Sunday, February 6, 2011

Getting Cozy

This snowy weather really gets my knitting fires burning.  All I want to do these days is knit, knit, knit, eat a little dark chocolate, knit, play in the snow, drink some hot tea, and knit some more.   Of course, real life doesn't cooperate with my knitting plans!

Mostly I've been knitting my beige heather wool cardigan and my grey mohair cardi shrug.  Both have had their ups and downs and will likely be some time before completion, but I'm happy overall with the progress made this week.   

In order to to make progress on the cardigan, I ripped out and restarted it from the beginning - twice.  

It was OK, but not a love thing.  So I went back to the stitch pattern and played around with it, adding some stitches and changing the proportions slightly.  Then I mixed in more tweaks to the top-down shaping, and I like it much better.  

The mohair shrug is a third version of the two I made last year, this time in a different stitch pattern and yarn.  

I still have several more versions I want to make, at least one in sock or fingering weight yarn.

While on my Michigan trip I found another button option for my grey cardigan.  I've loved the suggestions left on Ravelry and the comments to previous posts so far, thank you especially Doreen and Diana!  This bone one is really too small, but it works temporarily at least.

What with the trip last week, the crazy weather and power outage, and various commitments and appointments, I've not been able to correspond much, but to all my blogging friends and Ravelry pals I owe messages to, that is on my schedule for this week.

I hope to have more photos of my current WIPs soon and planned for the next post is a rundown of my trip north to Michigan.

One exciting thing at my post office box when I returned last week was a surprise package from the lovely Anne-Sara, proprietor of the equally lovely Wisp yarn shop in Granville (that I reviewed in a December 22nd post).  

Wisp is a wonderfully inspiring shop full of beautiful yarns, British home items, and books among other treasures.  

The books are cool, vintage-style cloth-bound editions like this one, with adorable little ribbon bookmarks.  Anne-Sara was so sweet to send me this copy by one of my favorite authors, Jane Austen - thank you so much Anne-Sara!!  

Wisp is offering a special discount of 20% off the price of all red and pink yarn until Valentine's Day.  Maybe a little hint to your sweetie, that a yarn trip to Wisp might be just the thing to put a sparkle in your eye, is in order? 
Tonight I leave you with a favorite poem of mine. 

Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening  
by Robert Frost

 Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.

But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.


  1. I love that Elann Super Kydd in gray :-)) What a lovely color :-))

  2. I agree with Deena, it is a wonderful colour and I can see that the fabric is so nice.

  3. Thank you Diana/Deena and Anna! Although the yarn is a bit scratchy, the color is such a nice shade of gray - not too dark or light - that it's worth it to use it I think. :)

  4. I really like that poem too, and I recently came across this reading of it:

    I'm very picky about what I let my toddler watch on the computer, but this is one of the clips that I'm happy to watch together with him :) Btw, that video clip is what Estonia looks like at the moment ;)

  5. OMgosh, Robin...that is my favorite poem of all time. I just got all teary reading it. I fell in love with it back in third grade when I had to memorize it and have never, ever forgotten it.

    I hope to visit Wisp before Valentine's Day - maybe Friday! Since my family lives nearby, I can combine it with a cousins lunch.

    Love the yarns you've chosen for the sweaters.

  6. Laurie, thanks. I just love this poem too, I'm glad you enjoyed reading it again. :)

  7. Tiigerliilia, that is a great video, I love the animation and the kids' impressions of the poetry too. Susan Sarandon was a bonus too. :)