The pile is shrinking 

I have five pups left in my house; my sister came and stole her little girl on monday.


That’s Stella, in the pic above.  Three more left yesterday, so that leaves me with five.  Two are leaving tonight, one tomorrow and the other today or tomorrow.   Leaving me with my see Loki,  whom I can not wait to spoil shamelessly!

A dear friend gave me this over the weekend.  She saw it and knew it was perfect for me!  Isn’t that just awesome?   And my husband bought me flowers yesterday, because they look neat and its st. Daddy’s day. Just grocery store green carnations, but sweet all the same.  My husband stopped buying me flowers 19 years ago, when Zack was born.  At that time my best friend ran a flower shop and was horrified that Eric bought me two dozen roses for Zack’s birth, ( he was born on February 11), so paid a ridiculous amount of money for said flowers.  It’s been a running joke since.

I managed, over five days, to cast off my grain shawl.  Im afraid the shawl suffered a bit from pulled stitches.  Puppy teeth are sharp!  It will be blocked and repaired when there are less pups around.

I’ve been working a little on my socks, and pulled out my worsted scrap 10 stitch blanket last night.  I can knit in the tiniest bites of time, so figured the scrap blanket is a safe bet, no keeping track of where I am!

Happy day,

Shannon 

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I’ve been busy

This bunch has been keeping me on my toes!  They are six weeks old now, and I have them for another two weeks before they start leaving for their forever homes.  I am going to miss them enormously!  We are keeping one, you can see his collar in the above picture; his name is loki and I was drawn to him as soon as he was born.  

What an incredible experience this has been: smelly, messy, loud, sweet, funny and snuggly. They are just about weaned now, mama is phenomenal with them. We also, in the last few days started getting them outside with moderate success.

Knitting happens when I have a few minutes and a a puppy free lap.  Slow going, for sure!

As you can see, they’re sleeping, so I need to get a few things done around the house.

Happy day,

Shannon 

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There are puppies everywhere!

This is the wee boy I’m keeping…from the first time I saw him I have been drawn to him.  I have five others already chosen and waiting to go to their new homes, just three more to place.  I will be sad to see them go.

Knitting has been slow, with all these babies around.  Mama has been awesome, taking excellent care of them, but she has started weaning them a little earlier than I’d have liked.  I started them on soaked puppy food with a little milk mixed in and they’re starting to get the hang of it.  I’m not getting gas much done because, well, puppies.  I constantly stop what I’m doing to cuddle one or another of them.

I have managed to turn the heels on my latest socks, but haven’t managed to even finish the gussets.  One of these day!!

Happy day, 

Shannon 

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And there are eleven….

Dogs in my house, that is.  All knitting came to a screeching halt as my girl Luna produced NINE puppies yesterday.  And, oh man, they are cute!!  This picture was taken before the last two were born.  Luna is resting well,  and taking excellent care of her babies.  She actually woke me up at 2 a.m. to help her fix the bedding in her “whelping box”(a kiddie wading pool that, oddly, Ace Hardware had in Stock in January).  The pups were laying on the plastic because she had scratched the blanket@ to the side.  She came to my bed, pawing at my arm until I woke up and went downstairs with her to fix everyrhing.   The pups are beautiful.

Happy day, 

Shannon 

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Other projects 

A feather and fans baby blanket, made upon request.  Love love love feathers and fans patterns!  Hate the gooey pink, but that’s what was wanted.  

A super bulky feather and fan blanket, in lion brand wool ease thick and quick, color; oatmeal.  I adore this one!  I can see several more in my near future….if I could just get my hands on more yarn.  I cleared Walmart out of it, and last I checked it hadn’t been restocked.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get it on Friday. 

I also knit a quick hat for my husband, and several messy Bun hats over the last few weeks.  No pictures of those.

I also finished the Grain shawl.  It was beautiful,  and I totally forgot to take pictures of it I  was so happy to give it to the lovely lady it was for.  She loved it, and declared it perfect!

I also, finally, as a knitting pallette cleanser, began a scrappy sock weight 10 stitch blanket.  I have so much leftover fingerings weight laying around I figured I’d best get to it.  I also don’t have any projects pressing on me currently, though I do plan to start my next sweater soon, but not yet.  I’m hoping this pushes me to make more socks, also, so I can watch this bit of fun knitting grow.

That’s it for me, life is going on, I have around car I can drive around gain, finally.  My dog is aboutto give birth, the kids and the man are all well, the horses are fat lazy and happy.

Happy day, 

Shannon 

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And here it is….

Here are my hand crafted needles.  I bought two 2inch by 48 inch dowels, and handed them over to one of the maintenance guys at work.  He cut, lathed, sanded and varnished them, with nothing more than a picture I showed him.  They ended up being about 34 inches long, and not a snaggly, catchy bit on them.  Perfection!

Here is the ball of merino roving I began with.  I did split the entire length in half, to get more yardage, as I wanted a bigger blanket.

Figuring things out.took a few tries, but finally got what I wanted.

A terrible pic, but it was a snowy evening, and I was nearly asleep.  I can cover up under this thing and be tasty warm!  Love it, and will be ordering more giant wool as soon as I can!

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I haven’t forgotten

I am patiently awaiting the completion of my 2 inch diameter needles.  As you may recall, one of the maintenance guys from work is making me two sets of enormous needles for some extreme knitting I want to try.  The wool has arrived.  I love it.  It is so soft, and well, big.  It took about 5 weeks to travel here from the Ukraine and was worth every minute.  I have split the Woll in half, so as to get more mileage out of it, and it’s still ridiculously big!  

I got to see the first needle on Christmas eve day, to make sure it was exactly what I wanted/needed.  I was so excited, I hugged it.   Yeah, I’m that particular brand of goofy.  The other needle should be finished, and they are currently in the varnishing/sanding process, so not much longer to wait!  When I have the needles there will be a big reveal.

In the meantime, I finished the Harbour Pullover, and love it.  I cast on a pair of My Cup of Tea socks for me, and a Grain shawl (Tincan knits).  That I can get a picture of.

It is going to be very pretty.   I’m using Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock, and like it.  This particular shawl is a gift for a friend’s mother.  Hoping she likes it.

Hope every one had a lovely Christmas,  we did.  A bit off tradition due to me not having my car back yet, but it’s at the dealer now, so with any luck and not too much money, soon.

Happy day, 

Shannon 

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