I recently got my hands on this amazingly soft Ancient Arts Fibre yarn in Big Squeeze, their 100% merino bulky weight. I chose the Frolic colourway, which is an earthy mix of cool dark greens and reddish browns, and reminds me of a lush redwood forest. Just look at this:
Isn’t that amazing? Don’t you just want to dive in and swim in all that cozy goodness?
Of course, when I laid out all that beautiful yarn, this immediately happened:
Cats. They have that deep instinct to immediate lay on anything that has your attention, don’t they? The yarn is so amazing I can hardly fault him for wanting to lay on it, since really, I wish I could nap on it, too. Gatsby is sporting his long hair winter coat at the moment, so he’s extra fuzzy.
Let’s get to the knitting! I knew right away that I wanted to knit a cozy cowl, and the Arika Cowl has been on my to-knit list fever since the pattern was first released. It’s a really satisfying knit as it’s really easy to memorize, knits up really quickly, and takes just a couple of skeins. This sort of knit is perfect for me at the moment. Babies and little kid wrangling means lots of picking up the knitting and putting it down 30 seconds later, so I appreciate knits like this.
Guy recently got me this beautiful Rifle Paper Co edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with the most stunning illustrations sprinkled throughout the book. It’s part of my slow-but-steady goal of replacing the beloved (but beat-up) classics I got secondhand in university with beautiful editions that are as beautiful as the wonderful words they contain. Now if only a publishing house would put out beautiful editions of Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, and Shakespeare’s plays, I’d be all set!