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A cozy spot for weathering the storm

The east coast of the United States is anxiously waiting to see what this newest winter storm will actually bring–if it’s just hype, or the real deal this time. I’m ready for any eventuality (except loss of power–that would be a real drag), whether it’s a bomb cyclone, polar vortex or just some run-of-the-mill bombogenesis. I love a good winter storm. I work at home, so though I don’t get the childlike rush of a snow day, I do get to stay safe and sound in my house, off the slippery streets and out of the bone-chilling cold.

And just in time, my newest cozy spot in the house is just about finished.

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What had once was a closet is now a very functional and comfortable office/guest room/lounge. It’s also got the benefit of being on the second floor, so even when the downstairs is chilly due to our negative temperatures (that’s on the Fahrenheit scale–crazy negative on the Celsius scale), this room is warm and inviting. It just needs some art on the walls and more yarn on the shelves.

Happy snowstorm knitting to everyone on the U.S. east coast!


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Snow day! … kinda

There are so many great things about working from home: zero commute time and cost, changing from jammies into street clothes optional, anytime can be snack time, and when the job makes me nuts, I can take a break and play with my cats.

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But for those of us who work from home, there is no such thing as a snow day. Today we had a fabulous snow – probably around a foot, with wind and cold temps. This is exactly what winter in the mid-Hudson Valley should be. If I weren’t a work-from-home person, I’d have been so excited to spend the day with my knitting, hot cups of tea, and my furry companions. But the winds didn’t knock out my internet connection, so the work day went on as usual.

But with it now being too dark to shovel again, the wind can toss that newly fallen snow and I’ll stay inside where it’s warm and cozy (my clanging wind chimes are a constant reminder that I should stick with this plan). With a looming deadline for my knit-along project, which I want to cover in an upcoming post all about the “create”-along phenomenon, I’ve unfortunately had to set aside my Om Shawl WIP.

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I can’t wait to get back to this, as I think it’s going to be a beautiful and versatile piece. The pattern is by Andrea Mowry, who has some stunning designs that are well worth a look. I found the pattern through the O-Wool site, where I also purchased the yarn as a kit for the project. It’s the first time I’ve attempted any kind of color work other than simple stripes, and I’ve been really pleased with how it’s turned out so far. The combination of the modern knit design and O-Wool’s environmentally responsible approach is further evidence that knitting today is a wonderful mix of tradition and innovation.