Yup, that's grass sticking up through the snow there. If you look carefully you can see the nearly bare street in front of our house. I took this picture early in the morning and by lunchtime most of the snow had melted.
It has been pretty cold here over the past couple of weeks. I'm taking full advantage of being inside for most of the day by working on some projects. There is a really great tutorial from Martha Stewart on how to make Felted Knitting Baskets from old wool sweaters. I had saved a sweater that had shrunk when I washed it to use for craft projects and decided to give this a go. I tossed it in the washer with hot water and a little Dawn. After it dried, I followed Martha's directions and voila!
The basket was so easy and fun to make that I headed over to Goodwill to see if they had any wool sweaters that could work for another one. I wound up finding two in the men's section for $3.75 each! I felted both of them and have already turned one into a basket.
Margi just finished test knitting Scrowl and it will be released next Friday (1/31). It's knit up in Shalimar Yarns Edie Aran and only takes two skeins. It's a very versatile accessory and can be worn as a cowl, wrap, and a scarf!
I finally figured out a name for the socks in Peppino! I'm calling it: Frostwork. Margi and Andi are test knitting it and the release date is February 21.
The other upcoming release will be Spark. It's knit up in Shalimar Yarns Enzo Worsted and will be part of the ShaliMarch celebration. Beth is test knitting it and it will be released in late February. Spark takes about 200 yards of the main color and 70 yards of each contrasting color.
I finished up the handspun sweater and I am so happy with it! After shopping around at a couple craft stores, I wound up finding the ribbon for the button band at JoAnn's. I know it's a little glitzy as an accent for natural yarn, but I couldn't resist it.
entralac throw that I knitted a few years ago from two Jacob fleeces. It's my go to wrap in the evenings when it's cold out.
The one on the left is Wild Berry Pie in Out of Oz. And the one on the right is Wine Festival in The Monkeys Uncle.
Can you tell I have had a little too much time on my hands and maybe a little too much time by myself? At least I have put it to good use!