A Little Taste Of Winter

If we had a fireplace I’d be camped out in front of it, coffee and knitting at hand. There is nothing particularly cozy about central heating but there are no ashes to shovel and there is none of that left-over smoke odor lingering for days on end either. So we’ll just trudge along with our heat pump set on emergency heat, safe in the knowledge that if we lose power our Generac will kick in after fifteen seconds and life as we know it will continue and my asthmatic lungs will be much happier!

So, here we are on the heels of Veterans Day with temps forecast in the 30’s. Oh, joy. That was sarcasm. Right there. In case you missed it. I really shouldn’t complain about colder weather after all the horrible heat we endured throughout the long Texas summer. Colder weather gives me an excuse to wear my hand-knitted wool things: hats, scarves, shawls, sweaters. I wear hand-knitted wool socks year round as it is since they keep my feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter and the only shoes I own anymore are Hoka sneakers.

It’s shawl weather in NE Texas. I’m wearing the Ludlow I knitted with some of my hand-spun yarn while working on my Hitchhiker in Jo Dee’s indie dyed fingering yarn. I have 25 ‘teeth’ finished so far. This is from yesterday. I was also enjoying an afternoon cup of Hazelnut coffee and an espresso brownie from the coffee shop. Knitting with a sugar/caffeine buzz on can be hazardous….just sayin’. I have to watch my gauge and make sure I’m not knitting too tight.

I finished the third set of stripes on the current Ludlow project and I’m seriously considering adding an extra set of stripes to the original pattern, which calls for four sets, before the wide border in the rust color. I’ve got plenty of yarn and I like a roomier shawl.

I knitting a few rounds on the purple sock ribbing but my hands began to ache so that project will go in ‘time-out’ with the other pair of socks until my hands start to feel better.

Brad went out to cover the water faucets last night and found a package on the table on the front porch. It was my new lap desk. I didn’t expect it until sometime today. It’s great. I love the memory foam and the wrist pad and it’s much lighter weight than the old one that no longer had any padding.

Guess I’ll keep on keepin’ on with the shawl projects and the cowl for the time being and do a little reading as well. Have a blessed Saturday, ya’ll.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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