07 December 2008

New Knitting Project Under Way!

Greetings from the library!

I realize that I haven't updated in a week, but you see, it's almost the end of the semester, and I have ever so much work. So, I am using my time at the library updating my blog instead of writing my final essay! I think that sounds like a perfect form of procrastination, don't you?

Anyways, before I get into talking about my new knitting project, I just need to tell the world something quite exciting: it snowed!! Oh it was so beautiful!! At first, when I was looking out my window around 8 pm, I looked at the ugly peachy-fluorescent street lamp and saw these little things hovering around in its light, and I began to wonder if we had some sort of lunar eclipse and there was an invasion of gnats or some other type of natural phenomenon. But they were in fact tiny snowflakes, which continued to grow in size as the night progressed! I was so excited! It was another beautiful form of procrastination, just screaming at me to stop writing, make some hot cocoa with marshmallows in it, and stand by my window and watch nature do its thing. So I did. And I got basically no work done. Which is why I am here in the library, being actually quite productive, up until right now. Also, I went to the Mud Coffee shop which I've heard so much about, and I loved it, and I want to go there all the time. There was even a grizzled old man at the bar with a sketchbook and some pencils and he was so cool. I want to be like that when I'm old...

Okay, so back to the topic of this post. I recently received in the mail this great book Romantic Style: Knits and Crochet to Wear or Display! It has a bunch of lacey, 1930's-inspired knits, and I just love it. I've decided that I am first going to knit this lacey shawl which I will intend to wear as a thick scarf. I bought some lace-weight 100% baby alpaca yarn from KnitPicks and I can't wait to get started. Here's the color that I chose:

I think it should be quite a lovely addition to my wardrobe. In addition to this scarf, I really want to make this hat from the purl bee. I love how it's made from such soft, yet light yarn. And it's such a simple design that I'm sure it will look good with everything. It calls for cashmere yarn, which I would definitely love to buy, but it's so expensive! Maybe I'll just splurge with some birthday money or something. I think that's what I'll do! Yeah!

Anyways, that's about it. I have about 1.5 weeks of school left, and my birthday is in 12 days, so I am excited to say the least! I can't wait to return to the land of 75º winters.

Until next time....


Anne said...

Wow, what a perfect life. I really like the subtle two tone hat - you can barely tell, but then you closer and it's two different types of yarn. I wish I had the skill and patience to knit, it seems like a perfect way to spend your time while watching SNOWFLAKES - a novelty completely unheard of in Berkeley - fall slowly from the sky. Aaahhhhh...charming.

Barbara Eisenstein said...

When you describe the snow falling outside your window it reminds me of NJ. We had some beautiful evening snows. I like the way it hushes the world.

Taylor said...

oh my god! it's like we're doing the completely same thing regarding our final papers.

Your days sound absolutely magical. The idea of snow is so PERFECT! I've seen it snow 1 time, and it was the most magical thing. What a wonderful world!

I'm dying here each time it gets to like 50 degrees. My bed is right next to the drafty window and there's no heat in my house this winter, so i sleep with a: sheet, quilt, wool blanket, knit afghan (is that how you spell the type of blanket, too? Not like a person from Afghanistan but it's a blanket my aunt made us years ago) AAAND my down sleeping bag unzipped on top of it all. the sleeping bag is the warmest but it is totally gross to sleep wrapped up in it every night so I throw it on top but it's so slick it always slips off and I wake up cold.

Anyhow... on a totally separate note, ANNE, I LOVE THAT YOU USED THE WORD CHARMING!

Anne said...

and hey, don't expect any 75 degree winters here. In CA it's a whopping 50 degrees! That's like the ICE AGE.

Anne said...

haha, Taylor, I used charming just for you.

Taylor said...

thank you! I am using my digital camera. I haven't had a change to print any film pictures in a few months... but I've been toting around the digital to try to grab a few pictures here and there.

Claire said...

eugh 75 degree winters....

good luck with your new knitting project, looks beautiful. hopefully i'll see you before you go back to la. i'll be in nyc this weekend i think, maybe we can hang

Claire said...

hows it comin? post some pictures of your knitting progress!!

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