Knitting….what knitting?

Story of my life, lately!!  I have no idea where my time is going, but it hasn’t been spent knitting, at least not much.  Work has been insane, you’d think people have never seen a horse before.  Sports have started for my two athletes.  Last week was spent taking care of a friend’s Farm while they were away.  And I pulled together a rodeo a week and a half ago, on the hottest day in a miserable string of hot days.  Knotting has fallen by the wayside to my frustration.   I get very cranky when I don’t get enough knotting time in a day.

The end of the the knitting drought is in sight, though.  School starts next week, so tomorrow is the last day I have to do the 25 mile round trip to the school. My friends came home last Saturday, so no extra Farm duties  (and don’t misunderstand, I love taking care of her animals!  The goats expecially, and the peanut chicks are cool).  Labor day weekend marks the end of crazy busy at work and we knock back to just busy.  And on labor day, as soon as I can get away from work I’m heading to the outer Banks to spend the remainder of the week with my husband and kids.

I can not wait.  I love the outer Banks.  It is one of my most favorite places, ever.  We have no real plans for while we’re down there.  Lots of lounging, family time, beach time and fishing.  That, dear friends, translates to knitting time.  Of course, I have to figure out what to pack.  Luckily, my stash is kind of small right now, so the decision can’t be huge.  One thing that coming is this.  A baby blanket for a friend, made with a delicious blend of alpaca,wool and silk.  I’m off no, to finally knit for a little while before bed. 

Happy day,

Shannon 

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Not so instant gratification 

Last night I was restless with my current projects.  No problems, just needed a smaller…..anything….to work on.  That’s when I remembered I had 3 beer mitts started.  Oh joy!!  Knitting the round. No purling!  No COUNTING!  Thoughtless, mindless, rhythmic knitting!!  Just what the doctor ordered.  

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Boneyard procrastination

A Boneyard shawl I started and finished in the last week.  I used some alpaca I had here from my (honorary, I was 14 when I realized she wasn’t actually my mom’s sister) aunt, whose sister raises alpacas and knits with the fiber.  Apparently said sister doesn’t part easily with her fiber, since I got one hank each of these two colors.  Sometime next week this will be blocked and sent out to my aunt Bobbie.  I really hope she likes it. 

I have pretty much decided, right now, to wind these two up and make another Boneyard shawl.  On size sevens, I think.  Should give me a nice, soft, drapey shawl, and hopefully big enough.

All to avoid sleeves.  Halfway finished sleeves.  I think the color bores me a bit, is a little too neutral for my taste.  

EnterprisiEnterprise I don’t know why that word is there.  I must have touched something.

I’ll leave it at that.

Happy day 

Shannon 

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A little progress here, a little frogging there

And a wee finished piece here, or almost.  This is Azel, made from a friend’s baby.  Just needs buttons and the ends woven in.  It’s cute, and little, made with super bulky wool, and it took FOREVER!  I definitely do not enjoy knitting baby things.  Completely illogical, right?  I just don’t find that kind of thing fun, no idea why, but I don’t.   

This is am finding tons of fun!!  It’s cabled rib shawl, and I have fallen on love with it.  Love the ribbing (not sure why, usually I get bored with ribbing quickly), adore those big lazy cables.  And I am completely infatuated with the look, and feel of it.  This one came close to being frogged, I was unhappy with it, but pushed through and fell in love.  It has grown about six inches since I took that picture the other day.  I had to force myself to put it down, I really need to get some work done on that shawl collar cardigan.

Speaking of which, I frogged the armhole/neck decreases on the right front.  I realized that I had brilliantly started the decreases on the WRONG side.  It was nearly finished, but a-frogging I went.  I need to put a huge push on this, I want it done, and it will never get there if I don’t actually knit on it!  Damn knitting fairies have been ignoring me!  Today will be spent working on it, in between errands and general running around, which may include a trip to my LYS.

Aside….remember my son had gotten into trouble?  It is finished.  He has completed all of the requirements set forth by the juvenile court and has been off probation for a month.  I am so relieved.

Aside 2…..our pony is recovering very nicely.  His feet don’t seem to be sore anymore, and he has energy to spare.  He has busted out of his stall and his small enclosure several times now.  This thrills me!!  The only experience I’ve had with founder, the condition plaguing him right now, ended with the loss of the horse.  Needless to say, I was terrified for our Freddie. 

Happy day 

Shannon 

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Half a fail

Looks good there,  doesn’t it?  It sure does.  But I jumped the gun, worried I’d run out of yarn before I could realize what was in my head.  So I, against my better judgement, decided to begin my short rows.  I won’t show you a picture, it’s embarrassing…but I learned a few things.

1.  Make sure I have plenty of yarn on hand,  not just 460 yards.
2.  When I think the bottom portion is long enough, keep going, about another foot.

3.  Listen to my gut.

4. Winging it is fun, but needs a bit more thought.

My plan is to buy another ball of this yarn, rip back to the “waves” section and making that longer, by alot. I forgot to take into account that making a crescent from a rectangle will make said rectangle smaller, by alot.  It came out the size of an apron.  While not quite what I was going for, but it shows me my idea should work, with some adjustments.  

I have tossed the whole thing into the Cedar chest often seen in my photos to rest until I can get more yarn.  Might be a week, might be months, I don’t know.  

So, not a total loss, or abject failure.  A learning experience, one in which I grew a bit as a knitter.   Not bad for a first attempt.

Happy day 

Shannon 

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My happy place

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Ah, I have two days of cabin time, river time, cousin time.  Those two specks are the girls across the river, swimming, and (gasp) getting along.  The bug one has momentarily forgotten that she’s fifteen and hates the world, the little one is enjoying this fleeting moment.  My boys and husband will be here later.  Meanwhile I’m sitting on the porch of the cabin, knitting, watching my river flow by, waiting for my cousins to arrive.  By the end of the day this joint will be hopping!  Tomorrow, it will be a loud, joyous roar, with kids all over the place, too much food, voices overlapping, and laughter.  Can’t wait.

For the last few weeks I’ve had an idea kicking around in my head.  I saw an appealing stitch pattern on facebook and thought  it would make a pretty shawl, if I can figure out how to make it work.  I guess I am semi designing something, which is new and scary ground for me.  I like patterns, looking at them, working them, even tweaking them to be more “mine”.  But designing….never a thought.  I have ripped out twice so far, but think I’m on the right track now.  It feels right to me, not tedious, so I feel good about it.

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That’s where I am, with miles to go.  Does it count as designing a piece, even if I didn’t make up the stitch pattern?  I don’t know.  I’m going to go so I can continue my knitting.  My nieces have arrived and whisked my girls away, and one of my favorite cousins should be here momentarily!  Another is arriving tonight.

Happy day
Shannon

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Yarn chicken

We’ve all played yarn chicken a time or dozen.  Usually I lose and end up ripping back, or completely,  to start something new.  This time, eyeballing my wool, I just changed up the plan a bit and went with it.

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Another shawl in the freia fine handpaints ombre that I have been intrigued with lately. This yarn just fascinates me!  I need more, in other colors, for more shawls.  Never mind I don’t have use for a shawl, and there are only so many my mom and aunts can wear, but for now, I’m having fun.  Maybe I’ll open up an etsy shop.

As I reached the end of the yarn I was worried there wouldn’t be enough to bind of, so I just ended that crescent shape and cast of.

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There was enough left for maybe one more row!  But I won, unwinnable as it seemed.

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Here it is blocking on my daughters bed.  It is so pretty, so light and floaty.  And so BIG, i couldnt fit it all on her bed or in the viewfinder!  I am so enjoying lace weights right now.  Sweater that needs to be worked on be damned!

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Now back to this, number two of eight wedding shawls for daughters and nieces.  And the sweater, when I need something speedy to knit.

Happy day
Shannon

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