Stuff….

I was cold yesterday, so I knit a cowl, just in time for 50 degree weather again! The Waverly Weekend Cowl was quick and pleasant to knit, and easily adaptable to other weight yarns. I made this with the last of the lion brand fishermans wool from the giant cardigan. Said cardigan is on it’s way to New York and its owner.

I finished my dark blue socks the other day, with an afterthought heel. I very much like this heel, and will be doing more. It was a little more fiddly than I thought, but with practice, that should go away!

They look so pretty folded up!

Here are Chloe’s socks. Take about serious yarn chicken! I’m hoping I can get the foot done with what I have left. An option would be to pick back the toe on the first sock and make the heels and toes from that blue skein hiding underneath. She doesn’t care how much is knit with the other color, but I think I do.

Today is our final KAL get together for Humulus. I should have it finished by the end of tomorrow. I have one sleeve left, from the beginning of the decreases to the cuff. Not much knitting, really. I can not wait to wear this one. Sadly, it really needs to be blocked before I can!

Happy day,

Shannon

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Scattered thoughts

I knitted a felted bag the other day…its still in the felting process, my washer doesn’t have the agitator so this will take a few rounds of being tossed in with the regular laundry. I did this for two reasons; one, to get rid of some wool that was destined to live with me forever, and two, to give my hands a rest from tiny needles. Score on both points!

I have *ahem* FINALLY thrown a seam into this cardigan that’s been waiting a year for it! I put it off for the longest time! This, if anyone recalls, is for a friend of mine from work, he got sick and lost a ton of weight by the time it was finished, and therefore, it was way huge. Now it should fit him a bit better. His wife and daughter are visiting in the next town over and are stopping in for a visit this afternoon, soooo; this sweater is going home today! This was so much simpler than I thought it would be.

I have one sleeve left on Humulus, which I started at my LYS yesterday, and I’m waiting until our get together for the KAL on Tuesday to pick it up again. In the meantime I have two pair of socks on the go. One for me, and oddly one for Chloe. She fell in love with the bright colors and said please!

That’s enough for today! Hope you all have a happy day,

Shannon

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The body if Humulus is finished! I added an inch and half to the body to get the length I like, an worked all day on the ribbing. How on earth does ribbing take a darn long??

It looks grey in this photo, but its green, I promise! The rest of my knitting will consist of My Cup of Tea socks.

My most favorite pair of socks is this pattern. I am toying with the idea of an afterthought heel on these.

Happy day,

Shannon

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So much for monogamy

I was doing well being a monogamous knitter….for about a week. The the KAL at my LUS began and it went right out the window! Both versions of Puntilla that I was working on got put away for the time being and I eagerly cast on for Humulus. I am nearly finished the body of the sweater, and I love it!!

I have a very subtle color contrast, but it makes me happy! I’m hoping to start the sleeves this weekend.

What I did not love were my Sprig socks. My head just would not wrap around the lace pattern, so this morning I decided to frog it, back to the cuffs. A little tedious,but I dont have to do that ribbing again! I’m going to do My Cup of Tea socks instead. I’ve done this pattern before, it became my favorite pair of socks. Ive just picked the ribbing back up, and will do another row or two to make sure I dont have any dropped or twisted stitches.

I also made a little gnome the other day! He needs a bit of fiber and finishing, but I am enchanted. This guy is worsted and knitted plain, the next will be sock weight and probably follow the cable pattern for the hat, at least.

Isn’t he so cute?? I’m off to knit in some socks for awhile, and watch a little game of thrones.

Happy day,

Shannon

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And surprises!!!

I was happily snuggled with the dogs Friday morning waiting for Eric to get home from work and knitting the beginning rounds of color work on Humulus when I got a terrific surprise!

That’s my sister, showing up at my house out of the blue!! I cried, alot. Apparently EVERYONE knew, but me. Her husband drag races, and had a buyer for his race truck in Alabama, and arranged to meet the guy in North Carolina so Hobie and I could spend the weekend together!! I was so happy!!

Not much knitting got done, all work on Humulus ground to a halt. I did cast on Sprig Socks, to work on on the car on the way to Raleigh to sell the race truck..

Not much done, but I managed to get beyond the cuff!! Eric is in Tennessee for work this week, which means I get to knit in bed ( I don’t anticipate sleeping much! Hate when he’s away.)so I already have this in the bedroom. He and my sister and her husband left this morning. The girls got home from PA early this morning. I now have LOTS of knitting time.

The contrast is incredibly subtle, but I think (hope) it’s enough. Hopefully i get through the color work section fast! I can not wait to wear this sweater.

Happy day,

Shannon

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Changes!!

No, not the big and scary kind, more like a revelation and a fun change. The fun one! We have started the KAL! I am so geeked out to do this sweater, for a few reasons. One, it’s in worsted, I haven’t knit in worsted in AGES! This thing will fly off the needles. Tow, I love the colors I chose,that heathery olive green is soooooo beautiful, and the mushroom color will look beautiful with it. Three, I realized tonight that it’s the same designer as for my most favorite and treasured sweater I’ve knit so dar; Mailin. See, totally geeking out!

Isn’t that gorgeous??

My revelation: I am no longer a solitary knitter, which I have always been. It came to me while I was working on the beginning of this sweater. There’s a whole group of women that I am creating this with, who will get the silly mistakes I will undoubtedly make, the little triumphs. Who will oohhh and ahhh, and mean it; unlike my family who have zero interest in my knitting beyond “yeah, that’s pretty, or cool”. They will really get it. Moving here has given me an entire community of people with a love of this craft that equals my own. And that, my friends, is a tremendous change for me!

Happy day,

Shannon

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Back to the grind

I say that like I’m slogging through my days, don’t I? I have no true grind right now, no job to return to, but I will be picking up my routine again, now that Eric returned to work, and the girls go back to school on Monday, once they return home from PA. And I definitely have some goals I want to achieve this year. Not resolutions, really, but goals.

I do some housework each day, dishes, making of beds, laundry, the dogs, that are normally finished by about 9 a.m. one goal I have set is actually hauling my lazy self to the gym 4 days a week. I mean, really, I pay for it, I should go, and honestly, I love to go! I have been busy with the kids and Eric over the last few weeks, so didn’t take the time to go. Now that everything is back to normal, I’ve got time again. That will begin this morning, after I get the bed made, i can’t leave the house before doing that, lol.

Another goal I have set is with my knitting, and its vague, but a many pronged attack! I plan to be more mindful when choosing projects, instead of just randomly choosing things to knit for something to do. I challenged myself, on ravelry to complete 35 projects this year.

This brings me to my next goal! Ravelry! I love it, always have, but have definitely drifted away from using it to log my projects. Haven’t done that at all in two years. Silly, right? So yesterday I entered the 2 versions of Puntilla I’m working on. Then hit that challenge tab, set my goal and then I went through my queue. I eliminated things I’ve made, things I saved there to take a better look at and added the things I really want to make, the things i have yarn for, or made me gasp out loud.

Here is the list view of my current queue. Things will be added, because its early days, but that’s a good solid start. Once both Puntilla sweaters are off the needles (which needs to happen by 1/13) I am participating in a KAL at my LYS. We are doing Humulus, and I got my yarn the other day.

I love that green! I have 3 more skeins to liberate from the closet at my LYS, soon. I also am really hoping to knit 12 pairs of socks this year.

That’s my next pair of socks. I think I’ll do Sprig, a pattern I’ve had queued for quite a while. Its lacy, so I think the dark blue will look good. And that weirdly shaped cowl? I knit that awhile ago for when its chilly and we go out on the bike, and it works great!! That tight neck kept me toasty!

That leads me to my final goal for the year, well, final 2. I want my concealed carry permit and I want my motorcycle license. I’ve been wanting my own bike for awhile now, in a vague kinda way, but I found the bike I want. And I want it bad! A soft tail slim bobber. Look them up….gorgeous and bad ass!!

Today will take me to the gym, starting to put Christmas away and off to knit with some new friends.

A pic I snapped while out on the bike yesterday. I dont think ENC will ever get old!

Happy day,

Shannon

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