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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Rainy day fun

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I’ve been working diligently on the right front of Hidden Light this week.  Almost there, but I have another ball of  gorgeous gradient lace weight I am dying to knit up, so am rewarding myself by putting this cardigan front away for the day.

I’ve also blocked Annis.  Wow, I did nupps, and really, they were no big deal.  I Duesseldorf I’m so used to doing crochet bobbles that they felt natural.  Go me!!

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I’ve also done just enough laundry so I can say I did SOMETHING productive today, and picked up the makings for Cheeseburger wraps for dinner.  I really needed this down time today, I’ve been so busy lately that I’m running on empty.  Also I’ve been a bit stressed out.  Our pony has foundered, a bone in both front feet has shifted, which is serious but treatable, with a good prognosis.  Along with foundering the little twerp has an insulin resistance which is off the charts, so basically seriously hypoglycemic.   He has two months of stall rest ahead of him, and a life time of meds to balance his glucose levels.  Poor guy.  His spirits are high, and he’s getting ornery being in his stall, which is good, because it means he’s not in excruciating pain.  Gotta look for that silver lining, right?

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There he is, in all his cuteness.

Happy day,
Shannon

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Incredible weekend

Yesterday started with me picking my car up from the shop.  A few weeks ago the fuel pump fuse blew, making it necessary to replace the fuel pump.  I decided to have the struts done at the same time, since it’s really hard living where I do without a reliable vehicle.   Got home and my husband, Chloe and I headed to asbury park, new Jersey to the punk rock bowling festival.  (That’s right, I am a huge punk fan, and love going to see live bands!)  Two bands that I’ve always wanted to see, and in 30 years never had the opportunity played yesterday.  I was in heaven!!

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That is dag nasty.

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The descendents, one of my all time and forever favorites!

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And h20, a band of saw play twenty years ago, and finally got to see again…

We had an awesome time, and ended the night with hoagitos on the boardwalk.  If you’re ever in Asbury park, I highly recommend  getting a hoagito.  You won’t regret it!

Today I dragged myself out of bed, packed my kayak up and headed to the river.  I recently discovered that our local public transport runs a FREE kayak and bike shuttle all through the state Park.  How awesome is that?  I kayaked 10 miles today, seeing 3 herons, a bald eagle, a snake swimming the river, some Canadian geese and lots of fish.  It was glorious!  Of course, I may not be able to move tomorrow, but that’s okay.  I didn’t get to take many pictures, there was a tremendous head wind which meant I had to paddle the entire way or I was going to head back upstream.  Here is a shot I managed to get, though.  Enjoy!

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Now I’m home, half asleep on the couch, watching bad horror flicks with the husband and trying to maintain my ability to count to 2.  The reversible cable rib wrap:

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Happy day,
Shannon

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Life goes on

It’s been busy around here lately.   End of the school year events and celebrations.  Work is getting busier with the warm weather, which means some days I’m too tired to breathe, let alone knit.  My oldest, Zack has graduated, is now working and planning a move to Colorado. Oh, horse shopping took a lot of time too.

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Zacks graduation lunch at a favorite spot.

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Handsome Levi, the newest addition to the barn

I finished my Mary Mary socks.  I finished my birthday shawl, whose name escapes me right now, deigned by joji locatelli. I love it, and am so happy I made this for myself.

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Terrible picture, but I was excited!

Ferdy has hit the frog pond, thank goodness.  I’ve begun Hidden Light, a much simpler cardigan, basically a broken rib pattern.  The back was finished inside of two weeks, and I’ll be casting on the fronts soon. 

My newest project is nearly finished, a lace weight shawl made in Freya fine handpaints.  The color is enchanting. 

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I have another ball of this in pinks, browns and greens.  It may become another Annis, like the one above.

Life does seem to be settling into a rhythm that is easier to take head on.  Three of my four kids has found work for the summer, the other has grown gills and spends all of her time at the pool.  Today I have planned a date with my kayak on a small local pond, if it gets warmer than 50 degrees, that is.  Hopefully I will have more time for my knitting and my blog now, I miss both.

Happy day,
Shannon

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