Update

Zack arrived safely to Raleigh on Wednesday last week. He missed the first bus into Philly (I think in all the craziness we neglected to tell him what time it was coming!), so i called one of my oldest friends to go pick him up and get him on a train for center city. That all happened like clockwork, and zack got on the bus, and now he is home! We are all happy. Now for the kid to find a job!!

I’ve been knitting on socks and shawls, trying to clear some of my UFOs before starting work on May 6th. I’ve been more throwing my own stitch patterns into socks lately, and find it immensely satisfying.

This is a copycat pattern I figured out. I saw a pair of socks that I loved, in Laine magazine, and didnt like any other patterns available, so I tested out a theory and it worked. The pattern I saw had this design all over, but I find I prefer a pattern running up the foot and front of leg, I tweaked it and this is the end result. I am thrilled with it. I also ripped back Unraveled Scarf, restarted on size 3 instead of 5, and am increasing every 4th row instead of 8th. I am back to the stitch count i had when i made that decision and the thing is a manageable size! Much happier with it now!

Over the weekend we went to Ollie’s, where i found this:

I’ve been looking for a stitch dictionary forever, and finally found one! There are so many patterns I can put into socks! I can’t wait to start experimenting!

These are just a few, but I am trying to be disciplined about what I cast on right now! I have several more projects hanging around that I’d like to finish before I start all of this!

Life is good, hectic, but good. Next month EJ will be home for 2 weeks. Zack and I are going to work on finishing all of the trim paint in the hallway today. And touch ups in the entry way. Maybe the trim in Kate’s room, we’ll see how far i get before my shoulder hurts or i get annoyed. I really do hate painting!

Happy day,

Shannon

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Welcome to th s**tshow!

So, zack, my oldest is over being angry at me for moving, has been for a couple of months now. He has decided it’s time to come to NC to be with is. He decided walking was the way to accomplish this. That’s about 450 miles. He made it to just north of Philly when he got caught in torrential downpours and thunderstorms, which caused him to develop blisters. Oh, all of this was supposed to be a surprise for me! I wasn’t supposed to know any of this.

Yesterday, my sister called me, said she needed my help figuring out how to get him on a bus to Raleigh. Now, this kid (he is 21, bit he’s still a kid!) Is fiercely independent, never wants help, so for him to reach out is HUGE. We get him a bus ticket, find him a way to philly to put that ticket to use. He missed that connection, to be fair, I think we didnt actually give him the actual details in the craziness of talking to numerous people at greyhound that barely spoke English. He calls my sister at 1030, when he should have been on the bus, asking where the bus was.

I called on one of my oldest friends who leapt into action and went to find my kid. Put him up for the night, and just got him to the train station so he can get the bus. As long as this part goes well, I will have zack in my possession at 7 tonight.

Knitting news: I ripped. Back the unraveled scarf. Not even halfway through the pattern the thing was 5 feet long. It’s supposed to be a total length of 65 inches. Hmmmm…ripped it back, changed to size 3 needles and am doing increases every 4 rows, instead of 8. I’m a quarter of the way through the increases and it’s not crazy long.

I’ve got 3 pairs of socks going, and cast on a yummy summer sweater for myself.

Oh!!! I got the job!!! I start may 6th. I am excited!

Happy day,

Shannon

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The day has come

Yup, my job interview is today, at noon. I’m a bit of a bundle of nerves this morning. This job is part time, which suits me right now, so I can still have beach time, knitting time, mowing the yard time, etc. It would also allow me to start making my own car payments again, instead of Eric having to. That’s important to me!

Today is also the opening of Bear Towne Matket here in Plymouth. I will be sharing a booth with one of the ladies from the wool shop, and hopefully selling off some of the knitted things I made with no real plan for the finished item. There are lots of those!

In the meantime, I finished the sleeves for my sisters cardi, just sewing up and a button band now left to do. Here are the buttons I picked:

I think they will liven up the field of black, and she loves orange( and is a HUGE Flyers fan!).

I also picked up a ball of Schoppel Zauerball cotton at the wool shop in Kitty Hawk when I chose the buttons. The owner of the shop designed a beautiful, clever, simple shawl to knit with this, called Unraveled Shawl. It’s on ravelry, and has been on my mind since I saw it in January.

I don’t want to stop knitting on ot. Those color transitions have me excited to see what’s next!

Well, wish me luck that I’ll soon be employed and that I unload some of this knitted stuff!

Happy day,

Shannon

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*gasp* it is finished!

Y’all….Authenticity is finished! Well, the knitting, and the smidge of crochet. It is drying on my bed as we speak! I think tomorrow I’ll be able to do the sewing up. Ends are woven in, I just like to wait until a piece is dry again to trim them

Awful lighting in my room, but I dont care! The woman it is going to says it looks great. I am so happy to have this beast all done!!

I am also about halfway finished my sisters sleeves! Only working on those three sweaters last week has really paid off!

Happy day,

Shannon

Oh, P.S. I have a face to face interview on Friday, for the job I phone interviewed for. Crossing all fingers!

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Surgery…

I miscrossed a cable…on Authenticity…I nearly cried! This is the commissioned sweater that needs every row counted, and damn near every stitch counted. The one that hasn’t brought me much joy, other than the challenge of it. I’ve broken brand new needles on this sweater. But….I am in the home stretch, slowly counting my way to the second cuff. I debated for a moment to just put in a life line and RIP it back, but common sense prevailed and I just ripped back that miss crossed cable and fixed it. I lost about 45 minutes of knitting time, which is at a premium this week, since I need to work on this sweater when no one is home and I can lock the dogs out of the room I’m working in. It’s fixed now, I’ve gotten to the next cable cross, and I did it right. I can breathe again.

Yume is finished, quietly drying. This was a fun one…I love Isabel Kraemer’s patterns. My queue on ravelry is full of them.

So that’s one down, two to go. I started the sleeves for my sister’s sweater last night, and they should go quickly. I plan on going to the wool shop today and will work on them there. I have been way too isolated this week working on these sweaters!

Happy day,

Shannon

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Progress check

I am on the sleeves of Yume. I see this being off the needles today, as the recipient wants short 6 inch sleeves!

Sisters sweater back and fronts are nearly dry…I may see them up at some point today. Still have to start those sleeves.

I am in the home stretch for the cabled dolman sleeve beast….on the actual second sleeve, then some chain cords and quick crochet around the edges, wash and sewing up.

I can not wait to get these three done and outta here!!

Happy day,

Shannon

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