the icy coating remains on all available surfaces outdoors . . . it built up thicker and thicker over the day yesterday despite the fact that the temperatures stayed above freezing, and by last night it was a veritable fairyland outside.
as i drove to the yarn shop for the open house last night (the streets were oddly dry and driveable), i was amazed and delighted by glittering branches, beads, and pendants of ice glowing in soft light from street lamps and houses.
here’s my completely functional garden fence dripping with jewels. each and every square has its own set—not exactly identical, but similar. even the dead asparagus plant clinging to it has a bedazzling coat.
sometimes, you just have to forgive winter its harsh, outer personality, especially when it decides to play dress-up and reveal its inner princess.
speaking of cranapple, i have such a treat for you.
my friend amanda has generously undertaken the test knitting of my triangle snow shawl so that i can meet a deadline which got moved up uncomfortably close.
since she lives close by, we figured this would be a good way to get the shawl knit and still be able to bring you pictures of it.
plus, amanda just loves knitting lace—she has become a real addict since she learned to work with lace last summer (yes, you read right—last summer, about 9 months ago—and you should see the projects she’s tackled. actually you can see them . . . at her blog.).
anyhow, when she arrived at the yarn shop last night she had this in tow . . . michelle is gonna be SO excited.
are you ready?? (warning: you might need a tissue, or a bib)
after we all stopped squealing, we practically felted the darn thing by rubbing it with more than a little ardor. really, we couldn’t stop—it’s sooo soft. and yummy. and cranapple-ey.
i think you get the picture.
and isn’t the variegation beautiful too? there is nothing not to love about it.
(and this is under florescent lights; can you imagine what it will look like in daylight?)
she sent me two skeins a while back which i intended to knit the triangle with (i couldn’t decide on just one colorway) and amanda took it home and made magic happen. sigh. i am so jealous.
(i know it’s a completely immature reaction to the situation, but i feel i can bare my soul to you on that.)
and of course, being envious, i molested amanda all night with the camera since all i’ll have of this delicious colorway are these meager photos.
OR i could wait til it’s blocked, “borrow” it for final photos, and conveniently disappear to rio with it.