(SWIPs = swaps and WIPs)

My January-Welcome-to-2010 swap package arrived from Kathy in Michigan.  She sent me a purple party!

First, everything was wrapped up in shades of purple:

Inside, purple goodness!

Lovely purple Norwegian yarn (and some extra unidentified-but-super-soft yarn), a gorgeous project bag and two handmade bookmarks, a purple tape measure, purple blocking pins!!, stash tea for drinking and Kool-aid for dyeing,  an emery board and a pin from Michigan, and finally a lovely card.  Many thanks, Kathy, for your hard work on the package, and I hope you like yours!

On the WIP front, I’m on the final chart of the Bitterroot shawl.  Long, long rows (halfway through the chart 341 stitches in the row) … but lots of fun with beading in them.

Kind of hard to see the beads before the shawl is blocked, but they’re there…

The yarn arrived for kidlet’s hoodie,  I’ve finished the ribbing and started the cables on the back.

Trying to finish the shawl and get the hoodie and the ponchos for the nieces as far along as possible before the cast-on for the Ravelympics on the 12th.  From the 12th to the 28th I’ll be knitting the Noble cowl by Emily Kausalik and the 198 yards of heaven shawlette by Christy Verity, and stash-busting in the process.  If I finish both projects before the closing ceremony (ha!) I’ll do some WIP dancing and try to finish one of my poor neglected projects as well.

On the home front, things are quieter.  Kidlet took a long walk by herself yesterday after school.   Never mind that during her walk  she had her earphones from the mp3 player blasting the entire time so didn’t hear me calling her cell, which drives me up the wall.  She came home tired but seemed to be less angry.  She needed some hugs, which I was happy to provide.  This morning I woke her by singing happy birthday,  gave her one of her gifts (so she could wear it today) and she went off to school lugging a birthday cake  and a whole bag of munchies to enjoy with her friends.  No decision yet as to where we’re celebrating later, but we’ll figure that out.

Happy Groundhog Day!  If you want to know more about the end of winter weather, check out the official website of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club and see Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction.


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