Cold Days

Today is balmy, a highly pleasant 21F. Isn’t it amazing how perspective changes the weather? It’s the warm before some very cold weather. In fact, I keep looking at the forecast for new year’s eve. I first noticed it when it was predicted to be -18 overnight. Now the prediction is -22. I am keeping an eye on it, but I don’t think we are going to go out that night at this point. Better to stay home and make sure everyone and the house is safe.

We’ve been starting off our mornings like this:


Miss Butterfly and I managed to get some errands run yesterday afternoon, and again this morning. And we baked. Homemade pita bread yesterday and some lovely time and labor intensive cookies today. Miss Butterfly is really into putting puzzles together right now, so we also picked up a couple puzzles for her. And we went to the yarn shop, where I purchased enough koigu kpppm for “Legends of the Fall” sweater. I can’t wait! My color choices are on the orange side, much to Miss Butterfly’s irritation. But, I am still eager to spin at the moment and haven’t would the yarn and cast on yet.

I had Miss Butterfly take a few photos of the hitofude.

It’s large and long and comfy and quite frankly extremely warm. The kind of sweater one throws on around the house to stay warm in this cold and it REALLY works. It’s also nicely work appropriate with proper pants. I really could see me knitting this again.

Back when I first met Mr. Ink his old dog Coco was not wanting to go out in the cold. At 15 and arthritic, he decided he was super over it. I knit him some booties, and it changed his cold weather life. Mr. Ink would put those on, and old Coco would prance around and go for walks with them on.

After Lizzie had 24 hours of limping after a cold weather walk, I asked Mr. Ink if he still had them. He did, and was easily able to pull them out of his desk drawer. I put them on her, and she spent 10 minutes making snow angels before we could even go for a walk yesterday!

She loves those booties! If we ever lose any, I’ll make the next ones out of fluorescent yarn though, as these are hard to see, and she does tend to lose them off her feet and they aren’t easy to see once they are gone.

It’s been a pretty fantastic vacation so far. We’ve been busy but quite happily so. Keeping busy at those things which keeps us a family as well.


9 thoughts on “Cold Days

  1. Your daughter, your dog and YOUR SWEATER are all amazing. Oh my the sweater! Great job. And how did you manage no dog poop in the photo? We put about half the decorations away today. just too much stuff for me to contend with now that Al and Zach are gone. Tree up and we are still enjoying it.

    • I love the sweater SO MUCH! I am thinking of sending it to my mom and knitting another.

      As for the dog poo…I am really fastidious about it. I always always bag it and clean it up right away. I am far more irritable about the “yellow snow” which I can do absolutely nothing about right now.

      Nice job on the decorations, sometimes it’s good to do that chore in stages. It’s overwhelming otherwise.

  2. Hey, she’s quite tiny, I didn’t realize that before.

    I need to get back to sweater knitting again, I’m wearing out some of my stuff. First I must frog a green thing I knit last year, 4 threads and a chunky pattern = weighs a ton. So I’ll have to roll up, split 2×2, reknit. Not happy….

    • She is! Though it seems to surprise many people who see a picture of her without the perspective of a person in the photo. Even I thought we were getting a “medium” dog, but she’s definitely small.

      Split 2×2? That sounds like a nightmare chore, I’ve done that before. Hopefully your yarn isn’t too “sticky” and it goes smoothly.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful vacation! Glad you two ladies are having a good time.

    The sweater looks great! I am looking forward to this knit.

    Glad Lizzie loves her booties, they should help a lot on winter walks. Which you should NOT take NY eve! Our bitter night is a few days after that. Not that it is warm in the meantime, below zero every night, bit wednesday looks like the worst night.

    • It’s so funny, I am ignoring the fact that the nights surrounding the -22 (updated to -24 now) are equally awful. -16 isn’t exactly fun either! But, it looks like we just have to get through about a week of this, and we are really getting used to putting booties on the dog. Hah. I hope you are having a pleasant week as well!

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