I had a whole other week of blog updates already written and posted. Then we got hit with the worst weather in over 100 years. Really. I’m not exaggerating. The weatherman said we broke multiple records for cold. So the snowy precipitation just stuck around all week. I did what any enterprising photographer has done all week. I took a ton of pictures!
Snow records beautifully in pictures. And there is something magical when those first snow flakes appear out of thin air. We all become 6 years old again. It’s the after math that sucks. However, we are not going to complain about that. We are going to enjoy some pretty snow pictures and remark about how great the knits look in the snow.
This cowl is roughly the same kind of knit as the Bunny Bear Dog Snood I featured in the last post. The difference is this is three colors and no pom poms. It’s also a lighter weight yarn and it’s acrylic, so the look of it and the way to knit this is a completely different pattern. Yeah. It’s exactly the same but entirely different. You get a lot of that in knitting.
Still garter stitch, but different gauge, different needles, different look. Funny how in knitting you can kind of do the same thing and get completely different results.
I love garter stitch. It turns up in all the trendiest knitting blogs online. Wool and the Gang and Stitch and Story (both British and both very expensive knit kit suppliers) show a ton of their chunky knits in garter stitch pattern. I am literally salivating over the Stitch and Story product line, but the shipping to the US is crazy. So I haven’t gotten to try it out.
Garter stitch is the perfect androgynous stitch. If you didn’t know, androgynous clothing is the in thing for fall and winter next year. It looks great on everybody. And it’s accessible to new knitters, because it is literally knitting every stitch. Everybody starts off with a garter stitch scarf. It’ like a knitter’s badge of honor. I still have the first one I made. I was going to toss it, because I’m just not very sentimental about stuff. But several knitters told me to keep it. It’s an important reminder of what you can accomplish if you just keep going. It’s called Knit Without Fear, which is the title of my tumblr, and my original knitting blog.
But let’s go back to admiring how lovely the snow makes everything look. It’s like taking the pictures inside a giant soft box. The light is so soft and it bounces everywhere. Few things are as awesome as taking pictures in the snow, except for maybe that cup of hot tea waiting for you when you get back home.