Knitting, fishing an sunrises

This mornings sunrise

Eric caught a fiesty little ray

Tuesday’s sunrise from nags head beach

The baby blanket for a friend

A lace weight Boneyard shawl

And a nice fluke

Wednesday’s sunrise from jennette’s pier

We have been busy!!  Fishing, crabbing, tons of beach time.  Time alone, time together.  Everything a vacation is supposed to be.  

Knitting has been happening, too.  I have the baby blanket for knitting when I’m at the house, relaxing or figuring out the next move of the day.  It’s getting a little too big to be easily portable, so house knitting is perfect!  I’m about half way through it now, and have a bit of time and have a bit of time this morning.  Everyone is still sleeping, and it’s raining.  The rain should be gone in an hour or so and the day will begin!

The Boneyard shawl is something I cast on a little while ago, just to have something simple on the needles.  I’ve been taking this one with me for fishing trips. I don’t fish often, but love going with my husband.  This is the perfect project, being lace weight it is small and light, being an easy pattern I don’t need anything extra!!

Sadly, no knitting in the wild pics.  The wind hasn’t been exactly gentle this week, and I know I’d drop something if I tried.  Just know, when we were on that pier, I knitted.  Hanging on the beach, that’s right, knitting!

Happy day 

Shannon 

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Good super early morning!!  I am trying something different so all of my text doesn’t get eaten by the photos.

EJ and I arrived in Nags head last night just in time for sunset.  And what a gorgeous sunset it was!  These pictures really don’t do justice to the beauty that was last night.  He drove most of the way down, he has his learners permit, and didn’t discuss well, only scaring me a couple of times.  We also enjoyed our time alone together.  Having four kids, even bigger ones makes that hard!  I relaxed enough by the time we were driving through Delaware that I was able to do some knitting.  Didn’t get far, but I got past the halfway point of a beautiful baby afghan.

My husband had dinner ready…a steak cooked to perfection  (please, read that nearly mooing at me), seasoned potatoes and baked beans, and my current favorite adult soda (Henry’s orange).  As soon as I was out of the car the girls and I ran up the dune and onto the beach.  The waves are incredible.  Thank you, Hermine, for not hurting this place, and for the show of power.  Dinner happened, then a walk on the beach and soak in the hot tub.  Much going out on the deck to listen to the ocean happened, some knitting…and being woken up and sent to bed.

Today will bring pier fishing, adventures unknown and more knitting.   Now, almost time to see who wants to watch the sunrise with me.

Happy day 

Shannon 

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Vacation countdown is on

  • That’s right…a last minute vacation has materialized in my near future. But first we’ll talk sleeves.  They are finished (oh, thank the knitting gods!).  
  • Hmmmm…twice now pictures I up loaded ate all my text.  I’m getting pissy at this right now, so will try again later.
  • I am headed to the outer Banks on monday…can not wait!
      Happy day 

    Shannon 

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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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