Monday, December 15, 2008


Did we move to South Park and nobody told me!?

This is the view from our front door. If you're in the Portland metro area, you know we're freezing our tookuses off and the streets are icy. At least they were yesterday and earlier today, when a couple of inches of snow fell and the temperature dropped to below freezing with wind-chill factor in the single digits. And it's supposed to stay below freezing for the rest of the week! I did venture out today for errands and Christmas shopping, but dang, it's cold out there.

I did get some knitting done over the weekend though. Behold the One Row Scarf made with one skein of Stitchjones Tribute DK merino in "Charlize", finished just when I really need a scarf. I rather like it, and I'm keeping it.

Hallelujah and oh my aching wrists, Annette's Christmas present is finally ready! I started this in August and finished it in the wee hours of last night/this morning while watching "Chicago" on IFC. And all that jazz. Here is the Sugarcubes wrap from Gardiner Yarn Works. I've made no less than three of these in one calendar year, and I think I'm done.

The story: 10 balls of Debbie Bliss Prima on US 3 needles...ouch. Finished length: about 55". Width: 21" or so. I don't really give a rip; it's wide enough. I do lurve the yarn though. It's 80% bamboo and 20% wool--soft, lightweight and warm. The actual color is closer to the above photo; I used a different camera setting for the stitch detail. I decided, and Michelle backed me up, that it doesn't need blocking. It's going directly into the giftwrap queue. (Now that I have enough shopping done to actually have a queue.)

I'm almost done knitting a pair of socks for my dad.

These are Wide Wale rib socks from an Ann Norling pattern. I'm using Koigu Premium Merino in a dark green and size 2 needles. As you can see, the second sock should be done by tonight. So I'm gonna get to it. My sweet new sock yarns arrived in the mail today, and I did photograph them. First things first though--those Christmas projects aren't gonna knit themselves!

friendly faces everywhere, humble folks without temptation!

beautiful, all of it
Love the wrap and the scarf! And the socks and everything, too.

My street looks pretty similar. I watched a jeep slide down the hill this morning, so I'm staying put for the time being.

P.S. You can be buried with your stash, except I get all of the Persistent Illusion! :-)
Ample parking day and night, people shouting "Howdy neighbour!"

Love the scarf! The wrap is gorgeous,too! Dad will love the socks I'm sure!

Hope it warms up for you soon!
beautiful FO's! yucky roads :-(
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