Thursday, February 18, 2010

Zebra on a Highway

I came home from work the other day, turned on the television, and was shocked at what I saw. I was on the phone hysterically laughing with my friend over the live news shot of a zebra on the highway in downtown Atlanta. It had escaped from the circus near Philips Arena. Apparently, this is also the second time in less than 2 years that a zebra has been found on a Georgia highway!

I was so excited I actually took a picture of my tv!

Lima is caught

Also, about a week and a half ago, we got the first snow that stuck here in Atlanta for more than a few hours since I've lived here. The snow fell for only a few hours, but instead of melting right away, it stuck around for about a day and a half - long enough for kids to make snowmen out of the inch and a half of snow that was on the ground.

front yard

side yard

Much of the time, I don't think my knitting is blog-worthy. I don't bother posting about quick or easy projects, unless they came out really good or interesting or maybe if it's something I haven't done before. But on a rare occasion, I start a project that I recognize will be on the needles for quite a long time due to its complexity.

I started the Halcyon sweater from A Fine Fleece. I am really excited about this sweater and the yarn I chose. Originally, I had planned on knitting it in cream for a very traditional cable knit sweater. I changed my mind after looking at all the colors that were available in Stonehenge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool. I chose this light turquoise color and so far I really like how it's knitting up. Those of you reading who knit (and maybe even those who don't) will notice this isn't on the needles. That is because I frogged this because of a mistake I was consistently making in one of the cables. It turned out that after I reknit it (up to about the same spot) that the mistake didn't really affect the look of the cables after all.

I know this project will be on the needles for quite a while. I often get side tracked with projects that need to be done for gifts or to knit something more appropriate for the time of year, etc. I just hope I don't get bored with it over time. I am also knitting this in a smaller bust size than I am because the plan is to fit into it by the time (or long before) it is completed.

a closer look

Anyone who remembers my resolutions (although why would you) would notice that this long, more complex project is not even on the list. I haven't mentioned a cable knit sweater before. I am not normally a cable person. I wear them, and I occasionally knit more simple and/or modern cables (like the 8 Koolhaas hats I've made), but I rarely have the urge to knit a traditional-looking cable knit sweater so old-school that one might call it a "gansey". I don't know why I was in the mood for this - probably because it looks great on the model in this beautiful book which is filled with cable knit items and I haven't knit from it even once before now. The fair isle sweater that I did mention in my resolutions is definitely not out the window. I have the yarn for it. I even started swatching it before things got a bit hectic. Once things settle down for me, probably in April (or as late as May), I will finish up the swatching of that sweater and actually begin.

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