Messy Cabin Fever

The weather still sucks. I mean, it is still February, so I should probably just take it in stride, but really? Ick. So ready for spring.


We continued to have snow and ice and record-breaking cold all last week, to the point where I “officially” only worked 6 hours the whole week. Then Saturday we got the biggest snowstorm of the year by far, and by lunchtime my yard and most of the things in it had nearly disappeared.

strawberry pot

It continued to snow until some time after I went to sleep. While those of you who have only ever lived up north are probably laughing at these pictures, those of you who have lived around here know we genuinely have no way of coping with this level of snow around here, except for the good old “stay inside until it goes away” method. At least there’s been plenty of good food.

bread and soup

And with all the extra time at home and only so many hours of grading and planning I can stand in a day, there’s been plenty of knitting. I actually got to the point where I’m in a weird lull between designs, so I’ve picked up this behemoth of insanity again.


That may also have been inspired by how darn cold it is. Seems like perfect blanket making weather to me.


20 responses to this post.

  1. I admire your patience! I don’t think I could ever make it through that blanket but it definitely is a very beautiful design!


  2. That is a serious amount of snow. We would be in the same position if that happened here. Enjoy the happy knitting days!


  3. Brrr my goodness, that’s a lot of snow! Hang in there. It will go eventually…


  4. Love, love, love the knitting. (I also love your snowy photo, but you’ll probably come and kill me for saying that.)


  5. Beautiful work! I love the red and white! I’ve been knitting for several years, but haven’t attempted color work or fair isle. I’ve been afraid of messing up, but I will take the plunge.


  6. Posted by Den on February 25, 2015 at 7:06 am

    I’m kind of chuckling about the snow fall for you, but you’re right. It is about perspective. We’re built for it up here – we have the sand and salt and plow trucks and we drive on it so often, it’s generally second nature. Completely different for you folks. 🙂

    I love the red and white. Amazing! As an afghan? What does the backside look like? Just where you carry the stitches behind?


    • The prep/know-how make all the difference with the snow. It often takes 12 hours for us to see a plow on our street, and with snow like this they seem to have to plow a couple times before the streets are really safe. I’m told the rural (and mountainous) end of the county is even worse. A lot of the walkways around here are *still* under snow and ice, and parking lots are really hit or miss.

      The red and white is going to be an afghan. The back looks pretty much like any stranded work – lots of little floats. I’ll probably wind up sewing some sort of backing to it when it’s done.


      • Posted by Den on February 25, 2015 at 7:45 pm

        Prep makes a HUGE difference. We have plow trucks go by my house every hour or so but again – we’re in northern New England. We’re supposed to get this. 🙂

        I think I’d have to put a back on the afghan. I’d be so worried about the floats snagging on something. It’s beautiful though. How long does a square take?

      • ForEVER. Lol I haven’t actually clocked the hours, but each of the 20 blocks is actually four separate squares, and one of the blocks seems to take me 4-6 days. There’s a reason this thing goes into hibernation periodically, and it’s not entirely because temps in the 90s are not conducive to blanket knitting!

      • Posted by Den on February 26, 2015 at 6:53 am

        Oh my! Truly a labor of love, then. It will certainly be stunning when it’s finished, though! 🙂

  7. I thought it was only us Brits that the world stops for snow.. Nice to see we are not alone tho. Slightly jealous of your time at home and that project looks awesome. Keep on it oust so I can see the progress, please?


  8. That is a gorgeous mosaic design! Way beyond my skill level at this point, though I look forward to one day being able to do something like that without tossing my needles and yarn out the window in frustration…kudos to you! :o)


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