Snowed In

I wasn’t entirely convinced we were going to get a blizzard, since the weather reports couldn’t quite make up their minds. In New England we always say that’s a New England thing, but I assume it’s the sort of thing that people anywhere say is an Anywhere thing. Our last Xmas celebration was scheduled for 4 yesterday about an hour’s drive from where we live. Checking the weather starting Saturday night, the chance of snow by 4 went from 50% to 30%  to 70%. It actually started around 5, I think. The drive home was slow slow slow but safe enough. Today was going to be gift certificate spending spree day, but that has been put off until tomorrow (which I guess will be sunny?). The power grid’s a wee bit shaky out here, so in case this is meant to be our third winter in a row with a major outage, I’ve got the heat cranked up and the Kindle and cell phones charging. Batteries, flashlights, blankets all nearby. Dan’s mother managed a Yankee Candle long enough that I think we’ve got about 8 more winters to go before we’re in danger of running out of candles (though power outages around here do end up smelling like freshly laundered apple pies sprinkled with pine needles because of it).

Right after Xmas is the best time to get snowed in, though. I’m prepared for a day of playing with my presents, both yarnwise…

…and otherwise.

Top photo, clockwise from bottom left: Reversible Knitting, Knitting Without Tears, New Pathways For Sock Knitters, and The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning; Sereknity Yarn & Fiber Impulse, color Campfire w/matching stitch markers (love. my. husband.); KP Risata in Waterslide; KP small sock blockers; Namaste notions case.

Bottom photo: Big-ass u-shaped pillow for to lounge about on (good sister, getting me just what I told her to!); new Farscape graphic novel (yay for Farscape graphic novels! it’s like I can pretend the show’s still on!!).

Oh, yes. Today there will be lounging and reading and sock knitting and maybe even swatching for the next big self-striping dye experiment (gonna make me some pink, black, & white Jaywalkers if all goes to plan). And Mythbusters on Netflix. There must be Mythbusters on Netflix. Oh, yes, indeed.

4 thoughts on “Snowed In

  1. Your plans sound fantastic! I was told not to go in to work, so I have an unexpected 5 day vacation and I’m looooving it. For Christmas, I got the bread book (Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day) that Matt recommends, so I’m going to try to bake bread. My first time, so wish me luck. 🙂 And then I’m going to do some crafts because I am determined that 2011 will be the year of finishing my UFOs. And THEN I’ll relax by playing some Lego Harry Potter (also received for Christmas.)

    I’m feeling very excited to DO things because I’ve spent the past two days lounging in my pajamas, taking naps and eating a lot and watching the television. Now it’s fun busy time! And there’s beautiful snow outside! WEEEE!

  2. They closed my office today (first time I’ve seen that happen, in fact) but I’m on vacation still anyway! I want want WANT that bread book – lemme know what you think. I think bread’s pretty easy. It’s the only baking thing I can do confidently, because even if it’s not the greatest bread ever you can still spread something on it and you’re good to go.

    I spent about 3 weeks knitting nothing but Xmas presents, and now that I can knit for myself again I find I have no idea what to work on. I’m almost done with the first self-dyed stripey sock, I’ve cast on a gauge swatch for the all-Noro Hackey Sack Hoodie I wanna make, I worked on my bath mat a little…I’m all over the place, but I’m kinda just rolling with it. Eventually I’ll hit on something I NEED to knit. Tomorrow’s yarn store trip should help focus things, maybe. On the other hand, I have a lot to spend, so it might just push me over into sensory overload and I’ll spend the rest of the week drooling on a pile of yarn, dreaming of sweaters every night.

    1. So far the bread’s going well. I mixed it up and was surprised to realize it really does only take 5 minutes. Now it’s rising on the counter for 2 hours, then it goes into the fridge overnight and I’ll bake it tomorrow. I’m amazed at how easy it’s been so far. Tomorrow will be the real test: I don’t own a baking stone or a pizza peel so I’ll have to use cookie sheets. The book says that’s okay, I probably won’t have as crackly a crust.

      I still say you should build a little sleep nest out of all your yarn.

  3. Yes, if you have to get snowed in, the days after Christmas are probably the best 🙂 We’re expecting another blizzard in Minnesota later this week.

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