Well, today is day 10,274 of cold, blowing, nasty weather on the Northern Plains! Well, it hasn’t exactly been that many days but it certainly feels like it. We get the occasional warm up, for like 24 hours where it melts and/or rains, then the temperature drops to twenty below. As you can imagine, the roads were icy for quite a while and two Sundays ago we found our garage door frozen to the ground. As luck would have it, we had just spent the previous hour getting everyone fed, cleaned and dressed warmly for the drive to church, only to be stymied by the garage door. My husband chipped away at the ice, got the door free, and we started to head out. Then, when we got to the highway – pure ice. After a mile of that, we turned around and headed home. Some days you’re defeated before you even begin. Anyway, if we were like most people, we would’ve spent the long MLK holiday somewhere warm but we stayed home. I knit. And knit. And knit. It was almost as good as the beach- as long as I didn’t look out the window.
Anyway, I’ve got lots of blogging to do, I just need the motivation to get it done. I guess this is a start, so here are a few photos that will serve as a preview. In fact, it’s been so long that I forgot how big to make my photos! Sorry, they don’t quite fit the space.[frame align=”center”][/frame]
At this point, we have a HUGE snow pile on the west side of our yard. The kids love playing on the pile when the weather creeps above freezing. Lucy, our dog spends the whole time on the hill with the kids. She loves it! She’ll stand on the tippy-top and just watch. She’s in her element. Maybe she should start carrying around a little whisky barrel, maybe then I’d play on the snow pile too 🙂[frame align=”center”][/frame]
I’ve been working on some nesting bowls lately too. I seem to be stumped as to what to make, so the bowls seemed like a good idea. I have quite a few more I’d like to make, and one friend has requested a set. The bowls in this set now need to be felted. I’ll throw them in the washing machine one day with a bunch of jeans. It usually takes a few washings before they become a thick felt. I’ve never felted this exact yarn before, so I’m anxious to see how these turn out. Here’s another look:[frame align=”center”][/frame]
I like to knit for J. even though she doesn’t really appreciate my efforts. The little cape/shrug that I knit for her was flung aside after about 3 minutes. Luckily, the buttons stayed on, but just barely! I saw a version of this in an ad in Vogue Knitting, so I decided to make something similar for the baby. I should have made it longer, but I was a bit impatient. If we ever try leave the house again, maybe she can be convinced to wear it for more than a nano second.[frame align=”left”][/frame]
That is about all I have time for today. Next on the blogging list is how to make an awesome replica of a McDonald’s Sausage Egg and Cheese McMuffin. My kids love me when I make those (and yours will too)!