No progress on the handspun sweater (see pic) because I went on a short road trip yesterday, and then decorated The Big Tree. On the road trip, I completed one ribbed handspun hat, and cast on another (which I finished in the evening- they're a Quick Knit). The yarn on these green hats is from California Red fleeces that I washed, and dyed myself. CA Red is a rare breed- the wool is soft but there are red hairs throughout, which make for really interesting yarn (though not soft enough for next-to skin). The red and white barberpole yarn in the uncompleted sweater pic is also CA Red, and is being used on the current hat. I have a few more hats to knit, a couple of pairs of socks, and a pair of gloves to finish for Christmas yet, but I should be able to get them all done. No one is getting any sweaters this year (well, except for me), so it's all small projects.
Blog Reader Melodie (http://thelatestcastoff.blogspot.com/ ) is knitting a Hat A Day, and she adapted my Snowman Fair Isle mittens for one of her hats. Isn't it adorable? And she had the brilliant idea of using beads rather than embroidery for the snowman features! This is her first Fair Isle project! Way to go Melodie! (Part of the original snowman pattern is here: http://kathleen-dakotadreams.blogspot.com/2008/01/freebie-friday-standed-snowman-mitten-2.html , and that post has a link to the other half of the pattern)
Here's my world this morning- not enough snow to hamper anything, but enough to make things pretty.
Something I learned Yesterday: If you wear shoes with small heels (totally cute olive green Ecco Mary Janes) when you don't normally wear shoes with small heels, and if you don't wear a coat into the store, and the wind chill is below zero, and you hurry back out to the car in the far end of the parking lot, and you yank the car door open quickly, without paying attention, in order to get out of the wind, your head will be in a different position than it usually is when you open the passenger door of your own car, and you will smack the living shit out of your nose. Don't try this at home, kids.