Thursday, May 26, 2022

It's been a while

It's been a while since I last posted.  I told myself I wasn't going to stress over posting weekly but I never meant to go three weeks without posting.  Oops.

Life has been busy.

I turned 60.  Yikes!  I'm struggling with 60.  I was good with 50.  Fifty is old and I no longer had to worry about what I looked like or how I acted.  I felt like I could be as silly and ridiculous or as serious and professional as I wanted to be in the moment.  I had an, "I'm old.  No worries." attitude.  But 60...??? Sixty just feels like, well, Yikes!!!

I spent my birthday in the pouring down rain as a vendor at the Strawberry and Wine festival.  The day was not great.  We had a horrible booth location next to a VERY annoying and aggressive Anderson Window guy who was scaring away the few customers who'd ventured out in the rain.  

But it wasn't all bad.  I spent the day knitting and chatting with my booth-mates and they helped me celebrate with a birthday gift of yarn and a new pattern book.


The second day of the festival was much better.  Hot and sunny, a huge crowd at the festival, and we, and several other nearby boothes, complained about the Anderson Window guy so much they allowed us to move our tents to better locations.

So, what was I knitting in the rain during the festival?  


Another Reyna inspired shawl.  This one is knit with Bamboo Pop Sock yarn I bought from my LYS, Center of the Yarniverse last year.  Or was it the year before Covid hit?  Let's just say I bought it a while back.  The colorway is Muscadine.  I love the rustic red, white and blue affect.

Other things that have been going on...


Hayden got season tickets to the local theme park and asks to go daily.  She loves riding the rides!


Teddy caught kennel cough and the medications doped him up pretty good.  Instead of chasing bees and barking at groundhogs, the neighbors and the mail lady, he spent a quiet week stoned half out of his mind.  Thankfully, he's all better now.


We got to witness snake sex.  To put their size in perspective, that tree is so big, four adults can't stand fingertip to fingertip and reach around it.  I think it's pretty cool how they made a heart shape.  Guess that's the snake version of romance.



I swore I wasn't going to buy anymore yarn and then I got an email from Knit Picks.  They are having a Build Your Own Value Pack sale.  Buy ten skeins of certain yarns (you can mix and match the colors - Yay!) and save 20%.  That box arrived today.  I'm obviously now ready for Christmas knitting.  And oops!  An even bigger box is due to arrive in 3 more days.  Good grief!

And last but not least, I've been watching old Emergency reruns.  Do you remember that show?  When it first came on back in the '70's, my big life plan was to marry Johnny Gage. And now, when I watch it, I can only think how old and outdated the fire trucks seem.  Were the 70's really that long ago?? 

Good grief!  I feel old.





Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Almost

The beachy shawl is almost finished.


There's probably enough yarn left for another row or two but why put myself through the stress of a good game of yarn chicken.  I think I'll go ahead and start the bind off now.  But first, I have to go to work.  

I'm seriously struggling with the new working girl lifestyle.  For the life of me, I can't seem to figure out how to fit in work, the knitting life, house work and any sense of a social or family life.  How do those of you who work do it all?

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Still knitting

I'm still knitting and freaking out over having enough merchandise to sell at the Strawberry and Wine festival in two weeks.  And, I'm still enjoying my new job but boy! It sure takes up a lot of time.


Besides all the things I'm making over and over and over again for the festival, I've been knitting this beachy shawl.  I don't have an actual pattern but it is loosely based on Reyna.  I got the yarn at Hobby Lobby last year.  It's Yarn Bee, Authentic Hand-Dyed Tiger's Eye.  It looks nothing like a tiger's eye to me.  I think it's quite beachy looking.  I've been very pleased with the yarn.  I'll admit, I'm a bit of a yarn snob, specially when it comes to shawl yarn, but this yarn has been a joy to work with.  It's the second project I've made with Yarn Bee's Authentic Hand-Dyed wool and I've been happy with both projects. 

I'm hoping I can get the shawl finished and blocked in time to take to the festival but.... It can be tricky blocking large items with Hayden in the house.  The dining room table is the only place big enough for shawl blocking and Hayden is a very curious young lady.

But now, it's time to go put that new shirt on and go to work.

And if you are reading this, thank you for sticking with me.  I know my posts have been pretty eratic lately and they will most likely continue to be for a while.  I'm sorry about that but I sure do appreciate you being here.  If it weren't for you, I'd just be some crazy lady talking to herself.  So, until next time...

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

I got a new shirt

 Wow!  It's been over a month since I've posted.  I've been busy.  I got a new shirt.


I went back to work.  Food Lion (a grocery store) this time.  I'm a closing cashier and I love the job.  Not sure what it says about me that I absolutely Love running a busy cash register, but I do.  The job is fun and the people are nice.  But my arms are falling off!  I'm on my third week there and my arms still haven't fully adjusted.  I knew I had no upper body strength but...  Good grief!  Gallons of milk and cases of beer are heavy and, well, wow!  My arms and shoulders are sore from the nightly workouts.

We are also house hunting once again.  That takes up a surprising amount of time.

Between the new job, a recent craft fair and another one coming up mid-May, I haven't been doing any exciting knitting.  I just keep making the same few things over and over and over again.



There's been soap bags and f-bombs,




Lots, and lots of beaded socks actually.  They sell well and it's been difficult to keep up with demand.


And of course, lots and lots of pot holders.  They sell well too.

And while I deeply appreciate all the sales success I've had, I am looking forward to May 16th when the last craft show I'm signed up for is over and I can go back to knitting for me.  Or at least knitting something different.

So no, I don't have anything new and exciting to show you.  But I do have the day off from work today so I'm going to wind this up, go get another cup of coffee, knit another f-bomb or two and maybe crack open a bottle of wine later on.

I hope you all had a nice Easter.  And I hope those of you in the path of yesterday's blizzard survived.  My idiot husband was trapped in his truck, wearing shorts and flip flops when they closed the roads in western Pennsylvania.  That will teach him not to watch the weather before he heads out!  No worries though.  He survived and made it home this morning.

So.... Happy knitting and I'll check in again on my next day off.




Friday, March 11, 2022

Busy, busy, busy

It's been a busy week!  I cleaned out and rearranged the pantry.  Doesn't sound like that big of a deal but...  You should have seen the pantry before I started!

After cleaning out the pantry, I spent a few hours Googling recipes that use huge quantities of potatoes, bread flour and powdered sugar.  Yes, amoung many other excessively purchased things, I found four 2 lb bags of powdered sugar, a 5 lb and three 10 lb bags of potatoes, and four 5 lb bags of bread flour.  

The pantry looked so clean and organized, I decided to rearrange and reorganize my room and craft supplies the next day.  My room proved to be a little bit more challenging than the pantry.  And took quite a bit longer.


I watched the daffodils bloom - and practically blow away in the wind.  That whole "March comes in like a lion" thing has certainly been true, wind-wise at least.  I couldn't even get a half way decent photo because the wind was moving them around so much.

I listed several new items in my Etsy shop.

I watched gas prices rise almost 75 cents over a four day period.

I went to the store to buy trash bags.  The next day I went to get a trash bag and couldn't remember where I'd put them so I had to go buy another package.  And when I got home and went to put them away in the cleaned out pantry...  Yep, you guessed it.  There was the original box, sitting just where they were supposed to be.  Aack!

I went to a local craft show, bought a few things and talked to the lady in charge of organizing the event.


And I immediately went home and applied to be a vendor at the April craft show.  I also signed up for the Hanover Strawberry and Wine festival in May.  That one is a much larger, two day event.  And because wool hats and scarves probably won't sell well at either event, I've been frantically crafting non-winter things.


That's only a few of the things I've finished so far.  I've made four potholders, seven pairs of beaded socks, three sunflower gnomes, two sets of crocheted coasters, four chapstick holders that attach to your keyring, four garden soap bags, four knitted market bags and I've tie dyed the fabric for twelve more fabric market bags.  Later today I plan to sew those market bags.  And maybe take a nap.

How about you?  What have you been up to?

Friday, February 25, 2022

This week's knitting

Thank you all for the prayers and warm thoughts for my mother-in-law.  She passed quietly in her sleep, which is about the best way things could have gone.  She is at peace now and that's all we can ask for.

I haven't been able to get as much knitting done this week as I'd hoped.  I am, however, on the very last section of the mohair and wool scarf.


Pardon the poorly lit photo.  It's raining outside so it's dark and gloomy inside.  I think this scarf is going to be awesome when it's finished.  And it may be finished tonight!  Maybe.


I've also been beading socks.  These are for Easter.  I just love how the beads are pastel colored but also bright.

And since I've been asking for prayers lately, let me ask one more time.  How about we all pray for the troops in Ukraine.  I know the families of several service men and women who have been sent over and the news is looking a little scary.

In the infamous words of Elizabeth Zimmerman, "Knit on with confidence and hope through all crises."

Friday, February 18, 2022

Mohair and Wool

This is going to be a short one today.  There's a lot going on around here and my time is short.  But, I wanted to show you...


The photo doesn't do it justice.  It's a scarf with uneven stripes of mohair and wool.

I was searching Ravelry for something entirely different but a similar-to-this scarf popped up and it gave me the idea.  

I've been wanting to combine these two yarns forever.  I even tried knitting them held together earlier in the week.... But they looked horrible held together.  The Iceburg Aloft muddied up the Cascade 220 Wave yarn.  I was so disappointed because I've been thinking about this combo for over a year.

But then I stumbled across the Ravelry pattern, took a look at the photos and now I'm making my own version.  Hope that's considered getting inspiration, not stealing.   It's just too simple to pay for the pattern though.  I simply cast on some stitches and started knitting.  Knitting uneven stripes of mohair and the wool.  And I'm thrilled with the results.

I'm also thrilled because over the past week, I have taken my email from almost 800 pending emails down to 41.  And I'm actually reading them, not just deleting them automatically.  Well, I am deleting the "this offer is good for today only" type emails without reading them.  And of course the obvious spammy ones.  But otherwise, I'm reading them.  So, if you happen to notice and wonder why I replied to 30 of your past blog posts on one day... Well, now you know why.  I'm also getting lots of scarf knitting done while I read the emails.


I hope everyone had a good Valentine's last weekend.  Hayden painted Valentines.  And herself.  

And last but definitely not least, please say a prayer for peace for my mother-in-law.  The Alzheimer's is winning.

Friday, February 11, 2022

Olympic Knitting

It's been a busy Olympic knitting week.  And that's weird for me.  I've never been a big Olympics watcher.  I like to watch the ice skating in winter and swimming in summer, and that's about it.  But this year.... This year I have become obsessed OBSESSED.  I have no idea why but the TV is on 20+ hours out of 24 and I get extremely upset and frustrated when they are running reruns.  

And I have to say, I just don't get curling.  Okay, it's sort of like bowling on ice but when I first started watching, it was male/female teams and all I could see was the woman throwing a giant rock on the floor then screaming at the man to Swiffer harder and faster.  And once that image was in my head.... But other than that, I am really enjoying watching the games and I'm getting lots of knitting done.


I finished knitting the "walking hat."  I may have to rename it the Sitting On My Butt, Watching The Olympics hat, but that just doesn't have the same ring to it.  The hat needs a pompom and I think it needs to be either black or white, neither of which I have at the moment.  I'm counting this as a finished project anyway.


Valentine's is right around the corner and I need a gift for Hayden.... but gift shopping would mean turning off the Games for an afternoon so....  I remembered I had this pink sparkley yarn in my stash and decided to knit her a hat.  She likes to wear hats.  Hates having her hair "done" but loves hats.  Anyway.... 

Sadly, I got cocky and "knew" my gauge with this yarn (Yarn I've never even knit with before.  Sheesh!) and didn't test it out.  I simply cast on.  And well, it turns out I cast on two inches too many stitches.  Dammit!  

Will I ever learn gauge matters???

I knew it was going to be too big and considered ripping it and starting over but I kept knitting and telling myself that it just looked big because the brim was rolling before I hemmed it and hemmed hats never stretch as much as ribbed hats so it would be fine.... Then it just seemed to big because it took forever to pick up all those stitches to do the hemming..... And well, I'm now knitting an adult sized hat for the shop and Hayden will probably end up getting a pan of brownies for Valentine's instead of a hat.


And last but not least, I'm almost ready to bind off the Palette scarf.  I can't believe how fast this has knit up.  I've made a bunch of these in the past and it normally takes me forever.  As in, sometimes multiple months worth of forever.  Probably because I get bored, but this time I've had the Olympics to help with the boredom of all that garter stitching.

This bad boy, if I measured correctly, is 67 inches long.  It's hard to measure when scrunched up on circular needles plus my tape measure only goes to 40 inches for some odd reason.  Anyway, it's long.  And in two more rows it will measure 8 inches wide.  I'm struggling with making it 12 inches vs binding off and starting another.  Your thoughts are welcome on that.

The scarf  has 58 different shades of Palette in it.  Granted, a few of those are the same color, but different dyelots that are noticably different if you look closely and under good lighting.  As for a color pattern, I knit two rows from the brown pile and one row from the 'colors' pile.  I'm on my third roation through the browns and am just two skeins into the second repeat of the colors.

And while I have a zillion other knitting projects on the to-do list, some of which are slightly important and have deadlines, all I can think about (besides the Olympics) is casting on another Palette scarf using whites, creams and pale blues and grays.

I need help!

Friday, February 4, 2022

On the Needles

It's been a busy week!  Mainly, I've been focusing on getting my shop restocked, but there has been a little knitting happening too.

Remember the Bamboo Bloom yarn I got a while back?

I quickly knit it.


I love the way it turned out.  The yarn is incredibly soft and it was fun to knit.  The design is so simple - knit the thin bits and purl the thick.  For something so simple, I had an incredibly difficult time with it in the beginning.  For the life of me, I couldn't remember to switch from knitting to purling and then back to knitting again.  All in all, after all the tinking, I probably knit the scarf six times.  But other than my lack of attention/muscle memory issues, it really was an easy, fun, simple and quick project.

Remember the Winterfest sweater?  Oops! I don't have a recent photo. And I won't have one for a while because I've put the unfinished sweater away.  It's a good thing though.  I finished all the stripes from the yarn the kids picked out and now I'm ready to finish the sweater with a solid color.  A solid color that I don't have.  But I will have it soon.  Well, in March.  I do a quarterly bulk yarn purchase and March will be my next bulk order.  Luckily I have plenty of other projects to tide me over.


I'm slowly making progress on the Walking hat.  I need to rename it because I'm no longer walking while I knit it.  It's just been too cold to walk without gloves and for the life of me, I can't knit properly with gloves on.  Okay, let me re-phrase that.  I can knit with gloves on, but my gauge looks like an uncoordinated toddler's first knitting lesson.  In other words, bad BAD!

The Walking hat is progressing very, very slowly because... 

I cleaned out my craft closet.  Normally that wouldn't affect my knitting time too much but... I stumbled across a scarf I had started ages ago.  A simple garter stitch scarf made from all my brown and green skeins of Palette.  I don't know why I'd put it away for so long.  I was only about five rows from being finished.  

But the point is, I've been wanting to start another one of those Palette scarves.  I enjoy knitting them, they use up lots of scrappy bits and they sold very well at Winterfest.   



So, instead of finishing the Walking hat, I finished the old Palette scarf and started another.  I'm a little bit obsessed and am having a hard time putting the it down.  Luckily, I have enough Palette to knit a thousand of these scarves.  It ought to carry me into March.

So, how about you?  What have you been knitting? 

Ooh - By the way, Knit Picks has all their pink, red and white yarns on sale, 40% off for Valentine's Day.  It's a great time to shop if you need those colors.


Friday, January 28, 2022

The Walking Hat

That left turn I took the other day was the correct way to go.  Sort of.  The blog is not 100% fixed but it's fixed enough for now.  I'm having to use the "jeanniegrayknits.blogspot.com" address rather than my own web address but if I'm understanding all the information/problems/issues, in 90 days I can make it my own once again.  Meanwhile, none of my old pins on Pinterest work and lots of links are broken but I can blog and my Etsy shop is still linked here.  Again, it's not perfect, but it's workable.  At this point, I'm pretty happy with workable.

Meanwhile...

I've been pretty busy restocking my shop.  Sadly, I'd sort of ignored the shop for several years but Winterfest was an eye opener.  I did really well there and was quite pleased with my sales.  I left home with three giant Rubbermaid containers packed so full of knitted items their lids barely closed and came home with two empty containers and the third had so little in it, I could still see the bottom.  Dollar wise, I beat my sales goal by four times!  

Needless to say, I was very pleased with Winterfest and it really motivated me to get back to my Etsy shop.  Granted, it's much easier to sell knitted items face to face when the customer can feel the softness of the yarn and try items on but....  But if I can sell that much at one location, with a limited number of customers (granted that was a pretty large number of  customers,) there's no reason why I shouldn't expect to make the same number of sales online when I'm marketiing to the entire country. Right??  I know it will take time and lots of effort but it should work, right?

So... Pretty much all I've been doing for the last week or two has been photographing and listing items for sale in the shop.  

Meanwhile, I have been doing a little personal knitting.


I've been wanting to learn to knit and walk at the same time.  I can read and knit (knit, not purl) at the same time so walking and knitting shouldn't be that difficult, right?  I figured if I could do both at the same time, I'd (1) be more productive and (2) be more motivated to go for daily walks.  I desperately need daily walks.  So, I bought myself a walking knitting bag.  

This little bag from Knitters Pride's Mindful collection is perfect.  It's a cross body bag which is perfect for walking and knitting.  It easily holds a skein and a smallish project.   At the moment, it's holding two skiens and a few rows of hat.


I also realized I didn't need to "learn" to walk and knit, I just need to practice it.  I think I may need to wait until spring to get that practice in though.  It's been so cold, I can't feel my fingers if I don't wear gloves and I have definitely NOT mastered the art of knitting while wearing gloves.  Perhaps that's what I should be practicing.

Meanwhile, it's supposed to snow again tonight and tomorrow so I'll have plenty of indoor hat knitting time.  This winter reminds me of the winter we had 25 years ago.  It was the year Sarah was born and we had a blizzard every Thursday from early January through the end of March.  Luckily, this year we are only getting one to five inches or so each weekend rather than the foot or more each week we got 25 years ago.  As much as I love snow, a good blizzard and wild weather, that year was a little much.  I'm quite happy with this year's weekly couple of inches.  It's very wintery yet completely underwhelming.  

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Going Left

 

Nothing about my domain issues is going right.  Absolutely nothing.  

Every time I think I've found a solution, I hit another roadblock.  The number of problems I've encountered are becoming comical.


And so, I'm going to go left.  It's the only thing left to try.  

I'm going to attempt to totally do away with my own domain and go back to the most basic, free blogspot site address.

And by attempt, I seriously mean attempt.  I have no idea if what I'm about to do will work or not.  No clue as to what is actually about to happen here. I'm kinda expecting flames to start shooting out of my keyboard. That wouldn't be a surprise based on the way things have been going.  But I'm tired of sitting here doing nothing except worrying about it and stress eating every single snack food I can get my hands on. So I'm going left.

Wish me luck.  Please!  If it works, the new web address will be jeanniegrayknits.blogspot.com.  If you've signed up to have my blog posts sent directly to you, I have no idea if you'll continue gettng them. I hope that you will but I really don't know what's about to happen. 


So please, say a little prayer, take a deep breath and a stiff drink with me, and help me panic.  And well, hopefully you and I will both still be here tomorrow.


Friday, January 14, 2022

Who Knows

Who knows what's about to happen to this blog.  Today is the day the domain expires and I still haven't been able to communicate with the current domain company.  

I also haven't had the time, energy or nerve to attempt to change the domain address to the new name on my own. Plus, I'm torn about changing the name.  I just handed out over 500 business cards at Winterfest with the old name and I still have 1,000 more on hand.  I hate to waste all that.

And because, as I've mentioned before, I'm lazy.  I don't look forward to the hassle of changing the name on all my social media accounts and every where else it shows up.  Heck, I don't even know the locations of all the places the blog name shows up.

But I also have never been able to figure out if I can re-purchase the old name with the new domain company the day after it expires with the old company or not.  Confused yet?  I sure am!

And then there's the fact that I've been considering changing blog hosting companies for years.  Maybe this is the push I need.  Simply shut this one down and start completely fresh with a new name and a new location.  

Who knows what I'll do.

Meanwhile, instead of thinking about/doing something about the domain name issue, I've been preparing for Valentine's Day.


Well, preparing my Etys shop for Valentine's.  I've been making these little fur faced gnomes.  I think they are adorable.


And beading Valentine's socks.


But mostly, I've been hanging out with my favorite little Valentine.

And yes, I realize January 14th is a little early to be talking Valentines but.... seeing as though this could potentially be the last post, Happy Valentines! 😍

And don't forget, if I don't show back up here, you'll be able to find me at jeanniegrayknits.com.  Eventually.


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The gift that keeps on giving

I'm still not sure what's going to happen here with the blog.  The "bad" domain company's Contact Us button doesn't even work and supposedly my old domain name expires Jan. 14th but they keep sending me letters that it will be cut off on the 11th.   And since I vaguely remember having problems getting the original domain set up to coordinate the blog, Etsy and all my social media places, I'm afraid to try to change the domain by myself without my son's help.  And he's at work for 16 hours a day, every day for the next week.  How dare he have a real job (2 actually) that takes his attention when I need him!  😜

Anyway.... This post may or may not show up and it may or may not be the last for a while.  Time will tell.

And since I'm great at ignoring the things I don't want to think about/consider/do..., let's talk knitting.


One of my Christmas gifts was an Advent yarn pack and a pattern for a cowl or scarf.  I am SO excited over this gift.  I've always wanted an Advent yarn thing but I've never been able to justify the cost.  

Well, my friend, Dawne, made up the yarn packs from her stash and gifted them to the Winterfest group.  Winterfest being the time consuming machine that it was, we all decided to celebrate Yarn Advent in January.  And me being behind schedule as usual, started mine on January 4th.

Each packet of yarn is made up of 30 yards and is wrapped in a cotton quilting fabric square.  They look like hard Christmas candies in the bowl.  😊  And you know what that means, right?  When I finish knitting the advent yarn, I will have a whole new Advent quilting project to do.  It's the gift that keeps on giving!

Now, if someone would only gift me some quilting skills.  And an iron.  πŸ˜›  I can't find my iron.  How do you loose an iron?  Okay, maybe the fact that I haven't touched the iron in over three years may have something to do with it.

So for the yarn portion, I chose the cowl design. The actual pattern is the Manic Panic Cowl which is such an awesome name!  The stitch pattern is the linen stitch and when I saw that, I almost tossed the whole thing in the trash.  No, not really.  Well, almost.  

See, years and years ago I attempted a linen stitch scarf... with DISASTEROUS results.  I wasn't a very experienced knitter back then and didn't know how to 'read' my knitting and well, take my word for it - it was ugly! 

I was not looking forward to another linen stitch attempt.  But, I was coming off the high of a very successful Winterfest and was still feeling a bit God-like and decided to give the stitch another try.

I'm so glad I did!  I'm also very glad I picked the cowl/infinity scarf rather than the flat scarf.  By knitting in the round, every row is the same and it's super simple and I'm loving the outcome.  Absolutely loving it!

I'm also loving the colors.  The yarns are very bright and Eastery/springy/summery.  They are not my normal scarf/winter knits colors but that's not a bad thing.  After all, who says I have to wear dark, dull colors in winter?  Besides, I'm really enjoying knitting the bright, sunny colors as I sit huddled under my blanket, looking out the window at the cold, gray, winter scenery.

And now, I'm off to knit 30 yards of majenta.

Friday, January 7, 2022

Yikes! An unexpected post

 Okay, just a word of warning.  I completely screwed up and this blog may disappear on January 14th.

You see, I'm a tech moron.  Complete and utter moron!

My old domain register was bought out by a European company last year and it's time for my anual renewal.  Except they won't accept my payment because I'm in a foreign country and our banking and physical address formats are different and well, frankly I think the new company is a bit, well, horrible.

Long story short, I purchased my domain through another company.  Except I purchased "jeanniegrayknits.com" instead of "jgknits.com".  And when I went back to purchase the correct domain name/address, it says it's already being used.  And the old company won't allow me to transfer the name to a different domain registration company.  Did I mention how awful I think they are??

Anyway, I'm not sure what is going to happen here.  I need my kids to help me out with the tech issues and they aren't home.  It may be several days before I can get them to help me.  

So, to make this a tiny bit longer, if you can't find me at jgknits.com, go look for jeanniegrayknits.com

Of course, if this domain disappears, I don't know how you'll be able to know to look for jeanniegrayknits.com..... but that's a worry for another day.

Meanwhile, while I wait for my kids to be available to help, I'm going to go feel sorry for myself and knit.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

First Snow

 Gosh, it's been a while since I blogged.  Do I even remember how??


I hope you had a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.  Our Christmas was pretty low-key and New Years was spent at Winterfest.  At least, mine was.  It's over now though and I've been busy putting things away and cleaning up the mess I created preparing for and dealing with Winterfest.  Good grief, what a disaster my craft space was!


We are having our first snowfall of 2022 and this photo makes me think of the Wizard of Oz.  I don't Miss Gulch will be riding her bike today.


I sure am glad we cleared out our Winterfest booth the day before this storm hit instead of the day of as originally planned.  On Monday, I was wearing short sleeves, shorts and walking around barefoot outside in the rain.  On Tuesday, the temperature dropped, all the rain froze and the snow came.  A typical Virginia winter.


Believe it or not, those are color photos, taken around noon.  It was near white-out conditions for a while.  A very good day to stay inside, clean up and reorganize my craft space.  Tomorrow, I'll go back to knitting.