Halfway through January, we seem to have been embraced by a collection of grey rainy days. It's good to find strategies to uplift our spirits.
I actually prefer a light snowfall to a lingering span of rainy days.
Coping strategies can involve homemade soups, sampling various teas from an elegant tea chest Christmas gift, reading, and knitting.
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending my first Vogue Knitting Magazine Live event. My own pre-retirement work schedules had prevented my attending these events in prior years. The magazine sponsors such events in various parts of this country, so they are not just for New York area knitters.
It was quite interesting to have a look at the various stands and see lots of beautiful yarns, and lots of very enthusiastic knitters. The Shetland Wool Week stand was my absolute favorite. Do click on the link in the prior sentence to find out more about that Week. How I would love to visit Shetland this fall!
Another treat was being able to tour the Vogue Knitting Magazine event along with a lovely lady visiting from California. Many of you all might be familiar with lori times five's Instagram page? If not, click on that link to acquaint yourself with a special person.
Because I reminded myself of just how much yarn I already had at home, I was able to resist making any purchases, but will share a couple of photographs I took.
Yesterday, my friend Elizabeth and I took a walk through rainy Central Park, over to The Metropolitan Museum of Art to see a few exhibits and have lunch. It was interesting to discover some unusual decorations around the Museum's Great Hall and grand staircase.
Although we were not permitted to walk upon it. a very large, floral patterned carpet had been laid upon those stairs. Around the Great Hall could be glimpsed large hedges of faux boxwood. The information desk was being transformed into a pergola.
When I asked a security guard if a party was taking place later, I was told that the special decorations were for filming that would be taking place. He was not able to divulge the identity of the film. I'll see if more information becomes available as time goes on.
It was pleasant to see the spring flowers blooming on the carpet, but we eventually retrieved our coats and umbrellas, left the Met and walked a little ways down Fifth Avenue, until Elizabeth boarded a downtown bus, and I walked back home across the Park.
Even on a sort of gloomy day, there was still much to attract my eyes.
Bare branches are like delicate ink drawings. The well worn sidewalk patterns could inspire lots of knitting.
There were some touches of green to be seen, and I also saw some rather spindly-looking snowdrops over in the Strawberry Fields area.
Elizabeth and I saw none of the usual crowds either in the Park or in the Met.
Back home, warmer and drier, I took a few more photographs of the scarf I've recently completed. I thought of it as a sort of sampler of various fair isle motifs scattered over a neutral background. The motifs were knit from wool; the background yarn is a blend of wool, linen and alpaca.
And, just for fun, here's that scarf again, along with the socks I'm now working on, spread across my knitted patchwork blanket, made many years ago, but oh so welcome during the winter months.
Somehow I like the look of the mish mosh of colors and patterns.
There is a lot going on this week, besides what I've reported here. I elected to keep this a low key mid-January city view. Thanks to you all for your visits and comments on my New Year's post. Whether or not those black-eyed peas are giving me extra good luck, I feel very fortunate to be part of a warm blogging community.