This morning I awoke to a bitterly cold, grey day with a fine blanket of snow covering the ground in my world. Thankfully, I am not overly put off by this, as I just turn on the kettle usually, or sometimes indulge in some coffee with cream, and gravitate towards more warm weather fibers to knit or crochet with, such as alpaca and wool. Truthfully, these are my favorite fibers anyway and I love Winter for the opportunity it provides to stay in and snuggle up with a hot drink within reach, soft, luxurious yarn running through my fingers and a good book to turn to.
A bright spot in my morning was when I heard a package being delivered on my doorstep. Who doesn't love that, right? I was very excited to find my copy of "Lady Crawford" by Julie Cameron Gray inside that little package!
Now for those of you who aren't aware of it, that is actually our very own
of the popular blog
that so many of us have followed for years.
This is Julie's second published book.
I am savoring the moment in my hectic day when I finally get to sit down and open it and begin reading it. Oh, I have had a tiny sneak peek here and there and, of course flipped to the back to see her lovely face smiling back at me, but I am not letting myself skim it until I can have a proper sit down with it. I have waited far too long to have it in my possession for trifling. I am going to enjoy it thoroughly from cover to cover.
As for the Fingerless Mitts you see pictured,
you can find them by clicking on the live link.
I just listed them today, with the modeling help of my beautiful daughter Chelsea. I am working at restocking my Shop because it got pretty darn depleted over the holidays. I was shipping items right up through December 31st, even overseas. So I need a serious restock. I am trying to wedge this in between custom orders, which currently run into March.
So you might say I am Yarn Happy these days.
But who am I trying to kid?
I am Yarn Happy every day year round.
There just seems to be something cozier about it all on a cold snowy day.
I do like snow. When the light hits it just right it looks like millions upon millions of diamonds sparkling as far as the eye can see or pure white fairy dust that was sprinkled over the whole land while we slept. Even a little can be magical. And no two flakes alike. Really? Somehow this has always fascinated me.
It gives us a reason to stay in close to hearth and home, as it were. Enjoying long evenings with our loved ones as we seek shelter from the cold world outside and recoup and regroup from the holiday season. Though I prefer Spring and Summer and warm sunny days, for the most part, this Icy Cold Maiden we know as Winter is not all bad. She brings us her own type for renewal and fresh beginnings.
Winter also teaches us patience as she makes us wait and bide our time till our long awaited fair weather friends come again.
I hope wherever your path takes you as this new year begins to unfold,
whether it's a cold and snowy one or a warm and sunny one,
that you are surrounded by those you love most,
doing all the things you love best.
"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields,
that it kisses them so gently?
And then it covers them up snug, you know,
with a white quilt; and perhaps it says,
"Go to sleep, darlings, till summer comes again."
Alice's Adventure in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass