I had a morning appointment and thought I'd be home by the time the snow started this afternoon. Well, it began early. I had just parked the car at the garage when the first flakes fell. They came down fast and furious covering the already white ground with a fresh coat of snow.
It was beautiful!
Andy left yesterday for Virginia. He was driving a big Penske truck. He has worked for the last two weeks closing up the office in Dayton - arranging for movers to move out and transport all the equipment and furniture to South Boston, VA and Newcomerstown, OH. The last of the stuff went in the Penske truck to Virginia with him yesterday.
In cold weather, I like wearing something up around my neck. A scarf, a turtleneck, etc. There are so many wonderful cowl patterns on Ravelry that I want to do several. It's too hard to choose just one.
I finished knitting the Ripple Cowl and LOVE it! The pattern is free on Ravelry and an easy knit. I really like the stitch pattern in the main section of the cowl. It's very textured looking. The flared section at the base helps it sit on the shoulders nicely. The top does roll over and I'm not sure I like that. I kind of wish it would stand up straight. Maybe if I made it shorter...
I used Berroco Vintage yarn on a size 7 needle. This yarn is 50% Acrylic, 40% Wool, and 10% Nylon and is machine washable. I'm really pleased with my color choice - Douglas Fir. It's heathered - dark green with flecks of gold.
I've already cast on for another cowl with a more open look. After looking on Ravelry tonight, I think I found another pattern I like better so may just rip out the one in progress and start over. Whichever one I go with, it will be knit with Cascade Venezia in the Ginger colorway. I've used this yarn before for a shawl and it's wonderful to work with. The content is 70% Wool and 30% Mulberry Silk. Wool and silk - my favorite fiber blend. Look for a picture of this cowl to be posted soon!!
I've mentioned before on here that Gracie eats her breakfast and dinner in the utility room (away from Earl or she wouldn't get any) and then she heads straight for her blanket on the sofa. Well, I let Earl in yesterday. First, I closed all the doors to all the rooms. He has too much fun exploring if I don't. Then, I laid out blankets and such on the floor in front of the window - across the room from the sofa where Gracie was already relaxing. After roaming all around, Earl came and got on the mats. He proceeded to
roll and roll and scratch and roll around. He finally succeeded in flipping one mat over on top on himself in one of his rolls. He was so funny to watch! Gracie was on the sofa looking at him wondering what in the world!?!!? I wish he would settle like she does - she'll curl up and sleep for hours. Earl just wants to wander around and then he wants to be in your lap with both of your hands rubbing or scratching him. He's SO spoiled and LOVES human contact. Since I wanted to knit, Earl had to go back out to the garage. Maybe he'll figure out that it he would just curl up and nap like Gracie, he'd get to come inside more.
That reminds me -- need to go feed those kitties!
Thanks for reading and check back to find out which new cowl pattern I decided on.