"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?" -J.B. Priestley
This is how I used to view snow.
"A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water." -Carl Reiner
This is how I view snow now.
I used to love winter. I loved the cold. I even thought about moving to Colorado at one point.
Now, I am looking forward to the days I will be in India and never have to deal with snow again.
That being said, being stuck in the house and not having to work was a nice break yesterday. It was nice to be able to relax and not have to stress about getting everything done
I began my day with a little crochet.
I started by finishing a dinosaur hat for my friend Laura B's baby Ayden that's due in June. The hat pattern is one I made up based off of several I've read in the past. The dinosaur spike pattern can be found here.
The next thing I made was this travel mug cozy. The pattern for the cozy is tucked inside my head, but the pattern for the appliqué can be found here.
These earwarmers were the next thing I worked on. It's a fairly easy pattern that I decided I would go ahead and share. This is the first pattern I've written out so please bear with me. If you see any mistakes, please let me know. You are welcome to make items for charity or gifts from this pattern, but please don't sell anything. I made up this specific pattern to sell earwarmers for Threads for Darrin (description below).
Worsted weight yarn in any two colors. (I used Hobby Lobby's I love this yarn, for the two above, but I used RedHeart for the one below.)
Hook size: US H (5.oo)
CH - chain
ST - stitch
HDC - half double crochet
YO - yarn over
BLO - ST in back loops only.
Skills needed: CH, HDC (YO, insert hook in ST, pull up a loop, YO, pull through three loops on hook), Whip stitch.
With main color, CH 60.
Row 1: HDC in 3rd CH from hook. (First two CH count as first HDC.) HDC across. (58 HDC)
Row 2-4: CH 2, turn. (CH 2 does not count as first HDC.) HDC across in BLO. (58 HDC)
Row 5: CH 2, turn. (CH 2 does not count as first HDC.) HDC across in BLO. Fasten off leaving a 6-in tail for sewing. (58 HDC)
Sew ends together using whip stitch. Weave in ends. Wrap contrasting color yarn around seam like a bow. Take a cheesy selfie wearing your new earwarmer like I did.
Now, about Threads for Darrin. It is a project I started to help my uncle who recently was diagnosed with Lymphoma. His prognosis is very good, but he still has to undergo treatment. If you would like to purchase an earwarmer or see what other crochet items we're selling for this project check-out my shop on Facebook.
Back to the snow day.
I ended my day by making some delicious Nutella brownies.
I used this recipe. However, because I was snowed in, I didn't have eggs and didn't want to risk the drive to the store to get some. I used two tablespoons of water and four tablespoons of olive oil instead. They are still delicious.
I hope you all have productive snow days like I did yesterday. Try not to let this ongoing, never-ending winter get to you.
Here's a fun song to keep that winter blues away.