Saturday, January 12, 2013

Snawpaws

Today was absolutely gorgeous. The sun was shining, the sky was mostly blue, and the snow was sparkling. Small, perfect snowflakes were falling, each one reflecting the sun. It was like a snow globe brought to life.

I have been measuring the snow depth out in the garden box.



I figure I can get the most accurate measurements there since the snow in it is completely undisturbed. This is definitely the most snow we have had since moving to Kamloops six and a half years ago.

14 inches on December 29; 16 inches on January 7; 20 inches on January 11

I have a helpful dog walking tip for anyone who lives in an area that gets a lot of snow. If you get 8 inches of snow overnight you might want to take this into consideration the next morning when walking under a clothesline that you usually just have to duck your head slightly to get under.

All of this snow has made me especially happy about the first project cast on and off my needles in 2013. This is the latest Kate Davies pattern, Snawpaws, knit with Excelana yarn.





I loved how the real snowflakes were falling from the sky onto the snowflake pattern on the mittens.



I now have a matching hat and mittens, which is quite a change from my usual dog's breakfast of handknitted accessories.



I'm quite sure the neighbours won't recognize the stranger in their midst.

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  1. They are lovely! I hope your head is ok, and WOW that is a lot of snow, I can't imagine, since all we get is a bit of sleet!

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    1. Thank you Sarah! Yes, my head is okay. It didn't hurt anything except for my pride. :-)

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  2. Seems most of BC had lovely sunshine! We're clear and cold here, which doesn't happen too often.

    Love your snawpaws, and the fact you have such a fancy matching set is most impressive!!

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    1. Isn't the sun a nice change? I didn't know how much I had been missing it until it came out yesterday. I'm glad you had some too. The cold I could do without though. It got down to -17 here last night. Brrr...

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  3. Yikes, fortunately our clothesline is a single, retractable line. But we manage to find other things to put us on our backsides. As for the neighbors, they just be jealous if they spot the hat and mittens--they're very pretty.

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    1. Retractable would be a good idea. No mishaps that way! I'm sure the neighbours are so confused by me by now they don't know what to think. Especially after today's photo shoot in the backyard when it was -17 out!

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  4. Oooh, pretty. I dream of one day having a matching hat and mittens too! And how brave you are to show us a closeup of your Fair Isle knitting...I'm always embarrassed at how uneven my tension is when I do Fair Isle. ~Kim

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    1. I think all knitters suffer from the dog's breakfast accessory syndrome. :-)

      My tension wasn't perfect, but the real snowflakes were so I figured it was worth the close-up shot!

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  5. Beautiful matching hat and mittens, you will be the best dressed dog walker on the block. You have had so much snow! Today is the first day we have seen a couple of snowflakes but we are back to rain again.

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    1. Do you usually get much snow in the winter? I like living where we get snow, but I am usually tired of it by the middle of February and ready to move on to spring.

      I'm not sure about being the best dressed dog walker, but at least now Fergus won't be embarrassed to be seen with me. :-)

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  6. Great hat and mittens....I see a matching coat for Fergus!

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    1. I am afraid poor Fergus will be remaining coatless for this winter. Maybe by next winter he will be settled down enough he wouldn't eat a coat off his own back. :-)

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  7. So pretty! I have knit 2 sets of matchies (a hat and mittens and a hat and warmers) but so far have never worn them together! Which i find funny! We don't have as much snow as you but we do have about a foot on the ground when the weather forecast called for about 1/2 inch! It's darn cold here with highs in the teens (F) and lows in the single digits. Wind chills going well below zero. Winter is finally here!

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    1. Ha! :-) I was thinking I would probably end up doing that exact thing - finally having a matched set but never actually wearing them together. We knitters are an odd lot. Stay warm in all of your mismatched hats and mitts!

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  8. Oh -- I'm sure you saw Kate Davies' latest post but I'm hoping I see a rams/ewes coat for Fergus show up on this site sometime soon! ;)

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    1. I did see that this morning Rachel, and of course instantly clicked on the link for the kit. It is quite a bit more than I would be willing to spend on something Fergus would probably bite holes in the first time he wore it. But I do have the Rams and Yowes blanket kit sitting in my stash which could be used for coats for both Fergus and Jenny. :-)

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  9. You have so much snow I have never seen anything that deep. Your mittens and hat are lovely and just what you need in this cold weather a like the colour.
    Sarah x

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    1. It is very deep, but we have actually lived in places in BC where we have had even more snow than this!

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  10. beautiful hat and mitts and looked so lovely on the snow too.

    We are forecast some snow in London this next few days...it would make you laugh, we get maybe 2 cms and everything grinds to a halt and I mean everything, no trains, buses, schools close ,its crazy. It usually happens every year at some point but it always seems a BIG shock to public transport and no one is prepared!!!

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    1. I have heard that London shuts down when it snows. I can understand that, but what always surprises me is the fact that Vancouver does too! Yes, the same Vancouver that hosted the 2010 Olympics. The city goes into a panic if snow is even in the forecast. :-)

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  11. I'm so jealous of your snow - we don't get any in Southern California! Those mittens are beautiful, especially photographed in the snow like that :)

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    1. And I'm jealous that you live in Southern California! My grandma used to live in San Diego and we would go to her home every other Christmas. I have such great memories of those trips. Thanks for the compliment on the mittens!

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  12. Oh, the snowy backdrop you have is completely beautiful. We've had a record year with snow. We haven't had ANY. It's bizarre. It doesn't really feel like winter without it. Anyway... Your mittens and hat are beautiful. The contrast between the white and blue is fantastic.

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    1. I'm sorry you haven't had any snow! We have had a couple of winters here in Kamloops where we have had very little snow. You are right - it doesn't feel like winter without it.

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  13. So, so pretty! The blue you used is a beautiful shade. And your photos look so good! *envious* :)

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  14. So, so pretty! The blue you used is a beautiful shade. And your photos look so good! *envious* :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa - it is one of my favourite shades of blue, and the yarn has a wonderful feel to it. It's hard to go wrong with a picture taken in the snow on a sunny day!

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  15. Love the knit finish...........gosh, you are a knitting Hulk! I LOVE the blue color...........

    Just had a Jan. thaw here in Central NY, but heading back in for round two of winter by the end of the week.

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    1. My sympathies for the thaw and return to winter scenario. It is always so confusing when it does that. You gear up for winter, then everything melts and gets rather ugly looking, then you return to winter again. I much prefer it to just stay winter when it's winter. And when it's spring I don't want to return to it.

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  16. You sure do have a lot of snow. Here in Essex, England we are awaiting our first snowfall this year. It probably won't amount to much but it's quite exciting all the same. Many counties are under snow now so it's definitely on its way. Thank you for your comment on my last post and becoming a follower. I am now your follower and look forward to chatting again.
    P x

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    1. Nice to have you here Patricia! There is something so pretty about the countryside covered in snow. I hope the predictions are right and you do get some!

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  17. We were forecast snow, guess what we got ... more rain! Honestly, if this keeps up the farmers in the UK will have to switch to growing rice! I would love to have 20" of snow! But only if I had a pair of such lovely mitts to keep my hands warm ;)

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    1. I can't believe how much rain you have been getting! It must have been so disappointing to have the forecast for snow turn into more of the wet stuff. I would think the farmers in the UK are going to have some serious problems if it doesn't change. I hope you are feeling better!

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  18. Thank you for your recent comments, I'm glad you enjoyed my blog :)

    I love your new hat and mittens and you got a great backdrop to photograph them against! We've had snow here in England this week so I have some snowy scenes of the rocks coming up on my blog soon :)

    I'll come back to look at your blog again soon when I have a bit more time.

    Louise

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    1. Thank you Louise! Yes, the snow definitely adds to the picture when it is a hat and mittens being featured. Enjoy your snow while it lasts. I would think it would make a nice change from all the rain you have been getting over there!

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