Snow day

That’s right, I have closed the barn and come on home, to knit, sip cappuccino and watch movies with my husband.  Its rare I get a Saturday off during the winter, so I am loving this.  We have plenty of snacks and I think he’s putting in a pot of chili…yum.

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Right now I’m working on First Point of Libra, which is nearly finished and hasn’t seen nearly enough love lately.  This is for my best friend.  She is excited for it to be done and mailed off.  Soon, Sarah, soon.

I’m sure ferdy will be worked on at some point, when all that garter stitch starts to make me drowsy.  I am so close to having the back finished, then I’ll do the sleeves.  I hate knitting sleeves.  The fronts should feel like a breeze after that!  I am not ready yet to think about button bands and that shawl collar.

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Well, I thought I could turn that picture.  Sorry!  Remember my husband gave me money for Christmas to go to my LYS?  I got myself this bag for myself.  I also bought a sweaters worth of juniper farms herriot fine.  I love the way this wool feels!

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Four skeins of a beautiful blue and on of a soft brown for th accent color.  It was rather hard to get that picture, every time I touch this wool I have a hard time putting it down.  I have a few other skeins of this for socks.

I also finished the body of my plum rain sweater.

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Luna refused to move from the fire

Not much to see yet, just miles of stockinette stitch.  The sleeves for this pattern are cabled, and absolutely gorgeous, but I won’t let myself start them until I’m into the sleeves for ferdy.

That’s not nearly all, but I think if I continue we’ll be here all day!  As always, there are a couple of pairs of socks on the needles, and there’s a small cowl I need to crochet for one of my nieces, but it can wait a few more days. 

So, as the snow falls and the wind blows hard, I’m snug in front of the fire enjoying a rare snow day.  Hope all of you in the path of this storm are safe and snug.

Happy day, Shannon

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Ups and downs

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A few inches to go before the back of ferdy is finished.  Of course, there are still fronts, sleeves, button band and shawl collar to go.  This sweater may just kill me…..but I really do love it!

Much has happened here over the last (ahem *cough*cough) few weeks.  Christmas was terrific, everyone was happy, despite the pile of presents being smaller.  I learned it’s me that wants the living room covered.  The kids all got what they asked for, which was nothing insane.  They taught me a lot this year.  Of course, all of the stockings were well stuffed!

EJ had his final court date two weeks ago, and it went very well.  He was offered a consent decree, which has never been offered in our county before.  This means when his probation is over its like this never happened.  His Marine recruiter is very optimistic that he won’t have any trouble signing up.  I can’t believe it.

My husband gave me cash to go to my LYS with.  I had fun.  I’ll post about that next time, for now I must sleep!

Happy day,
Shannon

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A snippet

This morning I’m blowing leaves off of our trails at work.  My habit is to go til I run out of gas, then take a short break.  I thought you’d enjoy my “break room”.

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Three in one…your lucky day!

I’ve been planning to write for the last few days about my little side projects.  I was even going to title the post “unravelled”, because not one thing will ever be listed on my projects page.  They are small projects, a few Christmas gifts ( you know, the ones I’m not knitting, to avoid being totally crazy) and some odds and ends.  I’ll show you some pictures:

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Two simple cowls.

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Some beer mitts.

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And some hats.  All of these were made from scrap and leftover yarns.  All of them were made when I needed a break from my bigger projects, which obviously haven’t been getting much love lately.  A few other projects that won’t see ravelry are two pairs of fingerless gloves I’m working on.

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The purple ones are for me.  I showed you these last week when ibwas learning to knit two at a time on magic loop.  I just kind of winged it on these, but they are for work so don’t have to be beautiful.  The tan ones are for a friend, in super bulky yarn.

The second  post I was planning was just about cleaning up my knitting area.   I’d love to be able to say I clean everything up regularly and keep it all super organize.  I would be a bald faced liar if I did!  I cleaned up because I felt like there was an impending yarn avalanche looming over me, and I felt very overwhelmed by the amount of projects I had on the needles.  I even sorted my stash, downsizing considerably.  Sometime soon I will be delivering the yarn (two large garbage bags full, plus a grocery bag) I know I’ll never use to the local hospital to give to the folks that knit for the babies.  My yarn is under control, and I don’t have as many projects going as I was afraid of.  Two sweaters, a pair of socks (they’ve been shifted to the car for bus stop knitting) and a first point of Libra shawl. Oh, and the two pairs of gloves.  All in all, not too bad.

Now I’ll tell you what the motivation behind this cleaning frenzy was.  I thought for sure I had a pair of size 2 16 inch circulars.  I had a box of my grandmother’s needles that had fallen between the wall and my end table.  I was convinced that’s where this elusive circular was.  I needed that needle so I could start the hat I’m planning to give to my son’s girlfriend for Christmas (and there I go again, not knitting for Christmas!).  In order to get to the sport where the needles fell, I had to clean everything else up.  While I feel great for having reorganized all of my stuff , and for not having an absolutely obscene amount of wips going, I never did find those needles.  Good thing I’m heading to sit and knit on Thursday!  All this leads me to my third post:

I treated myself to a swift and ball winder last week and have been anxious to play with it.

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And with that I created this!

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This will become a pair of socks, to be given as a gift at our annual river girls party in January.  (Yes, I decided my auntie had a darned good idea.) Not sure what pattern yet, but they will be done two at a time. 

The swift and ball wonder are a marvel!!  So easy, so, well, swift, and no more sitting in a bizarre position while looping a hank over my knees.

So there you have your three posts in one.  All a bit shorter, and probably choppier than I planned, but I am exhausted, all of a sudden, and ready to rest my head.
Happy day,
Shannon

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Another Eureka! Moment

Two words….MAGIC LOOP.  Wow.  I know, I’m late to the party, like, really really late.  I am now firmly onboard and ready.

Last Thursday I went to my LYS’ sit and knit, something I try to do now and then, you know, when the planets align and I have time, money and gas all at the same time (a rare occurrence most weeks).  One of the women was working on mittens for a gift and she was using magic loop.  I was fascinated.  After watching her for most of the session I finally asked her about it.  Everyone at the table piped up, offering advice and making suggestions.  I bought a set of size 1 40 inch needles and itches to get started.

I waited.  Almost a week I waited.  Finally, this evening I found a tutorial that made sense to me and went at it.  I have to admit, I was a little confused, a bit flustered, but determined.  I NEED to be able to make two socks at once!!  I love knitting socks, and always have some on the needles, like these Bark socks, by kiwiyarns knits (awesome patterns, by the way).

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Love me some socks, and I can’t wait to do two at once.

For my first magic loop project I decided to do some fingerless mitts for myself for work.  I can’t find my mittens and my hands have been freezing.  So far, so good, of I do say so myself!

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Happy day,
Shannon

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Who knew?

As I’ve mentioned, once or twice, I am working on Ferdy, a Martin Storey cardigan.

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As you can see it is one cable rich pattern.  I love it, it’s beautiful.  I even like the wool I’m working in (lion brand fisherman’s wool), it’s softer than I remember it being.  What I wasn’t in love with was how sore my hands were getting, especially my left pinky.

You see, I cable without a cable needle.  I find them cumbersome and never know where to put it in between cables, so I usually stick it in my mouth.  Not that handy, or comfortable.

I’ve been working on this sweater for a month, and have only gotten halfway through the back.  Ridiculous.  I should be further along than that, even with working on other projects.  I started this project on my Kollage circulars.  Like I said, it hurt.  I found a pair of straights….holy cow, that was even more cumbersome (have mentioned how heavy this thing is???).  I dug out my cable needle last night and whizzed through seven rows.  A miracle!!  I switched back to my circulars, used the cable needle.  Heaven.

Or, almost heaven.  The only cable needle I had was on of these:

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yeah, it works, but kept nearly sliding off the stitches.  And we won’t discuss how many times I stabbed myself in the face.  So today I went to my LYS (more on that later) and bought some of these:

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Now I’m in cable heaven!!  I have made such progress , I’m six rows away from beginning the sleeve decreases!  I feel like there is hope I’ll finish this sweater by the end of the year!! 

Lesson of the week?  Having the right tools really does make the task at hand easier!!

Happy day,
Shannon

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Not such a great day

I was having one of those days,you know the sort.  Feeling unsettled, lots of things going through my mind in a bit of a funk.  Then I fell off a horse and was suddenly much happier.  Sounds odd, doesn’t it?  Having something bad, potentially very damaging, brightened up my day, and my outlook. 

The whole thing happened really fast, so fast it took me a bit to put all the pieces together.  I had a trail out and I was riding Scout, a horse we’ve had about eight months and usually a pretty steady and thoughtful guy.  I stopped to wait for a horse to catch up and Scout was jigging around, shuffling his feet, impatient to get moving again, and got his back feet into a small pile of brush and twigs off to the side of the trail.  That scared him, I felt his panic and sat back, gathering my reins to turn him, possibly back him out when the little stinker took a massive leap up and forward.  This horse HATES to jump, does anything to avoid it.  Needless to say, I was prepared for movement in any direction but UP!  I slid right over the back of the saddle and his rump, landing hard on the trail.  My left cheek (posterior) and left calf slammed hard onto rocks on the trail.  I thought for a minute I was broken.  I was not.  Bruised and sore, but not broken.  Changes your perspective a bit to have something like this happen.  Reminds you that all the worrying in the world can’t save you, and no matter how prepared you are, no matter how much experience you have….shit happens.  You get up, brush yourself off…..and lead your horse back to the barn because you didn’t let go of the reins and the force of your fall snapped the horse’s bit right in half, and now you can’t ride him because you can’t steer and stop this particular horse without a bit.

That moment….that shaky kneed, wobbly bellied moment you see that piece of steel snapped clean in half is when your day brightens.  All the fog is lifted , because that could have been your neck, spine, leg or ribs cracked like that.  And I am so very grateful it wasn’t any of my bones that snapped, that the other horses are so well behaved and just looked at me on the ground like I had just lost my head, that Scout didn’t take off running, that I ALWAYS wear my helmet.  I realized, too, that no matter how I worry over something, what will be will be.  Sure, I have some bruises, and my calf hurts, but in all, I’m fine.  I was due for a fall, anyway. So my evening will be spent knitting, watching Netflix and hanging with the dogs.

Happy day (believe it or not!)
Shannon

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