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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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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