Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow Day

Yet another "snow day" today, in a region where we have no business having any sort of snow, let alone a snow day. Not that I'm upset that I didn't have to venture out on the ice-covered roads today, but I'm getting a little tired of the cold and being exiled in the house. What good is a snow day if you end up stuck inside wondering how horrendous your next heating bill is going to be? And it has become obvious that I need to knit more sweaters for me. I'm just sayin'...

Speaking of the house, here are some pics of said new home:

I know, that's not many, but we seem to have taken loads of the house under construction, but not so many since it was completed and we moved in. We do have a lake* behind our home and we've seen some lovely birds all over the place, including the one pictured below. Egret? Heron? Crane? I dunno, do you?

ã Paul McCleese
The best part of the house, though, is this:

ã Paul McCleese

We have beautiful sunsets like that nearly every night right out our back door.

Anyway, as I said, we are stuck up inside the house, which on any other day would be a great thing. Unfortunately, even though the sleet and freezing rain and snow have stopped, it has not really warmed up much at all. Last I checked, it was still below freezing which rules out a walk around the lake or sitting on the back deck. The Husband did make a fire in the fireplace (as he did yesterday) and that is a definite plus, but I find myself bored. I have a project I'm working on that I have made good progress on these last two days and another that I haven't started but will need a lot of attention when I begin. I continue to ignore my daughter's Christmas sweater that's a disaster. Also see above statement about needing more sweaters for me.  I certainly have things to work on. Still the boredom. I think I'm feeling the "I-need-to-cast-on-something-new-but-not-something-I-should-cast-on" itch. After all, I normally have at least three projects going at once. Trouble is, I just can't seem to commit to choosing something.

I have plenty of yarn left in my stash, I've been all over Ravelry and have literally hundreds of things in my library/favorites/queue, but all I can seem to do today is add more things to that list. Nothing is inspiring me. Perhaps my brain is frozen.

This is so much prettier than the picture
I've been on a hat kick, having knit two of them in the last couple of weeks. The first, Upper East Side by Joji Locatelli, for my sister-in-law in Ohio and the other, Grace Lace Beret by Elizabeth Eisenstein, for a co-worker (sorry, the pictures are lousy - the Upper East Side is actually done in the beautiful Big Sky colorway in Plucky Sweater--the second hat is done in Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK). In the midst of socks and sweaters, I'd forgotten how instantly gratifying it is to do a quick knit like a hat. I haven't worn hats much in the past - was always worried about my hair. The one thing about aging is that I find myself caring less and less about presentation and a whole lot more about comfort, if you know what I mean. It doesn't hurt that the current trend is to wear a hat both outdoors and indoors, so I can hide my "hat head". But even the hats on my list aren't calling me.

Maybe I need to go dump my entire stash out on the floor and sit in the middle of it until something gets my attention. I do actually have a "knitting/writing" room in the new house. I'd show you a picture of it but it is the one room that has been left neglected since we moved in. I have some books I need to get rid of and some wall hangings I need to make a decision on before I can put the room in any kind of order and those things have taken a back seat to other stuffs. Eventually you'll see it.

Wow, this was kind of a rambling, go-nowhere kind of post. My apologies. It is never a good thing when I am bored. I hope your Wednesday is fabulous.


*For my friends in the north, our "lake" is actually a pond.  But it's a pretty pond.


  1. i can relate to the cabin fever...and the "not caring so much about appearances any more...replacing it with comfort". If you could see the old lady shoes I have to wear you would ...also I have been wearing the same really warm sweater with long john top under it for a your pictures of the house and of your hats!

    1. Thanks! And I think long johns and a warm sweater sound perfect. I wish I had both!

  2. Your new house is beautiful! And the location is amazing - you must be feeling very, very fortunate to have found such a great spot to build on. I think indecision about your daughter's sweater is your problem. Figure out one way or the other what you are going to do with it, and then I think your knitting will sort itself out. I hope things warm up for you by the weekend!

    1. Thanks so much, we are feeling very blessed indeed! We actually saw a belted kingfisher yesterday diving into our "lake" for his supper! I may have to take up bird watching.

      As for the weather, the weather persons had it all wrong for last night. Was supposed to only get to the mid to upper 30s overnight so I uncovered my outdoor plants. When I got up today it was 29 degrees


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