Holy cow….There are some finished objects!

And some that are well on the way!  I finished my first pair of bus stop socks.  These are the ones I keep in my truck and work on while waiting for the busses to come, mostly in the mornings, since I am usually at work when the kids get home.  I do sneak a bit of work on them in if one of us has an appointment, but for the most part, these are morning work.

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That’s them, already on and all bright and pretty.  It’s really chilly here in the Pocono’s today, so I am especially happy they are off the needles.  These are made from Northern worsted with wool.  Not my favorite wool, but I’be learned a great deal since I bought this yarn for socks.  The pattern is the weekend sock from Glenna C (crazy knitting lady), and is my favorite sock pattern.

The next finished project is another small one Barley, by Tincan Knits, which is quickly becoming a favorite, also.  This hat was made in ultra alpaca(yum!) In a dark grey heather for my daughter that hates knitted things.  She asked me to make it, chose the wool and picked the pattern.  We shall see if she actually likes, and (gasp) wears it.  If she does I will definitely get photographic proof. 

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In a side note, this daughter has been selected to apply for Upward Bound.  I am so proud of her I could burst!

I have a Garter Stitch Baby Jacket very nearly finished, which is a good thing, because the baby is due soon.  This pattern is also, like pretty much every other pattern I use, is on http://ravelry.com.  (I love ravelry almost as much as I love alpaca)

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Made in one of my favorite sport weight wools, Ella Rae Classic Sport, in green and a soft brown.  ( Has everyone caught on that I rarely save labels?) I thought these were good colors for a late fall baby boy that may be a redhead, like his mommy.  I have one and a half sleeves to go, finding a buttons and weaving and blocking and off it will go!  Sounds like so much more than it is.  I have given myself until the end of the weekend to finish.

Other fun and exciting knitting news:  I got over my fear of the yoke on the Robin Hoodie.  Imagine my shock when FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS and TRUSTING THE PATTERN actually resulted in exactly what it was supposed to.  There are one or two cables that are a bit wobbly, but not terribly noticeable.  I can live with that.  I know I’ll be making this sweater for myself eventually.  I am also making good progress on the Bay of Fundy wrap, it’s about a third of the knit.  I will also be knitting this pattern again.  Funny thing with these two projects: they are both cabled, not heavily but enough, and I chose the wrap to rest from all the cables in the sweater!  Good thinking there!

Sometime before I collapse from all my knitting and relaxing today, plan to cast on for a new pair of bus stop socks.  Of course, they may end up back in the house, since they are Owlie, on ravelry, and cabled.  I think I don’t have time to knit to a logical stopping place before I head back home for the next bus stop run of the day.  We shall see!

Happy day,
Shannon

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a yoke is born

wpid-wp-1413254174319.jpeg…well almost. ┬áThere are thirteen rows left in this particular yoke, and I am pretty happy with it.

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Happy day,
Shannon

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And she’s back

Briefly….I have been having computer issues, had to get a new phone, which I think I finally figured out, and have had very little free time.

Two weeks ago I gave my knitting basket a good clearing out and made Dr visions about WIPs.  I ripped out the bamboo wedding shawl since I could not get my hands on a third ball of the yarn I needed and it would have been too short.  I settled on the bay of Fundy scarf (on ravelry) and will have enough wool to finish.  I also decided to frog my grey cabled sweater.  The sizing was terrible, where it should have bee 25 inches it was 36.  I would have never worn it, I could wrap the back entirely around myself.  I even had my daughter throw the finished sleeves away ( don’t worry, cheap yarn) so I wouldn’t’t be tempted for a third try.  There are too many awesome sweater patterns out there to waste energy on one that just isn’t working out.

I finished the pullover inspired by the high line cardigan, and I love it! 

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(And am really loving my new phone, since I can add pictures with it!). We were at my daughter’s final horse show of the year and my bright sweater kept me nice and toasty.  I also found a home for the high line cardigan I made for said daughter that she didn’t like.  I gave it to my son’s girlfriend . (Not a great pic, taken early in the morning)

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she loves it, which makes me happy.

I made pretty thing, by Stephanie Pearl McPhee, love it.  I sweated the last few rows, but really did have enough.

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I also made a cowl based on one I saw in the Outlander series on starz.  Go watch it, read the books. Amazing!

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A really bad pic of me, but it was late.  This was made in Rowan drift super bulky, which is delicious.  This one is mine, I made an infinity version in blue for my best friend…and she loves it.

To wrap up this disjointed and rambling post I am working on Robin Hoodie (again, on ravelry).  This one is for my younger son, who told me I should never make it for him, especially not in blue.  The child picked ultra alpaca in navy.  I have finished the hood and will be starting on the yoke soon.  I’be not done a top down sweater yet, so am hoping I understand the directions well enough. 

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A very dark picture, but there’s the hood.

One gratuitous shot of the puppy, who is growing really fast, and is a little love.

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Happy day,
Shannon

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it’s been way too long

Wow, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve had a minute to write! Quick update: the rodeo went well, everyone had fun, things went smoothly, we didn’t run out of food and no one got hurt! These are all very good things. The puppy, Harley, is doing well, getting very big, very fast ( I wonder sometimes what I got myself into!), and is proving to be very loving and easy to train. It is, though, very easy to forget he’s going to be twelve weeks tomorrow, and that he’s not older and should be further along.

I really did want to have some pictures for you today, but haven’t had a lot of time for much of anything. And when there’s time it’s been raining, and my house is too dark on rainy days for inside pics! Work is still incredibly busy, busier in fact, than the last four years, and it’s wearing me down. All that riding and walking and having no down time during the day. School starts over the next two weeks for the people who come to the stables and our own kids, so I will get my quiet then. I can wait (I think).

On the knitting front, I had two pieces that were kicking my butt, just not feeling right. I have straightened them out and am now happily making progress on both. They would be a pi shawl and a sweater idea I’ve had in my head for awhile. Now under control! I’ve completed two simple hats for this winter, with plans of a few more, and am already thinking of my next projects, though it’s a little soon for that. Seems like the only energy I have lately is with my knitting. I’m also working on a crocheted bunting that someone wants, but that’s boring me to tears.

Next post will definitely have pictures, and I don’t know, maybe be more interesting, I hope.

happy day!

Shannon

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the things i do to myself!

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On top of all the current craziness I’ve got going on I did this to myself. And I love him, already (it really didn’t take long, at all). His name is Harley, he’s and American pit bull/great dane cross (yeah, I love big dogs). We picked him up Tuesday night, after seeing a post shared by my husband’s cousin on facebook. Husband said he wanted that puppy, and well, here we are.
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I call that particular face “oatmeal face”. He tries to be a tough guy, and it just doesn’t work out so well for him!
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And this is the youngest daughter when she realized we were getting a puppy and not looking at a truck like we told her. Absolutely priceless!
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Just look at those eyes, which should stay blue (I’m hoping).
So far he’s been easy and a joy to have, we’ll see how nuts he makes me in the coming weeks. I so did not want another dog. Our dog, Chance, is getting older and I was adamant that we weren’t getting another dog. My husband was equally adamant that we were, and top of the list for a blue male pit bull pup. I don’t like pits that much, and not because of the reputation, I just love enormous dogs and they are too short for my taste. At least this way I had some control over the incoming dog, because it was totally inevitable, no matter what I said, that another was coming to live with us. This guy should get to be a good size, and I’ve always liked danes, so here’s hoping!

happy day,
Shannon

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It’s been a while….

Yup, it’s been I think two weeks since I last posted. I have been so incredibly busy at work that by the time I get home I can barely think straight, let alone write in a remotely coherent way. My evenings have been filled with relaxing and trying to stay awake long enough that I don’t wake up at 3 a.m. I’ve been mostly successful with that!
The stables I run has a rodeo every year, kind of a showcase for the kids and the community (so they all know what a terrific amenity the stables is), and it truly is a huge bit of fun, but crazy making for me, as I am in charge of the whole shebang. So many details to take care of, making sure nothing is forgotten, left out or ignored. Lots of extra cleaning around the stables, the horses will all be getting baths over the next week (so the kids have a more or less clean canvas to do the grooming competition, and the horses don’t stink too badly). And all of this is happening with our normal workload and riding and taking out trails. Whew….no wonder I’m exhausted.

I did rip out Elianette, and I started the Bamboo Wedding Shawl with the yarn, and am so much happier with that than I was. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bamboo-wedding-shawl
The link for the shawl I am currently working on. It’s so very pretty, and I love that I don’t have to count every stitch twenty-seven times to make sure I counted right the first twenty-six times!

I did, however, need a break from counting in general and cast on a sweater that’s been kicking around in my head for a few months now. Not my own design, I’m turning a cropped cardigan into a pullover (I hope, and with lots of luck). I even did a swatch for this, since I wanted to use smaller needles than the original pattern calls for, so I could figure out my cast on. Hopefully I did the math properly (always doubtful, I hate math, it makes no sense to me whatsoever!). I think I did it right, as my back should measure about 14 inches, and I’m coming in at 15 1/2 inches across the width (no, I’m not that skinny, it’s a 1×1 rib, and really stretchy, and I’m not going for super tight, but I want a not sloppy and huge sweater), which seems like a good width for what I have in mind. I have to account for the sweater not being open at all, and am now thinking I should go a little bigger, but will be stopping in at my LYS (love them there!)and seeking a little guidance and/or confirmation of my math skills and estimations. Wish me luck! I’ll post pictures when I have a few minutes to take some, of all the current projects.

I haven’t forgotten the Anemone socks mentioned in a previous post, I am trying them out in worsted and think I hit on my magic number to cast on to get a sock that fits me. I still love them, but the pull of the Dream in Smooshy was strong, and I had to get something going with it that I loved (mission accomplished-the Bamboo Wedding Shawl), and this sweater decided it was time to be born.

Well, I am off to go get ready for a full day of shopping, for me, for home and for the rodeo that is in EIGHT days, dragging numerous children along with me to drop at the mall (my younger son has his first job and is anxious to go shoe shopping-go figure) and take to A.C. Moore for horse decorating supplies for my daughters. (And don’t worry, no horses are harmed with the decorating, all non toxic and water washable products are used. We check, about a hundred times to make sure nothing harmful or difficult to brush or wash off is used, and they are all thoroughly washed before being turned out for the night.) Wish me luck over the next week, and expect silence until the rodeo is over and done with. Did I mention I also host a party after the rodeo at my community’s clubhouse? I must be a lunatic.

happy day
Shannon

p.s. I really hope this post has made some sense to some of you. My brain is in a complete whirlwind and I’m afraid there’s not one complete thought above!

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let’s add quitter to the list!

Yup, that’s right, I have officially given up on a project. I don’t think I’ve ever done that before, but I feel good about the decision. I have frogged, for the third and final time, Elianette. It was a beautiful piece of knitting, and I did like it, a lot. I could not cope with the changing stitch numbers. I have found that I like consistent stitch counts in my knitting. Maybe it’s lack of patience, or maybe lack of skill, either way, it was kicking me in the gut with every change, and I’d frog, or tink, recount, reknit, and still come up crazy. I couldn’t do it any longer. It was depressing and demoralizing. I realized last night I did not have to be held hostage by this piece of knitting (are you getting the same mental image I was? It involved knots, loose yarn and lots of needles, with teeth. We won’t discuss the actual knitting mocking me.) I frogged, balled and looked for a new pattern, that has nice even stitch counts on every row. I feel better now. The pattern for Elianette was well written and charted, I just couldn’t handle all those numbers.

I was able to get some pictures yesterday, and I will attempt to add them here.

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This is the shawl I will be mailing to my cousin whose daughter is still desperately ill, but recovering nicely. She still has a very long road ahead, but she’s fighting! Here’s the link:http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-lonely-tree-shawl

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I love this cowl. I almost want winter back right now so I can wear it. I made it in Cascade Ultra Alpaca (we all know I adore alpaca. I want one.) It was a quick and simple knit I thoroughly enjoyed. Link is here:http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/structured-alpaca-cowl

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These are the latest socks off the needles, the ones I took everywhere with me, but when school ended I kind of ignored them. I put another two days of work into them and bingo! new socks. This is just a 1×3 rib, with a cable tossed in, just because. My daughter really doesn’t like knitted things, so this picture was the best I could get! And no, I haven’t woven in the ends yet, it’s too hot to wear these, but I would, if they were truly finished. You see how I play games with myself? I need to add about six more pairs of socks before winter this year, how I don’t know, but I’ll try!!

In that vein, I am working on a new sock pattern. I love it, I am enchanted, I even had to frog and start completely over, and I am still in love! That is remarkable. That is this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/anemone-22. I really really like this pattern. It is clear, well charted, well written, and has easily adapted to using worsted weight instead of the recommended weight. To achieve this I reduced the cast on number by 8, and so far, so good! They may be a bit baggy around my ankle, but I can live with that, I don’t mind some slouch in my socks, and really, I have ankles like bird legs (ridiculously skinny ankles). Love them, go check them out! I don’t have a picture yet, I frogged before getting the camera out yesterday, and it’s once again wet out today.

happy day
Shannon

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