Thanks for all the sweet words about the finished knit blanket. I love it so - and I love how it's making me think about slow knitting. The beauty and magic of having something continuously going for so many years, no worry to the end deadline or finished result. I'll be thinking lots more about that, and surely casting on for another soon. For those of you who asked, I used a size 9 (very long) circular needle, with worsted to aran weight yarn, and started with a cast on of 220 stitches. That's it - easy peasy. Start...and then wait eight years (my math was off - it was actually eight! Wow!).
We're on February vacation week right now (school vacation for Calvin and Lou, our exchange...and a break from classes for the rest of the crew), and it seems we have been destined to spend it with the February Funk, the lot of us. Fevers, congestion, all that good stuff. But with that shift in plans and discomfort also come the comforts of home - leisurely days, easy meals, rest, hot tea, and a lot of mellow home time. Some knitting (or crochet) naturally fits into that too, and I've cast on for a Granny Ripple Blanket, though being so new to crochet as I am, may have bitten off more than I can chew with it. It's the width, I believe of nearly a twin size bed. And the generous stash of Quince Osprey that I started with has been sucked up within the first 40 inches! Ah! Well, if I decide to stick with it (still undecided on that yellow), there's plenty more yarn to be found.
The weather has been incredible this week. We hope to be putting taps in the trees this weekend. And while there isn't a ton of adventuring with the coughs everyone is sporting, there have been a few amazingly perfect front porch sits. A cup of tea, a book, a warm woolen blanket. Oh so good.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend ahead!