After a few unusual days of warmth we’ve had quite a thaw in Madison. Most of the snow is gone from our streets and yards, so it was quite an experience to feel the chill come back in full force and to visit a frozen lake.
It was amazing to see such a big body of water frozen, and to see ATVs and people out in the middle of it! But I am glad to be safe at home and back in the warm. Which is always a pleasant experience when you have plenty of wool around.
This is Cascade Eco + in Lichen for the first of my IntSweMoDo2011 challenge, a seamless saddle shoulder sweater (a la Elizabeth Zimmerman) for my Dad. It is a popular one on Ravelry and I totally understand why, this is probably one of the best work horse yarns around. With nearly 500 yards per skein it is super economical and knitting with bulky yarn means this will be a speedy project. Knitting up a sleeve in a day means I don’t feel bad casting on another very small project before starting the body.
Stonehedge Shepherd’s Wool is a yarn I stumbled across when looking for something for my sister-in-law. It is made by a small mill in Michigan and is a wonderfully soft worsted wool. Perfect for the Thermis cowl I’ve had my eye on for some time. The colour should go nicely with my Ringwood gloves, finished just in time for the return of the cold.