Apparently I've sunk to the level of using my blog to record the weather. This is doubtless shameful. But I've checked, and there are far more shameful things on the internet, so I'm letting it slide. Because people...it snowed yesterday. And I almost missed it. I...erm...like snow. Especially the first snow of the year. It gets less charming some time around February, but for now it's awesome. This snow came while I was asleep and was almost melted by the time I woke up. As such, I've made the executive decision that it's not quite the first snow. It's more [...]
Caprice is up! I know these have been a while in coming. I finished them way back in December (and have been happily wearing them in the months in between). I thought that, since there was snow in the pictures, I'd better hurry up and release them before all the snow in my yard finally melted. These started as an experiment to see what would happen if I switched stitch motifs whenever I got the least bit tired of the last one. I think it worked quite well, and definitely kept the knitting from getting boring. You'd think I'd be [...]
The People Have Spoken!
You want Graupel, Graupel you shall have. I will release it later this month and then release Caprice in March. A few people have mentioned that they'd like to have the pattern for some of the various Olympic themed knitting events they're participating in. The pattern is done, so I can totally do that. I'll plan to put it up Thursday the eleventh. Of course this does mean I absolutely positively must get pictures taken this weekend. If you see the sun, send it this way. For any of you dedicated athletes out there who want to start training (ie [...]
Choose Your Own
I am a child of the 80s. As such, "Choose Your Own Adventure" books play an alarming role my memories of my distant youth. The writing was contrived, the illustrations dreadful, and yet they still filled me with an unreasonable fascination. In honor of their (doubtless unsavory) influence, I'm letting you choose your next knitting adventure. I have two patterns ready to go, Graupel (on the left) and Caprice (on the right). Click on either to see gigantic versions if you're so inclined. One will be released in February and the other in March. You pick. I will take it [...]
As promised, pics of the finished socks! Alas, taking pics in the snow is rather challenging. I thought the snow would provide a lovely atmospheric background and bounce lots of light around and make things all easy and pretty. Um. No. Not so much. Instead it was cold, kept falling on the socks and the camera, made the colors look funny, and just generally inconvenienced both the photographer (The Boy) and the model (me). It did, however, demonstrate the astonishing insulative power of wool (in case there was any doubt). My feet were not cold at any point during this [...]
The purple socks (they will be called Caprice, which I'll explain in due course) are done and drying on the blockers. I'm quite smitten by them. So smitten, in fact, that I may go ahead and release them earlier than I had originally planned. I'm starting to think early January might be a more fitting date than mid February. What do you think? There is one sad thing about them being done though. Their completion means that I am not currently using my new Signature needles. They went into the socks the day I opened them and haven't been far [...]
Abominable Snowman Found
Do you see that fluffy white stuff over there? That's snow. Those pink things dangling out in the cold with no protective covering? Those are my toes. Yup, I went outside barefoot in the snow to get a sock picture for you. Well, half barefoot, there seemed no reason for the other foot to suffer too. And just for the record, the white speckles on the leg of the sock up by the cuff are snowflakes, not lint. I keep a lint roller by the camera and am fairly good at de-linting before I take photos. I am, however, not [...]
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