Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snow Day

I'm sure I'm not the only one who stayed home today due to the weather. I was woken up at a little after 4am by the University weather alert telling me that the main campus was closed, which hardly ever happens. Seriously, it generally only happens once a year. There was one in December but it was the week after classes were over (how convenient). Either way, it does me no good as I didn't have a class scheduled for tonight. Adam however, works for the University so I woke him up to tell him the news. He asked, "how do you know" and before I even answered was already turning off his alarm. Ha! Unfortunately I wasn't able to fall back asleep because I was worried that my school wouldn't get closed for a snow day (which happened recently) and I'd still have to go. It just wouldn't be fair. At 5:40a I got the message that my school was indeed closed and was finally able to fall back into a sound sleep.  

I tried to use today to be productive and I was able to finish a sample for Alana. It will be on display at Stitches West in a few weeks.


This is her Amelie sock. It is written for whichever method of sock knitting you may choose (dpns, magic loop, or two circs) which I think is pretty awesome. And the yarn? It's Becoming Art Agave Light Fingering in a color called Looking Out. This yarn is really a dream to work with. Its a 80/10/10 superwash merino, cashmere, nylon blend and comes in generous skeins of 560 yards. This yarn would also make a gorgeous shawl. 

I was able to get some more swatching done today as well. One is for another test knit using Savannah DK from the Fibre Company.


I've never used this yarn before and was pleasantly surprised to find out how luscious it is! It's a surprising blend of wool, cotton, soy, and linen. It has a delicate sheen and is super squishy. This is going to work up into a lovely garment.

In other, slightly related news, I was reading Cold Mountain last night as a part of the book club my brother and I have started for ourselves. I came upon this passage that would probably make any knitter laugh:

The had begun walking to town in a chill, mizzling rain. Against it, Ada had worn a long coat of waxed poplin, and Ruby had on an enormous sweater she had knitted of undyed wool with the lanolin left in, her claim being that the oil turned water as well as a mackintosh. The sweater's only failing was that in the damp it broadcast the fragrance of an unshorn ewe.

Here's hoping for another productive snow day! Or does that make me greedy?

16 comments:

  1. We had a snow day today too, and just got the call that school is cancelled for tomorrow also. DD is quite happy!

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  2. ah, the fragrance of an unshorn ewe, so particular. Eau de Unshorn Ewe, coming soon.

    crazy, this snowy winter. i'd trade you; we're getting coated with ice. good thing i work at home. :)

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  3. Beautiful sock... thanks for sharing that passage. Unshorn ewe. Heh.

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  4. Hahaha, yes the smell of sheep... not so nice.
    Lovely socks- I like the color. A lot.

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  5. oh I'm dreaming about snow right now! We are right in the middle of an australian summer haha, cool weather feels like a dream to me! The amelie sock looks lovely, I like the dark dark green mm

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  6. ooohhh pretty sock and lovely yarn - I think hoping for another productive snow day shows you're a knitter (hoping for a lazy lay around in the bed snow day would be greedy :-)

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  7. Lucky duck! I'm glad you're using it productively. The sample sock is lovely.

    That passage does paint a vivid picture of a smelly sweater. ;)

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  8. Love the sock! and no it's not greedy to wish for another snow day. lol

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  9. Love the socks and so jealous! I can't wait to try Agave... I love BA and that base is just irresistible to me... anything with cashmere is, though. ;)

    I hope you get another snow day too! Would love to see what else you make.

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  10. that sounds like a great book to accompany your winter knitting. i love that you and your brother started a book club for yourselves.

    i've got some serious yarn envy (not to mention sock envy) after reading this post!

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  11. That yarn looks incredible. That really needs to be added to my stash! :) I am going to have to check it out.
    I am glad you had you snow day. Wishing you more happy snow days.

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  12. lovely sock!

    glad you enjoyed your snowday!

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  13. That yarn is BEAUTIFUL! Have so much fun being snowed in with that gorgeous yarn in hand.

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  14. Will you be at stitches with the sample? I'll be there Fri - Sat and was planning on coming by the NNK booth. I've looked at the Amelie sock before so I'm excited to see one in person.

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  15. hooray for a snow day! there's just nothing like that 'turn off the alarm and go back to sleep' feeling! can't beat it!
    i absolutely love your sock- it's beautiful! both the pattern and the yarn are wonderful. and merino/cashmere/nylon sounds incredible! your savannah yarn sounds pretty dreamy too. here's hoping for another snow day!

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  16. The yarn you used looks fantastic!

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