Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Winter Bliss




We live at the Jersey Shore and so far this year, we have had a completely manageable amount of snow. (I'm sorry New Englanders) We have had pleasant snow globe snow, dustings and a few inches here and there. Nothing major so far. Today is a snow day and I for one am very pleased when the phone call comes in to let us know that due to inclement weather, our school district is closed.

I headed out for some fresh air and to check out the farm. We thought the pond would be frozen and ready for skating but it was covered in a layer of slush. Yuck. So....we hopped in the car, picked up some of the friends and went to Spring Lake for some public skating.
I have lived here almost my whole life and I have never skated on Spring Lake! Very cool!
Thank you to the parents that thought ahead and brought snow shovels with them. There were about 6 inches of snow on the lake so that needed to be cleared for skating. Once there were some pathways, the kids had fun skating around. Chase loved the snow piles on the lake.

Of course I am including some knitting.
I am working on a baby blanket for a customer. It's the Camilla Blanket from the Madder Anthology 1 by Carrie Bostick Hoge. I am knitting it with Cascade Eco Alpaca on size US8 needles.

I am also knitting the Clayoquot Sweater by TinCan Knits. This will be the first time I do a steek. EEK!!! I'm nervous but I really want to learn how to do it. A steek is when you CUT yes CUT your knitting up the front for a cardigan. I am knitting in the round and then will do some fancy thing (that I need to figure out) and then CUT it up the front and add a button band. I'm nervous just thinking about it but I have faith that I'll figure it out and won't have any trouble. (hah)

Reading: I finished Room. Wow. What a book. I recommend it to everyone. I thought it would be way too scary and creepy to read it, but it's not like that. Yes, the concept of the book is creepy but told from an innocent 5 year old little boy's point of view is fascinating and makes it readable. It's an amazing book about motherhood, resiliency, love and faith. A must read.

I'm now reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd for our book club.
I'm half way through and it's very good so far. It reminds me a little of The Kitchen House (which I loved) I have high hopes for the rest of the book. It seems to be picking up now that I'm half way through. I have a feeling the story is going to fly from here on out.

Ok....back to my real work. I have 3 logos to design. No pressure!

Have a great week!


  1. Steeks are easy, really. Just follow the advice and instructions and you won't go wrong. Oh, lake skating. I haven't done that since I was in grade school!!

    1. Thank you for the confidence to cut a steek! I'm nervous but I'm sure I'll figure it out with the instructions.

  2. beautiful sweater on the needles and I love the colors :)

  3. Your sweater is gorgeous!! I cannot wait to see the finished project!

  4. looks beautiful! all the best with the steek! enjoy the snow! ... and love those alpacas they look very pleased.

  5. I really love the colors you picked out for your Clayoquot. I have a toddler cardigan that I would like to knit but it needs to be steeked as well. Um - terrifying! I keep prodding my LYS owner to have a class in it because I think a lot of people are afraid of the concept.

  6. I love the grey and yellow combination - it will look amazing! I am totally scared of steeking too, maybe one day I will be brave enough to attempt it.
    I LOVE Room - such a wonderful book. I have a friend who hated it, but someone had told her what it was about beforehand. I am so glad I read it without knowing anything about it. I couldn't put it down - read it in one night and then read it again a week later. It is truly wonderful, but also a sad endictment on the judgmental nature of our society if anyone strays from what is considered 'normal'. I would highly recommend it too.

  7. That's going to be a gorgeous sweater. Hope it is for you!

  8. I love the alpacas all lined up in order of colour! Nice.
    The mere thought of steeking terrifies me. I look forward to seeing your progress...maybe I will work up the nerve to try it one day.