Snow and Knitting

Well, we ended up with more sleety ice than snow, in the end. We did get snow on top of the ice and it’s beautiful, but nowhere near the 7-12 inches they were predicting. It was messy and slippery out there yesterday, so we all stayed home and off the roads, as instructed. I think the ice pelted the windows until mid-afternoon, at least. I was inside, knitting and drinking coffee. (And although I was tempted to strike out for Starbucks – a simple 3 blocks away – I decided that would be foolish and made my own coffee. Maybe if it hadn’t been sleeting so hard ….)

Here is the February Dream in Color Dream Club pattern, Pleiades, by Beth Kling. I got the pattern about a week ago and loved it so much that I started in on it right away. (Note – this is not the February color! I made this out of  Deep Sea Flower, because I wanted a blue scarf/shawl for someone. I’m saving the red to make another one for me.) We have sold out of the extra skeins as of now, but remember, we will continue to put additional skeins up as the pre-order people make decisions about whether or not they want to buy their reserved skein. The last batch will go up next week on Wednesday, the 9th. And as soon as Dream in Color gives the go-ahead, we’ll offer the pattern separately. We’ll keep you posted on that. (I’ll repost one of these photos when the pattern is available, just to remind you of what it looks like and to let you know it’s ready.)

This was a great pattern. You knit the leaf-y border vertically, and then pick up stitches along one long side to continue knitting the garter part and then the ruffle, horizontally. I ran out of yarn on the ruffle, and so I had to make it 5 rows shorter than called for. Just an FYI if you’re making this – watch your yardage on the ruffle and end it when you need to end it.

On the February color – the Dream in Color gals mentioned to me awhile back that this was going to be a pink color, and I felt like we’d already had enough pastel-y colors in the Dream Club, so far. They’d heard that from others, too, so they were offering to over-dye it in reds if someone preferred that, and we preferred that! I love how these skeins turned out – absolutely gorgeous. But that’s why you might see some pinks and some reds, being offered out there in different yarn shops. Depending on your monitor, the skeins might even be a little redder than what is showing up on your screen.

For those of you who missed out on some of the Kollage Riveting colors and patterns, we have more on order and hope to have them up in the 2/14 Update. I finished my Saturday cowl – will share that when we get more patterns and yarn in. I really like this yarn.

Sheri brrrrrr.reallyreallyreallycoldhereinSt.Louis.Howaboutforyou?


  1. About minus 24 here this morning with the wind. We got freezing rain and then about 4″ of snow on top. The city finally got smart and quit plowing the snow off the ice so mostly we can get around. Parking lots and side streets are wicked though. I would rather have a foot of snow than the ice. White knuckle driving is so not my thing. Stay warm!

  2. Here? Not quite so cold yet, though that’s coming. What we do have is 20″ of snow in my front yard. I’ve put up a number of pictures on FB. Great knitting weather. Salty Dog agrees. He’s asked for an ear flap hat.

  3. 3 degrees in Albuquerque, NM, but with lots of sunshine. Below zero tonight. The snow came yesterday. Strong winds have left some decent-sized drifts. I am working from home today. Not too many plows in this city!

  4. Snowed in for the second day. We had around 10-12 inches of snow. Ugh! I’m just very thankful I’m not in Dallas where they are having rolling blackouts to conserve energy!

  5. Snow, a little ice and lots of cold air in Lubbock, TX. We’ve been having wind chills in the negatives (like -15 or -20).

    FYI – Crutches don’t work well with icey patches on the ground.

  6. My favorite color and the pattern is lovely!

    Was t-shirt weather in North Alabama over the weekend. Helped a friend put up bead board in her entry-way to surprise her DH when he returns from TDY. Cold this week but maybe we can get back to finishing next weekend if we can cut panels outside. Back to knitting and keeping warm.

  7. It is unfairly chilly here on the outskirts of St. Louis too. Lots of sleet & several inches of snow, so I’m going to play with the kids and attempt to finish knitting a sweater sleeve and cast on the second one. I have high knitting ambitions for the day.

  8. Not cold here at all–60 degrees! We dodged the icy/snowy bullet this time. Thanks for the close-ups of this pattern. This pattern is beautiful as is the yarn. The other website had the pinker version but I love the red. I’ve loved all the Dream Club colors. I don’t like chunkier yarns so refused the January but loved the color.

  9. Really cold-had to refill the bird feeders twice a day. I am knitting some cables so the fiber is keeping me warm-as well as the dogs.

  10. We dodged the bullet today, but that’s after having been without power for several days last week when lightning hit the local electric substation and the roof caved in. It was TOO COLD to knit, if you can believe that. In any event, I’m glad that you’re up and blogging because I was beginning to fear that you’d lost power and had taken refuge in the yarn with Loopy.

  11. We got at least 2 feet of snow here in the Chicago area. At 3pm we took the dogs out for a walk. The sun is out, it’s about 24 degrees (10 with wind chill) and no cars but people everywhere digging out. The dogs (labs) had a grand time running through the snow everywhere!

  12. Wow I remember horrible winter storms when I lived in St. Louis but I’m in Florida now and even though it was a gray looking wintry day today the temp was actually in the low 70s.

    Love the pattern and will be watching for when it is available by itself!

    Stay warm all!

  13. Snow, snow, snow and more snow. We did not get the 2 ft. they predicted, but about 18 ins was quite enough. Especially over the 2 ft we already had. Great knitting weather. Thankful we did not lose the power. Glad everyone there is fine. Hugs

  14. The snow in Lincoln, Ne. ended last night but it was bitterly cold today. I walked about two blocks and came home as it was too icy under foot (even with Yak Trax on my boots). I came home, made a cup of hot cocoa and cast on a new sock in Spring colors. Two snow days for this special education teacher! A magical time.

  15. I’m calling it the storm we weren’t supposed to get but DID!!!!! Did we ever- woke up out of a sound sleep at 2 AM to ice pelting the house. Scary when it pings off big picture windows. When I got up this morning it was A BLIZZARD looked like someone had put a white wall on the edge of the deck— couldn’t even see the little pump house on the shore 50 feet from the house and as for seeing across the lake -not happening. The air temp was 14 but with the wind blowing like it was -24 was the result. So much for 1-2 inches. Great day to stay in and knit which is exactly what I did. Gotta love yarn in spring colors!
    Glad to hear you stayed home where you were safe!

  16. Got up to 63 here, with a wind that freezes the ears. I know, I am spoiled. And love it! I queued that Pleiades pattern yesterday, may start it soon. I like the combination of textures in the stitches. Hope you thaw out soon!

  17. Lower 30’s in Philly today, but the very good news is I finally dug/chipped my car out of the snow and ice yesterday afternoon, and was able to go for groceries for the first time in a week and a half. Had run out of milk yesterday morning, and we got a brief thaw, so it all converged along with a sense of urgency (need coffee! need milk for coffee! need!!!) to kick my rear into gear. I’ll take the cold, but please NO to the ice!

  18. Cold in Iowa. We had snow Tuesday and Wednesday early. Got a day off from work so extra knitting time. I’m sewing in ends on an afghan for my DGS and it is tedious work.

  19. Cold here in south central Wisconsin, we had -7 when I got up this morning but has since warmed up to 17. We received 10.75 inches of snow yesterday and had blizzard conditions with blowing winds, it nearly shut now Madison. but not quite. Can’t wait for the weekend 30 degrees the weather person predicted. Well see. On the look out for lace weight for my daughter first attempt at a shawl. Wish us well.

  20. We are now in Florida where today was 73..sorry for your bad weather. We were in Ky the months of Dec/Jan & it snowed & was very cold..brrrr!!! Will be back in Ky for Derby.

  21. I spent Saturday chipping away at 4-6 inches of sleet on my driveway from Tuesday’s storm. Did you know that if you let sleet ‘set up’ overnight it turns to concrete? lol Ok, just solid ice. Lesson learned! Saturday we woke up to more snow falling. After about 4 inches the sun came out so we went out to find our driveway under all that ice and snow.
    Then as a reward, I spent Saturday and Sunday evenings working on my lace Wendy Johnson toe-up socks out of Wollmeise Igor. It’s a lovely eggplant-y color with shades of greenish grey that remind me of the silvery dusting on real eggplants. I can’t wait to wear them! (Note – still on the first sock, just getting ready to turn the heel. :-))

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