New Year’s Eve in Minnesota and not a flake to be found. It is very disappointing and not a little disturbing (see “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Soylent Green,” and “The Day after Tomorrow”).
Because it has been a brown winter, it never did quite seem very Christmasy or wintery. Last fall, Sally and I started a project we were both very enthusiastic about, but it never “got legs” so to speak. It was a shawl that would be gorgeous (IF it worked) to wear during the holiday season — very festive and certainly wintery in nature. It is the Winter Wonderland Shawl designed by Sharon Winsauer.
The pattern is available from the Alpaca Yarn Company which also carries the Forest Path Stole pattern (featured in Interweave Knits a few years ago). Sally and I fell in love with this shawl, immediately ordered the yarn, and started cranking out snowflakes like crazy. We didn’t post anything because we realized that this project could flop very easily because of the unusual construction — we wanted to see if it would work before posting. We forged ahead and then, like so many times before, momentum stopped. As Sally recently put it, “Its time has passed.” So, these are the only snowflakes in Minnesota — at least anywhere near my home:
Aren’t they wonderful? If nothing else, the snowflakes could be appliqued onto something. This project is set to resurface in the fall of 2007 — if there is snow for inspiration. If it is another brown year, I’m not sure the muses will deem this project knit-worthy.
Project details: 13 snowflakes are knit individually on dpns using “Glimmer” (3 skeins); then you pick up around each snowflake with Suri Elegance (1 skein) and knit the background. To finish: graft the snowflakes together and knit an edging with Glimmer.
I miss snow, and I miss winter.
From Sally: Here are a few photos of my snowflakes, including one with its knitted background. (I know, I know. Mine aren’t as nicely blocked and finished as my sister’s yet.)
PS from Susan — it started snowing, but it’s too warm to stick much. Turning to ice tonight for New Year’s Eve travel (!).