Can you see it? 

Needless to say the reversible cables rib wrap hit the frog pond the other day.  Do you see that enormous mistake I made counting rows?  I nearly cried!  I did try to pull it out to a fixable place, but this yarn was not having it.  At 50 percent wool and silk, I wasn’t surprised.  So frogging I went.

I decided to not start over, because, frankly, as mich as I love the pattern, it was a bit of a slog.  Slow going and easy to lose my place.  I decide instead to knit Twist Shawl, by Andrea Hilton. I love it, so far.  I’m getting to the point where I have 300 stitches on the needles, and doing this in lace weight, I’ll have alot more by the time the wingspan is long enough.  

This is much larger now, but I’m working on socks today, and don’t feel like pulling it out right now.

Dragonfly socks, such a quick pattern, and easily memorized.  My favorite kind!  This is the second of the pair, and they are flying along.  I’m hoping to get through the gusset today.

Speaking of today, it’s my birthday.  And I can’t do anything I would normally enjoy doing, because of this stupid shoulder pain.  Therapy is going along (I still have to do my exercises today, which always makes the pain worse).  Normally I’d take the dogs on a nice long walk, go on a hike or go kayaking.  All out.   So I will stay home, knit and Netflix.  It could be worse!

I am fighting off the urge to hit my LYS for some birthday goodies, but am trying to resist. I have enough yarn for several projects, some big and some socks.  And I can’t think of anything I want special right now, not wool and not a project.  So o shall refrain…..at least for the moment.  The day is young!

Happy day,

Shannon 

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A long while!!  First the puppies kept me busy, then life just happens and things just get away from me.  Work is getting busier with the warmer weather, and things like training and bathing the horses, cleaning trails and fields; just generally gearing up for our busy season as we slog through mud season.  Add to that that I have managed to mysteriously destroy my right shoulder somehow and it’s easy to let things go.  

Last week had me at the orthopedic with pain in my shoulder.  I do have a little arthritis, and a tiny bone spur, but that’s not what’s bothering me.  Nope….i have a rotator cuff injury.  Most likely a small tear.  Oh joy!  A cortisone shot, 2 Aleve twice a day and physical therapy for two weeks, then back to the doctor to see where I am pain wise.  I can tell you now, not great….i have been very limited with motion in my right arm and it hurts, pretty much all the time.  I am allowed to work for now, and even ride, as long as I don’t use that arm; I have to keep it against my body.  Not an easy thong to do working with horses!!  My first therapy appointment is this afternoon, I am not anticipating much fun.

But, I have been knitting!  I’m also allowed to knit,  thank god!, or I’d be going insane!  Finished a dragonfly sock, and nearly thought the leg on the second.  I would love to show you a picture, but none of them are uploading.  Grrrrr.

I’ve also been working on my reversible cable rib wrap.  Which I also can’t show you today.  I’ve been so happy with this knit…..until last night.   Last night I noticed I totally bothered up the cable sequence, badly.  I miscounted somewhere and now have a gaping hole of plain kribbing, for like, a mile.  I’m not sure I can add a lifeline and save it.  It will be going into time out for a little while until I can look at it without wanting to stab myself with the needles.  This has been a very long knit, bit an enjoyable one.  Perhaps the yarn is unhappy in this pattern?  Maybe I’m getting bored with it?  I didn’t think so, but maybe.  In the meantime I’m going to start the twisted shawl by Andrea Hilton.

My knitting has been taking a beating, two weeks ago Loki,  that adorable puppy (whose picture I can’t show you right now), pulled my boneyard/grain shawl right off the needles.  ( basically I was combing the two patterns, making eyelets instead of a ridge).  I could not recover that one at all.  And now this huge mistake in the cables rib wrap.  At least I’ve learned to roll with the punches when it comes to these things!

Happy day,

Shannon 

So it’s been awhile

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The pile is shrinking 

I have five pups left in my house; my sister came and stole her little girl on monday.


That’s Stella, in the pic above.  Three more left yesterday, so that leaves me with five.  Two are leaving tonight, one tomorrow and the other today or tomorrow.   Leaving me with my see Loki,  whom I can not wait to spoil shamelessly!

A dear friend gave me this over the weekend.  She saw it and knew it was perfect for me!  Isn’t that just awesome?   And my husband bought me flowers yesterday, because they look neat and its st. Daddy’s day. Just grocery store green carnations, but sweet all the same.  My husband stopped buying me flowers 19 years ago, when Zack was born.  At that time my best friend ran a flower shop and was horrified that Eric bought me two dozen roses for Zack’s birth, ( he was born on February 11), so paid a ridiculous amount of money for said flowers.  It’s been a running joke since.

I managed, over five days, to cast off my grain shawl.  Im afraid the shawl suffered a bit from pulled stitches.  Puppy teeth are sharp!  It will be blocked and repaired when there are less pups around.

I’ve been working a little on my socks, and pulled out my worsted scrap 10 stitch blanket last night.  I can knit in the tiniest bites of time, so figured the scrap blanket is a safe bet, no keeping track of where I am!

Happy day,

Shannon 

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I’ve been busy

This bunch has been keeping me on my toes!  They are six weeks old now, and I have them for another two weeks before they start leaving for their forever homes.  I am going to miss them enormously!  We are keeping one, you can see his collar in the above picture; his name is loki and I was drawn to him as soon as he was born.  

What an incredible experience this has been: smelly, messy, loud, sweet, funny and snuggly. They are just about weaned now, mama is phenomenal with them. We also, in the last few days started getting them outside with moderate success.

Knitting happens when I have a few minutes and a a puppy free lap.  Slow going, for sure!

As you can see, they’re sleeping, so I need to get a few things done around the house.

Happy day,

Shannon 

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There are puppies everywhere!

This is the wee boy I’m keeping…from the first time I saw him I have been drawn to him.  I have five others already chosen and waiting to go to their new homes, just three more to place.  I will be sad to see them go.

Knitting has been slow, with all these babies around.  Mama has been awesome, taking excellent care of them, but she has started weaning them a little earlier than I’d have liked.  I started them on soaked puppy food with a little milk mixed in and they’re starting to get the hang of it.  I’m not getting gas much done because, well, puppies.  I constantly stop what I’m doing to cuddle one or another of them.

I have managed to turn the heels on my latest socks, but haven’t managed to even finish the gussets.  One of these day!!

Happy day, 

Shannon 

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And there are eleven….

Dogs in my house, that is.  All knitting came to a screeching halt as my girl Luna produced NINE puppies yesterday.  And, oh man, they are cute!!  This picture was taken before the last two were born.  Luna is resting well,  and taking excellent care of her babies.  She actually woke me up at 2 a.m. to help her fix the bedding in her “whelping box”(a kiddie wading pool that, oddly, Ace Hardware had in Stock in January).  The pups were laying on the plastic because she had scratched the blanket@ to the side.  She came to my bed, pawing at my arm until I woke up and went downstairs with her to fix everyrhing.   The pups are beautiful.

Happy day, 

Shannon 

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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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