Here's a closeup view of the crow sitting so patiently under the snow on my railing -- it's actually a clay sculpture by the artist I mentioned the other day, Leanne Brusatore.
And another piece of artisanship, the wonderful Noro Silk Garden yarn -- I won't show you much more of this project as it's a Christmas-gift-in-the-making, but I was tickled the other day to come across this twig in the skein. I've read of other bloggers finding such evidence of the natural dyes that go into the beauties of Noro, but not experienced it myself. Knitting this project has been a real joy -- I'm working with two different colourways and watching them unfold their stories has been mesmerizing, especially since there's a dialogue between the two. I'm very tempted to go choose another pairing, but since I've currently got four unfinished projects and stash and patterns matched up for another four, perhaps I'll wait. (My LYS always has a great sale in January!)