Isn't she pretty? They call her Razzle Dazzle, but I think she deserves something better. I'm working on that. I came to DC to spend New Year's with Jim. How lazy are we? Well, New Year's Eve we went out to dinner and then came home and crashed on the couch. He watched football and I listened to a book on my iPod and knitted. Perfect! But we did go out to do stuff the last few days - before the really cold weather blew in. We had a nice lunch in Alexandria on New Year's Day and I went to fibre space. Such a great yarn shop! Found treasures to delights my heart, of course. That evening, we drove into DC to look at the Congressional Christmas tree, and ended up also seeing the beautifully lit Botanical Gardens building, the Washington Monument, the White House, and the National Christmas tree. Washington is a lovely city, but even more so after dark.
Yesterday, we went back to DC. Ou first stop was at the Botanical Gardens to see a model train exhibit. It was really cool. They had little trains running around depictions of buildings from various U.S. World's Fairs from the 1800's to the 1960's - all made from plant material. I didn't have my camera set right, so most of them came out a tad blurry, but here's an example.
It's the Ferris Wheel from the Chicago Exposition in the 1800's. Then we took a tour of the Capitol. I haven't done that since the 1960's. They built a new visitor center about five years ago. It is under the plaza in front of the Capitol and is quite magnificent. The centerpiece is a copy of the Statue of Freedom that rests atop the Capitol.
After our tour, we took the tunnel over to the Library of Congress. I think this is my favorite DC building. The architecture is just amazing. I also loved their Christmas tree.
It snowed a bit overnight, and is now very cold, although not nearly as bad as many in the northeast got it. I'm snuggled in with my knitting, although I'm sure we will do something later. In the meantime, this is supposed to be a knitting blog, so here you go. My first finished project of 2014, the Ombré Cowl Hood. Four colors of Kidsilk Haze held double. Very soft, very warm, and completely unwearable by me. The fuzz gets in my eyes. But I love it!
And my first started in 2014 project. Elis, a cowl using Indian Cross-stitch. One of my goals this year is to try new stitches/techniques, so I'm on it right away.
I hope you all have a wonderful 2014. I'm going to try to be here much more often with my knitting and horse adventures, among other, daily things. Happy New Year!