Snow in December is really a miracle in South Carolina. Our little miracle arrived on Christmas night!
Today we stayed home, just us. What a cozy day! I was raised in the California foothills, where it never snows, so I still find watching the snow fall outside my window absolutely mesmerizing.
Of course, the children had a rip-roaring good time. Even the kitties did.
Meanwhile, I played with some gifty goodness. I'm looking forward to squaring up my bee blocks with a square. That's got to be faster! And Martha's book is one I've had on my wishlist after borrowing it from the library on more than one occasion. Did you find any crafty treats under your tree?
Remember how I said that I doubted I'd receive any wished-for yarn? I was WRONG (which was awesome in this case)!
Brandon surprised me with a few skeins of Cascade 220. I plan to build up a lovely assortment of colors so that I can make a sunburst blanket and/or pillow. I think it's smart to start with a pillow, you know, for a finish that'll cheer me on. I got started last night with this tutorial. Just need to run to the yarn store tomorrow to buy the natural yarn that will finish out the square (and a ton more colors!). I haven't crocheted in so long, but the stitches came back to my hands, almost without my mind participating. Kind of like riding a bike, really.
Oh, by the way, for all of you who buy "nice" yarn that comes as a twisted skein like Cascade... Do you actually roll your skeins by hand into a ball? I mean, that took FOREVER. Now I realize that knitting/crochet is not a quick craft, and that's totally not the point, but I didn't enjoy the ball-making process, in part because I didn't know if it was necessary/right/normal. I've always used cheap yarn that comes ready to use - just pull from the center. I imagine that the relaxed, unballed skein is better for long-term yarn storage and that's why the fancy yarns come this way? What do you recommend? I'm wanting to try to use the skeins without balling them and just kind of hope I don't tangle them. That's crazy, right? Help!
Ok, off to do some tiny patchwork. Have a good night!