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First Day

Dear Ann,
My 2009 started out at midnight with much banging. This tradition was a lot quieter when they were two or three, and “midnight” came at 8 p.m. Every year I lose a utensil. And a little piece of my mind.
Sunset on January 1. (Cooper’s Beach, Southampton, New York.)
The light: so warm.
The air: so cold.
Don’t even think about the water temperature.
The net: so green.
My horizon: striped.
First knitting: Kiri (click links in left sidebar for English, French and — NOW!–German PDFs of this wonderful pattern). (It’s blocking now. First wire-block of 2009! Those things are going to be earning their keep this month, I tellya; I feel a powerful cashmere-shawl thing coming on.)
Happy new year.




  1. Um, dear Kay.
    Everyone’s 2009 started at midnight. That’s the way it works, y’know.
    Your Kiri is loverly, nice and driftwood/sand coloured! I suspect you did not take those pictures in Manhattan, though!
    I hope you are enjoying the back-to-school thrills this week. One of mine doesn’t have to go back till Wednesday! Ack!

  2. Lurvly, just lurvly. There’s almost enough gray in all those pictures for me. That Kiri is just schrumpshus.

  3. What lovely pictures. Makes me wish I was back in my hometown of San Francisco, CA. Although, I don’t remember many warm “beach” days, the sunsets were magnificent.
    Listen, that Kiri shawl looks an awful lot like one I began in 2006 (finished in 2007). I made it from Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere (I guess a fingering weight–it only took one skein).
    The pattern, I think, was from the book ‘Wrap Style’. It was such fun to knit! It was also my first completed “lace” type shawl–not so much fun to block. I still think I could have gotten those border points a lot pointier…Let us know how you fair with those blocking wires (I had only used pins).
    Thanks to you and Ann for these early 2009 entries. Knit on!

  4. Kiri!!!! I knew it as soon as I saw your picture. I knitted this shawl as my first laceweight/shawl/lace shawl project ever. I completed it Oct 2008 just in time to wear to my wedding 🙂 Its a great pattern!

  5. happy new year to all! and many lovely & inspiring knits for the year to come.

  6. Happy new year, love the beachy greyness and the Kiri greyness too. You reminded me that Kiri is the one pattern that totally kicked my a#$ in the past 5 years. Maybe I’ll return and kick hers in the new year! (can you tell there’s been an excess of machismo around here over the holiday break?)

  7. Kiri, so pretty, can’t wait to see it blocked! I love blocking wires; they make such a difference.
    The bird picture is perfect!

  8. Happy New Year, the beach photos are great and I can’t wait to see Kiri blocked. We spent most of the 31st driving through the CT storm so barely stayed up until midnight!

  9. kay kay kay … are you succumbing to the beauty and warmth of wooly fibers like cashmere?! YIPPEE … bisous … gumby et sa maman!

  10. boy you take great pictures of my beach – did you do the Polar Bear Plunge there too? hehehe

  11. I’ve had Kiri in a binder waiting for me to get around to her for ages. I have a few other projects that definitely need to be finished first (or my hubby might boot me out of the condo), but maybe someday soon I’ll have lace in my future!

  12. Love your photos of the beach. That is what we call “Naples Light,” it glows. One of the impressionist painters coined that term. Can’t remember which one, but I love it.

  13. LOVERLY pictures, Kay!

  14. a lovely new year to you
    i like picture three
    florida was warm holiday time
    but i am from the north
    cold walks on the beach
    are in my memory bank
    knitted washcloths
    i had seven new ones
    in my basket for the new year
    happy to see them and the towel

  15. For a second I thought the green net was a bit of macrame and you were having a 70’s moment!
    Da beach scenes are calming. Thanks.

  16. Hi – This picture reminds me of a winning shawl in spin off contest a few years back. The shawl was slightly felted, by the water coming in off the ocean up on to the sand. It was a beautiful sight and is your shawl.

  17. Lovely photos!


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