Thursday, February 05, 2009

More snow!

Just when the snow had mostly begun to disappear and we were all lulled into a false sense of security, the trains began to run on time again etc etc, it snowed again last night. I'd managed to get into work every day this week, but this morning one of my neighbours got his car stuck in the car park at the flats as he returned from the night shift at 4.30am. It couldn't be shifted with that much ice around, so my car was blocked in for the day. (you can't see the stuck car in this pic, but that's my poor little car shivering in the snow).

I contemplated walking to work. Which is do-able. It's about 4 miles on foot, so about an hour and a half. But it was raining, then snowing, and slushy and slippery and horrible. And I didn't really fancy it. So I put on a ridiculous number of layers, my merino long johns and walking boots and slid down to the train station and hung around waiting.

This is the view towards London. No trains in sight. One eventually showed up after half an hour, took me into Slough, where I had to change onto another train to get to Windsor, then walked to work. I was not impressed. Although my alpaca socks were very toasty and warm.
The radiator at work was swiftly covered in cast-off clothing drying out.

And what I was going to blog about this time, was much more interesting things! Like my parcel from Sara, who used to go to Knit Lincs, but then had to return home to the US last year (well, technically the year before that now).
She sent me this yarn:

Mirasol Samp'a, which is a gorgeous soft cotton.
And this book:

"Favorite Socks" from Interweave. Which is just plain cool. And two copies of Interweave Knits magazine, which she knew I already had, so they came with instructions to pass them on. I've passed them on to Nic. Thank you!!
I can't decide where to start. I haven't got any socks on the needles at the moment, but I am working on the Suri cardigan from Mirasol Collection One:

and really enjoying it. The lace pattern makes it much more interesting to knit, and I love the feel of the yarn, and the way the colours work out.

I'm off on holiday next week, so I'll be taking Suri with me (both sleeves still to go) and then try and choose a sock to start as well.


leah said...

The waving laces on the cover are very fun...probably my favorite in the book so far!

acrylik said...

What lovely gifts! Suri is looking good, I like the colour. Enjoy your hols!

Heather said...

Goodness that looks cold! Hoorah for alpaca socks! Hope things are starting to warm up a bit.