It seems appropriate to me that it is icy outside and I am warm inside, contemplating a new sweater for myself. Appropriate? Why?
I have new Yarn. I have an Idea. I could not Resist.
The pattern that I want to incorporate into my new sweater is a lace pattern called Frost Flowers from Barbara Walker’s First Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I have just wound one of my new skeins of Tracie, in the Dusty Rose colour, and I am about to cast-on for my gauge swatch cap – a la Elizabeth Zimmermann.
The Frost Flower pattern has been one of my favorite’s for a long time, but the only thing that I have knit with it was a pair of socks for a dear friend. I have wanted to knit a sweater with it for quite a while. Today’s walk was all the inspiration I needed to start.
We went for a walk around Lost Lake this morning. It was cold, and alternately cloudy and clear. Lost Lake was frozen over, from one side to the other. At the edges the ice was close to 1/2 inch thick where Sophie broke through trying to get at the water. You could see the eddies frozen in place across the surface of the lace. It was beautiful.
It was amazing how little snow there was on the ground in the park, when you consider how much snow there was around the park itself. But underneath the trees there was little snow, just small patches of it here and there.
It was mostly green under the trees, moss, lichens, and fungus growing everywhere in great profusion.
Around the edges of the lake, red and grey branches, adorned with brown and dried flower heads, all reflecting off the icy surface of the lake. Above the branches the evergreens added both dark and bright notes of colour. And soaring over all, the skys, alternating blues, whites and greys!
Who says that there is no colour in Winter? The colours of Winter are harder and deeper than the colours of summer, but no less plentiful.
As we drove home from Lost Lake, we approached the corner where Lost Lake Rd turns sharply right – and the world was at our feet.
It was stunning – my husband stopped the car and I took several photographs. I hope that you enjoy the view.
I will be spending the afternoon knitting as my husband watches the Baltimore at Denver football game.