Well, that’s a bit more like it! I firmly believe that February in Maine is supposed to be snowy. I’ve stockpiled hot cocoa mix, dug out all my winter gear, and even got a brand new pair of snow shoes. My cross-country skis have been shooting me reproachful glances from beneath a thin coat of dust. There are some sheepskin slippers calling my name, and I’m halfway through a new TV show. Yes, indeed — I’m heading home shortly to enjoy this winter weather.
My Sharpie yarn came out a little lighter and more pastel-colored than I had hoped, but I still like it. It makes me think of unicorns, and I’m tempted to pair it with a strand of sparkle yarn for some true rainbow-unicorn fabulousness. Next time, I’m going to go all-out with the Sharpies, and really put some pigment into the yarn. I still have some experimenting to do, but it was a fun learning experience, and way easier than mixing boiling vats of dye on my tiny kitchen stove. This is the kind of crafty project you can do with the kids on a Sunday afternoon (but definitely with ventilation for those marker fumes, folks!).
The Azel Pullover really is a fast knit, I swear. However, mine is taking FOREVER, because I only ever manage one row here and there. Between calling my senators, reading news reports, and hiding under my bed because it’s all just too much, I haven’t been knitting as diligently as I should. That’s why I’m going to layer up and trudge home right now. I’m going to make a mug of Bixby & Co. hot chocolate, put on my slippers, and knit up a storm. I will not log onto social media. I will not turn on the news. I’m just going to make the world’s coziest poncho. And then I’m going to wear it.
Yesterday I started making a list of items to pack when I travel for the holidays, and it reminded me of those memory games we used to play. You know, the ones that go, “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m bringing….” followed by items which progress through the alphabet. It also reminded me of a song from French class (originally intended to help teach possessive adjectives) that goes, “Moi, je fais ma valise rose/Dedans je mets beaucoup de choses…” which roughly translates to, “I pack my pink suitcase/In it I put lots of things…” and then lists a number of items which mostly should never actually go in a suitcase.
My mental list of items for my (sadly, not pink) suitcase starts off like this:
An Azel pullover for the store (and the size 13 needles to go with it — there’s nothing worse than being ready to cast on, and finding that you don’t have the needles). It’s going to be a beautiful rich brown shade of Plymouth Encore Mega. Once I stuff all that super bulky yarn into my suitcase, there may not be much room left for the rest of these items, but we’ll see.
A baby sweater with little fishies on it. Yes, the Goldfish sweater continues! Brooks even did a few rows of it over the weekend, and it’s looking snazzy, if I do say so myself. We’re just about ready to separate for the sleeves, which means I should also pack some stitch holders. Maybe I can return with a finished sweater! (Don’t get your hopes up.)
Chocolate. So much chocolate. Most of my Christmas gifts for people this year are chocolate, some homemade, and some Bixby bars. The question is, will I be forced to eat some (or all) of it in order to prevent it from melting as I travel? I do not want melted chocolate on my knitting.
My suitcase will also contain a sweater that needs mending, a sourdough starter nicknamed “Starty”, and a copy of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Perhaps also half a cowl, if I can’t finish knitting it this week. And that’s not to mention the obvious — clothes, toiletries, warm winter gear… I think I’m gonna need a bigger suitcase!
On a more serious note, I want to thank you all for supporting Over The Rainbow Yarn this year! We so appreciate our lovely fiber community, and we couldn’t do it without you. Wishing you happy holidays, and safe travels! (May none of your needles fall down between the airplane seats.)