#8 – A Long Time Coming

I have finally gotten around to using this pretty yarn combo, which I put together last August on the day Lisa’s Big box of yarn arrived.

579 3 yarnsThe RHSS ‘Amethyst’ and ‘Real Teal’ that she sent me beautifully match the variegated, a long time resident of my charity stash.

I just added a little of Vanna’s Choice ‘Wild Berry’ (also from Lisa) and some black to make . . .

Northern Lights

631 NLT full viewVery pretty, IMHO, but not very accurate – see the yarn photo above for real colors.

I have enough of the variegated left to accent one or two more ripples! cool.

631 NLT close-up

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Staying In

Friday, 10 a.m. and the temperature had only risen to 0° F!

630 0 degrees

A very good reason to stay home.

A second good reason, I was expecting a FedEx delivery – After spending a recent snow day sorting her stash, one of my dear blog readers, Karen of MA, generously offered to share some of her extras!

630 1-box on porch

0° weather is hardly suitable for the extended photo shoot I was expecting from such a large box, so I quickly moved indoors and dumped everything out on the bed. Oooo – So many delicious colors!

630 2 yarn spill

Immediately I wondered – what’s in that bag?. . . Why, zillions of cute little scrap balls.

630 3b peek-in-bag

About a pound and a half of them! Into my scrap box they’ll go, for future granny afghans.

630 5 little scrapballs

Meanwhile, Emily has been busy exploring. For some reason a large handrolled ball of light orange has her undivided attention,

630 3a Emily

while the one huge skein of Caron One Pound ‘Taupe’ grabbed mine.

630 4a Caron one-pound

– Wow, Karen got a Great Deal on this! –

630 4b pricetag

Next I gathered up all the rainbow variegated, RHSS ‘Mexicana’, so I could weigh it.

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Two pounds! . . .this could be the beginning of a new ripple series.

And there’s a wonderful variety of other variegateds too.

630 7 other vrgtds

Knowing that I’ll make at least one ripple with each, these skeins and balls represent many blankets for foster kids!

Next, let’s check out the beautiful array of solids:

reds – from orange-red to burgundy,

630 8 redspastels,

630 9 pastels

neutrals

630 10 neutrals

and beautifully luminous greens.

630 11 greens

There are also a few Misc. Treasures: royal blue and red mohair, black embroidery floss, and four cute little skeins of fingering weight yarn; the red ones are nylon, often used to reinforce handknit socks, and the other two are wool.

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Altogether, about twelve pounds of ‘new’ yarns for my charity stash. . .

630 13 twelve-pounds

an instantaneous cure for cabin fever. Thank You!, to my newest yarn fairy, Karen.

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#7 – Lemons

What can you do with eighteen ounces of lemony yellow scraps?

629 LMN-scrapsAdd a few lemony yellow partial skeins

629 LMN-+prtlsknsand a little sugary white. Mix thoroughly and enjoy!

Fresh Lemonade

629 LMN-full-ishAccent: double-row stripes of orange-yellow about twelve rows in from each end

Overall Striping Pattern: Two or three single-row yellow stripes for every double-row yellow stripe and about every eighth row is white.

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Ripple #6 – Inspired by. . .

this cute scarf.

628 SCRF adNot that I couldn’t have made a great-looking ripple anyway, but I thought it pretty cool that, in my stash, I found great matches for all five colors!

628 yarnWhen my newest ripple was ready for its photo shoot, I walked around our snow-covered yard looking for the best spot. There was too much shade next to the snow-blown path that heads round the east side of our house to the birdfeeders.

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But it was fun to see all the cute birdie tracks where the trail starts to bend!

628 traxI asked DH. He said that he did not spill or sprinkle any sunflower seeds so far away from the feeders, so I suspect this is where the juncos come to picnic.

On the west side of the house there was plenty of sun, – As proof, that’s my shadow, at the bottom of the bottom of the photo. – but far too many Big Lumps of snow!

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Ah HA!! – Next to the driveway. . . the perfect place, both flat AND in full sun.

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I knew that my usual perch of an old wooden desk chair wouldn’t get me high enough off the ground to shoot photos of a blanket atop twenty-four inches of snow.

No, for this job I needed a far more specialized piece of photographic equipment. lol

628 ladder

Yikes! – the powdery snow really clings to the backside of a ripple. Fortunately, the weather has remained cold and dry since the last snowfall, so one quick shake was all it took to remove it.

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I crocheted this blanket’s two-row stripes in the same order as those of the scarf.

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The yarns I used: a purple chenille unraveled from a thrifty sweater, RHSS ‘Tea Leaf, plus the ‘Light Raspberry’ and ‘Turqua’ sent by Lisa of TN, and ‘White’ I Love This Yarn! from Chrissy of TX.

Thanks so much for your help, once again, kind Yarn Fairies!

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#5 – The Third and Last

For my last Caron One Pound ripple, I combined the second skein of ‘Espresso’ and the ‘Cape Cod Blue’ left from ‘Asymmetry’ with a highly textured yarn from ancient stash. I vaguely remember getting it as a mill end at JoAnns.

627 yarnI love the way it looks with the two solids!

627 CUD closeTogether they made an extra cuddly blanket, perfect for the extra cold weather we’ve had lately.

Cuddly

627 CUD full viewI don’t mind an overnight low of 15ºF, but that’s the forecast for today’s high!

Disgusting.

Grocery shopping and haircut can wait for a milder day. I prefer to spend the rest of afternoon crocheting in the sun, assuming that Emily will share her sunbeam.

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Storm Update

Thank you, Dear Readers, for your concern about our welfare during this storm. We did stay safe and warm AND our lights did not flicker once. YAAAY!!

After I took yesterday’s photos, Colbie gave us another six inches of snow, which brought our total to twenty. DH needed to do one last round with the snow blower.

The quiet of the travel ban made me especially conscious of the high winds, so I was concerned about wind chill and frost bite, but DH said he didn’t feel all that cold, thanks to the many warm woolies he was wearing. That made me feel great! It’s wonderful to know that the hats, cowls, mittens, balaclava, long johns, scarves, boot liners, neckwarmers, etc., etc. that I’ve made for him over the years keep him as comfortable as possible. I’m happy that, at last, he has so many pieces he can put on a dry set each time he goes out.

During the afternoon/evening the wind weakened to 15 mph with gusts as high as 25. It’s still blowing at that rate today, but is expected to drop to 3 – 7 mph tonight.

FYI – Peak wind gusts in Nantucket, MA reached 78 mph yesterday, the same as on top of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.

Afterthought – Twenty inches of snow sounds like a Major Snow Storm, but perspective is everything. I checked, once again, and found out that our neighbors just a few miles to the north got thirty-two. DH and I suddenly felt blessed!

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Blizzard ‘Colbie’

The Governor issued a state-wide travel ban at 9 last night, a sure sign of trouble ahead.

Here’s the view from our front porch at noon today. . .

625 BLZ Blizzardheavy snowfall with a sustained wind of 15 miles an hour, gusting to 40 – perfect for a Cozy Day of Crochet.

– tsk – Wish I’d thought to snap some pics at 7 o’clock this morning. We had near white-out conditions then!

How the birdhouses on our garage normally look. . .

625 BLZ-bh-garage-How they look now (shot through our bathroom window). . .

625 BLZ-at-noon14″ so far, enough for DH to really appreciate his new snow blower.

625 BLZ-14"-so-farSupposedly, more is on its way.

625 BLZ-moreI think we’ve dodged a Big One; just half an hour northeast of us they have 25″!!

The weather forecast says the temperature will drop to 5° F tonight. It’s likely that the power will stay on as high winds aren’t nearly as bad as heavy wet snow and what we’ve gotten so far is fluffy dry powder.

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