A jumble of thoughts

I have been stupid busy, and stressed, feeling frazzled and frayed for weeks now.  Many things are happening, both good and bad. 

1.  We survived our rodeo at work, the kids all had fun and no one fell off a horse, plus we made a profit, so good, if exhausting day.

2.  My younger son got himself into big trouble hanging with the wrong crowd, despite being firmly told not too.  It’s a process, but we’re getting through it.

3.  I hate the month o f July.  We lost both my grandmother (sniff) and my father in law in July 2010.  Nothing  good happens for me in July.  (See #2).

4.  I participated in stash dash 2015.  Posted all of my finished prijects, but still haven’t had time to tally my finished meters.  Pretty sure I passed my goal of 3000, think I got close to my hope of 5000.  Have no idea right now.

5.  I have an hour, right now, all to myself!!  Bliss.

6.  My husband texted me today, he was offered a job in his field with another company.  I don’t like change like this, but he’ll get all the info and make the best choice.

7.  I finished knitting graphite, washed and blocked and promptly tossed it into my closet with the ends all hanging everywhere.  Eh, it’s too hot to wear wool right now anyway.

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That’s it, soaking on the left.  Only pic I have so far.  So frazzled!!

8.  I am enchanted with clapo-ktus!  That’s one in the left over wool from graphite.

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I am doing one in the gradient blue that’s been unhappy with everything else I tried to knit with it.  Also nearly finished one in Sami finger I g Wright in sagebrush.  I boogered up the side and can’t figure out how to fix it, but really can live with it

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I’m kinda sweating that last bit of wool.  I think I’ll make it.  If not I can rip back and fix that edge.   See, silver lining!

9.  We are going to Asbury park for the weekend and I can not wait.  We’re going to see my favorite band, social distortion.  I can not wait!  I need some time away!

10.  Thank you all for listening! 

11.  The younger boy now has a new job( a result of his stupidity, he lost his job at our pool), so I’ve been driving him, a lot.  I hate driving!!

12.  I am going to my LYS for sit and stitch tomorrow.  Because I deserve it, dammit!!

Happy day, (something my grandmother always, without fail, said)
Shannon

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Over the hump

Woo hoo!!  I have two complete and, I think, matching sleeves.  It took all day and it’s a jumbled mess right now, but I have two sleeves.

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I also started clapo-ktus in the gradient blue.  So far I love it.  I think I found the right pattern for this yarn.

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Happy day,
Shannon

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I am in sleeve hell

Yup…that’s right.  Sleeve hell.  I hate making sleeves.  Miles of stockinette, endlessly going in little circles.  But I SOOOO want this sweater, I’ve wanted to make this sweater forever, because I can not wait to wear it.  I like the construction of the sleeves, from what I’ve read of the pattern.  It seems easy, but getting to the point where sleeve meets yoke?  Absolutely miserable.  Especially since I decided to add two inches to the sleeves, because I like my sleeves to cover my hands a bit. 

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So, what’s a girl to do?  I’m going to cast on, with that gradient blue merino that hasn’t been happy with anything I’ve tried to make with it, this:

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I plan to do increases until I hit the halfway point in my ball of wool, then begin to decrease, and hopefully use up the ball.  It’s a lace weight yarn, so this may take awhile, but I think this will show off the color changes in the wool without being boring.  Wish me luck!

Happy day,
Shannon

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Sure has been awhile

Nothing much is happening on the needles.  Graphite is moving along nicely, I have the skirt (for lack of better word) part of the body done

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And half a sleeve

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And most of one sock finished:

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I’m a little worried about not having enough wool to finish this pair.  We shall see!  There is another project on the needles, but it’s in the car right now, and I’m being lazy right now.  It’s a hokey square shawl, with the first row of holes complete, made with the beautiful blue gradient that used to be a pi shawl.

Yesterday I took my new kayak out on the river for some much needed quiet time.  I had a very peaceful four hours to myself.  I saw a few hawks, some ducks and a bald eagle.  No pictures of any of those, I was too busy paddling upriver when I saw them.  Here are a few pics of my time on the river.

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See, very peaceful!

Happy day,
Shannon

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Desperately seeking spinner

My husband can get bags (BAGS!!!) of alpaca fiber for me.  My problem is;I don’t know how to spin, and I’m not sure I want to learn.  If there are any spinners out there that would be willing to spin it, we can go halves on it.  I have no idea if this is a crazy request or not, if it is, let me know!  He won’t bring it home if I can’t spin it.  If you’ve read my blog much, you’ll know how much I love alpaca!!  Let me know.

In other news:

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This angry alpaca spit on my daughter’s face today.  I may be mean, but it was the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time!

I’m working on a garter stitch border/bind off on a pi shawl I started eons ago.  It seems to be taking a very long time.

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I love gradient yarns!

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Also working on Jenk socks.  I saw them on a blog (so sorry, I don’t remember which blog, I have a mind like a sieve) and they appealed to me a great deal.  They are in Saki sagebrush (prism yarns) on US1 needles.  They are going quite fast.

I have a few more hours of peace and quiet….the husband is out on his bike, the girls are at the pool and the younger son is at work.  The dogs are asleep and the cats are outside.  Blissful peace and quiet!  Time to knit on!

Happy day,
Shannon

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Seriously?!?!?!

I satarted graphite yesterday, I’m a few inches in, I’m happy, almost to the next set of decreases at the bottom of the sweater, feeling like it’s all going smoothly.  Ha!!  I guess I got cocky, because this happened:

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Yup, that needle just pulled right apart.  These needles that are fresh out of the package, that I bought especially for this particular project just pulled apart.  I’m sad and upset.  I love these needles.  I’ve been slowly building my collection of kollage needles.  They are comfortable, they feel nice in my hands, and I swear my stitches are more even and uniform.  Oh, did I mention I can’t get to my LYS until THURSDAY?  and these are the only size 6 circular needles I have?  *sigh*

You can tell I’m upset, I accidentally got a picture of my nasty looking smushed finger in that shot.  Sorry, just avert your eyes.  (At least it doesn’t hurt anymore!!)

Time to ball a skein of sock yarn.

Happy day,
Shannon

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A productive day

At least, in knitting terms, and just relaxing on a day off.  I actually finished two projects and started and finished a third, untangled some yarn that Luna got into and straightened up my knitting basket.

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First I finished the monkey socks I started when I smashed my finger awhile ago.

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Then I decided six feet long was truly long enough for Ethereal Diamonds.  This is the first if the wraps I plan to make for the daughter’s/nieces when they marry.  Love it.

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I had two balls of Rowan fazed tweed that have been staring at me for months, so decided to bang out a quick neck warmer for the winter.  I really like the Rowan yarns I’ve used so far.  Those are the three projects I finished yesterday.

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I crocheted this little cotton dress over the weekend with a cotton/acrylic blend I had leftover from this:

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A lacy summer top for myself, finished last week.

I have been on a roll.  I Gaby two projects on the needles still, a pi shawl that still needs most of its border and a scarf made of lace weight and boucle. I hate boucle, but it’s a pretty periwinkle color, which I love, so I trudge on.  I believe I may just cast on Graphite today.  I’ve been wanting that sweater for ages.

All photos taken overlooking my wildly overgrown back yard, since neither my husband nor myself ever remembers gas for the lawnmower;and overseen by Adso the cat.

Happy day,
Shannon

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