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I woke up this morning terribly excited to be able to walk the poor neglected boxer. Then I looked at the weather: 0F. Back into bed I went. An hour later, when I asked Trygvi whether he wanted to go outside and pee on things, he just looked at me from the comfort of the couch. “Mom, are you kidding? I was out in the middle of the night. It was cold. Mom, you know I don’t have any fur.” Spoiled boy that he is, I let him get away with it.

This kind of weather requires hand-knits! These are the long-delayed 9 to 5 socks, tweaked to be symmetrical rather than identical in the twist direction, in yarn I dyed. They sat around for months with all but the toe grafting completed, then I misplaced them. But they’re wonderful none-the-less!

9 to 5 socks

And then there’s this brilliant piece of knitting.

alpaca hat

It is a knitted and felted alpaca hat from the farmer’s market near my mother, made by the woman who raises the alpacas I believe. Is that not amazing? I had trouble taking a selfie with both the antennae and the dangly tassels, so I went with the antennae. Of course. I admit I was skeptical when I opened the box, but it’s absolutely wonderful.

Changing gears entirely, or as close as you can get within fiber arts, go look at this embroidered dress on Midori Snyder’s blog: a hand-embroidered version of the 1526 “Adam and Eve” by Lucas Cranach. I can’t even imagine.

4 Comments on “Brrrrr”

  1. #1 Toni
    on Feb 12th, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    You could always have the boxer model the hat…

  2. #2 Phiala
    on Feb 12th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    The boxer wants to eat the hat.

  3. #3 laura
    on Feb 12th, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Beautiful vibrant green socks!! Gorgeous to those of us with sock admiration and envy!
    That hat makes you look like a fairy elf from a dreamy fantastical place. So darn awesome on you!
    The boxer may want to eat it, but be warned, the kitties attack my alpaca socks!

  4. #4 Laura
    on Feb 17th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I’m not surprised the boxer wants to eat the hat. The boxer wants to eat everything!

    Yay for finishing socks!

    And the embroidered dress…wow.