Sunday, January 30, 2005

More Snow

It's snowing in Virginia again. Two years ago, I would have cursed mother nature for snowing on the weekend, instead in the middle of the week, when I could have a snow day. Unfortunately those days are gone. I'm not quite sure what about my job makes it so essential, but being labeled an essential employee requires that I report to work, on time, in a blizzard. Granted the paltry four inches of snow outside, is no where near a blizzard, but I'm already dreading my morning commute. I hate traffic.

It's amazing how beautiful and peaceful the snow can be. This morning I trekked outside with my camera. Living in the suburbs, pictures of scenic vistas are not quite attainable, so I settled for these...

the tulip tree...
More Snow
the rosemary...
the azaleas...
the strange looking twiggy tree parts...
and Em-Em, chilled by the snow on her tummy...

I'm starting to feel much better, and I've put a little bit of effort into my knitting. So here's a bit of my Manos bag...

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Under the Weather

It started with sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, and a stuffy head. At this point, I would like to introduce you to my good friend, Nyquil. So with the aches and pains and the general feeling of blaaah, I'd rather sleep than knit.

Fortunately, I did have time to start and finish my fingerless mitts. I love the subtle color variations in the Araucania. I've also started a couple of bags (for felting) in some Manos and Noro from the stash. Simple knitting in the round. Just what I need.

At least now I'll have time to get caught up on all my blog reading, lots of fun stuff out there...

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Wrist and Thumb Warmers

Wrist and Thumb Warmers

Pattern: A cross between VooDoo Wrist warmersfrom Knitty and Artist's Wrist Warmers
(thanks to Eilene for pattern information)
Modified to include more thumb coverage (because it's cold outside)
Yarn: Araucania Nature Wool in #04
Needle Size: US5/3.75mm

Monday, January 17, 2005

a little bit of snow...

Thank You for all the kind comments on my finished Clapotis. My first FO of 2005.

Last night, I thought I was having blog problems. I blame it on the weather pixie. She told me it was snowing. Snow! Two days ago it was 70 degrees! Flickr told me they were updating, therefore not my night for blogging.

When I went out this morning, the ground and the cars were covered with with a very light layer of the white stuff. Nothing to shovel or scrape, but enough to freeze the crocus on the ground and shock the hydrangea back into winter. Oh well, it really is January.

I wore my Clapotis at work today. Lovely and warm. It's such a wonderful pattern. I think I like the purl side better. So here it is....

a little bit of snow...

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Finished Clapotis

Finished Clapotis

Pattern: Clapotis by Kate Gilbert of Needles on Fire
Yarn Used: Merino Wool in Briar Rose by Axelle
Needle Size: US7/4.5 mm

Thursday, January 06, 2005


LOST. Unfortunately this is not about my current TV obsession. Although last night's episode was awesome.

In preparing the house for the annual Christmas onslaught of relatives, it underwent a massive cleaning and reorganization. Unfortunately the spare bedroom that holds all the knitting gear: the stash, the needles, the books, the patterns, had to be used it its orginal purpose. A spare bedroom. So all the bits were put neatly away for safe keeping. Very safe keeping. So safe I can no longer find them. They are effectively Lost. Now the questions I have is: Do I keep looking? or shall I use this as an excuse to do some stash rebuilding.


With all that is going on in the world today, my thoughts, my prayers go out to all the people who have been effected by the tsunami. I'm thankful that my friends, who spent the holidays with their family in Thailand, enjoyed themselves so much they postponed their trip to Phuket by one day. Stephanie has an amazing total for Medecin San Frontieres. And others have devoted so much time and energy to this cause. I've made donations to Unicef and the American Red Cross in amounts equal to what I've spent on yarn this past season. Every little bit helps.

Monday, January 03, 2005

It's my birthday!!

Not much knitting content around, as I've been slightly distracted with New Years and my Birthday!! Yay!! Thanks to everyone for all the Birthday wishes.

After a wonderful lunch at Mike's American Grill, that culminated in the destruction of a flourless chocolate waffle dripping with caramel and vanilla ice cream. My long weekend has finally come to an end. Tomorrow I'll return to work. I have the strangest feeling that it'll be a bit difficult getting back to normal. In my quest to save money/eat healthy/knit more. My goal is to devote my lunch hour to kntting. Escape the stress of the evil days, with my needles and yarn. Sounds good.

I'll try and post pictures later in the week, but clapotis, felted entrelac, and the highland heather gloves are almost done!!