First off, Hi!
I've been buried under work in a way I've never experienced before, and by that I mean that I worked 16 days straight, most of those days being 13-16 hour days. It was insane. The big push was because we were launching the new version of our website (I work for Thrillist if you're interested in checking it out) and we had a hard deadline that absolutely could not be blown. So the whole tech team hunkered down and worked our tails off, and we got it done! It helped that we had vacation to look forward to afterward: we're all off the week between Christmas and New Year's. And we all need it! I've never been so tired in my whole life. I was so tired that the first day where I actually got a full night's sleep, I woke up even MORE tired! Insanity. So glad that's over.
In happier news, we had our first blizzard of the season yesterday!
The first time it snows each season is always so exciting and pretty, especially when it's a big snow like it was yesterday. It snowed literally all day, and we got about 5 inches. When I peeked out the window this morning I saw this and had to take a picture to document it, as I've never actually seen snow drifts on windowsills in New York before. It's pretty cool to look at, but it does seem to make the drafts coming through my windows be extra-cold. My windows are VERY drafty, so much so that I "insulated" them by putting packing tape all around them and blankets at the bottom. It helps but doesn't fix the problem 100%. I think we need storm windows but in a building this size, I don't think that's really an option . . .
In knitting news, I bought myself an umbrella light so that I can better take indoor pictures of both my knitting and my cooking. It wasn't even expensive and it's a pretty awesome piece of equipment. Here's a photo I took with it, what do you think?
Pretty awesome huh? Look at the stitch detail!!
That hat is a new design I whipped out last week, I'm knitting a second one while I write up the pattern and with any luck it will be out at the beginning of the new year. I'm calling it the Running Watchcap as I designed it specifically to wear while running. It's deep enough to cover my ears completely, tight enough on my head to stay put, and due to the tight sock-yarn fabric, warm without being stuffy. It came out perfect if I do say so myself. It's also nicely unisex so it would make a great hat to give the man in your life (even if he's not a runner!). This one was knit in Prism Merino Mia but the second one is in a crazy color of Koigu. It only takes one skein of sock yarn!
I'm definitely on a knitting kick lately, I think it's due to so much time spent behind a computer. I'm feeling the need to be both active (started yoga again yesterday! going skiing on Wednesday!) as well as produce tangible results (a hat! a baby sweater! socks!). So I have way more to share with you but I want to spread it out into more than one post . . . stay tuned!