Haruni on hold…again

It’s not her fault at all this time.  The blame is all on me.  I smashed my finger between a tree limb and a fence rail on Sunday at work.  It hurts, it is swollen and purple, and it is the finger I support my left needle with.  I will spare you the image of my purple balloon finger, suffice it to say I was hoping it would feel better by now, but no such luck.  I can not support my needle and the several hundred stitches on it without saying lots of bad words!

My solution?  So I don’t go crazy not knitting at all?  Another pair of monkey socks.  I find I can hold my needle almost normally with just a few stitches on it, so I plowed on, with a minimum of cursing and grumbling.

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Just look at that laddering.  Impressive, to say the least.  I decided I can live with it.  I just couldn’t hold that needle tightly enough Sunday night to get the ladder to disappear.  There is slow improvement in the finger; it no longer hurts when a breeze passes over it, but it’s still pretty swollen, and I’m pretty sure I’ll lose the nail eventually.  That prospect totally grosses me out!  But I can knit, albeit a little loosely, which is just fine for socks for me, that no one sees any way.

Of course, Luna, the new puppy is worse than a cat with a ball of wool.  This is what I found the other day when I finished making dinner.

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Lovely mess.  This has happened at least three times this week.  My husband says to put my knitting where she can’t get it.  I say she shouldn’t touch it and she will learn….eventually! She is quickly learning the word NO, and she hasn’t actually damaged the yarn or needles.

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I just can’t stay mad at that face for very long.

Happy day,
Shannon

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Reality will set in….

Tomorrow is  our last day of vacation.  I will be happpy to get home to see my puppies, and slept in my own bed.  I will miss being on the outer banks of North Carolina.  This is one of my most favorite places ever.

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I will miss these sunsets…

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And the sunrises on the beach with assorted children.  This has become a special vacation tradition whenever we are at the beach.  Each morning I wake early, go and collect whichever kids put in a sunrise trip request, jump in the car or walk to the beach and watch the sun come up.  I have been doing this for many years and it never gets old.  I think the kids enjoy it also, since it’s completely voluntary to go with me.

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I will miss the egrets, like the one in this terrible picture.  (See that tiny white blur?  That’s the egret I see in the sound as I write this post).

We have been busy this last week.  On Wednesday most of us went crabbing and caught about a dozen crab for a snack for those that enjoy crab meat.  From there my daughter’s and I went to to Buxton, on Hatteras Island to go horseback riding on the beach.

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What a fabulous experience for my girls!  They loved it and I loved watching them experience this.

There have been many laughs and much silliness, mixed in with enormous meals that take forever to prepare and seconds to consume.  We have 10 kids on this trip, ages 11-19.  They eat….a lot!  I love having these annual family trips to spend time with my nieces and nephews, sisters, their husbands, my parents and my own husband and kids.  There is a lot of craziness, but we always have so much fun.

Happy day,
Shannon

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Sound side

We are officially on vacation, well, really since Saturday, but I’ve been busy.  We all piled into the car at 4 a.m. to start the eight hour drive from our home in the Pocono mountains to Kitty Hawk, NC (I love the outer banks, one of my most favorite spots, ever).

We arrived earlier than check in time, went and had a fabulous lunch, then headed to the beach

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We finally got to the house, and love it.  There are 19 of us here for the week, and we all fit just fine.

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We’ve been busy, relaxing and exploring and running around with the kids.  Tropical storm Ana wreaked a little havoc, it’s been windy today and last night, and poured overnight and most of today.  We went to the aquarium this afternoon.

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I have found some time to knit.  I finished a pair of monkey socks

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Not a great picture, but you all get the idea!  I’m happy I finished them, our house is freezing with the air conditioning on!

I also started haruni, stockinette version on the ride here.

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It’s a little bigger now, but I keep forgetting to take pictures of it, since the sunsets keep catching my eye.

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Happy day,
Shannon

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A good decision

As we all know, haruni has been kicking my butt, and hard.

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Well, here she is.  Frogged.  Ripped back to a raw ball of wool.  Annihilated.  And it felt good, and like the totally right decision, and an oddly easy one to make.  For weeks I’ve been picking back rows, trying to find that one flaw, that one spot I could fix and make it all come out right.  I took her to my LYS, we searched together and came up with no answer.

I saw a picture of the stockinette haruni, it called to me with a siren song that I could not get out of my head.  The internal debate began.  My decision was made yesterday, by the recipient of this labor of love.  She loves the stockinette version, is intrigued by the spine of the shawl and the lovely elaborate border.  Of course, she was horrified when I mentioned ripping it all out and starting over.  But really, there was no other choice, the whole thing would have been ruined by that one elusive mistake.  And it was driving me crazy, well, it was driving everyone else in my house crazy, since they all had to hear about it, constantly.

I thought a little longer, a little harder.  I dug haruni out of my work basket, witht the intent to study her again, see if I could find that spot.  Before my brain registered it, my hands were yanking out the lifeline and unravelling the stitches , row by row.  Something inside of me eased, quietly sighed in relief.  I knew it was the right answer.

I’m going on vacation next week, which includes a really long ride in the car, along with lots of waterside sitting and relaxing.  Haruni will be reborn, another version of herself.

Oh, I made a monkey sock!  Pattern by cookie a, I love it.  Dream in color smooshy with cashmere.  Not sure where the ball band went, but I love the color.

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Happy day,
Shannon

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Where to begin?

I like the new car.  It’s an 06 equinox and I’m finally used to it.  Loving the heated seats and sunroof, my two favorite features.  Luna, the new puppy is doing very well and has adjusted to life in our crazy family.  To recap, that’s two puppies, Harley is 10 1/2 months, Luna is 10 weeks.  The new horse is working out very well in our barn and is a big hit with all who meet him.  That is a huge relief since he’s the first horse I’ve been responsible for buying.

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Bay  of Fundy is finally blocking.  This piece has been waiting patiently for a few weeks to be blocked.  It’s in Dream in Color Smooshy with cashmere, in callous pink.  It is a terrible picture, but its a gloomy rainy day here in the Poconos and my room is always a little dark.  This is the first time I’ve ever used blocking wires…..I love them!  So easy to use.  Of course, it would have been easier if I found all of my pins, but naturally they are somewhere safe!  Safety pins worked for me in this instance, so it’s all good.

Today I’ll be doing laundry and working on My Cup of Tea socks, knit with Beroco ultra fine.  I am very happy with this yarn for socks.  I just bought four more skeins of it in various colors for my birthday present to myself.  (My birthday was Saturday, and was a very pleasant day).

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Haruni is still on time out, or rather, I am.  I am having a terrible time with the right side of the border and have to in-knit 8 rows and start it again.  I’m not ready to do that yet, so she’s put away for now.

Happy day,
Shannon

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A quickie

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My new car, can’t really call it a truck.  I like it, although it is really a lot smaller than I’m used to.

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Our new puppy, named Luna, that I needed like a hole in my head.  I love her, she’s very sweet.  Puppy and car both acquired last Saturday.

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Harley seems to like her also, which is good, since I think he could swallow her whole.

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And last, but definitely not least, may I present Mailin?  Finished on Sunday night.  Which could be why I’ve been so tired all week, it was more very early Monday morning.  I know it’s an awful picture, but trust me when I tell you it’s beautiful, warm and very comfortable.  Pattern on ravelry, yarn:  imperial yarn Columbia, in black and wild Iris.

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Finally, the new horse at work, his name is Scout. 
I am ready for a few really quiet and boring weeks.  One can dream!

Happy day,
Shannon

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A first time for everything

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Well, for some reason my phone is rotating my photos.  Not sure why.  Anyway, I’ve now finished Mailin’s body to the length in the instructions, and look, just look what I did.  Instead of just holding it up and eyeballing it, I PUT IT ON WASTE YARN to actually try it on.  I need to do one more pattern repeat of twelve rows, then the ribbing to get the length I like.  I would’ve never realized that if I hadn’t put it on waste yarn.  I am so glad right now that I’ve learned something, through trial, error and stubbornness, oh, and let’s just toss cocky in there too.  I have been humbled enough to have learned this lesson. 

Happy day
Shannon

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