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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Falling down the rabbit hole

Yup.  I fell.  I fell hard.  Apparently the current projects aren’t enough, and I did this today.

While at Walmart to pick up a few things I wandered into the yarn aisle…big mistake.  I was looking idly at the yarn, specifically stated the bulky yarns.  A conversation with my older daughter, Katie, played through my head.  And there it was, exactly the color combination we had just talked about, grey and burgundy.  Before  could think I grabbed all the balls of each color (lion brand hometown usa).  I decided to hold the yarn double, which is giving me a very lush fabric.  I cast on 70 stitches and am nearly through all the yarn I bought, and think I need two more of each color. That will give me 90 rows and should be close to 7 feet long.  I’m doing this blanket in garter stich, so it has some elasticity, and is thick and warm, though I think the stitches will relax quite a bit when washed.  I may not actually bind off before washing, just throw some waste yarn in the live stitches and knot it together, to see where this thing measures out.  Wish me luck!

I have already decided to do one for each of the kids ( there are 4 of them) and my husband for Christmas.  There is the second rabbit hole, I always decide I’m not knitting for Christmas, and end up knitting like a mad woman right around now.  Every year.  you would think I would know this about myself and start earlier!

Happy day , 

Shannon 

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Making progress

I found this pair of fingerless gloves in my work basket to finish up.  Just four fingers to go.  they are a little odd and weirdly shaped, but I was too lazy to follow a pattern when I started them last year, and they are for work, so don’t have to be pretty. working with horses is tough on gloves!

I also unearthed this stocking I started for my daughter last year and got bored with.  Mint baby poo green is not a favorite of mine.  The pattern at the top, though hard to see due to the color, is of two reindeer.  Finished that yesterday.

This is a box stich corner to corner afghan for my brother in law.  I promised to make him one over twenty years ago, so, finally paying up!  Of course, I have to run to my LYS tomorrow for more yarn.  such a hard thing to do!  While there I also have to get buttons for the Azel pullover I finally finished knitting for a friend.

Still plugging away on my lace weight projects, but I’m okay with them taking awhile!

Happy day , 

Shannon 

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I am weak…

So very, very weak. for months people have been sharing videos of those gorgeous arm knit giant blankets.  I want one….forget that, I want a dozen, a dozen dozen.  I am smitten, besotted.  Sadly, my budget doesn’t allow for that kind of splurge, not for a finished product (*gack*….where’s the fun in THAT?), nor for the necessary enormous wool needed.  I scoured the Internet, searching for something affordable.  An holy cow, I found some!

At 26.50$ per pound, I could do this.  I already bought some size 50 needles.  I bought 4.4 pounds of a beautiful medium heathery grey.  I should have it in a few weeks.  I can not wait!  if anyone is interested I’ll share the etsy shop (can’t promise the link, clueless on how to do that).  

In the meantime I working hard on finishing up as many WIPs as possible.  my hooded sweater is finished, pics of that some other time.  love it, comfy and cozy, just like I wanted.  Still on the needles?  An Azel pullover, a lace weight Boneyard shawl, a half finished crochet slipper for my husband, my lace weight cable rib wrap and a crochet afghan for my brother in law that is going to need more yarn bought for it.  

I am trying very hard to not cast anything else on until I bang some of these projects out.  I have two sweaters planned and am planning on taking advantage of the knit picks sale to get another sweaters worth of wool.  All to pass the time until my giant yarn arrives!!

Happy day , 

Shannon 

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Moving right along

I have been in hibernation mode for the last little while, but no worries, knitting has been happening.  last week I needed some instant gratification, so whipped out a few hats and a Christmas stocking.


Those will be given away, I’m sure, to various kids.  they were all done in various worsted weight yarn, some wool, some acrylic.

I was asked to finish a crochet afghan by a dear friend, for her daughter, as her mother can no longer manage it.  I said sure, thinking I’d only have to finish it.  this is what I got.

May I please mention my passionate dislike of granny squares?  And an equal dislike of sewing said grannies together?  can’t stand it!  I am trying to come up with an alternate plan that this young lady will be happy with.  any suggestions will be more than welcome!!  granny afghan suggestions okay, too.  Though I did see a really cool knit blanket that looks a bit like a starburst, so that may be my choice.

I have been working on a mama sized Azel pullover for a friend (That’s the grey monster) to match the tiny one I did for daughter.  she likes that matchy matchy stuff, and they will look adorable.  The blue in there is the hoodie I’ve been working on.  I’m a little more than halfway through the seaming, then the hood.  I might be able to wear this baby over the weekend!   

I love when the seaming goes smoothly, means I didn’t forget how to count or knit along the way!  the pattern is from redheart, hooded pullover, I think, is the name.  very easy to follow.  The yarn is a dk superwash, and of course the label has disappeared.

So, the plan for today?   seam that sweater up, knit the hood, drink coffee and binge watch something on Netflix.  this is my last weekend off for the next few months and I hope to clear some of these processes, so I  an cast on more.

Happy day 

Shannon 

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It’s out of here!

Last weekend that beast of a sweater left my house for good!  The guy I made it for absolutely loves it, is completely thrilled with it. Me?  I’m just happy it’s gone!


This was before I attached the belt loops and sash.  

I started my next sweater, a hooded sweater shirt type thing with a pocket. I am nearly finished the back, and have the day off, so have high hopes I can forget ahead and get lots done.  I am binge watching Supernatural and knitting my little heart out today.  Oh, with maybe a little laundry thrown in there, too.

Not much else going on.  I finished a sock head hat for my brother in law.  Have another planned for myself, may cast it on today, may not…we shall see.

Happy day,

Shannon 

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Unexpected day off

That’s right, I took today off. Last night I had a filling fall out, so made an appointment for later this morning to have that fixed.  There is no pain, it’s just very annoying.  Translation? I get more knitting time!

The color is way off in this picture, it’s much more blue, really.  The start of a sweater for me.

Meanwhile, this monster is busy blocking.  No worries, I smoothed it out after taking this picture.  I still have about a foot and a half to knit on the sash but I needed a bit of color in hands!  And let me tell you, it’s taking its own sweet time.  Just had to flip it over to let the back dry.  It is all good, though.  This beast will leave my house forever on Sunday and I can not wait!

Happy day,

Shannon 

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