Good afternoon from New York City on the last day of 2013.
At midday the temperature is below freezing, and by midnight's arrival, those fun-seeking Times Square revelers might be dancing in 15 degree F air. I will be warm at home.
My knitting needles, single and double point, have been very busy throughout 2013, as I created items for the Etsy shop I wished to open. That goal was a 2013 New Year's resolution that I was able to keep.
I also knit gifts for friends and family. Last week, I realized that I had not made anything for myself and decided to remedy that with an end of the year slouchy beret, like the ones on the virtual shelves of Foakley Arts. I used a mix of harmonious 4 ply yarns, mostly shetland style wool, with a touch of a silk mohair yarn in each of the rows separating the diagonal stripes.
I am happy to report that I finished the hat a few days ago, just in time for the sub-freezing cold wave.
It's a pleasure to report that the hat definitely keeps the chilly breezes away. It's also given me an opportunity to take some funny photographs of myself.
Hoping that these views also give you all an idea of the flexibility of this style.
I am greatly looking forward to the New Year, with all the possibilities its days offer. I plan to make a few resolutions for 2014, but will keep them to myself for a while. My superstitious self will also be preparing the Southern traditional New Year's Day black eyed peas, with the hope that eating a spoonful or two will bring me good luck.
Having so many lovely folks visit hereabouts has been grand. Continued thanks to you all who have left comments. I'm looking forward to our 2014 blogging visits. xo