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The Groundhog’s Day

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We have had a groundhog living in our yard for a few years.  He used to live in a hole, waaaaaay across the pond at the edge of the woods, pretty far from the house:

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We would see him over there nibbling on clover, occasionally standing up on his hind legs to look around.  Really cute, actually.  To me.  To Paul, not cute; a nuisance.

This year, much to Paul’s dismay, the groundhog packed up and moved residence to our shed:

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More accurately, under our shed.  Much closer to the house, and my garden.  Still cute, eating clover, standing up on hind legs to look around.  But now, really more of a nuisance as we have no idea what’s happening under the shed and what he has done to the foundation of the shed.

Front door:

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Back door:

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So, the nuisance factor has increased and there was talk of a bb gun  (which, I have since been informed, will bounce right off a groundhog) or a trap.

Then, Paul saw this:

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Do you know how hard it is to get a picture through a screen door when you are in a hurry?  It is a bobcat.  Very excited and interested, prowling around the shed, sticking it’s head into the front door of the groundhog’s new home.  Then he went away.  The groundhog came out and did his usual cute eating of the clover and standing up on hind legs to look around.  But, then there was me, talking out the window to him, telling him to stick close to home or else something would eat him.

We haven’t seen the groundhog in days.  I know. I feel bad, too.

But hey!  Look over there!  There’s more knitting!

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I started the Swallowtail Lace Shawl (free pattern!), in the hopes of teaching a more advanced lace knitting class.  What you are looking at is the pinned-out piece I have started, and it is the top middle of the shawl (what would lay at the back of your neck).  There is a pretty lily-of-the-valley border, which includes knitting nupps.  Nupps, in the past, have been my nemesis.  So, stay tuned for that.

Then, I got totally distracted by Fractal Danger a new pattern by Martina Behm, whom I love.  I’ve made several of her patterns….

Brickless:

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Lintilla:

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Hitchhiker:

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and Heaven and Space:

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And now there is a new one, which I might have to start pretty soon.  Even though I have three other shawls started.  And I need to start the mittens if they are going to be done in time to submit to the fair.

Ok, did I distract you from thinking about the groundhog and his fate?

No? Here is something else then. I’ve got a pepper:

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And a tomato:

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If that doesn’t do it, I don’t know what will.

Enough Already

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I’m tired of the winter.  I’m tired of the cold.  I’m tired of being stuck inside.  I’m tired of complaining about the winter.  I’m sure you are tired of reading about my complaints of winter.  But ENOUGH ALREADY!  Yesterday, it was freezing rain/ice/snow….

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I’m just sick of it.  That is all.

Except for this!:

I finished my Hitchhiker scarf/shawl….

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I love the colors.  It was easy and quick to knit.  Mine took me 5 days.  The pattern was easy to memorize which made it great tv knitting.

Then I started the Snug:

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This is a weirdo picture since it is in-progress.  You are looking at the front and the beginning of the hood.  No arms yet.  Go to that link up there and see the project page picture.  It’s very cute.  I’m making the newborn-6mos size, simply because it will be the quickest to knit and I want to teach a class with it.  After the class, I’ll find a baby to give it to.   There is a 3 years size, which I might or might not make for doodlebug Michaela since it might fit her.  But I’m not sure.  I’d have to do a little measuring and I am under no delusion that she will let me measure her – she’s 2 1/2.  I can hear it now : “No fank you, Auntie Wiz” as she runs from the tape measure.  This is made with bulky yarn, which also makes it quicker to knit, and I am using Cascade Ecological Wool.  That purple bit is a provisional cast on, which I will take out to finish the hood.  Then I’ll do the arms which shouldn’t take long since newborns are little.  So, almost done already!

Then I may be on to a lace scarf.  Or the baby sweater on two needles which will be for a summer class.  Or be done with class knitting for now and work on my sock knit-a-longs and my Charleston Tea.  One thing I will never say about knitting:  ENOUGH ALREADY!

ALL the things…

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I’m in yet another one of those paralyzing I-want-to-knit-ALL-the-things phases….

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I’m completely glued to the computer (of which the keyboard is apparently very dusty, according to that picture….).  I look on Ravelry and there are eighty million patterns I want to knit.  I’m looking for things to knit for upcoming classes and I want to teach ALL the things.  In the meantime, I have many things I’m already working on and they are languishing.  But I want to knit them too.  So while I’m looking and finding all these patterns and trying to decide what to knit, I’m not getting much knitting done.  And don’t get me started on spinning.  I went to my spinning group today, after not having been for two months, which means for the next few days that’s all I’ll want to do.  And one of the spinners was knitting socks with her handspun yarn.  Which is totally what I want to do.  Someday.  When I can spin my yarn finely enough to make fingering weight yarn.  Which makes me want to spin more so I can get better at it and then knit those.

I’m obsessed with these mitts which look pretty challenging but so cool.  And this cowl by Wendy D. Johnson, which is also cool and perfect for sock yarn leftovers.  I love this funky-but-so-cozy-looking sweater, but I’m still working on my Charleston Tea  sweater so that would be silly to start.  Right?  And I’m totally obsessed with something in this book, with this yarn:

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The Baby Sweater on Two Needles.  So cute and a really classic looking pattern.  Wouldn’t it be great in that pink?  Ok, so can you see why I get like this?  I need eighty more hands and eighty more hours in the day and eighty less chores to do.  I also wish knitting burned more calories because then I wouldn’t have to waste time on the treadmill.

I did start and finish the Bridgeport Cowl, which will be for an upcoming class:

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Made with Aslan Trends Royal Alpaca (gray) and Cascade Alpaca Lana D’Oro (purple).  It is nice and cozy and sized for small and large.  I made the large, which I now wish was a little longer to make it twist around my neck twice.  So, that will be a suggestion for my class: cast on more stitches if you want it to do that.   If you are in my class, you’re welcome. I learned that lesson for you.

I also started the Hitchhiker scarf, which I think will also be for an upcoming class:

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I’m making it with Ella Rae Cozy Soft Prints, a nice DK weight wool/acrylic blend.  The pattern calls for fingering weight but I liked these colors.  So there.

And now, I have some decisions to make.  While I’ve got all my projects-in-progress, the knitting for upcoming classes takes priority and I have to get crack-a-lackin’ and find some more class projects since April is coming and I have no classes scheduled yet….

Calming me down this morning was taking a walk in the yard and seeing, despite all the frickin’ snow that is still there, these views:

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