Done!

Nothing major, but the nupps on sea fog are finished. I thought the last dozen on that row would kill me. They did not. Two short charts left and bind off!

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Long weekend

Eric and I traveled to PA and Jersey on friday, basically to see The Bouncing Souls at the Stone Pony on Saturday night. We got in lots of visiting with family and friends, had an incredibly good time at the show, and spent some time on the river at the cabin.

But my heart was happiest yesterday afternoon!

I did get to see the horses, who are all much improved since my visit in March; new manager in place and has a clue how to care for horses!

Y’all know I cried! It was an exhausting and fun weekend, but I am soooooo happy to be home! Today will consist of laundry, a bit of cleaning and spending the afternoon at the wool shop where I’ll work on Larch.

These two shawls are getting g some love today too…

That’s Sea Fog and Hybrid Vigour, both by MaryAnne Mace. I am definitely going to enjoy today, as it’s back to work tomorrow!

Happy day,

Shannon

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Living the best life

Living in ENC is completely amazing, I swear it. Today is my fourth trip to the beach in a week, which I love. We drove through the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge on our way here and saw what was most likely a mating pair of black bear, got some good pics on my actual camera. There are pelican, gulls and dolphins lazing through the water right in front of me. My job is fantastic; no stress for me, at all, it pays great for a part time job in my town, and I have zero worries once I punch out. That is exactly what i needed at this point in my life! Today will include playing in the ocean with my husband (who would have ever thought??), knitting, watching the clouds and soaking up the sun.

I’m working on Hybrid Vigour, by MaryAnne Mace currently, in that beautiful deep purple Forest Hills by cascade that I originally bought for Dupion. I am so happy with this knit right now, it’s all I’ve worked on for days.

Look how pretty! I’m about to get into the first lace chart in another row, and where better?

And really? Where better? I can’t think of a single place of rather be today!

Happy day,

Shannon

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Another mish-mash of a post

Happy summer, everyone! It’s been summer her for quite awhile, but I understand most of the rest of the country has finally caught up! We had a gorgeous day at the beach yesterday, hot sun, cool clear water and a steady breeze.

Work is going well, my boss has asked me to go full time in a month or so, which I readily agreed to. Full time means I can pay my car off more quickly, buy more yarn and not have to stress that almighty dollar quite so much. And I find I’m getting bored and restless when I’m home too much. I know, everyone should have that problem!

Knitting is happening, but with very little focus right now, everything gets a little love throughout the week, so not much is getting FINISHED. Today I’m doing sleeves for the owner of my LYS. I may just be able to get that done and returned to her this week. Socks, as always are on the go, though I have shifted my focus to shorties, lately.

The diet my husband and I started back in February is awesome! I am just a few pounds from goal weight, he is 30 pounds away. We both feel so much better, my clothes fit. Heck…my bras fit, and that always feels so good! I have so much more energy now, which probably explains why I get restless and bored, lol.

Back to the sleeves, now!

Happy day,

Shannon

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Today I dyed

Today I dyed one sock blank and one skein, with a single color each, on the stove instead of using the microwave. All of that has made me very happy! I think I actually enjoyed using just one color each more than the previous method I chose. I love how the violet is darker and lighter, with little flecks of red. And that teal… it looks to be slightly tonal; I’ll be able to tell better once its washed and dry.

The violet will be socks, no surprise there! What socks I have no idea as yet, but socks all the same. I should be able to get a shortie pair and a normal pair out of that blank. The teal may be a shawl, or cowl, I’m thinking Annis, perhaps.

This was fun experiment this afternoon. Now to get ready for work!

Happy day,

Shannon

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Good morning

It is gorgeous here today! The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the humidity is just flirting for the moment. It seriously does not get much better than this!

Theres lots of nothing happening around here, lately. The girls left for PA a few hours ago, zack is asleep, eric is at work; so just me and the dogs hanging out, cleaning, dyeing my hair, and knitting a bit. I’m still slowly working on Sea Fog, I’m in the “Holy crap, that’s ALOT of nupps!” chart, so only doing that when the mood strikes.

I ripped out Dupion; I could not bear to do do 37 more eyelet rows. I hate eyelet rows! Perhaps one day I will revisit and change the pattern enough to make me want to knit it, but not today! I cast on a different wrap pattern, but that darn yarn kept whispering that it really wanted to be a cardigan. So ripped back the second cast on wrap and found a simple oversized cardi I love; well except the hem, so i stead of doing a complicated slip stitch pattern I’m doing a simple and elegant 1×1 rib. Perfection! That’s as far as I’ve gotten (f******** laundry and dishes!), but I am really happy with the fabric so far! And already deciding what to wear this cardi with! Of course I dont remember the pattern name right now, but possibly Clara. I’m so happy this yarn is happy, now! I only have sea fog and socks on the go, and that’s never enough for me!

I’m thinking I may dye up a skein of yarn today. Not sure yet. I’ll be sure to let you know about that if I do!

Happy day,

Shannon

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That moment…

You know the one….where the intricate lace pattern you’re knitting, despite being a crumpled wrinkly wodge of yarn, begins to emerge from the mess! And things look cohesive and are lining up!! Love that!

happy day!

Shannon

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