today the temperatures reached the low 40's! this long-awaited heat wave sent us scrambling for our coats to get outside and enjoy the wonderful weather. we made a trip out to minneopa state park to see the falls in the winter (if you want a shock to your senses click here to see the falls in june).
this little stint of warmth isn't supposed to last long (monday's high is forecast to be 12 degrees), but it has brought with it its own type of beauty:
big piles of heavy, melting snow
and streets full of puddles reflecting the blue of the sky.
(this picture is my sorry attempt at an homage to claire, the queen of thereflectionshot.)
after a year of knitting on this guy on-and-off, i am proud to say that mitered squares is finished! and i don't think i could be happier with how it turned out!
i bought the yarn originally to make a sweater, and after four years of not working on it, i frogged what little progress i had made and embarked on the mitered square journey.
it was my homage to all the beautiful mitered square blankets found in and around the wonderful world of mason-dixon knitting (rav link). mine is slightly different, in that i used self-striping yarn and did my squares in garter stitch. it's also smaller in size, being just under 3' square, making it perfectly sized for snuggling up babies.
see how sweet the little lace pattern is? love it! knitting it was a dream - quick, easy to memorize, yet interresting enough not to get boring. i love the yarn (rowan felted tweed) as well, it knit up just beautifully.
i put them on the moment i was finished weaving in the ends!
i love looking down and seeing them peep out from my pant leg:
they make me very happy and also keep me very warm. which is good. because, as i mentioned before, it is cold. and as much as i would like to, i can not spend the entirety of my day basking in the sunshine with pippin.
I was ordained as an elder last Sunday. In the Presbyterian church the elders are the folks who work with the minister to make sure things keep running on track.
The ceremony was lovely. First you answer all the questions about God, commitment to the church, and all that good stuff. Then all the people who have ever been an elder in our church or anywhere else come up front for the blessing and 'laying of hands'.
After church the new elders came back up front to say hi to everyone. Funny thing is all the people who had never been an elder said congratulations. The people who had been an elder said congratulations and good luck.
we have been doing a lot of coloring around here lately. a lot. i am not kidding. this is lily's new box of crayons that she got for christmas:
you can barely even see the pink down there in the corner - she's colored it down to a stub. in less than a month.
we started with coloring books; burned through two disney princess books, a dinosaur book and one about ponies.
we progressed to me drawing pictures for her to color. these were mostly star wars and dinosaur related with the occasional "draw me with an umbrella" thrown in for variety.
then the ultimate evolution occurred - she began to draw her own pictures to color.
and i'm talking serious pictures here. the first one she drew was the award ceremony from the end of the original starwars:
here's bikini leia and jedi luke (with button boots and a button jacket):
this one is luke and leia when they were kids. leia has an umbrella (please note how it is raining) and luke is jumping rope. there is a small lake in the distance.
then things came full-circle as she started drawing pictures for me to color.
here's her han solo and chewie (this may be the best rendering of a wookie i've ever seen!)
and one more - bunhead leia and luke with button boots and han solo pants:
can i even tell you how impressed with her drawing i am? it blows my mind! four months ago she had zero interest in drawing and now she is illustrating scenes from movies! i have such an amazing talented daughter and i am one proud mama!
we've been getting a lovely blanket of snow all day long up here in minnesota
which is all well and good - there are few things i like more than a good frolic in the snow. but here's our forecast for the rest of the week:
those are some cold days ahead! a high of -6 degrees?!?! yikes! lindsey - we could not have picked a better time to have the sandwich come and visit you! by friday i'm going to need a long weekend in texas to thaw myself out!
until then, we'll just have to keep warming ourselves up the old-fashioned way, with a big ol'mug of hot cocoa.
so last night i was walking through the city as i was talking to the lovely lindsey on the phone. by the time we finished talking i had reached the end of the island and run out of land. it was a cold and snowy night so my first instinct was to hop on the train back home to brooklyn. but then i thought it would be a crime to miss an opportunity to walk across the bridge on such a stunning, snowy night.
and, man, did i make the right choice.
i think it was one of the most enchanting evenings i've ever spent in new york in the seven years i've been here. i mean, just imagine- in the middle of a majestic bridge,
encompassed by the lights of life in the city,
the city whizzing by all around you,
and yet i was completely and utterly alone.
i mean, NO ONE was out there! i couldn't believe it!
first of all because, i mean, this is new york city- you are never all alone. (the last time i was walking across this bridge, in fact, it was so packed that i witnessed a three year old getting run over by a biker-- they were both fine, thank goodness)
and secondly because this was just the most enchanting evening imaginable- how could people not be out in it? i mean, am i just a crazy wisconsinite with colder than normal blood? i wanted to call everyone i knew and invite them to meet me in the middle...
but instead i just enjoyed the wonder of the walk.