I haven't posted the Saturday temperature in a few weeks. Today's was definitely worth posting!
This was around 3:30 in the afternoon. Notice all the snow piled around! It's supposed to stay above freezing until Tuesday and they're predicting rain. Hopefully some of those piles of filthy snow will melt, making way for the new white snow we're supposed to get Wednesday.
This was the first nice Saturday since the beginning of December. There were lots of people taking advantage of the weather. I drove up to Cedar Rapids to visit two yarn shops there: Beads and Beyond (oddly enough, the address on their website is wrong -- they're on Center Point Road) and Hearthstone Gifts (actually in the suburb of Marion). Neither is entirely devoted to yarn: Beads and Beyond, not surprisingly, has lots of beads and beading supplies, and Hearthstone has candle- and soap-making supplies. But both had nice yarns, too, and I seem to have enhanced my stash just a little.
The Manos del Uruguay at the top (which is really sky blue) is from Beads and Beyond, and the Dreams in Color Fatty at the bottom (imagine it a little pinker) is from Hearthstone. I don't think either of these yarns is carried by either of the shops here in Iowa City, so I felt justified in buying them. And I already have plans for the Manos -- it will eventually become the brioche-stitch neck warmer from Weekend Knitting.
Before I do that, though, I have to finish at least some of the WIPs. Most importantly, I must finish my sister's Honeybee. This stole is knit in halves, and I am almost done with the second half. I've got something similar to Second Sock Syndrome, I'm afraid -- I feel like I've done this before!
To break up the tedium I've started not one, but two small projects -- Ryan's Hat (for me, not someone named Ryan) and the Very Cabley Mittens.
The hat is actually sort of a lavender-grey. And the mittens are VERY pink!
Oh -- and Harley benefited from my trip to Cedar Rapids, too. I stopped by the SuperTarget, where I found one of the curved scratchers that Crazy Aunt Purl's cat posse so enjoyed. Harley agrees!