Monday, January 21, 2008

Winter's Here!

Well, well, what do you know? Sometimes winter does make an appearance in tidewater Virginia. Look! This is the most snow I've seen in three years!

I was even fortunate enough to take part in an impromptu snowball fight after work the other day. Nice, wet, packing snow. Got a few good shots in, but got a face full, too. I've missed snows like this. At night it looks so magical with the moon making the winter landscape glow, and it smells so crisp and clean outside. When I used to live in Chicago, the snow would stay around for weeks, and it would turn dirty and black from the city traffic. This snow isn't like that. It will dissapear before we have a chance to get tired of it. Sigh.

Hey, remember when I said I was determined to get these sweaters done before starting another one? Well, I'm getting closer. The Sensational Shirttail is now blocked and ready to be sewn up! It's taking a bit longer to dry in the cold living room. I'm hoping to get a chance to work on this tomorrow. I've been knitting the cable trim for my St. Brigid sweater while the Shirttail's been blocking. It will be done in no time! I guess I might as well finish the Airy Wrap Around while I'm at it. Hmmm... what about the Grant Ave?

My friend Natalie told me about a group of knitters that meet in the cafe of a local grocery store on Thursdays. I've never gone out to a "stitch and bitch" type thing before, but have always wanted to, so I decided to join them last week, and I'm really glad that I did. There were four women there besides Natalie, and they were welcoming, witty and all-around fun to hang out and knit with. They didn't even mind me pulling out my camera and snapping this photo.

That's Jessica, Jenn, Christine, Kim and Natalie. I think I got them all right! I'm hoping to see them all again this Thursday. It was fun to see all the different projects they were working on, and if I hadn't have gone, I wouldn't have found out about the new Jane Austen remakes that are being aired on PBS! Now, I've seen the new Persuasion and the new Northanger Abbey! What fun!

Thanks for all the concern about my narsty face rot. It's gone now. It was actually more like a sunburn-type rash, so it wasn't too noticeable, just red, and itched like crazy. I'm convinced it was some kind of allergic reaction. I'm going to experiment and see if I can figure out exactly what caused it. My bets are still on the tomato juice.


Melanie said...

can't wait to see all the finished projects. Sounds like meeting up with knitters was fun. There's a "stitch and bitch" group that meets at a Starbucks in Geneva that I have been considering going to. It seems I can just never get motivated to get my butt down there on the right night! Maybe this week I will...

Melanie said...

p.s. glad the face rot has cleared up. What would Mr. Randolph say to see his wife so disfigured! hee, hee

Laura Neal said...

I am a serious Jane Austen fan. I have the complete collection and I found it cheap at my local Half Price books. Great place to shop because they have knitting books so cheap! Glad to hear your rash is gone.
I would love to find some knitters around here but, so far nothing. I ran into a Scottish lady who talked about pins...huh? Then I realized she was talking about knitting needles. It wasn't a pretty conversation, her brogue was so thick that I could only make out 2 to 3 words. I don't think knitting with her would be great when half the time I can't figure out what she is talking about. I guess she thought I was pushy. Oh well.

Jenny Raye said...

Oh cool! You posted the photo and got everyone right! Kim's blog is here.

I see you finished the sweater--hope you'll bring it to show us tonight. See you soon!

Amy said...

Oops! I've got to learn to scroll down. If I hadn't scrolled down this time, I would have missed this post. I'm glad your rash wasn't serious and you got a little snow. It promises to be warmer here in MN. It's been -11 here and daily indoor recess in my classroom, plus a field trip! But no complaints, the snow is beautiful and white. The top layer is ever replenished. Love ya sis, Amy