just in time

We finally had a really good snow storm this past weekend. Luckily, on Saturday morning I finished up a pair of mitts that I had started the previous weekend.

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Here they are being professionally hand-modeled:

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I think you can kind of tell how soft the yarn is, but to give you a better idea, it’s a blend of alpaca, silk, cashmere, and camel. That also makes them toasty warm. I tested them out during my early morning walk with Winston to enjoy the snow before the hordes of tourists arrived to play in it. Yep, my hands were pretty warm.

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Of course, since this is California, when I emailed my boss this morning that I was shoveling the snow from my driveway so I could get to work, he graciously suggested that I just work from home today. It’s especially fun to be snowed in from work when the office is about two miles from the beach. So, since I saved myself a couple hours of driving time today, I was able to quit work at 4:30 and immediately start knitting, so I finished the first of a pair of Paraphanalia socks.

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I think these are going to be super cozy and delicious. The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, which is about the most expensive sock yarn I’ve ever bought, but it’s really lovely. These are pretty thick, and then that beautiful cable makes them even thicker and more cushy. I can’t wait to finish the second one!

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let it snow

I know it’s not like Minnesota or anything, but it snowed last night!
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It’s just a little dusting, but it looks like our world had a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

The chickens seem to be taking it in stride:
It didn’t stay on the ground in their little pen at all, but their water was frozen this morning, poor thirsty chucks!

I heard that garden gnomes like snow:
He doesn’t seem to be minding the cold, although his cheeks are sure rosy.

And one last one, just because I think it’s pretty:
I love snow.

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