Decisions made

As you know, I’ve been plugging away on ferdy whenever I’ve had a few quiet hours in which I could concentrate and count.  Those times were coming much less often in the last few months, so off to time out ferdy went. He sat there quietly, not the least bit of reproach emanating from him.  I felt much more relaxed while ferdy was in exile.  I realized how unhappy this sweater was making me and made my mind up.

After speaking to the recipient and getting his ok, I decided to rip it all out.  Every stitch,  every cable, every rib, and start over.

I have a few options, but am leaning most to following the dimensions of ferdy, but doing it in a simple 3×3 rib, entirely.

We are going away for the weekend, so I won’t be ripping anything out until next week.  Plenty of time to finalize my plans for this sweater.

In the meantime I cast on Ley Lines and finished the first section.

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Here is the yummy yarn all caked and ready.  This was actually the very first thing I did to get ready for this trip

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I should make a lot of progress over the weekend.

Happy day,
Shannon

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Fun things

Our new horse arrived at the barn last night.  He hasn’t got a name yet, but we have a few under consideration.  Suggestions are welcome!

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I finished my bark socks (designed by kiwiyarns)(I don’t know how to highlight that!)  Love them.  Also started Mary Mary,  by kiwiyarns, what a fun and pretty pattern.

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Getting two toe up socks on the needles was new for me, but I made it work….somehow!!  I can see several pairs of these in my future, for sure.

I also started a simple lace weight garter stitch wrap/scarf type thing.  I had one ball of knit picks gypsy tonal and want to use up those oddball skeins.

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It will block out to a pretty generous size, since I’m knitting it on size 10 needles.  I don’t know where it will end up, but it will find a home eventually.

I also bought for myself (that’s right, specifically for me), three more skeins of juniper moon farms herriot fine in granite.  It will become Ley Lines,  for me!!  Next weekend my husband and I are taking a long weekend near Lake Ontario.  This will be my travel project for the car ride (about 4 hours) and while he’s fishing and I’m tired of fishing.

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I’m off to work early to play with the new horse!

Happy day, Shannon

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Not too sure

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I’m really not sure how I feel about this.  It’s Irish mesh, and fun and easy to work, I just don’t know if I like it in this yarn. The yarn is what’s left from imagine when. 

I decided against socks, though there is plenty left for a pair, since it’s 100% wool.  Superwash wool, but only wool just the same.  And I do not treat my socks with any delicacy whatsoever.   They’re crammed into boots most days , and I often walk around the house in my socks.  I was afraid the yarn is too delicate for that kind of abuse.  So, a neck warmer.

I think the pattern kind of shallows the colors in the yarn.  What do you think?

Happy day,
Shannon

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All done!

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Well, the knitting,  anyway.  Blocking will most likely happen on Monday, before I leave for work.   I should come home to a nice dry shawl.

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I love the colors in this yarn!  It’s knitting fever painted desert, the color is 09, dusk.  Love love love it!  I have enough for a cowl, or maybe socks for me.

Happy day,
Shannon

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Change of plans

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Instead of being used for the June fundraiser for my aunt’s  office, I’m getting this shawl finished as quickly as possible to be used for a particular patient of theirs.  There is a go fund me account for the patient, and she will need help.  It kinda tugs the heartstrings!

I will be making a different item for the big fundraiser, and have no idea what!  Any suggestions will be welcome.

Happy day,
Shannon

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Sneaky little picots

Yup.  That’s right,  these picots snuck up on me.  I’ve never done knitted picots before.  I’ve often shied away from projects that had a picot edging.  I always felt they would annoy me and I’d end up frogging everything.

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But look, there they are, looking all cute and refined.  Mind you, this is an end to end shawl, so the picots are worked every few rows and are forming the bottom edge.  Technically, they are not being worked as a separate edge, but I like them, and won’t be afraid of them anymore. 

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I also am loving the colors in this yarn.  I tend not to pay much attention to the color changes as I knit.  I just knit on, wanting to see what happens next in the pattern.  This may be a hard one to give away.

Happy day,
Shannon

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Happiness is….

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Socks fresh off the needles. 

Waking up at 4 a.m. for some silly reason and having two solid hours in which to knit before work on a dreary Saturday morning.

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Not having to drive your daughter to ESU for upward bound because she was up all night feeling pukey.(ok, not really happy she’s pokey, just that I didn’t have to drive in to town and then figure out how I was picking her up, since both her dad and I are working)

Happy day,
Shannon

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