Snow Day!!!

Brilliant! See the swirly blue bits on the right-hand side of the map? I’m under there somewhere, cozy at home knitting an Aran cardi & watching Fry & Laurie while the baked ziti…well…bakes in the oven. How nice is that?? I was planning to head over to the public library later as the Elizabeth Zimmermann Knitting Workshop DVDs I requested have arrived! I had no idea that the snow would continue to fall all day, so I rather think my opportunity has passed now. Maybe tomorrow.

Last year we had a big snowstorm & I amused myself by making blueberry pancakes. I had used frozen blueberries which turned the batter purple, making us very excited, but upon cooking, the pancakes came out grey. Let’s hope that the baked ziti is less disappointing.

A nice woman at Trader Joe’s made my day last week. I was wearing a green beret & scarf that I had made and she complimented them and asked me where I got them. I told her that I had made them myself. She got extremely excited. In fact she flipped out a bit – she couldn’t believe that I had made them & said it looked too nice to be handmade. That’s pretty high praise, I think! Certainly made my day.

So the Aran cardi is from Madeline Weston’s book – Country Weekend Knits. It’s a really nice book if you’re not familiar with it, with extremely wearable patterns. I bought some Briggs & Little Regal yarn and decided that it needed to be made into a lovely Aran.

I have very little to show you, as I had to rip it out the other day & start over. I found I had picked up 2 errant stitches & couldn’t find where I had gone wrong. I also decided I’d like to try going up a needle size while I was at it. I’ll have something to show next time…promise.

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6 thoughts on “Snow Day!!!

  1. Doesn’t that bug you a bit? “It looks too nice to be hand-made.” Hmmm… what did you expect? Threads hanging down, plain knitting, bad tension?

    I mean, people!

    Hand-made things are usually BETTER made than the mass-produced crap you buy at WarMart.

    I’m happy she was impressed. Hopefully she’ll pick up the needles and learn to knit too.

    There. That’s my rant for the afternoon ;p

    • LOL! You raise excellent points, but I chose to take it as a compliment, and was rather happy to have excited someone who is clearly not a knitter. I agree – hopefully she’ll be inspired to join us & cast on.

  2. When I first got into fair-isle knitting, my friends could not believe that I would knit “something like that” “it looks store bought”…. they wanted me to knit big bulky chunky things….!
    I kind of took it as a misguided compliment, like you did, but like Wendy said, we know it’s better!

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