Stuff and nonsense

I finished a thing…rather poorly, but it was with yarn given to me, and I changed my plans for it multiple times during knitting. This is straight mohair, no idea of brand or colorway, and I based it on a purlsoho pattern. I decided at the last minute to make it an infinity scarf, and of course hadn’t started with a provisional cast on, so did a weird three needle bind off. The thing is so floaty and fuzzy that the seam pretty much gets swallowed up. I really like it, and now want another one!

I’ve pulled out the fingering weight 10 stitch and have been picking away at it, a little at a time.

I’m doing a barley light, and finished a worsted barley. I dont know what my thing with hays is, but right now, I want them!

Today, today is suddenly feeling busy! I have to mow the backyard one final time, I want to go to a museum an hour away to see an exhibit of Vietnam war photos, taken by local vets, and I want to work on metallurgy. This one isnt as fun as I thought it would be, but it needs to be finished…soon.

I finally realized why I’m not thrilled with it…the lace border is not intuitive or balanced. And that bugs the s**t out of me! It will be pretty, but it bugs me, and I’m happy it’s not mine!

Last Monday I went to the beach to see this happen…

Happy day,

Shannon

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Departing sleeve island

Weekender is finished and drying. I can’t wait to wear this one! I would like to knit this one again, in pure wool, and adding some short rows to the bottom of the back so it has that nice shape to it. Not sure when I’ll do it, but I will!

I purchased Gardengate this morning and wound the yarn for that.

I’m kind of excited to be doing a grey sweater, I dont actually have ANY sweaters in light grey, so this will be an awesome addition to my collection.

I’m going in to work later today, once I’ve passed the contagious stage of pink eye, so I’m going to knit in something mindless for the next couple of hours and relax! The eye is much less swollen and painful today, so I know the meds are working! Go me! Apparently this was brought on by my allergies, which hardly bother me here in the south. Up north they’d be so bad, my throat was always sore, I’d completely lose my voice for days and I would constantly cough. Here I get the littlest bit stuffy in the spring and fall. Who knew such insignificant symptoms would lead to pinkeye!!?? Not me.

Happy day,

Shannon

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Apparently, I’m six…

Yup, I have pink eye. WHAT??? I thought I had a stye, no big deal, easy to deal with. Nope, woke up this morning with my eye super swollen and practically glued shut. Fun stuff…NOT! Luckily the doc here in town had an opening so I didn’t have to drive very far with blurry vision. I have antibiotic drops and oral antibiotics to take for the next week, and I feel a bit like typhoid Mary right now.

My Weekender is just about finished, I just have to kitchener up the second cuff, weave in ends and it’s ready for a good soak and blocking. I have thoroughly enjoyed this pattern, bit if I knit it again I’ll add some short row shaping to the bottom of the back. I’m not sure i like how it hangs back there. Otherwise, it’s perfect.

Happy day

Shannon

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We have arrived a sleeve island!

Just barely, but thay is sleeve number 1, arriving right on schedule! I kinda wish I’d done the body a smidge longer, but when I tried it on it felt fine, so we are NOT ripping back! I’m off today, and heading to my LYS in a little while, where i hope to get a good chunk of this sleeve finished. So far, I’m on track to start the other 2 sweaters later in the week.

I know why I like top down raglan and yoke sweaters so much more…I can not stand picking up drop sleeve stitches. It annoys the ever loving snot out of me! Always takes 4 or 5 tries til I’m satisfied that my numbers are working out and that I won’t have huge gaps. Irritating!

Happy day,

Shannon

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Progress check

I split for the sleeves yesterday morning, got one row in, had to go to work. Worked late, ran around with Eric, had dinner and went to bed. I’m 5 rows into the divide now, and I dont ever want to stop knitting on this!

This yarn is so pleasant to work with. I was a little leery doing a mostly cotton sweater, but it has surprised me, pleasantly. Its soft, not sticky on my wooden needles and pleasant going through my fingers. Usually cotton feels so, well, dry on my skin when I k it with it that it annoys me. There is just enough merino (30%) to counteract the cotton. The drape is incredible on this piece! I am having so much fun knitting it! My goal is to be able to start the sleeves on Monday….we will see of I get there!

I did, indeed, pick up the yarn for the body of gardengate this past Monday. Who can resist a 20% off sale when there are sweaters begging to be knit? Not this girl! It helped that I only needed 4 skeins of berroco ultra alpaca fine. I chose a soft grey to go with the light orange I’ve had for the past year.

The colors actually look pretty good in this photo, surprisingly. The sun isnt quite up yet and the room is kinda dark. The orange got a good soak on Monday(I’m off on Sunday and Monday, so those are days I get lots done), since the dogs like to drink and spill my coffee if I leave it on the desk, and my basket sits right below where I habitually put my coffee. The coffee blotch is almost invisible now, and I dont think it will truly show in the sweater. In preparation for this sweater, which I hop to cast on in a week or so, I ordered a colorwork ring from Amazon to hold 2 strands. I knit continental, and can not throw yarn with my right hand effectively! Usually when I do colorwork I have a strand over my middle and pointer fingers, but my tension tends to get sloppy. Hopefully this helps!

I’ve been away from my knitting long enough now.

Happy day,

Shannon

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Sneak peek

The first skein in the weekender is complete! I didnt get as much knitting time in yesterday as o hoped, we took chloe to Greenville shopping, but this thing is still cruising along. I’m about to join the second skein, as soon as I finish this post. Think I’m going to LOVE this sweater when its done!

I just tried on baldric, it needed to be blocked before I could wear it, and it feels like it will be a favorite!

My LYS is having a 20% off sale, continued from last week, and I’m already checking out patterns and making decisions. I want to knit Tegna, but I have enough fingeting for that here in my stash. I have also been drawn to Gardengate, which is a gingering weight colorwork yoke ( and sleeve) sweater. I have a really pretty orange in berocco ultra fine (my absolute favorite sock yarn), so I’m thinking of picking up 4 skeins of a light grey to do gardengate. There is also a gorgeous purple in Friday Harbor that needs to be mine, I’m thinking the Harley pullover by knit picks for that yarn.

Apparently I’m stuck on a sweater jag of late, even socks are getting no love from me right now. Or anything else, for that matter! Gotta fly….I have some housework to do, and knitting, and some more Halloween decorating before I head to the shop for the day! All I want to do is knit, but that just won’t work, lol.

Happy day,

Shannon

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And on to the weekender!

baldric, in blue, and mycroft in red are both finished, with ends woven in! Baldric is getting a bath now, hopefully I can wear it on Monday.

Next stop…the weekender sweater. I’m excited to start this one, since I realized the last million or so sweaters have all had the same construction and I need to do something a little different. I picked up my yarn for this last monday and have been resisting the urge to start before finishing baldric. I’m good to go now!

I also recently went through my tiny stash and downsized a little, getting rid of (gifting to my wooly friends) what I really couldn’t see myself using or wearing. That felt good! It wasn’t much that left, the blue venezia, some cotton I knew I’d never use, a linen cotton super shiny yarn in tan (that was a scary one, and really, just icky). In doing so I’ve cleared the decks and have a better perspective on what I’d like to use, as opposed to feeling obligated! I kept all of the sock yarn, which should surprise no one.

I need to finish metallurgy, now that I’ve figured out that I didnt mess up my stitch count. I just started a pair of jaywalker sockstuat will be my work break knitting, and have a pair of (I think) dragonfly socks on the go. Also, a brioche cowl, because I wanted to learn brioche and I started knitting some scrunchies from scraps. As always, too much, but it all gets done eventually!

My color choice for the weekender. And a pretty skein if sock yarn I couldn’t resist.

Happy day,

Shannon

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