A Gray Monday in December

I love gray days. We’ve been having them here, and the weather got very cold for the Thanksgiving holiday. Perfect for sitting near the fire. Now it has warmed up, but it is still gray outside. I saw two hawks this morning from my studio window.

One thing I was thankful for this year – That I have been so, so busy.

Chelsea Morning blooper, feat. Timo

Chelsea Morning blooper, feat. Timo

 

Every morning I wake up to see if my beautiful and diligent test knitters have discovered any new problems with Chelsea Morning. I didn’t realize the test knitting process would be quite like this, simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying! I am so thankful that they’re taking the time to help make it perfect. I’m hoping to release the pattern sometime around the new year.

 

boho in progress

I’ve been working on a new design, as well. Using a wonderful yarn – Baa Ram Ewe Titus. A nice halo. It feels lovely, almost silken, passing through my fingers onto needles. Good thing, too, since I have been waffling on a couple of design details. Which means knitting and tinking and knitting. A fair amount of work in exchange for a fair amount of knitterly wisdom.

 

welsh sock progress

Annnnnnd socks! For relaxation, I have forced strongly encouraged myself to knit some socks. A pair of folk socks, no less. Having fun with these, messing about with the pattern to make them a bit more exciting. That is, mucking up their perfect simplicity. Oops.

Last but not least, I have been busy with Bogolan. I taught two classes at the Haus this past month (one session remains, this Thurs). I could not have asked for a lovelier group of women to be my first official knitting students (knitting students / test subjects!). I was kind of nervous about teaching knitting. I am no toughened expert on fair isle, just a self-taught upstart who tackles problems head-on (with the generous assistance of Mrs. Google and her crafting buddy, Youtube). I ended up really enjoying it. I’ve always been a reclusive knitter, and although I can’t imagine that will change anytime soon, I do already miss my Bogolan ladies!

senecio

This month’s donation to Women for Women made it out today, and for this I am especially thankful. Here’s our tally so far:

  • October 15, 2013 – $260 donated.
  • November 1, 2013 – $101.38 donated.
  • December 2, 2013 – $118.12 donated.
  • TOTAL to date – $479.50 donated to Women for Women International.

Advent has come and we’re putting up lights. We’ll get a tree this week. I love living with a tree for a month every year. It fills the house with spirit. If it wasn’t so expensive, I’d buy more than one.

gray day 2

 

Stay warm. ~

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