Yesterday I went out and bought a snow shovel, and scraped most of the snow off of our sidewalk and steps. Apparently our (rented) house lacks gutters, which means that snowmelt falls straight onto the landing of the front steps and freezes into a 2'-square sheet of ice. Great. Fortunately it's supposed to be well above freezing every day this week, so perhaps even our shaded porch will thaw and dry.
Given all that, is it any surprise that I'm feeling a little obsessed with green plants lately?
My jade plant, which made it safely from California to Maryland a few years ago, lost a few branches on the latest cross-country trip. But look: it's growing new leaves! I'm so proud. New additions to the indoor garden include these six tiny succulents, which are lined up on my craft-room windowsill looking adorable, and this lovely maidenhair fern.
And now for the knitting content, which is what you all come here for:
Not very exciting for anyone else, but it keeps my hands warm: I fixed the gray mittens, which were too big. Instead of the usual star decrease, I worked these like the toe of a sock and grafted the ends, and it fits really well, so I think that'll be my new mitten pattern.
And yes, I did
go to the bead store yesterday, and I succumbed to the pulsewarmer pattern in the latest issue of PieceWork
(thank you Beth
for the subscription!). I'm using leftover laceweight alpaca from my Flower Basket shawl, two strands together, but the beads only on one strand. It's tricky, for sure, but watching the pattern grow is totally addictive. I did a provisional cast-on instead of the long-tail called for in the pattern; we'll soon see if that was knitting hubris or not.