Sunday, January 13, 2019

Winter Weekends

Yarn and winter just go together. There are a lot more opportunities to wear wool in Wisconsin than in points south. And there is something extra cozy about knitting when it's cold outside.

I spent a chunk of this weekend at my Knitters Guild winter retreat, held in the cute little town of New Glarus. My husband can't believe this events exists. 

"So you just sit around all day and knit?" he asks disbelievingly.
"Yep."
"That's all?"
"Yep."
At this point he just shakes his head.

I knit quite a bit on a new pair of socks:
These are the Go With the Flow Socks from Interweave's Favorite Socks  book.  I wanted a simple pattern that would show off this gorgeous yarn from Ewetopia, one of my favorite Wisconsin dyers. 

And I'm close to finishing my Soundwaves shawl.
It's hard to get a feeling for what this shawl is like because it's large -- two skeins of sock-weight yarn -- and very scrunched up on the needles. But I think it's going to be very cozy and pretty.

Last weekend, I was up in Door County (the "thumb" of Wisconsin) with some friends. Luckily my friend Lisa knew a place to go to see ice formations, which were awesome:
Lisa is a serious photographer, so we were out for every sunset:
The only bad part is that today I have a stomach bug, so I went to bed as soon as I got home from New Glarus. I have had good company; Kola enjoyed exploring my knitting bag before settling down to nap by my side.
I hope that I feel better in the morning. We are a week away from finals, so I can't miss work next week!

19 comments:

  1. The retreat sounds like heaven to me, the stomach bug not so much. Wishing you a super speedy recovery. I love Door Co any time of year it is so beautiful.

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  2. That ice is amazing. Hope you are feeling better soon.

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  3. Oh, no. I hope you feel better. Tummy bugs are no fun.
    The knitting and the photos are lovely. I've never seen ice like that before.

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  4. Glad to hear your news, sorry you have felt ill. How do I know New Glarus? Is there a cross country ski track there?

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  5. Great knits and beautiful icescapes. We've got the cold, but no snow (or ice), it's kind of boring.
    Hope you're feeling better!

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  6. Beautiful knits--glad you have an import check point at home by your furbaby! I hope you feel better quickly! The ice does look like another world....

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  7. Sorry about the bug - hope you are feeling better. Sounds like a great weekend though (I would love to go on a knitting retreat). And those ice formations are gorgeous!!

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  8. What a fun weekend but I hope you are feeling better!

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  9. Gorgeous photos & knitting! Hope you feel better soon!

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  10. Love the photo of the knitting bag inspector! Your weekend retreat sounds like fun.

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  11. Sorry about the stomach bug, hope you feel better soon. The ice formations look amazing. Sitting around knitting sounds like heaven!

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  12. Get well fast! I love to see the Door County photos

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  13. I hope you feel better soon! The retreat sounds like fun and I could sit and knit all day long if I could and if my back would allow me.

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  14. I hope you are feeling better. The ice photos are so interesting. Amazing. I like those socks and of all things I think I have that book. Best go check it out.

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  15. What a glorious tribute to Wisconsin winter! I quite like winter myself, but this one has been on the wimpy side except for the past couple days. And we still have very little snow. (I am in Polk County, north of you.)

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  16. Such beautiful photo of the ice formations! Beautiful knitting! Cats are so funny...wonder if they think there might be a mouse in there. :) Thank you for sharing such lovely photos, I enjoyed all of them!

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  17. Oh my, that Door County photo sure brought back memories of winter on Lake Michigan. Love your two projects and the yarns you are using. Hope by now you are all better! Hugs from the PNW!

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  18. Knitting all day [SWOON]!! sounds so dreamy. Nice work on the socks. I love the ice formations and the picture of the knit bag explorer is adorable. hehe.

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  19. late to the post...hope by now you are on the mend!!! those ice formations were incredible!

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