As February closes today, the local weather reporters are going collectively nuts over how this was the coldest February since 1934. It was definitely a cold and bitter month, and I for one am really grateful that I was able to escape to California last week when winter was at its worst.
This was actually the first time in my memory (or at least in my adult memory, when I start to pay attention to these things), that the fountain in Bryant Park froze over. They had to turn off the water.
While it was freezing outside, the main branch of the New York Public Library was warm and cozy inside.
I really like what they did with it - when I was in college, it was nothing more than a tourist spot and a research library; now there is a shop (I am a sucker for museum/library shops), a cafe, lending library and an education center.
It is one of my favorite places in the city and the Rose Reading room is an exceptional piece of architecture; sadly the ceiling is under renovation. So The Aussie and I had to make do with other parts of the library, which was an opportunity to explore some of the more remote corners of the building, like the Genealogy and Map rooms.
I also took the opportunity to finally get some photos of my Habitat taken. The lighting in the library is varied, but the tall windows make for some great photo opportunities.
I knit it out of On the Round Handspun that I purchased several years ago before I got my spinning wheel; Rachel's work is lovely and squooshy. Since I knitted the Habitat once before, I decided to take it an extra step further by putting a pompom on top; I used Bernat's faux fur pom pom in Gray Lynx, which suits the yarn perfectly.
Knitting up with this is making me itch to go back to my wheel, which I have not touched since July - right before I left for Greece. I was spinning during the Tour de Fleece, and had the "bright" idea to wear my immobilizer on my left wrist, thinking it would support me while I spun.
Turns out, my wrist strained against the immobilizer and had no room to move naturally, which resulted in my RSI flaring up and essentially being on knitting hiatus last summer. Not that I knitted much since it was so hot in Greece.
Now I am really back into it and one of the things I am trying to do in 2015 is to document more, and to have fun while doing it. Hence the photos in the telephone booths.
Knitwear model I am not, but it was a lot of fun taking the photos in the vintage telephone booths that are sprinkled throughout the library. I am not sure if the payphones actually work, but thought it was a funny little joke to be on my iPhone inside the telephone booths. A bit of social commentary, as it were.