Done Done

The lace hat is completed, washed, dye set, blocked and dry.

Now I've picked another hat above my current skill set. It is the Koolhaus hat that all of the cool bloggers are knitting. I want to make it for a friend that was recently diagnosed with cancer and will start chemo soon. I picked a pretty periwinkle heather for her. She wears bright funky jewelry to cheer herself up, so I think a springy hat might be good.

In other news, the kitty is not happy that the obsession with knitting has continued. She likes to sit on top of whatever I'm currently knitting, so she has been kicked over to Ben's lap every night for weeks now. Here is how she feels about it:

taken by Ben

Kiwi will also not like us leaving for Spring Break for 8 days. We are going to sunny California to visit my in-laws. I'm excited for sun and warmth, but I'm more excited to knit on the plane and to visit yarn shops. Is that strange?

New Snow, New Hat

I actually completed the lace hat over the weekend, but it is blocking now, so photos will follow.

As soon as that hat was done, I picked up the easiest, smallest project I could find.

I made the baby beanie from tilli tomas. It is supposed to be in Flurries yarn with glass beads. Very pretty, but I didn't have any. Therefore, I used the Wool Bamboo from Classic Elite in celery. I used 72 stitches on size 5 circular with the magic loop method (my new favorite!). I had to decrease 2 stitches in the row before the regular decreases start, but it turned out fine.

We had another snow storm last night.

I thought I was sick of snow, but it is too pretty outside to feel that way. It is warm enough that the snow is snowman sticky. Maybe I should make a baby snowman for the hat.

Skiing, thinking

Ben and I went for a ski today at the Turtle Creek Floodplain today. It was cloudy, and we went 2 hours before dusk. We saw 3 does and a great horned owl. The owl flew right over my head, so I was able to point it out to Ben when he came up behind me. It was gorgeous and was new to his bird list.

The rhythmic motion of skiing and the pattern of your breath make it a perfect time to reflect. Life moves so fast in this time of gadgetry and complexity. Is blogging really a productive use of time? The object of simplifying your life is to slow down and notice more of what goes on around you. Today, I noticed and reflected a little more because I was thinking in terms of the blog. Moments of beauty and quiet are good to capture.

This picture is from skiing in the floodplain earlier this winter on a sunnier day.

Cooking Extravaganza

We are having our kitchen floor removed on Monday and it won't be replaced until next week. I've been cooking all day to prepare. I made 1-1/2 batches of tomato kale soup, 2 batches of African ground nut stew and some raspberry ice cream. yum.