Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Snowy Weekend Knitting

Two hats in process: Fancy Tiger Crafts Heirloom Romney
on the left and Quince and Co. Chickadee on the right
Last weekend was the first time I'd been snowed in for multiple days in a row in a long time and it was wonderful. There was knitting and movies and television and reading and cooking and knitting and eating and drinking and knitting. I shoveled snow and napped. I read a little and napped. I knitted and knitted and knitted. And napped.

Two finished hats, a third hat in process, two cinnamon
rolls and adult-ified hot cocoa
The snow started Friday morning. I had already discussed with my boss that I probably would just work from home; the forecast for snow was dire. But when I woke up, the ground was bare and it was still fairly warm. For a brief second I thought I should probably just suck it up, get dressed and go to work like a responsible adult. Well, I'm so glad I got over that quickly.

By 9:00 am, the snow started. It was light flurries and then just steady. Lots and lots and lots of snow. It didn't stop snowing until Saturday afternoon! Now, being in West Virginia, if you're not aware, we're not usually accustomed to quite so much snow in the winter. We usually get a couple good snowfalls and then it warms up and melts away. But this was, like, 16" of snow! Wow.

The knitting time was awesome. Even being inside, the snowfall just makes the world seem quieter and more peaceful. Looking outside my windows and seeing the world through the filter of snow is very relaxing. I worked on my three hats for Making Mondays (see the last post) and was able to finish all of them by Sunday. I had hoped they'd be done by Friday morning so I could dash to the post office and mail them but, no, that didn't happen.

Knitting these hats was a fun exercise. The red hat is a practice/sample of a new design I'm working on that I'm calling Gilbert. (Quick history lesson: Cass Gilbert was a successful architect in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Not only did he design West Virginia's state capitol building, he designed the Woolworth Building in New York City and the United States Supreme Court building!) The hat features a simple garter stripe texture pattern interspersed with strong cables, both reminiscent of the marble blocks and columns that are a prominent part of the facade of West Virginia's capitol building.

For the other two hats, I used two colors of the same wool: Fancy Tiger Craft's Heirloom Romney Yarn in black and teal (I'm sure they have more creative names for their colors than that). The yarn is so wooly. It's a little rough at first but it just feels so amazing and real. I can't get enough of wool yarn. For the teal hat, I used a twisted stitch pattern to make diamonds and for the black hat, I used the garter stripe texture pattern from the Gilbert hat I'm working on but without the cables.

So I mailed all hats off to their recipients and they should be receiving them any day. Unfortunately, my best intentions were forgotten when it came down to actually mailing the yarns. I meant to include care instructions and fiber information. I wanted them to know the hats were knit with all-American wool from all-American companies by an all-American dude. Did I? Nope. So I guess I'll email them and be all "well, I'm kind of a doofus but your hats are 100% wool so please don't put it in the washing machine." Or if the hat gets shrunk, let me know and I'll make another one. It's not like I'm running out of yarn.

Also, like a bad blogger/crafter, I didn't take any pictures of the finished hats except the ones posted here: folded up and still on the needles. Blah.

How would you spend three days snowed in if you had the chance? Would you be super-productive and get lots of cleaning done or would you take the time to relax and recharge and get some me-time? Let me know!