the calm …

… before the (next) storm.

icicle and back yard

The soundtrack to this picture (taken yesterday before the snow started falling again) is people in the neighbourhood frantically raking and shoveling off their roofs* before the next foot or more arrives and the Sisyphean snow removal starts all over again.

Yarn, if you get enough of it, can totally act as house insulation, helping to cool your house in summer and hold in heat during the winter. It’s almost irresponsible, in the face of global climate change, not to have a stash of yarn. — Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (the Yarn Harlot), Knitting Rules!, 2006

*”Roofs” must be American English.  I would have put “rooves,” but WordPress spellcheck didn’t like it.  I’m valiantly ignoring the fact that it doesn’t like “neighbourhood” either.

11in11 cables #1

First cabled item done for the year … ten more to go!

rock creek hatRock Creek Hat from knitty, Winter 2011

This was a lovely fast knit, although I had to start it a few times as I wasn’t getting anywhere near gauge.  I also made many modifications because of the stitch and row gauge I was getting.

It turned out to be just what I wanted – warm, comfortable, but not too dorky!  Road tested successfully today while shoveling ice – not my favourite winter activity!