Today I awoke with a surprise: an inch of snow.

Now, I know that’s not a big deal this year in most areas of the snow belt. Here in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, though, snow is an event. And we’ve had two snowfalls so far this year!

Leland cypress in snow

Leland cypress in snow

As I write this, most of the snow has melted. The sun is shining, and even though there’s a cold wind, it’s enjoyable.

I spent years living where the well-prepared driver had their snow tires on from October 1 to at least April 1 — and often chains in the trunk, too! Brushing the snow off the steps with a broom is a joy. 😎

The snow and cold weather is a perfect excuse to work on my knitting.

As of this morning, my Danish shawl has 169 stitches in one row.

Shawl 02_04_09

It’s knit from the top down, so every other row I’m doing increases.

I’m looking at this one as a sampler.

I don’t have the right colors or amounts to follow the pattern exactly, so am trying different stripes to see which I like best.  I may make another with whichever ones I like best.  Or, I may finish this one in time to put away the shawl until it turns cold again.  Unless of course Punxatawney Phil got it right on Monday! 😀

And I have the mystery project completed enough so you can tell what it is:  a purse!  I may line it, but not today.

Purse_02_04_09

You see, there’s another row on my shawl that needs knitted.  I can hardly wait to see what the colors look like together.

Excuse me while I go knit …

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