A quickie

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My new car, can’t really call it a truck.  I like it, although it is really a lot smaller than I’m used to.

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Our new puppy, named Luna, that I needed like a hole in my head.  I love her, she’s very sweet.  Puppy and car both acquired last Saturday.

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Harley seems to like her also, which is good, since I think he could swallow her whole.

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And last, but definitely not least, may I present Mailin?  Finished on Sunday night.  Which could be why I’ve been so tired all week, it was more very early Monday morning.  I know it’s an awful picture, but trust me when I tell you it’s beautiful, warm and very comfortable.  Pattern on ravelry, yarn:  imperial yarn Columbia, in black and wild Iris.

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Finally, the new horse at work, his name is Scout. 
I am ready for a few really quiet and boring weeks.  One can dream!

Happy day,
Shannon

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A first time for everything

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Well, for some reason my phone is rotating my photos.  Not sure why.  Anyway, I’ve now finished Mailin’s body to the length in the instructions, and look, just look what I did.  Instead of just holding it up and eyeballing it, I PUT IT ON WASTE YARN to actually try it on.  I need to do one more pattern repeat of twelve rows, then the ribbing to get the length I like.  I would’ve never realized that if I hadn’t put it on waste yarn.  I am so glad right now that I’ve learned something, through trial, error and stubbornness, oh, and let’s just toss cocky in there too.  I have been humbled enough to have learned this lesson. 

Happy day
Shannon

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The only thing keeping me from running away screaming

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Meet Mailin, isn’t she lovely?  And a delight to knit!  When I was circling all numbers for the size I chose I must admit, it looked complicated, I felt a overwhelmed.  Maybe like this pattern was going to be harder than I thought.  Surprisingly, it was simple when I stopped reading ahead and freaking myself out.  I just followed each row instruction one at row at a time, and I am flying along.  I am doing this in two colors, as my LYS didn’t have enough of one color in my chosen wool (imperial yarns Columbia, in black and wild iris).  I just got to my color change late last night and I like it.

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In other news, I am totally overwhelmed at work the last few weeks.  All the snow is melting, which reveals the messiness of the horse fields, my arena is still half covered in snow, and all of my water pipes have been frozen solid (underground pipes, at that) so I have been melting snow in every possible receptacle I have .  There are messes everywhere I look.  I’m not whining, taking care of the horses is something I love and I wouldn’t trade it for any other job in the world.  I just wish it was easier right now.  Our new horse is arriving early this morning, so that is an exciting and positive thing.

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He doesn’t have a name yet, but I really like him.  I also am still without a car, not an easy thing when you live on top of a mountain miles from anywhere.  My truck was totalled a few weeks ago in a crash (we’re all fine), and this has been a long process.  We are still looking for a new car for me, but I have very specific criteria, so its not easy.  Ok, it needs to be 4 wheel drive or a Subaru, under $4000.  I do not believe in making car payments as I am tough on my cars, and rather neglectful, so used it is.

All of this makes me feel slightly crazed, but gives me lots of knitting time, thus my progress on Mailin.  These situations will be rectified, the fields will get cleaned, maintenance is working on thawing my pipes out every day, and some progress is being made, in the meantime I will be scattered and reminding myself to breathe, and spending lots of my time knitting.  So you see, it’s not too bad!

Sorry for all the whining, but I feel better for it.

Happy day
Shannon

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It’s time for yarn porn, people!

First, let me just say I have finished knitting that sweater.  It’s pretty, I still don’t like it, but it’s pretty.  The guy it’s going to will love it, so it’s all good.  There are still ends to weave in, but not today.

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Next up is the wool for two pairs of socks.

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No clue why it’s sideways or how to fix it.  Sorry about that!

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That will be tadpoles socks, but misplaced the front page.

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For mail in, which is being cast on today.  I can not wait.

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This wool is for graphite. I’ve been wanting this sweater for over a year.  I shall start it soon.

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Last, but definitely not least is plum rain.  I love the color of this yarn, it’s cascade 220 quatro in color 1955. 

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And there’s my little pile of recent purchases that made me a little excited and just a little queasy.  But definitely more excited.

Before I can cast on for mailin I have to clean up my work baskets, which is an oddly fun chore.  I always find some little treasure I’ve forgotten about.

Haruni is still in time out.  I tried to make friends this morning, but it was not to be.  I have to unknit 6 rows ( think I learned my lesson with the lifeline?  Which is just hanging out smugly where I first inserted it?  Of course not!).  Maybe later, or another day.  Let me run, people, the yarn fumes are getting to me!!

Happy day
Shannon

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So close!

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This is almost finished!  I can not wait.  Roughly half of a sleeve to go and on to the first of three sweaters for me!  I am, of course, now starting to doubt that the person this is going to will like it.  He should, and he will, its just that little niggling doubt.  I will know in a few weeks when it has been received,

Haruni has been put in time out for awhile.  I miscounted, and have been having so many water issues for the last few weeks at work that I am too tired to remember a simple stitch sequence….so she waits for my mind to quiet.

In the meantime I finished a pair of socks I was working on in my truck before it was crashed into and totalled.  Yup, my awesome truck is no more.  Moving on to something a bit smaller in the next week or so.

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Weekend sock pattern by glenna c., on ravelry.  I also completed one of a pair of Anemone sock, by kiwiyarn, also on ravelry.  I love this pattern.  I was doing it inbworsted, but didint like the color and pulled it out.  When I went to my LYS last week for dpns for the sleeves of the above sweater I picked up two balls of berocco ultra alpaca fine, and one of them is being used for these socks.  Love them!

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I know I promised to show all of my purchases from a couple of weeks ago, an I will, as soon as I have a few minutes to rub together.

Off to work soon where my day will consist of shovelling snow into water tubs to melt for the horses to drink.  Then to fill all of my buckets with snow to melt.  Fun times, I promise.  This is what my life at work has been reduced to lately, as all of my underground pipes are frozen.  Anything else I accomplish is now a bonus!

Happy day
Shannon

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A not so great weekend

Ok, I don’t like to whine, but I need to, just for a minute.  And not much about knitting today, either.

I was in a car accident late Saturday afternoon.  Not bad, my nephew, two kids and I are fine.  But my truck, my old, beat up gas guzzler jalopy of a truck may have been totalled.  I am crushed!  I love my truck.  It’s huge, filthy, roomy enough for eight people, snowboarding equipment, horsey stuff and to load up with firewood.

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I will miss my truck terribly.  But on the upside I can get something smaller, that has a smaller gas tank and is more fuel efficient.  Sigh.  I don’t like this whole process, though.  It takes forever to go through the insurance rigamorole.

Whining is now over.  My next post I will hopefully have pictures of all of my awesome purchases from Friday.

Happy day
Shannon

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