Despite the grey weather (rain overnight), I can tell that the sun is rising a tiny bit earlier each day...and setting a little later each day as well. Slowly but surely our daylight hours are steadily increasing. It is still pretty mild here (40's this a.m. and 50's predicted for later today), but I think this may be the end of our Spring-like weather. I saw some teens forecast for next week (overnight...not during the day).
So, here we are mid-month already! Linking up with Kat for this Unraveled Wednesday edition. Yes, there has been unraveling this week. I believe the head/ear band has been unraveled at least 3 times! Luckily it is a small piece (only 26 stitches across). A pattern is finally working. Simpler is better. The initial attempts I had were way too complicated for the tiny space and for the yarn. I cast on again yesterday and this is where I am:
Just a simple two cable pattern. This is the 100% Alpaca yarn I received at Christmas. So soft. It will feel wonderful against my ears when the cold weather returns. I hope to finish this quickly as we will be seeing Mailing's parents next week (they gave me the yarn) to celebrate the Chinese New Year (Yay - dumplings!!).
I had also cast on socks and decided on a new-to-me pattern from a book I have. But alas, that was not working well. The pattern involves crossing stitches (not cabling, but rather knitting stitches out of order). I need to practice! My stitches were so tight that I could barely move them on the needles. So, that was all ripped out and I have yet to cast on again. Both project bags have come to work today, but I think I will concentrate on the headband to get that finished up.
On the reading front, I'm about 100 pages into Fever and am enjoying it. Lots to think about with this book - treatment of immigrants (and how that hasn't changed a whole lot...), treatment of women (ditto in some regards), medicine, etc. I'm looking forward to our discussions in February. Also received notice yesterday that my Overdrive hold for Inland came through so I've downloaded that. Not started yet, but looking forward to this one.
And here is my Amaryllis as of this morning:
Some spent blooms and some recently opened. Still beautiful!
Wishing you all a beautiful finish to this week!