the view from my window

we got a little snow this weekend. (that’s a window screen impeding the clearness of the view)

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fortunately, we didn’t get quite so much that it’s piled up to my window – there’s a ledge just outside the window that the snow drifted up on. however, we did get a good 15″ (~38 cm) plus drifts. also fortunately, i didn’t have to go anywhere this weekend – not even work!

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and now the sun’s out, the snow has stopped, and the birds have reappeared.

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and i finally remembered to photograph my recent stash acquisitions, in daylight!

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brown sheep wildfoote luxury sock, colorway SY-05 black orchid

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mountain colors bearfoot, colorway deep blue

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dream in color smooshy, colorway november muse

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brooklyn handspun soft spun plus, colorway winter wind

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panda wool, colorway jet black (although it looks more like a dark navy)

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maizy, colorway ivory

all were purchased at my two local yarns stores, guilt-free thanks to recent overtime! (there is a benefit…) now i just need to find the time to actually use these…

a little snow

well, i forgot to take pictures of my new stash additions over the weekend – when it was actually sunny! so much gloomy weather, i’d think it would be easy to remember to take advantage of the sun.

of course, this also means i don’t have any daylight pictures of my latest knitting. i have abandoned all wip’s (poor souls) in favor of a new project (no surprise). this is none other than the triangular version of anne’s snow shawl. she seems to think i’m doing her a favor by test knitting for her – but this is way too much fun to be a favor!

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anne generously passed on the yarn, sweet lace, cranapple colorway, which is the alternate colorway for the square shawl as well. although it’s about the time of year i’m completely sick of snow, the color makes this so cheerful. it appears deceptively solid in skein, but the knitting reveals it to have subtle variations.

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i think this last is my favorite picture. the color isn’t quite true (the first two are better), but you can see the “blizzard” section i’m currently working on so much better. and the “blizzard” happens to be terribly fun to knit!

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i took this with me to an open house celebrating anne’s pattern in the spring interweave, and i think i may have to watch my back now…rumor has it, anne wants it for herself…good thing i’m a process knitter!

careful what you wish for

thank you all so much for your compliments on my shawl – and background. when i first got the pattern, i thought it would be nice to take pictures of the finished shawl against the snow, but i didn’t quite expect it to work out. a fortunate bit of timing!

on the knitting end, things have been a bit sluggish lately. for starters – still working overtime. it’s “optional” but we all know that if we don’t all pitch in, problems will ensue. it means more money for stash (and i’ve been collecting – hopefully i’ll have time tomorrow to get some good daylight pictures) but less time/energy for knitting. then sunday, i stumbled – almost literally – into a different impediment.

see, i’ve been feeling a restless lately – i think i’ve just been indoors in the dark too much, between work and ugly winter days. last sunday, on the other hand was sunny, above freezing, with a nice layer of snow on the ground to make things pretty (if you left the city). so i talked my dad into a afternoon hike. clearly i haven’t spent enough time with him lately–i’d forgotten that all such excursions with my dad turn into “adventures”.

we took off for a state park about an hour north of us. something with marked trails. other people. we got there ok – and there were people, dogs. didn’t seem too bad. except, it turns out my dad defines “trail” as anything with tracks – regardless of what made said tracks! around here, there are plenty of deer – an overpopulation – so there were plenty of tracks – and deer.

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a curious deer unfazed by digital photography.

now, there’s this odd thing about deer – they have four legs. this means it’s much easier for them to traverse snow-covered terrain than a klutzy bi-ped like myself. so that alone was a challenge. but then, as we watched the sun sink further and further (funny how it does that), we knew we had to go back. so we cut back west towards the main road into the park. ok so far. until the stream. the snow and ice covered stream. however, it’s above freezing so there’s no guarantee the ice will hold anything. my dad looked at it, looked at me: “think you can jump across?”

apparently he doesn’t quite understand the definition of “no” because he was quickly on the other, lower side. testing the ice, he looked at me and said “you’d better make it.” not exactly the way to put me at ease. but it was getting dark, he was on the other side, so i made a game attempt. i did land on the other bank – and toppled forward into the thorn bush (possible wild blackberry or the like?). shortly before this, i should add, i had removed my gloves as my hands were too warm. so there was nothing between them and an impaling! needless to say, i wasn’t too happy. and i found that knitting that night was a bit…challenging.

however, there were still some positives to the day – it makes a good story! (and my hands are ok…now). i love the beech leaves still on the trees:

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and the snow was so pretty in the woods in it’s undisturbed state:

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however, it may be a while before i go on any more excursions with my dad!