I imagine all of you living in parts of the country where you can really tell that it's been winter were amused to see Seattle on the weather channel yesterday. Yes, we've had all our local news reporters out in their yellow jackets marvelling at the tiny bit of snow that has everyone in an uproar. To be fair, there was some significant accumulations in the surrounding areas and in the mountains, but here? Nah. News stories of kids sledding into muddy grass while enjoying a "snow" day are very entertaining. Doesn't take much to get us going here. Here's a photo of the sun glinting off the tiny layer of snow in the yard. It looked very pretty in real life!
In other weather news, though, I'll be heading back down south early Saturday morning, where it's been cooler and rainy (60s) but hopefully will be heading back up into the 70s shortly after my arrival. I've been wearing my Cassidy sweater as much as possible, since I know the worsted weight wool will not be necessary for me next week. Yes, I got the sweater done in time to wear it to Madrona Fiber Arts Festival and it worked out well. It was comfortable to wear (not as itchy as it seemed at first) and wasn't too hot for most of the indoor time. It's very nice to wear as an outer garment in the cool weather. I received lots of compliments and am very happy with it.
It doesn't have a hood because I ran out of yarn and my friend Jann gave me a great suggestion as to how to use the partial hood to make a collar, thus avoiding the dreaded ripping. I was a little hesitant as to my ability to make this type of alteration, but it came out great.
I've packed up yarn to take to the desert so I can work on some lighter weight sweaters. The way I packed, I'll have about 4 sweaters done, yarn spun for some shawls, and a blanket started in the next three weeks. Who's betting on that? Knitters are nothing if not confident.
I'm working my way through some mittens with limited success. They're called Elise and are a February selection in the Ravelry group, Year of Stash Socks. Here's my progress after trying to fix the problem of size (too large) and finally ripping back to the cuff, adjusting how I hold the colors, and starting again. I'm hoping this version will succeed, since I really like this pattern and am enjoying working with the yarn. (0f course, it's Wollmeise, so who wouldn't). My friend Lori offered me a skein of Natur from her sizeable stash, which I gratefully accepted. I was going to use some Knit Picks Bare for the light color, but it wouldn't have matched as well. The green is leftover yarn from my Norwegian Rose socks, so this is stash-busting (some of mine and some of hers!)
I'll catch you later from the sunny south.