Why January has become such a busy month is a mystery to me. Work continues to be a major source of stress, however I have a new project which is keeping me busy and interested. Creativity time has been severely affected this month. I have a bunch of ideas for crafts, yet when I am finally home at night with a little time, I have been too zonked to do anything much but knit a few rows.
I did complete a baby project today in the car on the way to a birthday celebration for my sister. I love the baby bolero from One Skein--it is a quick knit and is just adorable. Are newborns really this tiny? I used Paton's Soy Wool Stripes in natural pink. This one is for one of the knitters from my group--we have two that are pregnant. I think I have enough yarn left for a matching hat.
My knitting group has been working on red scarves for the red scarf project. They are due to be mailed the end of this week, after all are collected. This is the stack I have so far. I never realized how hard red is to photograph. These don't do the scarves justice, but I love the variety of patterns everyone came up with to use.
I did knit up a the lacey scarf pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts for my secret pal. I have to send out her final package this week. She is an amazing lace knitter. I am jealous! I have no patience for knitting lace and intricate patterns. I hope she likes this scarf, my attempt at a simple lace pattern. I used some deep plum and purple Opal yarn. I like the subtle changes in the colors.
I have a "toe injury" that is going to require some minor surgery this Friday. I think the recovery period will give me plenty of time to catch up on more knitting and other crafts. Hopefully I will be able to drive/walk the next day!
It is actually winter now in the Philadelphia area, after about two months of unseasonably warm weather. We had our first visible snowfall on Friday morning--which resulted with multiple car accidents because the roads were not treated and there was just enough ice to make driving miserable. I was able to go into work late enough to wait for the sun to melt the roads. The yard looked pretty, but I really would prefer to have no winter. The older I am, the better the idea of living next to a palm tree looks! The news is now reporting that we should expect an overnight snow/ice storm tonight. Going to work tomorrow may be quite an adventure!