Time slides by…

It’s amazing how quickly time passes, sometimes. I’ve been busy, a little painting, a little knitting, preparing meals. I thought I’d feel like each day took year to get through not working, but the day are just flying by!

I made a bunch of these stitch marker set from shells I’ve collected. Mind you, I have no idea what to do with them now, since I don’t know anyone here.

We saw a whale on Sunday while at the pier fishing. Great fishing day, too, we must have caught 40 fish!

Happy day,

Shannon

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Serendipitous

There is no other word for this particular yarn ( I think cascade alpaca hand painted lace weight, the label has long since disappeared) finally meeting it’s match in this pattern, Crescendo, which was found on loveknitting.com. I bought the yarn impulsively at my former LYS (remember, I’ve moved! Still love that wool shop!) after falling in love with the colors, knowing it would be hard to find a pattern that wouldn’t be swallowed by the colors. Boy, was I right! This yarn has been knit, ripped, knit, ripped, knit, ripp….well, you get the idea. Whenever I browsed ravelry I’d have this yarn in the back of my head, mentally trying to make the pattern meld with that yarn. Some patterns would make it to about 6 inches in, then it would all go back in time out, before the next prospect came along. I think, oh, I hope, that found the perfect pairing! The wool seems very happy( I know you all know what I mean!), its flowing off the needles, no tangles, snarls or jumping off my needle tips!

See what I mean about those colors? Magnificent! And that olive green, always a favorite of mine.

Here is Sunburnt, which was a fun pattern to do. I do so love short row crescent shawls! I did this in an Aran weight instead of fingering, so it’s big, snuggly and cozy, perfect for winter in eastern north Carolina!!

Oh, look at those sweet turtles!! I omitted the wave edging, for now. I need more wool and feel like it will take me some time to find the right color(s), and wanted this off the needles. I have, in the last few weeks finished a lot of knitting, and used up some random bits of yarn in the process. That always feels good, doesn’t it?

Anyway, that’s what I’ve got going on, having photo shoots with knitted goodies because I am bored! I should have gone to the beach! Not working is really wonderful, but some days are just so tedious, only having myself for company. The house is clean, dinner planned, yard mowed. Not much else left to do until I get more primer and paint to get the rest of the rooms painted. Look at me go on! I’m going to go watch sappy movies and knit…and not feel guilty about it!

Happy day,

Shannon

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Worse ways to spend the day

There may even be better ways to spend the day, but today is just perfect. It’s 10 in the morning, 80 degrees and I am being completely selfish today! I have something to read, something to eat, something to knit on and the beach practically to myself; with the exception of a bunch of surfers.

I have finished the sunburnt shawl that I used to break up the endless counting of A Turtles Journey, a beautiful shawl with, well, turtles.

It’s a pretty shawl, but I know I need a break when I can’t do needleless cables! I think I have 4 rows of turtle yet to finish, then on to the wavy border, which I need to find wool for. That is a task for tomorrow, though. Today is for hanging on the beach, marvelling at the fact I live here (well, close enough) now and can do this whenever I want to! I am also marveling at the fact I am sitting on a beach, in my bathing suit, thinking how hot it is…..in October!! Usually this time of year I’m trying to justify lighting the fire to take the chill out of the house at night. This is a beautiful thing!!

This is today’s knitting, a simple crescent shape that I will find an interesting edging for eventually. I’m just trying to use up some stash, and like the feel of this yarn.

Happy day,

Shannon

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Hurricanes and stuff

I’m not sure exactly how it happened, but we had a huge miss with hurricane Florence. We had some wind and rain, and the weather has been funky for the last few days, but no damage in my immediate area. South of us is experiencing devastating flooding, west of us, too. It’s like we had a bubble over us!

I got some knitting in over the forced time being stuck inside. Working on A Turtles Journey. Look! Turtle butts!

Some errors in counting (surprise surprise!) in the tan section, which represents sand, but hey, ripples in the sand are rarely uniform, so it’s all good!

I also got the spare room painted. It was a sinfully ugly dirty mustard color. Frightening! I have some touching up to do, then the trim, but it’s a start in making this place ours.

See the color on that door? And those shelves??? The. Entire. Room! It’s looking better already!

Today I plan on touching up the walls, and maybe starting the trim, since it’s a rainy day here and yard work looks unlikely today.

I’ve also put together some stitch marker sets, made from shells I collected in Nags Head last year. Not sure what I’m going to do with them, but here they are. I think I’ll take some to our local wool shop and see if anyone is interested in testing them out. I use them, and like them, but would like other feedback.

Happy day,

Shannon

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Florence…close to you

The big news here is Hurricane florence. We are out of the direct hit zone, but still, this thing is coming in close and tight to us! Last night the girls left for Pennsylvania with my brother in law and will remain there until we give them the all clear. We, on the other hand, are staying put. We have laid in lots of supplies, food, water, dog and cat food, just about everything has been moved in and up. As of right now there are no evacuations for our town, or county.

We are in Plymouth, in Washington county, just west of the albemarle sound. I feel like we will be ok here.

In other news, I have an actual finished project!

Close to you shawl, in sea star yarn that I bought at Knitting Addiction in kitty hawk while we were down here in July looking at houses. I didn’t think I’d like this, but I really do.

We should begin to feel the effects of florence sometime tomorrow, but don’t worry, I have lots of wool! See you on the other side of this storm.

Happy day,

Shannon

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Big happenings

So, the last time I wrote I think I mentioned EJ leaving for basic training for the Army. That was back at the end of April, and, damn, it was hard those first few weeks! I cried, alot, and got next to no knitting done. Especially in those first few weeks.

The next big slap in the face came a month later when my husband lost his job unexpectedly. That sent me reeling, since he’s the one that truly supports us all. A few weeks later he decided we were going to move south, with my full support, despite it meaning I had to leave a job I love.

So, today, I write to you from Plymouth North Carolina, from our beautiful new home with two angry and lonely daughters. I’ve had a little time to pick some knitting up this past week, which makes my heavy heart happier.

Happy day,

Shannon

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Too busy…

Life has been very hectic and unbalanced for me lately. So mich busyness and so little time for myself.

About a month ago we had to put one of our horses down, which was heartbreaking. I cried for days, and then cried more for my Katie, who loved this horse more than anything. He had been injured in the fall, with infection spreading into his elbow joint. We trailered him to New Bolton equine hospital (one of the best, it’s where Barbaro was after breaking his leg), where they blasted him with antibiotics and cleared the infection. He was recovering really well, walking well, and we were planning his first easy ride. Suddenly, the limp was back, but different. The vet came out and took some x-rays; worst news ever….new bone growth was fusing the joint together and he was slowly and painfully losing all mobility in that leg. There was absolutely nothing we could do.

This is the art I commissioned for my daughter of her and Joey. He has left a huge hole, both in the barn and in my heart.

One week later this happened;

My younger son joined the army. Officially on my birthday. We had 10 days with him before he shipped out for basic training. I still can’t wrap my head around this, and miss him horribly. I’m still crying 10 times a day over him being gone, then feel so selfish, because he not chased, but caught his star. I feel such fierce pride in him, but damn, I miss him. We have always been so close, and to have no time to prepare for him being gone has left me reeling, unfocused, heartbroken. I have a message from him saying he arrived at his base safely, and I’d have a letter in a couple of weeks. I am not handling this very well at all.

The day we took him to the recruiter, the day before he shipped out, I started knitting this:

Its a simple triangle shawl, pulled from my imagination, with a simple cable spine. Just enough to keep my mind a tiny bit distracted, but not so much that o can’t comprehend what I’m doing. He left a week ago, and I’m not getting very far. Usually my knitting helps me focus, but I can’t just yet. A few rows at a time, I guess.

I’ve also joined the gym, and am going 5 times a week, mostly because I don’t think when I’m working out and plugged into my headphones. I’ve been wanting to do this for myself to awhile and finally have.

Happy day,

Shannon

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