That’s a lot of snow.

Phrase of the day around here on Wednesday – That’s a lot of snow. I think one of us said it at least once an hour. I am one of those people that generally does not mind snow. I live in New England. It gets cold in the winter. Part of the New England charm is the snow (and it makes the cold worthwhile!) The snow event yesterday really was impressive – those flakes just kept on coming all day long! Even Dan’s work closed and that never happens!
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The kids watching Dan shovel so that Jackson wouldn’t be lost in the snow when he went out.

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I think we got around 18 inches of snow. A stack of several dachshunds, at least. A plus side of the cold and snow is that Jackson’s potty breaks are real quick!

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This is Jackson’s ideal – snug in a blanket. Just add a human lap for more warmth and he’s in heaven!

I curled up too and though it would be a perfect day to be buried under wool while working on a blanket or sweater, instead I had this at my side:
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A new WIP – Matchgirl – a pair of flittens for me. The yarn is Rozetti Yarns “Polaris” and it has sparkly sequins in it. I spotted a shop sample of these flittens in the yarn and was sold! I didn’t want to even try to wind up this yarn on my ball winder so it was a perfect project to christen my new yarn bowl (a present from my brother and sister-in-law!) and it’s perfect!

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So today the great dig-out commences – be careful out there!

First FO

This was started in 2010, but was finished up yesterday. Presenting Cloud Chaser by Indigirl Amy Swenson, knit up as a sample for Lorna’s Laces (to be shown at the TNNA Winter Show happening this weekend!)
Cloud Chaser sample
(Gah, the photos came out less than stellar – apologies. I should know better.) This was knit in “Honor” an alpaca – silk blend. The colorway is “Patina”. The pattern construction is really interesting – I didn’t realize it at first, but essentially this is a one-piece garment – you knit the back, then each side is done by picking up stitches and casting on more. Then you pick up for the collar – resulting in one big rectangle. I had trouble finding my rhythm with these cables and that slowed me down a bit. I wove in ends and blocked this last night, snapped a few quick pictures this morning and then had to overnight it to California! Phew!

I knit the small size and it fit me, though I’m not sure it’s my style.
Sides:
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Front (If I knit this for me, I think I would like to find a funky pin and wear it overlapping to close it a bit…)
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Satisfying to say that I’ve already got a finished project under my belt, but I am disappointed in myself that it came down to the wire. I already feel behind on 2011 and we aren’t even a full week in!

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Hello 2011. 2010 was a pretty good year on the whole – we weren’t thrown too many loops and there were a lot of good times and laughter. I am easing into 2011 and my thoughts for the new year are a bit scattered – there is so much that I hope to do (and I hope works out) and probably just not enough time. Nevertheless, knitting and crochet-wise, I did complete quite a lot in 2010 – 84 things That breaks down to: 6 socks, 1 pencil, 2 pair of mittens, 1 lump of coal, 3 neckwarmers, 1 Puppy sweater, 3 sweaters for me, 2 scarves, 2 sweaters for Jackson, 16 hats, 2 sweaters for Lorelai, 1 lace blanket, 2 capelets, 1 bird in a nest, 1 owl hair clip, 1 butterfly ring, 1 caution cone, 1 kerchief, 2 dishcloths, 1 shawl, 3 baby sweaters, 1 mini mountain, 1 headband, 1 afghan, 1 pigeon, 1 potholder, 2 pairs baby shoes, 1 seahorse, 2 shrugs, 2 hearts, 2 sample sweaters, 4 blanket squares, 9 acorns) Phew!!

And certainly I am not stopping anytime soon. As I thought about what I would like to accomplish in the next 12 months I was inspired by words written by other knit bloggers: LazyKnitsAndPurls and WifeMomKnitter
Things that May (or May Not) happen in 2011 –
**Knit socks. I’m still trying to figure out my own personal sock club. I have 6 socks that only one of the pair is done. So this year I really am aiming to knit up those other 6 socks. I haven’t been wearing my handknit socks this winter as I am scared about wearing them out as I know I have so few left in the sock drawer!! I also want to knit Dan a new pair of socks. And I would like to alternate the knitting of a mate with knitting a complete new pair – so I am trying to decide if I will follow along with one of the sock groups on ravelry or just work from the sock pattern books that I have. I’m still trying to figure out if I am better off just group the projects / yarns together in one spot or if I should package them up for a surprise each month or so.

**Knit from my pattern books! I have a pretty good library now and if the whole reason I bought the book was for the patterns, I should make use of that!

**Knit from the stash. Goes without saying I think – I have a lovely stash and need to get it on the needles. Between my library and my queue, certainly I can find *something* I would like to knit with yarn I already have! Once I finish up 2 samples that I am working on first up is likely to be any of the following:
Scrappy Doll for Lorelai, Granny Stripes blanket for me, baby gifts, and assorted little things: Sheldon turtle, snowflakes, hearts…

**Sewing. I got a little more comfortable with my sewing machine this year – I look forward to doing more with it.

**Creative stuff with Lorelai – I want to do more with her preschool-wise. I think she could benefit by some school-type activities – so much of our time is go with the flow (and that is important) but she is such a smart little girl, I think she could handle some activities I have seen on different homeschool sites. I am not planning on homeschooling at all, but she’s not in day care or preschool (gotta be potty trained!) where she would get some of that exposure. I am hoping that a lead on a job comes through and if it does, I’ll be able to afford sending her to “school” for a few half days each week. We’ll see. It would also give us something else to do! I feel like we’re in a rut!

**Continue to de-clutter and organize. Ever present need for me.

**Relax. Be flexible. Get the garden in on time.

Cheers!