high not more than 5 miles from where you were today!

    Crossing the Appalachians is always beautiful – but how special to see the rimefrost coating everything. I love our mountains! Hope you have had a great time in Frederick.

  16. Gorgeous!! Reminds me of where I grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina. Good thing I live in Indy now…it’s raining!! The snow pack will be gone in a couple of days’ good rain. YIPPEE!!!

  17. I know this is a late comment, but wow, those were so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing these images, which I bet inspire more knitters and designers than just you!

  18. From your later posts, it seems like you had a great time with your classes. Sorry for being a little to wish you luck, but I am sure you were great and your students learned a great deal. I think it is so cute that you refrence the frost to icings and frosting. That is something I would do.

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