Ice

The ice storm certainly hit last evening, and it’s still raining today. We treated the driveway with salt before we went to bed, but it was all washed away before this morning and replaced with a thick layer of ice. Mr. Ink headed out to salt again this morning before work. I made the mistake of watching from the window. He’d salt in front of him and take mincing steps. He’d fall and slide toward our busy street, then quickly pour a load of salt in front of his body as he slid toward the street to stop himself. The back side of him was soaked as he finished up, so I know this was a disturbing trend this morning. I decided to stay home. He left in the civic. Most likely because it’s the older car and if the worst happened, it would feel less awful.

I decided to seam the baby moccasins I knit the parts for yesterday. And then I decided to go outdoors and take photos. I hugged the edge of the house as that’s where there’s no ice, and made it to the side garden to take photos.

These are the baby knits for my new nephew arriving in March. I made the moccasins last evening and seamed them this morning. I’ve never knit baby booties before, this was a first. I have to say, my initial impression is that they are simultaneously fiddly and satisfying. I am glad I made them.

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They wanted to slip all over that ice covered stone. In fact, they kept trying to slip into the muddy garden, so that wasn’t ideal. My photo was snapped as quickly as possible so I could move them to a safer spot.

I had finished the sweater days ago, and blocked it over the weekend. I kept thinking that I’d need to go out and get buttons, and as such, I’d not be able to show it off anytime soon. But, as I was wandering around the house yesterday unable to go shopping due to ice, I remembered that I have a rather expansive old button stash. I decided to shop there instead, and came up with 3 light blue perfectly matching buttons.

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I also knit a quick pixie baby hat, because they are so cute, and babies should have hats, and because they are a hat knit that is flat, since I rather hate knitting hats.

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I have a small ball of yarn leftover, but probably not enough to knit another item from. It was good fun to knit a few baby items from handspun all at once. I am eager to send these out the door along with the stocking. The hat is newborn sized, the sweater says 0-3 months, and the booties say 0-6 months. So, it’s entirely possible that none of these will fit at once. But, they’ll last for awhile, and that’ll have to do.

Miss Butterfly and I are hoping to be able to get out later and wander the neighborhood in boots on the grass. However, I just took a look at the radar and it looks like it’ll be pouring for ages and ages. We might have to call it a loss. We have other plans too, french toast breakfast, chores, and some tv watching. I think that’ll do for an ice day! Are you in the path of this storm? If so, how is it where you are?

 

4 thoughts on “Ice

  1. Those are the cutest things! I love that pixie hat pattern, I have made a couple of them now. It is like magic. Knit a rectangle and get a triangle. 🙂

    As for ice – BE CAREFUL! We got nothing much weather-wise this weekend, and that storm is going to miss us as well, skimming by to the south, apparently, as we have a chance of a dusting of snow. Southern Maine will get 2-5 inches from it. I do wish that we could all have our normal winters – rain where we are used to it, snow where we are used to it, and no ice. This type of winter we are having stinks. Here it is January, and we have absolutely no snow on the ground! We keep getting snow followed by rain. Up north they have a lot of snow, although they have also gotten rain, so their snow is thick and heavy and will take forever to melt in the spring.

    • Oh man, I’d love to have our normal snow as well! I miss it terribly right now. I have just realized we are midway through January without a decent snow storm, and I generally have daffodils mid March. That’s not a lot of time left to have a winter. And it’s supposed to be 50F tomorrow! (That being said, we often get our coldest temps in February, so perhaps there’s still time. We’ll see.)

      • Daffies in March? You lucky thing. 🙂 I hope you get at least one good blizzard when you and your family are all safely home and tucked in to enjoy it with no worries. And I hope WE get daffies that soon. 🙂 The earliest ours come is April, usually, but in bad winters, sometimes it is May.

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