This is the "pogonip" we had on Friday, which is freezing fog. It made for a miserable drive into physical therapy with visibility less than a quarter mile.
Ian drove in on Tuesday to the Tuesday Book Club. I've cancelled just about everything but I couldn't bear to miss this. We re-read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for our December book which was even better the second time. Of course we outdid ourselves with a potluck but this year we played the traditional white elephant game, only with books. Everyone brought a book wrapped up, we drew numbers and the swapping began in earnest. They don't want to wait a whole year to do this again so we're talking about maybe a half-Christmas in June. Why not??
We had to go back in to town on Wednesday to see an ENT about my nose. My physical therapist encouraged me to get it looked at before the end of the year. If I talk very much, it closes up and it's hard to understand what I'm saying. The short of it is that on December 30th Dr Zamboni, that's right, just like the ice machine, is going to fix my broken nose. This means we had to cancel our New Years trip to SoCal. Alexia is very disappointed as are we, but I am looking forward to normal breathing once again.
I've had a couple balls of Classic Yarns Cashsoft for many years but haven't found a scarf pattern that I've liked. Last week I asked on Facebook is anyone had a favorite scarf pattern. Sara Lamb, who lives near here, suggested I use one of Barbara Walker's pattern treasuries and make up my own pattern, such as Tilting Block on p.263 of the second treasury. I don't own any of Walker's books so ordered it from Amazon and it was here by Friday. This is what the patterns look like and they are murder to read. The only one I could do was Tilting Block. But I wanted to make up my own which meant I ended up knitting swatches for hours! I tried several but finally decided to go with Gothic Leaf Pattern on p.288. The book is huge.
I couldn't make sense of the written pattern at all. Stitches sporadically appear before and after the designated pattern stitches so I finally wrote it out on graph paper. The first graph I wrote out was just for a single pattern but I still didn't know what to do with the extraneous stitches so wrote it out as a double pattern. From that I was able to knit my swatch from scrap yarn.
I can see that there isn't going to be any spontaneous lace knitting going on here. Every pattern will require deliberate graphing so I will probably end up with just a few favorites. There are three volumes in the Barbara Walker treasuries but I think I have my hands full with just one. At least it will be my pattern and my scarf with I'm finished.