well, the sun had a little trial run today, sticking its toes in the water and coming out for a few hours this afternoon. now though, it’s already back in hiding and another inch of snow is predicted for tonight.
i guess it’s all about small steps right now. i would like to say that we’ve had more glimpses of spring than just one sunny afternoon, but it isn’t true—it is still FREEZING outside with biting winds. yesterday i went running as usual, without giving much consideration to the cold (because um, it’s supposed to be spring) and by late afternoon i was sore all over. i don’t think my legs like the wind, haha.
hard to believe that the temperatures will get all the way up to 50 degrees by saturday, the way they’re supposed to. i’ll believe it when i see it, haha.
since mother nature is not cooperating, let’s warm ourselves up with a little excitement—how about i announce the winner of the botanical knits eBook by alana dakos?
and it looks like that would be . . . . carol P!
i have emailed the winner to let her know; thank you all for participating.
good thing i have knitting to keep me warm and occupied. yes, i’d rather be working in the yard of an evening, but if it’s too cold outside yet, then knitting it will be. i have all manner of secret projects going on in various stages of doneness, but a few non-secret ones that are slowly making their way long the FO road.
all the way home the other day i wanted to knit in the car but motions sickness got the better of me and i spent most of the ride trying not to look at anything. but i did work on this cowl some during my trip and hopefully there is noticeable progress.
i left my DK shawl project home, but as soon as we got here i worked the last couple of rows and did the bind off. it still needs to be blocked of course, but it’s finished, yay.
i’m placing it on the growing collection of finished BNW knits, hoping to organize a nice big blocking and seaming party for myself over the weekend; i have several other FOs that arrived from sample knitters which also need to be done. i’d invite a few other people, but i don’t know anyone else who enjoys blocking and seaming as a recreational activity, haha.
barb knit this gorgeous sticks and stones pullover from our stone soup DK and brought it over a couple of weeks ago so i could seam it. i got some of it done before we went away, but didn’t want to truck the whole thing to albany, so it stayed behind.
the stone soup yarn blocks out like a dream, in lace and in regular sweater fabric. the fiber blooms a bit to make a soft, flannel-like surface, not too fuzzy. but even better is how crisply the pieces take a shape after steaming or wet blocking. the stitches fall into beautifully straight columns and the overall fabric squares right up as if it is reinforced, yet remains supple and soft to the touch. i think the combination of fibers has a lot going for it that way.
anyway, i’ll work on it tonight and tomorrow so it can join the rest of our beautiful samples which are queued up for photography.
we have quite a lovely lineup, waiting to be in the look book we’re preparing for our yarns. (see—i even received my lavender buttons from moving mud for the cocoa sprossling and sewed them on so i could wear it over last weekend. i love them. and the sweater was super-comfy, too)
speaking of this delicious pile of stuff, it’s time to marvel over another gorgeous sample knit by one of our readers—this time, a stunning rendition of the dovecote shawl knit by dear agnes in our breakfast blend fingering yarn
she knit this up in the earl grey color; isn’t that just the epitome of natural elegance?
this yarn is another that blocks out superbly—just take a gander at those points; they are breathtaking, right?? seriously, my knitting class gasped when they saw this shawl in real life.
this is such a fun design to make, too—it practically knits itself, yet it looks complex and intricate. just ask our test knitter, karolyn—it’s one of her all-time favorites; she has knit it numerous times.
thank you agnes; we are so grateful for your beautiful contributions to our community, our ravelry groups, and now our trunk show!
all of these beautiful knits and yarn make me feel like i’m in the middle of a celebration—because this was a real red-letter day for me in another way. to tell you about it, i have to go back a bit; i hope you don’t mind a little story.
on a gorgeous august afternoon in 2011, while out for one of my daily rides, i managed to lose control of my bicycle while racing downhill. i don’t remember this part, what happened exactly or why, but the first thing to hit the pavement, breaking my fall, was my mouth.
miraculously, i did not break any bones and my teeth, while shoved all askew, were mostly intact with just a few chips. my helmet was in tatters, my face was a mess of road rash from top to bottom and needed stitches in several places, but again, mostly minor injuries there. once we got the all-clear from the emergency room staff, it was time for the dentist to have a look. the verdict was that i’d be wearing braces for the next ten to twelve months.
HA, well it’s now twenty months later and finally, finally today i walked out of the orthodontist’s office with the chain mail removed from my mouth. no more painful adjustments, no more railroad tracks. i feel like bikini season has begun for my teeth!
my smile is a little different now than it used to be. i will always have a couple of scars and some nerve damage around my mouth, but i am grateful and thrilled to consider myself “all better now”. and thankfully, still in love with my bike.
tomorrow we are releasing the sky cap pattern—a fun, quick knit that could be the perfect item to tuck into a little easter basket for kids not yet of chocolate eating age.