Thursday, January 27, 2011

Go away winter!

A whole month since I've been to the blog! Craziness! January has been a crazy busy month and I just haven't had the chance to sit down and write down an entire post. I'm guilty of being more active on FB lately, which probably doesn't help with getting to the blog as often as I should.

So January in a nutshell... Happy New Year! Wishing you all a year full of happiness! Happy Birthday to Mom and my twin sisters Jennifer and Tiffani (they're 18...holy cow!). Piper and I got sick, got better, went ice-skating, fell on our butts and read James and the Giant Peach (so cute). School started again for me and it's going to be quite the semester. I'm looking forward to it though, because the classes seem really great.

Anyhoo, if you're anywhere except California, then you know all about the snow and ice we've been getting. This pic is from last week when we got another 18 inches of snow in our 4th snowstorm since Christmas.

But that's old news compared to today's ice storm! I tried to go to work this morning and turned right back around when I realized that walking down my driveway would take some major ice skating skills. The entire area is a full sheet of ice. Not long after I went back inside, I heard a nice big CRACK
and looked to see that the tree above our garage cracked right off. We're lucky that none of the falling branches have hit power lines yet.

Not a whole lot of crafting going on, but I did manage to make this mitten. Yes, only one, haha! My co-worker and I decided to make our boss a pair of mittens for Christmas. Our boss is awesome and loves handmade things, so we try to throw something handmade into her gift every year.

We figured we could both tackle one each. After a bunch of re-dos to try to match gauge, we were finally able to start them (a month late, ha!).

Being my first knit mitten, I was confused by the thumb, but thanks to some patient knitting buddies (thanks ladies!), I figured it out. Can I get a woot woot? ;)

The pattern is called the Agatha mitten and can be found HERE. I used a half skein of Bernat Alpaca for this one. My co-worker has the other half skein and is cranking her mitten out now. With luck, my boss will have both mittens by springtime. ;)

My family also started a new "snow day" tradition. If it's a snow day, we bake a chocolate chip coffee cake! Yum!

THIS recipe never gets old!!

Hopefully I'll be back before another month is over.