Hoar Frost is that pretty white coating of ice crystals that forms when dew or fog freezes on the branches. It's really quite lovely. I think that the sight of sparkling white branches against a bright blue sky is one of the most beautiful sights in winter.
I took this picture this afternoon. For the record, it's March 25, 2011. I haven't done anything other than upload it. The absence of colour is accurate.
This is spring.
Everything is covered with frost, the sky and ground are the same dull grey colour, and it's been like this every day for a solid week.
Today is dull and grey and chilly. There's been a snowfall warning for the last couple of days, which thankfully hasn't yet resulted in more than a few centimetres. Friday though, was bright and sunny and warm enough that the melting snow was creating running streams through the gutters. Frog and I took our dogs for a walk down in the park. The chickadees are flitting about all over the place, and I saw a pileated woodpecker. Not that long ago I saw a blue-jay, and a jeuvenile eagle. I've seen flocks of cedar waxwings laying devastation to leftover crabapple trees. The hares are starting to turn brown again and the whole neighbourhood is starting to smell vaguely of poop. (Come on... You know that special spring smell... when all the dog poop starts to melt out of the yards after being frozen in all winter) No robins yet, but spring is on the way.
Baby pussy willows, still in their jackets, but just waiting to come out.
March is a challenging month for me. The school year has a rhythm to it, and March is a crescendo. I had a stomach flu that took me out for a while early in the month and put me behind schedule, then everything started to pile up. Anyway, it's been a month of very long hours, nights and weekends, and I'm exhausted.
I managed to finish a sock (just for you Bryony).
This is Cider Moon Icicle (sorry, no link cuz you can't get it anymore) in "Lost".... all sorts of beautiful jungle greens.
This yarn is dyed in very short segments and I think it's the first time in a very long time that I've used a skein of hand-dyed yarn that didn't pool. I love that it looks like all the shadows and shades in the forest.
This yarn did not want to be a fancy sock. I think it was rather reluctant to be a sock at all.
72 stitches on 2 x 2.0mm KP circulars
2x2 rib, with a mistake that makes 1 rib of 4knits appear exactly opposite 1 rib of 4 purls.I've cleverly disguised them as a "design feature" but placing the 4K front and centre all the way down the leg/foot, and the 4P down the back of the leg. You can't even see it with this picture, but I'll show it to you when I finish the pair.
Somehow I accidentally knit in a yarn over on the sole - see the hole - and couldn't be bothered to fix it. When the other one's done I'll just weave it closed on the inside.
Speaking of the other one, I'm going to donate most of the remainder of this dreary day to green.
It is not International Fat Women's Day (but I have no doubt there is a card company out there who'd love to make that a holiday and is willing to work with the flower people and the diet people to make that happen)
I think we should celebrate these two special events together!
How does crispy bacon, dipped in molten dark chocolate, with a glass of wine sound?
1. I have two unfinished pairs of socks, and one unfinished summer cardigan on the needles. I really should finish those socks and my friend Bryony has been encouraging me to get back to sock knitting but I still have the sock blahs.
2. The summer cardigan has been languishing in the basket since oh... last spring... It's lime green Butterfly 10 and probably 2/3 of the way finished. meh
3. I want a new warm cozy cardigan.
4. This is because my world has frozen solid. I've been warning everyone for years that the purpose of summer is to soak up enough solar radiation so that we don't freeze up solid by February. Last summer there were 3 really warm days, and maybe a total of a couple of weeks of actual summer. It rained pretty much the rest of the time.
5. Today it is -20C with a forecast high of -16C.
6. There is close to three feet of snow pack in my yard.
7. Whoever said "March winds bring April showers that help the flowers bloom in May" didn't live in Canada.
8. I am beginning to doubt global warming. (not really, because I suspect that the continuous deep freeze, deep snow pack, lack of chinooks, and rainey summer are all related phenomena. I'm just cold.)
9. A spindle came back into my life recently. It's a student spindle with a deep groove in the side of the whorl to hold the yarn on it's way up to the hook.I had used it to teach a friend to spin and had given it to her along with a couple of ounces of BFL. Anyway, karma brought it back to me exactly as it was when it left.
10. I like the calm of spindle spinning. I picked it up to fondle and before I really knew what I was doing, smooth, even, thin singles were forming under my fingers.
11. These singles were nothing at all like the much thicker, less even yarn already wound on the shaft.
12. Despite this being the "busy season" at school with the resulting abundance of meetings, deadlines, marking, and document preparation; regardless of the personal stress in my life which comes from an ongoing taxation issue; and absolutely in spite of the frozen wasteland outdoors I am truly very happy.
13. This weekend I've started by writing, will soon go off to yoga, and then will work a great deal. When I need a break for my eyes or my brain or my back, I will pick up my spindle and twirl off a few dozen metres of lightweight singles.
14. It feels so wonderful to be able to live in the light again. (now, if the sun would just burn off the clouds, and a great big chinook would come blasting down the eastern slopes and melt the snow I wouldn't need a new sweater, or socks...)
Edited to add: for EvilKnittingTwin... The lime cardi is the Cable Neck Cardigan from the spring 2010 Interweave Knits. Here's a link to my last post about it. There's even a picture. It looks exactly the same today.