Monday, January 28, 2019

Deep Winter

After a frighteningly mild start, winter has arrived with a vengeance. I am home for a second snow day in two weeks. And it looks like we may call off school for another day or two this week because of frigid temperatures.

This is not a good thing. We only budget for two weather days per school year, so we have to add minutes or days if we have three or more weather days. Not that I'm complaining today. A three-day weekend is always nice!

However, after I post this, I need to take a walk. The temperature is around 0 -- and that is about as warm as it is going to get for this week. And then I need to do some paperwork for school. Those special ed deadlines do not shift for snow days!

I've started a second Dewberry cowl with a skein of Sun Valley fibers. The yarn is super-soft and the perfect shade of blue to wear with denim.
I finished my Soundwaves Shawl and I'm not sure I'm happy with it. It hasn't been blocked, but it looks like the outer edge isn't going to accommodate the top edge smoothly. I looked at Ravelry, and I'm not the only person to run into this issue. We'll see if blocking helps.
On the first snow day, I went skiing on the bike path with some friends. It wasn't too bad. And it was nice to ski without driving Up North. 
I have been finishing up small art quilts, so I have a stack of them that need quilt labels. I spent about an hour this morning making some. I am just very slow with a sewing machine. I don't mind hand-sewing them onto the quilts.
Yesterday, I went over my friend Tsela's house and we drew. I am quite pleased with my sketch:
It really does look like Tsela. However, her couch is gray. I just wanted to get some more color into the picture.

These cold, snowy days make me happy (yes, I know that is not normal). It is just so cozy to be inside with a fun knitting project and a cup of tea when the weather is so bad. 

I hope you are enjoying the weather where you are!

21 comments:

  1. Love your drawing of Tsela. Looks like she is wearing some cozy, hand knit socks.

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  2. It looks like you're taking advantage of the weather! Good for you! I'm glad you have ways to not be stir crazy. Stay warm!

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  3. You know i Love dewberry. Yours in blue looks amazing. Good that you could make yourself go out. I just can't. So I cook good things for Fireman to eat. !!! I knit. I used the phone to talk to two people this weekend. Like old fashioned phone talk!

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  4. LOVE the sketch! You are one talented lady.
    The cowl is tempting me. It's so pretty. Maybe once I get all these socks off the needles.

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  5. Lovely projects.
    We've got lots of snow and cold too. Poor Relic is getting cabin fever. He used to go out in the snow, but it looks like he's had too much soft living. Now he just sits at the door and looks sad.

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  6. I always enjoyed the unexpected snow day when I was teaching. You've found some great activities to enjoy winter weather. Love your cowl: it will look great with denim.

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  7. Love that Dewberry! It's always fun to see your sketches, too. Stay warm; your snowy photos brought back lots of memories.

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  8. The Dewberry will be perfect with jeans - and about everything else, really! Maybe the shawl will surprise you once it's blocked?

    I am so glad there is someone else who enjoys winter - I'm so sick of people whining and telling me how many days it is until the first day of summer ...

    And I do love your drawing. I can do OK with things, but boy do I make people look like unknown items when I try to draw! Stay warm and enjoy the cozy. :-)

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  9. Your sketching is always so wonderful to see. Glad to hear you were able to get out and do some skiing. We have no snow, but it is cold (well, not as cold as you have). Dewberry is gorgeous! Looks like it will go with just about EVERYTHING. I really like the shawl too - hoping a good blocking will help it.

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  10. Ah, I pray for snow days over here! Your dewberry cowl is lovely, and haw nice to spend some time sketching. That is lovely.

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  11. stay warm my friend and your knitting is beautiful! Sorry that the snow days are messing with the regular school days (retire?!?). I adore your sketch :)

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  12. Nice to see what you are up to in the knitting and drawing front!
    Enjoy the days off-better than trying to get to work in the dreadful temps!

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  13. That is nice you had some time off because of the snowy weather. Love your cowl it looks great! Too bad you aren't happy with the shawl, hopefully the blocking helps. Love your sketch! I also love when I have to stay inside because the weather is bad outside, it makes it so much cozier to knit and read.

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  14. I'm glad you're enjoying the weather. I've been not hating our cold weather, although tonight... I have knitting group and it's going to be 6 degrees with 45 mile an hour winds and I'm being a little bit of a wimp about it. Thanks for the Dewberry reminder. It had gotten buried in my Ravelry queue. Yours is lovely! Love your yarn choice.

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  15. Hope you are staying warm and dry in all that frigid weather. It is good for knitting but so dangerous!

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  16. So glad the temp is above zero again! I love the yarn in that cowl.

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  17. Love all the work you have done! Such beautiful yarns! In here too we have had horrible whether. It is still cold, I hope Spring will come early!

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  18. So glad you had a snow day. Your projects are all inspiring. I should get back to quilting.

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  19. yay for snow days, except it sounds like more work for you.
    Your knitting as always is beautiful and your sketches...beyond inspiring!

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  20. Your sketch is fantastic! I hope the blocking helps your shawl. I hate when it doesn't lay flat. Regardless the colors and knit look beautiful from here. Wishing you a warmer day.

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