Slow knitting

Progress on everything has slowed! The past few weeks have been crazy with the holidays, travel and a dumb moment on my part. The holidays were quiet for us, but very nice! Thursday after christmas we packed chloe into the car and took off for PA, to drop her off at a friends and we visited a few people ourselves, then turned around and headed south. After spending Saturday morning sleeping (we were gone 42 hours!) Eric said, pack some stuff, we’re going to Florida! We left at midnight for that 10 hour journey. At the end, we surprised my mom at work

That was so much fun to do! We fished, ate some awesome meals (if you’re ever in Merritt Island, Florida, go to Tampa’s diner for breakfast.), spent time with my parents, sister and niece.

Back in the car and spent new year’s eve driving home! We put 3000 miles on my car in 6 days, were completely exhausted and had so much fun along the way!

Now the dumb thing…I have huge dogs, sometimes they get grumpy with each other. They got grumpy, I got in between them and got my finger crunched, had to have my wedding band cut off the swelling was so bad. Nothing is broken, but it is sore! Knitting has been at a minimum since then. Its healing, I can bend it, but can only knit with smaller needles right now! The debt sweater is on hold until it doesnt hurt to hold big needles. I swear this thing does not want to be knit!

Anyway, all is well, we made beautiful memories, had lots of fun, and the knitting will happen!

Happy day,

Shannon

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Tha Afghan and The Debt Sweater

A couple of years ago my father in law’s (whom we lost in 2010) fiance (whom I absolutely adore!) Brought me a tote full of uarn and asked if I could make a blanket for her daughter. The daughter had wanted her grandmother to make said afghan, but due to dementia she was unable to. Of course I said yes! Well, when I opened that tote, my eyes nearly bled. I slapped the lid back on, then peeked inside again. Nope, I was not having a nightmare. There must have been 20 different colors in there, and very few of them played well with the others. Oh dear, what had o gotten myself into? Not only did she want these colors together, in one cohesive piece, but she wanted a granny afghan. Crochet. Oh boy. I scoured the internet, I put the box away and forgot it. Periodically I’d pull it out and try again. No love, at all. All those clashing, clamoring colors. Nope, not for me.

Fast forward to a few months ago. One of the ladies at my LYS had just told us she’s so much happier with crochet, and how much she LOVES doing granny Afghans! The lightbulb flared, and a deal was struck. She took the nightmare box, and in exchange I was to knot her a sweater! Beautiful! Now, you know how stressed I had been through November and the early part of December. I refuse to k or for other people when I’m feeling like that. I feel like I’m passing all those bad vibes on to the recipient, and I just can’t. Her sweater had stalled….big time. Meanwhile she produced a true work of art (magic).

There it is…almost finished and boxed for its flight to San Francisco yesterday. Its gorgeous. The sweater is coming along. I finished the front and got the shoulders seamed yesterday. I picked up for the first sleeve half an hour ago. Things are finally looking up and moving forward!

I am so happy things are finally evening out again! And I really dont think this sweater will be here much longer, and Brenda will be paid the debt I owe her.

Happy day,

Shannon

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I have a job!

Yup, it took all week, but I got a call back from our local coffee shop, and start today. I’m excited…and I know that I’ll be paid on time. I am still waiting to be paid from the last fiasco, I was told Monday. I can only hope. So, while I’m still stressed, it has lessened some, which is never a bad thing! Thank you all for your well wishes and good luck!

To celebrate I cast on subtle interruptions, with the painted desert I got in ocean city in September. I always forget how very much I like this yarn, even though it’s a superwash (not my top choice!) I always love the way the colors play together.

Happy day,

Shannon

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No guilt for me!

I called off work today…something that I very rarely have ever done in all of my working years…and I dont feel the least bit guilty about it. Eric suggested I call off until I get the rest of my pay; but that might make me feel guilty. I don’t know, I’m kind of thinking about it though. Today I’m just knitting while Eric naps, watching movies, and relaxing a bit. I need it! I know it’s kind of petty, but he may be on to something!!

Look what came in the mail yesterday! This gorgeous project bag is from @mildly_granola. I love it. I think I like the lining as much as the actual bag. It’s the perfect size for socks, or a shawl, and I cant wait to use it! I’ll have to cast on socks soon, just so I can use it. Thank you so much!! I love pretty knitting things.

I’m through the colorwork portion of gardengate, and am so loving it. I cant wait to wear this sweater. I definitely am a decided hybrid of process/product knitter; it all depends on the project for me. This is definitely a “product” knit for me.

Isnt that beautiful? You can make out a pin in the knitting…I think I dropped a stitch, or perhaps the float is poking through the front, I’m not sure and will investigate later. My stitch count was never off in that section, so I think I’ll just catch it with waste yarn and tie it off on the inside. Once I get to the sleeve divide I’m going to work on my debt sweater. That sweater and the afghan that resulted in that debt will have their own post soon! That’s about it today, back to knitting and my movies.

Happy day,

Shannon

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Gardengate…and some stress.

Here is the rework of gardengate. I’m much happier with my color work this time around. I just could not get the hang of using the thimble thing for holding my two colors. Back to just using my fingers and twisting the yarn around itself to catch those floats.

I just hope the little blips of orange that I can see in the front in between the pattern fade into the background when I block this sweater. 36 colorwork rows to go til I hit soothing stockinette in the round!

So, happy Thanksgiving all! Zack and Kate are working til this afternoon, Eric is putting brakes on Kate’s car, chloe is asleep, and I’m gonna knit! There are ribs, a turkey and a ham in the smoker, and it smells delicious outside.

My stress is through the roof, but I’ve made some moves and hoping something pans out for me, work wise. Payday was friday, and I received less than half of my pay. I cant do this, and I will not do this. On monday I was at my LYS, and I talked all of this through with my ladies. Cathy, the shop owner, marched my ass next door to the florist to see if she needed temp help. She does, and will most likely be calling me for next week. On tuesday i went to, and applied at Regulator Marine. As the name suggests, they build boats, and oddly some of my 20+ year old experience fits right in with what they do there. The HR person wanted me to stay to talk to the supervisor of a particular department, but I had to get to work. I will be calling there monday morning to check on my application.

I am so angry about the situation I got myself into with work! I am too trusting, and they are good people, but they’ve lost my faith, utterly. I am having trouble keeping a civil tongue in my head, and just want out…but quitting without something else lined up isnt an option.

Yesterday zack and I went to our local coffee shop/artisan market for coffee, and I saw the most gorgeous dining table and chairs. It’s old, with antique tin ceiling panels inlaid in the top, with heavy carved legs, and 4 beautiful chairs, that would look magnificent in my house. It’s, dont fall over, 250.00. Had I been fully paid, I could buy it. That posses me off, that the option was taken away because I’m not getting paid properly. You see my issue, right?

Anyway, enjoy your day! I am.

Happy day,

Shannon

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New socks

Finished binding them off this morning…the pattern is Dragonfly socks, and I really like them! The yarn is one of my sock blanks that I dyed, I think violet. I dunked the yarn in increments, then let it soak for awhile, causing a very pretty effect. I may be ready to try an acid dye soon…I’ve been playing with the Wilton’s food dye, so far, and while it’s simple and fun, I find the colors run and fade a bit when washing an item I’ve dyed then worn. I’ve probably skipped a step somewhere, lol. I am not known for my patience.

I pulled the blank out and wound it into a ball, because I want a hat out of this yarn. Also because the blanks I’ve made pull off unevenly, which annoys me.

I’m feeling a little steadier today, not entirely steady, but steadier! Knitting definitely helps.

Happy day,

Shannon

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Sunday was Sockday…

I worked on this Jaywalker (my first ever in this pattern) on the way to and from Elizabeth city yesterday. Got almost 2 inches knit! I’ve been really slow working on these.

I also got these mostly knit yesterday, watching netflix with Eric. I only had 3 repeats done, now I’m about midway through the second heel turn on the second sock. I’ll probably finish these later this afternoon.

I finished barley light the other day. I want more!! I really dont know WHAT is going on with me and that’s lately. I’ve already picked out some leftovers for the next one, in a bright tangerine color. But first, )and isnt there ALWAYS one of those?) I need to work on this sockhead cowl I started the other day, just to use up this ball of mystery yarn. Honestly, years ago someone gave me a bag of hand me downs for the girls, and there was this sweater that they didnt like, I wouldn’t have worn, bit lived the color of. I think it’s some cotton blend, because I wouldn’t have unraveled a synthetic sweater. And, well, here we are, finally using it for something. I figured this is a good fit for this ball, since I can just knit to use up the yarn, instead of running out near the end of a project.

Can you tell I’m stressed? Work has been very slow the last few weeks, and I’m terrified of the owners closing up shop. I dont truly believe they will, but I tend to stress the things I absolutely can not do anything about! They still owe me a quarter of my pay from last week, and I’m worried about getting paid on Friday. Sorry to drop that on you all, but its freaking me out!

Today should help…I’m heading to the wool shop in a little bit, and my tribe there always helps me decompress. Today is also the second anniversary of losing my friend Ellen, whom I miss horribly, every day. There was a woman who could put your head back on straight and toughen up your armor in a major way.

Enough whining from me today! I need to put in my big girl pants and keep it moving!

Happy day,

Shannon

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