Snowy Christmas

We’re back home for New Year after a week spent visiting friends and family in various parts of the south and the midlands. The Christmas weather was mild and largely sunny, until Boxing Day when we heard that Yorkshire had been hit with a substantial snowfall, sufficient to close Leeds-Bradford Airport. So it was with some trepidation that we left sunny-but-cold Cheltenham to drive northwards on the 27th, listening to the last few episodes of The Serial which I’d had the foresight to download to make the long journey less boring.

Soon after joining the M1 we found the snow, lying thickly across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and South Yorkshire. There was less of it as we approached Leeds, and the Dales don’t appear to have had as much snow as the Midlands, the southernmost valleys at least. This morning dawned frosty and bright. The temperature has remained a couple of degrees below zero, but at least it isn’t snowing and the country roads are mostly passable, with care.

Dales roadThe moors look bleak but beautiful in the winter sunsine.  All being well, there will be a few more days like this before the weather turns damp and miserable again.

Dales 2

Our cat has been retrieved from his cattery and is making us pay for abandoning him, as usual, by insisting on going in and out of the house 20 times an hour. (We don’t have a cat flap.) This behaviour will wear off soon and we’ll all be back to normal.

What was in my Christmas stocking? My dear husband gave me a set of interchangeable circular knitting needles, which I sorely needed. I’m not a huge fan of circulars, but there are some projects for which they are indispensable, and plenty more where they make a lot of sense. And the interchangeability appeals to my love of all things gadgetty. My knitting resolution for 2015 will therefore be to get to grips with circulars and use them whenever sensible instead of trying to cram stitches onto 14″ SPNs or a set of short DPNs that was meant for knitting socks and gloves.

I’ve knitted a bit more of my Natalie feather-stitch sweater in between over-indulging on Christmas food and drink.

Natalie sweater backThe back width measures about 17″, which isn’t really enough as I want an inch or two of positive ease.  I could possibly block it hard to make it 18″, but it is already quite open and, if anything, I need it to close up a little when the grease is washed out of it.  I must rip it out and knit the largest size instead, I just haven’t had the courage to do it yet.

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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