With the exception of a few hours of sun today, this is what Seattle has looked like for over two weeks. In fact, this is light fog compared to some of the days we've had recently. Combined with freezing or near-freezing temperatures, being outside, as a friend put it, is like taking a cold shower. And since I start my first job of the year in a couple of days, I haven't felt the slightest bit of guilt about staying inside knitting every day. I even got off my ass & moved my Buttony Sweater off the needles & onto some waste yarn so I could try it on & photograph it.
I think I'll knit about 2 more inches before separating the sleeves from the body. I'm happy with the way it looks so far & I think it will fit well, though I might incorporate some waist shaping for a snugger fit.
I've been listening to a lot of podcasts the last few days & have discovered some new ones (new to me at least) that I really like. Tonight, before running out to snap the after-dark photo above, I listened to fiberstory.tv, an interview show hosted by Johnny Vasquez (whose beautiful wife, Lacie Lynnae, you've probably seen in recent issues of Knitscene). Up until October, Johnny was a prolific podcaster, interviewing designers like Cirilia Rose, Emma Welford & Allyson Dykhuizen. However, he hasn't put out a new podcast since October so I hope the show hasn't come to an end.
Yesterday, I shuttled my sweater off of then back on to the needles in the company of the video podcast 90% Knitting. Normally I stick to audio podcasts because they don't require me to divide my attention as much. I can visually focus on my knitting while my mind focuses on the podcast. But when I have an exceptionally boring or tedious task at hand, a video podcast is just the thing. And Lisa, who hosts 90% Knitting, is adorable & charming.
I've also discovered the knitting section at my local library & it kinda rocks! I just finished reading Clara Parkes' Knitter's Book of Wool & it was absolutely eye-opening! As with everything she writes, it was readable & concise while containing a wealth of information. It really helped me figure out which breeds of wool I want to spin & I will be on the lookout for them at the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival this year. I've even begun entertaining the possibility of traveling to Oregon Flock & Fiber or Black Sheep Gathering later this year for more breed exposure. Until then, knitting with yarns simply labeled "wool" will hold a whole new level of mystery!