In Lieu of Snow

UPDATE: As though on cue, the darling Ragga Eiríksdóttir reminded me that today, DECEMBER 15th, 2011, is the last day to get Early Bird Pricing on the Body, Mind + Lopi retreat that Stephen West and I will be teaching in gorgeous, enigmatic ICELAND. I cannot WAIT for this excursion and I am busily plotting a mini-collection to shoot with Stephen while we’re there. Hope you can join us! 

I am heading into my first winter here in Seattle, and I must say, I really miss snow! It could be the visual thrill of a sparkling expanse of clean white, or the noise dampening effects of a fresh blanket of cold powder. It could be the fun of trudging through suddenly silent woods, or the cozy feeling of being trapped indoors while a storm rages outside.

I recently designed a simple cowl that could be knit in one snowbound evening. It calls for 4 balls of Schulana Cortina Nuvole, a yarn that reminds me of freshly fallen snow—soft, fluffy and light. Download the free Columbia Cowl pattern here.

Columbia Cowl

I’ll be heading back East to celebrate the holidays with family, and I’m crossing my fingers for some snowfall. Until then I’ll content myself with holiday nail varnishes and my Yuletide board on Pinterest…

Even though it is premature, I’m already feeling the January self-improvement impulses kick in. I have many goals, including updating my 5-year diary more regularly, eating more healthfully, carrying a more ladylike purse, learning to watercolor, working diligently on all of my deadline knits (!!!) and learning to manage stress with a bit more grace than I did in 2011. 

Hope your winter is inspiring you as well, snowy or not…


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