cleaning off the camera and weekend thoughts

Oh, look, it snowed!  How %^&*^(*&)*^^$%^$%#%$#  pretty!

It actually IS pretty, and it is the kind of snow (wet) that sticks to things so you can see interesting shapes.  And it gave me an idea for a hat design, which I might get to someday.

snow in woods 1

snowy morning

snowy morning 3

I wish I could climb out there to give you a sense of scale. The little tree sticking out of the snow bank  is probably 10-12 feet tall, maybe more.  And it is on the edge of the drop off, so that pile of snow beyond it is many, many feet deep.  Yards, even.

snowy morning 2

I just wish we didn’t have to shovel it. But we do, and we worked on it all day so it is done.  At least it was only 6 inches give or take, not a foot.  No wind. And they got the prediction mostly right.  No mix, no rain, but today is a much warmer day – I actually shoveled the small deck without a jacket!

I poked my head out while A was finishing up the path to the vent, and saw this in the tree.  It let me go right out on the deck to take a photograph.  I wish I had a better zoom lens, but I think it is a barred owl.  Is it normal for them to be out and about in full daylight?  It was about 3 o’clock.  Oh, the things you can see when it snows.

owl

The treat we get for shoveling – homemade Chex mix and a rest in front of the fire.  A did the lion’s share of the lifting kind of shoveling, so she also gets a hot soak in the jet tub.  I mostly scooped and shoved snow around so she could throw it (nice of me, huh?) so I am not as sore.

chex mix

On the knitting front, I have done a couple of hats – this one and a green with gray that is still drying.  I took this one out on the snow before we shoveled yesterday (yes, we seem to do it every day, don’t get me started)   I took one with flash and one without.  I think without the flash is more accurate on the colors.  I really like this hat, and as soon as it is dry and ready to ship, I will list it on Etsy.  But I might make another one that fits me and keep it.  I can see that I will never make any money if every other thing I make is for me.  lol…

blue and gray hat 2                 blue and gray hat

Now I am working on one in a soft angora/wool blend.  it is a pattern I am making up, with a chevron design made from seed and stockinette stitches. I may add a gray stripe in the middle, not sure.  It partly depends on how the yarn holds out.  Speaking of which…

Other knitting news – I finished the back of the Charleston sweater, and found I won’t have enough yarn – argh!  I thought I had one more skein, and even that would be cutting it close.  So, I am stopped on that project for a bit, but I have come up with two solutions.  I spent a healthy chunk of time (read all evening) on Ravelry, sorting through all the stashes to see if anyone has any in the right dye lot.  One person does, and although she doesn’t list it as “for sale or trade” I wrote to her  just to see if there is any way…then I hopped on the Halcyon site to see what colors they have that will look nice with it.  Interestingly enough, they show a hat using this color and a soft peach. Next step – try to find it somewhere cheaper than Halcyon.  That was pretty easy, in the end, and I ordered three skeins of the peach for about $7 a skein (it is 8.50 at Halcyon).  I would have gotten it at WEBS, but they didn’t have the color. So, if the unknown Ravelry person can’t come through for me, then I will make quite a different sweater than I had planned – I will make all the border lacy bits and the two fronts in the dark reddish orange, but I will make the sleeves and the edging in the peach. Then, I hope I will have enough of the darker color to do the edge of the hat, but if not, I will do the hat in peach and search (high and low) for a ribbon the color of the darker orange to run through it.

If that still doesn’t work, then, sigh, I will do what the Sweaty Knitter actually just posted about here and (sob) cut off the bottom of the back, knit the edge in peach and graft it in place.  Yes, I could rip out the whole thing, but by then I would really be sick of the orange, and not loving the sweater like I am now.

So you see, I will either get a bright orange sweater, or a color block sweater in peach and orange – two very different projects, but both would look nice, I think.  Stay posted, and see what happens!

And take my advice, always buy enough of the darned yarn before you start.

Happy 2013!

I don’t usually like holidays in the middle of the week – but I have to say this extra “Sunday” is quite nice. Of course, I won’t like the extra “Monday” tomorrow. The price, I know.

We started the morning with no crying kittens! It is like they finally figured out that if the alarm doesn’t go off, the moms don’t have to get up at 4:30. I sure hope they really learned this, that it is not just a fluke.

A’s back has recovered from all the shoveling on Friday, so she celebrated by doing some more – but the easy stuff. She shoveled off the two decks while I went back to work on the driveway. The snow is still light and fluffy, so it is easier than it could be, but still amazingly tiring. I got a good part of the door yard cleaned out, enough that one of our cars can easily get closer to the house. Still cursing the snowblower that won’t start, I cleaned up a lot of the edges from where we had snow piled from shoveling and plowing. More to do, but I figure I will hack away at it. Of course, it is about to get bitter cold and I will regret not going back out this afternoon to finish it. Except that…

I went to the craft room! Oh, what joy to have really free time up here.

I worked on a patchwork quilt table runner I started this past week, and found I had enough left overs to also make two placemats. I do need to go get batting and backing material, but otherwise, I am in good shape. The runner is all put together, and the strips are sorted out for the place mats. They need ironing and seaming, that won’t take long this weekend.

I also played with the cricut cartridges A got me for Christmas, and made a thank you note to send off to Mom.

All in all it was fun. Now I think I will head into the living room to watch a movie with A and work on my knitting. maybe take a few photos of the works in progress.

I love winter days. Especially the ones where I don’t have to go anywhere!