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.