Friday, February 20, 2015

Woes

 

I know you're all going to say this looks really lovely and cozy. It probably is nice, I suppose. But I can't see it anymore. I can't see anything anymore, actually; the whole world has turned white. It has been relentless, and curling up with tea and a book is not cutting it anymore, and I am THIS close to tying my belongings into a bandana on a stick and hightailing it for somewhere more civilized. The piles of snow beside the driveway are higher than my head. I'm tired. Must make some soup, or actually, Ina's meatloaf, oooh, yes. Miraculously, I can make a meatloaf because there are, if you can believe it, two hens out of the six in my henhouse who are still laying eggs. It is a no-kidding arctic tundra out there and I had to use a metal shovel the other day to chop my way through the cement-like drifts in the yard to get to them so I could hack at the ice in their waterer and give them some spinach (the gleam in their eyes when you show up with fresh spinach is something to see) and the wind is blowing lately in every single direction, and you'd think that any creature living out there in that would be spending all its energy on survival, but somehow, magically, two hardy little darlings have decided to keep laying eggs, almost as if they actually believe spring will someday arrive. I kiss them right on the beak with gratitude.
There's no motivation like being trapped indoors by endlessly terrible weather to make a person keep knitting, and that's what I've been doing for so many days that...
...the yarn ran out.

 

31 comments:

  1. Wow! That's awful, Kristen. That sweater you knitting is absolutely gorgeous though!

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  2. My heart feels for you, especially when the yarn ran out! You need to get onto google and do a little armchair travelling to warmer climes..... xxx

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  3. Kristen, I know how you feel about the white and the cold! It's not that bad here in Virginia but it makes me really sympathize! Beautiful sweater!

    Karen

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  4. Ditto, from my New England perch! I chuckled and whimpered at your punch line. I am on a second sleeve, heading for a similar fate.....
    Trying to learn from your plucky upbeat hen!

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  5. Oh I can totally get where you are coming from. Here in the south of England, we don't really get much weather like that at all. We had a light dusting of snow for like a couple of days that each had melted by the afternoon. But, it's fun for an hour, then it's tedious, so I can only imagine how fed up you must be of the white stuff! I guess the silver lining id the knitting, although bummer it ran out on you! Gorgeous piece by the way. I'm always so in awe of your knitting skills. You simply are so awesome at it. Sigh, maybe one day if I get over my fear of dropping a stitch! xxxx

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  6. Oh I'm so sorry. I can only sympathize with you over the unending winter. We had one like that a few years back. Well over one hundred inches of snow fell in a month and I thought I would lose my mind. This year we're having crazy warm temps for February and NO snow. However, I'm flying to the east coast tomORROW to visit our daughters family. Poor planning on my part, but a month ago, who knew?! Hope you have more yarn stashed even if it means beginning another project. Enjoy those eggs from the brave little chickens.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  7. I sympathize with you feelings about unending winter. Endless days of feeling snow bound can make you feel stir crazy! We have been blessed with a very mild winter so far here in Alberta and when we were out in the Rocky Mountians this past weekend there is hardly any snow on the southern ranges. Makes me worry a bit about a dry summer with forest fires and water rationing, but I guess we will see. Why can't the weather be more cooperative?! It would save so much stress! :) I have some snowshoes that aren't being used much, you want to borrow them? Nothing like a good trek across the snow to get your head back on straight from the winter blues. I love the colour of the sweater you are knitting. It looks like its going to be beautiful, as with all the things your talented fingers create:)

    Bestest,

    Mary Lynne

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  8. I hate it when I can't get out - the novelty of snow wears off very quickly for me (not helped that I am such a wimp about driving in the snow!) I hope it warms up soon for you and you get to see some green rather than white. x

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  9. How wonderful are your hens!! What kind birds to keep going. I do hope that there is an end to the snow before too much longer, I cannot imagine that anyone can take much more of it. xx

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  10. Yikes! Re. all that snow and that hardly any left yarn. I hope if you need more the snow won't stop you getting it.

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  11. Your home looks beautifully cozy but I can imagine how limitating that weather has become. How comforting to have those warm eggs and almost (?) a warm jumper! I hope spring finds you soon.
    Shauna.x

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  12. I saw the latest storm heading your way when I was watching the news. Looks like you really got dumped on. Good thing you like to knit and make meatloaf. But to find yourself snowbound and then run out of yarn - how much can a woman take?

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  13. Kristen, I agree with you that this winter had just better be one for the history books, and not a sign of what the future might continue to deliver.

    Please do send my compliments to those two hens who somehow find a way to keep on laying. Extra spinach, please.

    Down here in NYC, the chill is so insistent, and yet we do praise our public transport, and try to maintain some version of normal life (while wearing an unusually dense accumulation of layers as we go about our business.

    Quite amusing that this past week was Fashion Week, with the famed designers trying to pretend that Mother Nature really was the designer in chief.

    Hoping that you will be able to get more beautiful wool to complete that masterpiece of cables.

    xo

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  14. Oh no!!! You've run out of yarn??? I'm not the biggest fan of winter... But I have it just peachy in comparison when it comes to winter. That looks positively frigid. Your poor little hens must be quite over it too! Bless their little feather covered bodies for continuing to lay eggs! Pass the spinach please. I really would like to see what you come up with with that pile of knitted yarn. I'd be guessing that it is some of the stash that you previously dyed.
    Hope you can thaw out soon!
    Sheree

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  15. Yes it is beautiful but I feel your pain even though we are having a mild winter here (south east UK). And yes it looks cosy and I love your breakfast nook area that was in a previous post.
    But...
    but...
    You know I am going to have to mention that the Health and Safety Executive* would have something to say about the electric lamp right by the kitchen sink faucet/tap whichever anyway, water....
    *as I said I'm in the UK and we do joke about the HSE

    I'm not going to panic, but you will be able to get a yarn delivery won't you??? you can't finish that sleeve with fresh eggs ahem
    Luv oo (sorry 'Miranda' speak)

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  16. I can absolutely relate to the woes of winter. This year snow is quite manageable, but there have been years when all we have done was try to dig ourselves and the animals out and the snow covered my lounge windows and made the world feel quite suffocating indeed. Running out of yarn is not a happy thing, but bless those two little egg-laying hens, that is amazing! Spring is on the way, suddenly winter will have to begin it's retreat. Pam in Norway

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  17. Although I don't know you and have no idea whereabouts in the US you actually live, I did think of you yesterday evening, watching the news on television here in the UK, and the pictures of the snow you've been having. I have to say the Potomac frozen, the pictures of Niagara Falls semi frozen, snow piled high as an elephants eye, had me gasping in awe. Then I thought of the practicalities.... poor you I then thought. Hope you keep warm.

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  18. Kristen, keep your chin up. I know it's easy for me to say from my little speck of sand on this globe...Florida. Seriously, I made my move out of the frozen tundra many moons ago due to the feelings you're expressing right here. I had the mid February blue blahs; the feeling of "when will this snowy splendor ever end?!" And what a wonderful yarnster you are! Worried about everything, even the lovely depleted wool supplies. Hugs to you girl!

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  19. Poor you, poor chickens... thank god for the spinach (glow in their eyes? must try it some day)
    It DOES look fairy like pretty though, such an amount of snow. I would really really like to have it here in Belgium, but just for one day, so I can imagine what it feels like to be cut off from the world for such a long time.
    I was wondering with your wool gone now, does the postman still comes along? (to bring you new yarn when you would buy it ?)

    My last blogpost describes mister superman Penguin. Perhaps he can come to your rescue and bring you the wool?

    http://www.homeiswherethedachshundis.blogspot.be/2015/02/superman-pinguin-en-horsie-flehming.html

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  20. We don't have as much snow here on LI as you do, but the cold has been relentless. I can't believe you have chickens laying in that weather. Keep warm, keep crafting. I hope you can get more yarn soon. Your knit is beautiful.

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  21. Today's snowing here too, hope you get some better weather soon!

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  22. My goodness that is a crazy winter for you.
    I'm sorry I know it's not fun. We have had some winter storms but never more that 3 feet in town and we would get tired of it and wanted a normal life after all.
    I wish you had more yarn so you could keep going on this project, but that is why us knitters are so good at just jumping at another project ... The bliss and fun if doing something new ... Hope the cold goes away and warm weather keeps running your way...

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  23. Come to Florida!!!!! We had a slight freeze the other night but other than that it is lovely. Pack up your sack full of essentials and head this way. Actually I do think it looks cozy, but then again I am in the land of the sun. Come summer you will be laughing at me as you are enjoying the beautiful days and nights and I am melting.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  24. Out of yarn and meters of snow. Thats a complicated combination. What will win. The snow, or the hunger for new yarn. I am curious how the pink sweater will turn out. It looks very promising already.
    And I must have a serious talk with my chickens. Whe have a soft winter in Holland, but they still are enjoying their sabbatical.
    Greetings, Stuyvesant

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  25. I hate February too but it is just damp and cold here not snowing. I have been sewing entire wardrobes of clothes that I don't even need!!! Jo x

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  26. I just discovered your blog and I love all of your projects and photos. I can't wait to follow and see what you create next. Hang in there with all of that snow!

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  27. That sweater looks like your beautiful hand dyed wool. Is it? Hope you remember the 'recipe'.

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  28. I can empathize - our last storm was mammoth! and we are literally buried under snowdrifts. Are you getting any sunshine? The Feb/March sun has some warmth in it. so here's a little remedy. Sit in a sunny window on a beach chair (if you can get through the drifts to dig it out of the garage ;) ) dab some sun screen on your nose (aromatherapy), lift your face to the light, close your eyes and pretend you're on the beach. Or if that doesn't do the trick, do what everyone except us seems to be doing this year - head south for a holiday!

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  29. I am so over this winter too. Tonight our temp is going to be -19 without the windchill. I just want spring. Sun, warmth, is that too much to ask?

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  30. Blimey Kirsten that is hardcore weather you're having!
    Bless those little chooks.

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