Thursday, February 11, 2010

Keeping busy

When Mother Nature hands you record breaking snow....
(the Tall Guy's car at about 2pm yesterday)

I knit socks.

Yarn: Miss Babs Sportweight in Cleopatra
Pattern: Sell your sole socks, (on the right side, pdf)
Needles: Size three Addis

I'm bundling up and heading to shovel out the car! It's been nearly a week since I've been to work, I'm starting to forget what my office looks like!

Monday, February 8, 2010

And it continues

Feds are home today as the area continues to dig out. I'm not sure I've ever seen a storm dump so much all at once. I've been knitting in fits and starts this weekend, but we've been
surprisingly social in our neighborhood with board games, an outdoor party (photos below) and a relaxing Superbowl get-together (good job, Saints)

If you haven't seen it already on Twitter, or Facebook or I've emailed it to you, here are a few pictures from *Snow*bar.
The Tall Guy built a snow fort during the last storm in December and in discussion with the neighborhood guys, the snow bar was conceived and built over the course of the day Saturday. It opened Saturday evening and people flocked to see what the crazy kids down the street were doing outside in the cold. At one point, management showed up to shut us down, and before you know it, they had beers in their hands and were checking out the creation. I love our neighbors!
And here's one last shot at some point in the night that you can see the group and the size of the structure... so much fun!
We will now begin to brace for yet another storm that's due to hit us sometime tomorrow into Wednesday. The Tall Guy is expected to fly out for work tomorrow night and we're hoping he can make it the same time, we have friends scheduled to fly back in to DC tonight (their car is parked here at our house) and my hopes are not high for them making it. This snow, it's getting a little ridiculous, folks.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Holy snow, batman

So, this is sort of an insane amount of snow, kids even for this girl from NH. Like, really insane. I decided last night this called for a cowl/neck warmer because a scarf bunches up too much sometimes under my coat and I've been looking for an excuse to knit up this yarn. The Tall Guy waited patiently for me to finish it this morning and off we went in the snow!

The hat, if you're curious was knit for me by a friend, isn't it cute? I love it! It was made from the same yarn/colorway as my gathered pullover and fits me just right! Thanks NeedleBeedle!

As for the cowl, it was pretty simple... I pulled out my discontinued, Bluemoon Fiber Arts skein of Leticia, a superbulky single ply in Sapphire. I used size 11 needles, cast on 51 or 53 stitches in the round, did a bit of garter ridge, then stockinette til I started running low on yarn, then switched to a garter ridge for the end. I knit til I ran out of yarn which was about 80yds. Easy and warm!

(This is looking up the street towards the metro tracks at about 1pm today)
We tried to take a family picture, but the snow was too much for Annie to handle. She's worse then a toddler with too much sugar in this sort of weather!
Hope you're all safe and staying warm, I'm off to make some chicken noodle soup!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Perfect timing

As the snow rolled in this afternoon, I was furiously sewing on the buttons of my newest finished object. I don't normally wear this sort of red, but something about this color with this base yarn just struck me as a must-have.Details:
Pattern: A nice, simple pattern, the B.O.B (short for button on blanket) is just that. Warm, cozy and not anything one would go clubbing in, just a good winter sweater!
Yarn: Lorna's Laces, Swirl Chunky in Cranberry. I think I ended up using about 5.5 skeins, but I wasn't frugal in my yarn usage. This was my first time using this Lorna's base and sadly, it's being discontinued. I may buy more before this happens. (It's a silk/merino blend which is what gives it that two tone look)
Needles: Size 10.5

Mods?- I think I went up half a needle size and I knit everything about an inch longer then the pattern called for. I also didn't sew all the buttons on yet, but partially that's to hide my screw up on one of the button bands (sssshhh)
In other news, we're about to be slammed by a decent snow storm. We'll see if it lives up to its predictions but the latest from NOAA.Gov was coming in at 30 inches. Yikes! If you're curious, an interesting fact this season is that the DC area has seen more snow then my family in NH! Insane.
I know what I'll be wearing all weekend.
Stay warm!