There are puppies everywhere!

This is the wee boy I’m keeping…from the first time I saw him I have been drawn to him.  I have five others already chosen and waiting to go to their new homes, just three more to place.  I will be sad to see them go.

Knitting has been slow, with all these babies around.  Mama has been awesome, taking excellent care of them, but she has started weaning them a little earlier than I’d have liked.  I started them on soaked puppy food with a little milk mixed in and they’re starting to get the hang of it.  I’m not getting gas much done because, well, puppies.  I constantly stop what I’m doing to cuddle one or another of them.

I have managed to turn the heels on my latest socks, but haven’t managed to even finish the gussets.  One of these day!!

Happy day, 

Shannon 

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And there are eleven….

Dogs in my house, that is.  All knitting came to a screeching halt as my girl Luna produced NINE puppies yesterday.  And, oh man, they are cute!!  This picture was taken before the last two were born.  Luna is resting well,  and taking excellent care of her babies.  She actually woke me up at 2 a.m. to help her fix the bedding in her “whelping box”(a kiddie wading pool that, oddly, Ace Hardware had in Stock in January).  The pups were laying on the plastic because she had scratched the blanket@ to the side.  She came to my bed, pawing at my arm until I woke up and went downstairs with her to fix everyrhing.   The pups are beautiful.

Happy day, 

Shannon 

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Other projects 

A feather and fans baby blanket, made upon request.  Love love love feathers and fans patterns!  Hate the gooey pink, but that’s what was wanted.  

A super bulky feather and fan blanket, in lion brand wool ease thick and quick, color; oatmeal.  I adore this one!  I can see several more in my near future….if I could just get my hands on more yarn.  I cleared Walmart out of it, and last I checked it hadn’t been restocked.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get it on Friday. 

I also knit a quick hat for my husband, and several messy Bun hats over the last few weeks.  No pictures of those.

I also finished the Grain shawl.  It was beautiful,  and I totally forgot to take pictures of it I  was so happy to give it to the lovely lady it was for.  She loved it, and declared it perfect!

I also, finally, as a knitting pallette cleanser, began a scrappy sock weight 10 stitch blanket.  I have so much leftover fingerings weight laying around I figured I’d best get to it.  I also don’t have any projects pressing on me currently, though I do plan to start my next sweater soon, but not yet.  I’m hoping this pushes me to make more socks, also, so I can watch this bit of fun knitting grow.

That’s it for me, life is going on, I have around car I can drive around gain, finally.  My dog is aboutto give birth, the kids and the man are all well, the horses are fat lazy and happy.

Happy day, 

Shannon 

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And here it is….

Here are my hand crafted needles.  I bought two 2inch by 48 inch dowels, and handed them over to one of the maintenance guys at work.  He cut, lathed, sanded and varnished them, with nothing more than a picture I showed him.  They ended up being about 34 inches long, and not a snaggly, catchy bit on them.  Perfection!

Here is the ball of merino roving I began with.  I did split the entire length in half, to get more yardage, as I wanted a bigger blanket.

Figuring things out.took a few tries, but finally got what I wanted.

A terrible pic, but it was a snowy evening, and I was nearly asleep.  I can cover up under this thing and be tasty warm!  Love it, and will be ordering more giant wool as soon as I can!

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I haven’t forgotten

I am patiently awaiting the completion of my 2 inch diameter needles.  As you may recall, one of the maintenance guys from work is making me two sets of enormous needles for some extreme knitting I want to try.  The wool has arrived.  I love it.  It is so soft, and well, big.  It took about 5 weeks to travel here from the Ukraine and was worth every minute.  I have split the Woll in half, so as to get more mileage out of it, and it’s still ridiculously big!  

I got to see the first needle on Christmas eve day, to make sure it was exactly what I wanted/needed.  I was so excited, I hugged it.   Yeah, I’m that particular brand of goofy.  The other needle should be finished, and they are currently in the varnishing/sanding process, so not much longer to wait!  When I have the needles there will be a big reveal.

In the meantime, I finished the Harbour Pullover, and love it.  I cast on a pair of My Cup of Tea socks for me, and a Grain shawl (Tincan knits).  That I can get a picture of.

It is going to be very pretty.   I’m using Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock, and like it.  This particular shawl is a gift for a friend’s mother.  Hoping she likes it.

Hope every one had a lovely Christmas,  we did.  A bit off tradition due to me not having my car back yet, but it’s at the dealer now, so with any luck and not too much money, soon.

Happy day, 

Shannon 

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It has arrived!

Sort of…..the giant wool I ordered has, according to the tracking info, arrived at my local post office.  I want to go get it now!  Shipping took about 5 weeks in total, which I don’t feel is ridiculously long from the Ukraine to the Poconos. 

I don’t have picks yet, as the giant wool is still at the post office.  I’m also not sure how im getting the wool….both my and the backup car are down.  Mine with a blown head gasket, the other is still in the shop.  I’ve been nearly two weeks without any car, and about two months dealing with car problems.   Sorry for whining, but it does get frustrating.  Especially right before Christmas.   

Back to the wool.  I originally ordered a medium grey, but that wouldn’t have shipped until last week, so changed the color to a silver blue, which was available.  I also have a co-worker attempting to make me giant needles.  I’ll let you know how they turn out, and hopefully, if I understand the process, how they were made.  He is making two sets, one is going to be 1 1/4 inch diameter, the other set will be at a two inch diameter.  

In actual knitting news, 4 of the 5 chunky blankets for the husband and kids are finished.   They have come out well, and are seriously warm, heavy and comfy.  Hope they like them.  No pictures, stealth knitting and all that.  I am also on the first sleeve on the Harbour Pullover I’m knitting for myself.

Absolutely love how this is turning out.  I also absolutely adore the pretty stitch markers from knitty by nature’s etsy shop.  You should go take a look, they are fun and practical!

I’ve also been making a few messy Bun hats.  They are terrific!

Happy day,

Shannon 

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Well, since I’ve fallen…

I finished two chunky blankets:

One for each of my daughters.  I have also started the third, of five I want to finish for Christmas.

This one is for my husband, who has wanted a Flyers blanket for ages.  Two birds with one stone!  I get to knit huge blankets, and he gets his Flyers blanket.  I already have the yarn for one sons blanket, just one more giant pile of yarn to buy and all done.

Last week I ordered a sweater worth of wool from Knitpicks.com, and my neighbor picked it up for me at the post office this morning. Oh, you’d like to know why someone had to get it for me?  Because my *@&#^=of a car blew a head gasket.  Which makes me without a car, on top of a mountain, right before Christmas.  How awesome is that?  Never fear, though, the car that was bought for my son has been sitting around waiting for him to get his license, so four new tires around and an inspection will have me mobile again.  Maybe next week or so. I digress, I am seriously thinking about casting on for this sweater today or tomorrow.  

I have made a rounded big dent in my WIPs pile, with only a slipper and some fingers left to knit.  The two lace projects are long term projects and I’m good with that.  Neither project is urgently needed, so they can take and while.

On that note, I’m going to get some more rows in on this giant blanket before my husband gets home and I have to hide it.

Happy day , 

Shannon 

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