You were wondering how cold it needs to be for me to build a fire... The house warms up by central heating, electricity mostly, but when the temperature outside drops close to -10°C, I usually switch to wood. While the main heating unit keeps the house warm, there are areas that could do with little bit of extra heat, and those mornings I build additional fire in the kitchen area. This early morning extra fire is the one I enjoy most, I love coming down to the fresh and cold-ish kitchen with wool sweater and wool socks on, make my first pot of coffee and while that is coming along, I start the fire. When it is only -10°C outside, this is little more for the enjoyment than for the actual extra heat (the sound and the smell of wood burning is wonderful), but when the temperature drops further down, it becomes necessary.
Tina had a very tough day yesterday. I took her to the vet to have her teeth checked few weeks ago (she has her teeth checked regularly) and a new appointment was scheduled soonest. She is getting old (next summer 12), and her teeth are giving her some trouble. (This is an old picture, she is just a few years old in this one.) Yesterday she had three of them pulled out. She slept most of the day and I sat with her with my knitting and had a huge amount of knitting done on my next sock. Since she was slowly getting out of anesthesia, I could not move as every time she woke up, she started complaining loudly (!!!!!) and would tell me how bad she felt. After a long day she finally settled into bed and today she seems better, she almost has her usual glow in her eyes and her tail curls the way it is supposed to curl.
off-white K1 Yarns Selkie (discontinued)
30% cashmere 70% superfine merino
Blue and brown Hjertegarn Trunte, both left-overs from previous knits, 100% Merino
about 175m/50g (this approximate from the top of my head)
The cashmere blend yarn was lovely to work with even though my yarn tastes always go towards little more rustic qualities. Selkie was a souvenir from Edinburgh many, many years ago. I bought two balls and used little more than just one. I had intentions to knit it little bit bigger, but at the same time wanted it to be small enough to be worn like in the pictures inside the coat and had to stop before it got too big. The size appears to be just right.
The stitch pattern I used is the same as in Anne Hanson's Hoarfrost. I took the beautiful pattern and made a few adjustments to it; made it little bit bigger and did not make the lace edging and knitted ribbing instead for both ends. I added stitches to the ribbing that lies around the chest and it will stay where it is supposed to.
I love the stitch pattern, it is like snowflakes and I will revisit it at some point, I am sure. I don't think I have seen the actual pattern in my stitch dictionaries (I don't have many) and so I am not sure if she invented the pattern and if so, it would not surprise me at all, here lace work is stunning! I would love to knit all of her lace patterns but lately she designed a coat that is very appealing.
We are getting close to December, aren't we? And over the years, I have blogged few times every single day while we wait for the holidays, as if my posts were some kind of an advent calendar. I intend to do it this year too, I plan to post every single day in December until the 24th. (Please bear in mind that I live in the country, and my internet is not always fluent, while it mostly is, snow and wind can sometimes break my best intentions.)
Wool with you,