Friday, January 29, 2010

Snow in Tennessee???

I took these pictures early this afternoon just as the snow started coming down. By this time (almost midnight), the entire neighborhood is coated in several inches of white fluff. Having endured four Indiana winters, I'm quite accustomed to a lot of snow - down here, however, it's almost unheard of. I wasn't in East Tennessee for the infamous "Blizzard of '93" and I certainly didn't experience the snows that one of my clients at Tri-County, an old mountain man, likes to reminisce about.

Snow has a kind of mythic, magical quality here in Tennessee, at least everywhere but in the high mountains. An inch of snow gets the schools closed and sends the kids sledding down every hill on trash can lids. My dogs sniff at it in wonder; one even used to bark at it when he was a puppy. The whole town shuts down. I'm wondering if I'll be able to go to work tomorrow morning, especially since I work a town away in Niota and have to drive through those windy county roads. I guess I'll see what it's like when I wake up.

Monday, January 25, 2010

This Week's Projects

I've got two time-specific projects on for the week, which makes me quite happy. The first project, to be mailed out no later than Friday, is another wholesale order for crocheted catnip toys, 25 this time. The second, basically due by February 4th, is for a lady in town, who wants me to crochet a jacket similar to one she already has. I finished one of the front panels today, which involved shaping the neckline, and I'm quite pleased with myself for working it out. These photos show the front panel against the original jacket and my planning notebook, which I cannot design without, messy as it may be. (If the design works, I copy the pattern neatly in another notebook.)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Dad's sweater, finished at last

After lots of postponing, I'm finally at the stage of sewing the buttons onto Dad's sweater. I would be completely finished now except that my cat friend decided to help "break in" the sweater, which means I'll have to finish it and wash it tomorrow, since Dad is slightly allergic to cats. Isn't it nice-looking, though?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Even more socks

Here are the last six pairs of this batch of A4A socks. I've got a little of that fabulous yarn left, but not enough to make another pair. Maybe I'll use it to make myself something fun, like wristwarmers...
I'll try to have a new and different post up in the next couple of days. Just like to show off my pretty socks before I send them off. :)

Monday, January 11, 2010


I'm back onto the socks, since Afghans for Afghans has another campaign for kids' clothes going on. I used up some wool remnants from other projects, including the rest of the pretty variegated green-blue yarn I used to make a vest for Mom, and I also bought a bunch of this super yummy variegated wool on sale at Herrschners. (If you haven't guessed already, I LOVE variegated yarn. Though I don't have ADD in my non-knitting life, I seem to with regard to knitting. The changing colors you get with variegated yarn can keep me entertained for a really long time. Most projects using one-color yarns are reserved for TV knitting.) The first pair of socks I made from it is on the far left. This yarn is just so full of happy that I couldn't use it for anything but A4A socks. Knitting with it is like eating candy - I just can't stop! These first five pairs went in the mail today; more to come.