Over the last few days of break, the kids discovered a love of ice skating , and I re-discovered my love of it. The lagoon at Vilas Park offers a warming house and skate rentals, with hockey rinks and lights at night. We’ve gone there four of the last seven days! To me, skating is magic physics; gliding on ice is the closest we’ll get to walking on water.
Skating on a frozen pond really takes me back to a sense of history, too, making me think of Dutch, German and Scandinavian skating traditions. People have been getting together to enjoy sliding on a frozen lake for a long time! And there are lots of handknits involved; as Susie noted at Tenney Park, Wisconsin’s knitters have equipped their loved ones; I saw many berets and beanies, handknit mittens and capes out on the ice.
It really warms my heart to see my kids exploring under the bridges of the same lagoon I skated as a kid. Though I was never the hockey player like Lil Buddy is!
The Sunday Brunch sweater is coming along slowly but surely! I finished the first color and have transitioned to the second; this is going to take a little more planning, too, since I need to work the sleeves at the same time as the body to make sure that my yarn all comes out right in coordinated stripes.
Here’s where I slipped it off the needles to check the fit, and it seems like the arms and bust are working for me. That’s good, because I want to avoid making too many mods and really understand the sweater construction as written.
Happy Birthday to Me
Last week was my birthday, and Mike and the kids did it up right; I had a special plate, balloons and presents waiting when I got up in the morning!
Of course, there were some knitting presents:
A new Stitch Dictionary and a lovely Namaste Circular Case. I’m a little ashamed to admit I already had one, but all of my needles didn’t fit inside! Now they’ll all be secure and stylish. :)
My dad also gave me one of the best presents ever, a custom-designed piece of equipment for the Lair which is going to make gradient yarns literally twice as fast. I am so excited!
Hope you’re all having a lovely winter,