Monday, November 21, 2016

Winter's Day

I had a whole list of things to do today.  A turkey must be acquired.   I need embroidery floss.  There were plans for a lovely latte macchiato at Starbucks.   I am annoyed. 
  It snowed, a lot, and is still snowing, and I know there are those who adore a big fall of snow, but I am not among them.  Friends, this looks to me like a big mess that, as soon as the wind stops howling, I will have to go out and clean up.  I do not like snow.  I can't find it pretty.  It just makes life hard, and already?  It's only mid-November!  No, I am not a fan.  Well, life is what you make it, and it looks like I will spend today knitting and spooning with the catdog and making my own latte, which, if I don't look out the window, sounds nice.  I should look at this as nice.  It's a snow day.  A Snow Day.  (Nope, I can't sell that to myself...will keep trying...)  
This is the Agathis hat by Agata Smektala (free on Ravelry) in Malabrigo Rios "Plomo"--I think "plomo" means "that color the sky turns right before a huge blizzard ruins your day"--actually, this color is quite captivatingly grayish/purplish/bluish, and as is usual for Malabrigo, seems to gleam a little bit with inner light.  This yarn, and this beautiful hat pattern, is going to save the day, I think.   Also, this:  
  Seriously, I love that.  I need broad daylight, a 100 watt task lamp, and magnifying reading glasses to see the tiny holes in the linen (I'm using 32 count Belfast from my stash, and hoo, it's pretty small) but it is still a great pleasure to work on it.  This is the new Love and Joy Cross Stitch Sampler from Alicia Paulson, who has the magic touch, for sure.  Pure loveliness.    
So I'm lighting candles today, and listening to Moby Dick on Soundcloud (I've already made it further into that hallowed thicket of verbiage than ever before--I wish Stephen Fry would just keep on talking forever) and knitting and making more and more coffee.  Not so bad, really.    
Catdog finds a way to cope, too.  Stay warm out there.    

25 comments:

  1. OMG wasn't it just 60 degrees last week? I love a good snow but not if it keeps me from getting needed floss! I like to be prepared (did the weatherguy goof?) and then hunker in and rejoice that I cannot rake the last of those leaves-Darn. At least you are well supplied with wool and catdog snuggles. Melt snow! Melt!

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  2. Oh Catdog, I could just kiss you and steal you away. The snow looks lovely. We are expecting high temperatures today (already yesterday my veggie garden was wilting), and when I got the hose out I remembered that the dog chewed it and the fitting for the sprinkler last year when she was a puppy. But still it's easier carting watering cans than shovelling snow. Sorry.

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  3. Catdog just thrilled me all wrapped up and snuggling onto the cushion. I don't think I would want all that snow this early in the season either.

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  4. Just wonder whether you are using Alicia's kit for the cross-stitch or if you did the digital download? The kits are sold out and I was thinking about just ordering the pattern...I love it!

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    1. I did the digital download, and am using stashed fabric of a smaller gauge than she recommends. It is exactly the right color, but a little bit small for my aging eyes. :)

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    2. I have to wear these goofy clip-on magnifiers when I do hand quilting or embroidery...getting older is not without it's humbling...and humorous moments!

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  5. Hey Lady don't moan about the snow you're the one stitching snowflakes someone must have thought you had a hankering. It's absolutely tipping down here and has been all day. Really miserable and dark. Love the Agathis hat and cat dog looks cosy and warm. Stay safe, keep warm.

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  6. Your yard looks like a Currier and Ives scene! Oh to be where you are...

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  7. Plumo variation of latin plumbo????Lead as in plumb bob which was the weight (lead) on the end of string to create a vertical line. Helen

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  8. That yarn is pretty dang gorgeous, so is the picture of the wicked white stuff. Being as I'm from drought stricken California, I would probably find it quite exciting to get out there and shovel some snow (for about 5 whole minutes) Snuggle time with catdog and a latte wins the day.

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  9. I was visiting my cousin this weekend and on Saturday it was 68 degrees and sunny. Sunday morning we woke up to 6 inches of snow and a howling wind, which cancelled our plans to attend a craft fair an hour away. I usually don't mind the snow, but I really wanted to go to that craft fair!

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  10. Hi Kristen! Even I am surprised, just few days ago you showed us the golden Autumn photos, and today - bam! Snow... I am sorry but I miss snow here in India... When you have summer all year long, you start valuing things which were probably irritating you before :))
    Have a happy day! Keep warm and I do wish the snow stops falling and gives you some rest.

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  11. You know how to make lemonade into a lemon slushy! Thanks for the images. Hope it lets up so you can do Thanksgiving. I understand your Mother will be there? Love to all!

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  12. Make Snow Cream! No, I am not ready for Winter yet either. If it were to snow and keep me from going to the store and getting my own Hazelnut creamer, I will not be held responsible for my actions! Cat-Dog looks like she is hunkered down in a nice warm position. If you get Cabin Fever, go for the Chamomile tea and hang in there.

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  13. My thoughts exactly. There is not much to like about snow. Hang in there - Carina.

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  14. Looks fab to me! (But I don't like snow to hang around for days and become icy, then life gets difficult.) I love snow days where you can loaf around legitimately and not feel guilty.....craft, hot chocolate, maybe some baking.

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  15. Oh my sweetness. Stay warm, Catdog!
    (And know that we fantasize over the white cover, only to be scared dimless once experiencing a heavy overnight snowfall while holidaying on the other side of the equator :-D

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  16. Good heavens that's a lot of snow! I hope the roads are safe for getting out and gathering supplies for your holiday. Sampler does look wonderful.

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  17. Kristen, it does seem too early for that much snow. Yesterday, down here in NYC there were a few flurries swirling around in the very blustery wind. I can hear that same wind this morning, and am procrastinating about going out for errands.
    Your indoors landscape looks rather wonderful! Every one of your projects is inspiring. I completely agree with you about Malabrigo colors.
    Please do give GoGo a scratch behind her ears from me. xo

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  18. Too early for snow... but how lovely that you had stuff to do instead of your plans!!

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  19. I hear you!
    I am not a big fan either. Well, I think I would like it more if our winters were brief ;-)
    Your home looks so cozy and great photos as well!
    xx

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  20. I love snow! That looks so lovely. Had to comment though as I thought how ironic it is that you profess to hate snow while embroidering snowflakes..... LOLOL Thanks to the link for the hat pattern. It is really pretty and I intend to make it some day. Love me some Malabrigo yarn, too. Hope you manage to get what you need done and are safe.

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  21. I love the thought of you knitting along to the dulcet tones of Stephen Fry reading Moby Dick. It takes me back to the winter's day I knitted the snowflake hat (seen on your blog) listening to a BBC Radio 4 All Day dramatisation of War and Peace. I'm also stitching Alicia's sampler using leftover pale grey linen and my mother's embroidery silks. Keep warm Kristen.

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  22. Snow! Jeez that is harsh... we had rain all day on Monday and I was teaching in different places so had soaking wet tights. Jo x

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  23. Despite knowing what a nuisance it can be I nonetheless wish we got snow like that in November. We'll get a flurry maybe once a decade here in England. Catdog looks so cosy! Stephen Fry is a great narrator, but having listened to all seven Harry Potter audio books SEVERAL TIMES OVER as put on in our kitchen by our girls I do rather feel he's been talking forever... ;) Lovely knitting!

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