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Popping In…

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HEY!! Where have you been? Ha ha.  After a crazy few weeks, which mostly involved dealing with an eye issue and a weirdo steroid treatment that has mostly fixed the eye issue (I’ll save you the details of the crazy side effects), and in which I did not write any blog posts, I’m finally popping in to give you a list…

1) I’m plugging away on the first pattern of the Shawl Society II series, the Fairyhill Shawl:

2) But in the meantime, the second shawl pattern has been released, Sprite’s Fen Shawl, and I really, really want to start that because it is soooooooo pretty (click on that link, it really is).  But I need to find yarn for it….

3) But I can’t start that one anyway because I’m also doing some commissioned knitting these days.  Here is the Amy shawl by Romi Hill that I am knitting for someone:

It has a garter stitch body, which is finished, and you can see in the upper right part of the picture that I have started the edging, which is knit at a 90 degree angle to the body.  Such a pretty pattern.

4) I’ve taught a few classes and forgot to take pictures (see aforementioned eye issue – I’m using that excuse for everything).

5) In gardening news, we planted the garden.  Really, Paul planted the garden. (See aforementioned eye issue in which for several days I wasn’t really doing anything but I could direct him where to plant things.)

Beans, San Marzano tomatoes, plum tomatoes, butternut squash, zucchini, peppers, eggplant.  In the middle tubs are pickling cucumbers and in the tiny planter, two lavender plants because I love, Love, LOVE the smell of lavender!

6) Did you catch the owl “decoy” up there?  My mother-in-law’s friend has one and says it keeps birds and other critters away.  Paul has been moving it every few days.  We hope it works.

7) I also bought marigolds to plant around the edges as I heard that helps keep some bugs away.

8) Look what came through the yard yesterday:

Sweet momma and baby.

9) And we woke up to this today:

(darn electric pole/wires…)

More craziness coming up in the next couple of weeks as summer gets started, but another post will come as soon as possible!  Do YOU have big summer plans, knitting or otherwise?

 

 

3 (Maybe 4) Patterns That Made the Cut to Cure My Startitis

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So in my last post I told you all about the patterns I was going to start immediately.  And now plans have changed slightly.  After I calmed down for a minute (one really can get caught up in the excitement of starting new knitting patterns), I realized that in order for me to get started on ALL THE THINGS, I really needed to finish a couple of things that needed to be done for classes.  Or, at least put a pretty good dent in them.

I am trucking along on my Puerto Montt and my A Gentle Diversion, but they don’t look different enough to show you a picture.

And I DID finish my Tangled Lace Shawl thanks to some quiet knitting time in front of the warm fire.  On the very cold May-supposed-to-be-warm-by-now day last weekend:

I love how it turned out after some blocking time.  See how scrunched up it looks up there?  This is what blocking does:

I. LOVE. IT.

On to my starting plans…. here are the 3 patterns that made the final cut to help cure my startitis:

1) The Shawl Society II: Fairy Hill Shawl and I am either going to use my Periwinkle Sheep Rhinebeck 2016 colorway or my blue Madelinetosh Tosh Sock:

Opinions?

2) The Broken Path MKAL(Mystery Knit-a–long) by Alicia Plummer and I’m using Frog Tree Meriboo from deep stash:

3) The Starting Point Joji Mystery Wrap KAL by Joji (pronounced ho-hee) Locatelli and these are the five colors I’m using:

Apparently we will be using most of each of these skeins — 1,700-ish yards.

As you see, two of these, I have no idea what they will look like.  That’s a leap of faith!  I love both designers though, and, in fact, Joji came out with another new pattern and THAT may also be getting started soon.  It is called I See Spring and 99% of the reason I want to knit it is because of the name and my wishing for spring weather.  The other 99% is how cute it is. (Yes, I know that adds up to 198%)  I just need to find some yarn….

In other news, the big town tag sale was last weekend.  We scored this stool for FREE:

It’s pretty beat up but Paul will work his magic (read: many hours of sandblasting, welding, painting and upholstering) and it will be beautiful.  And then it will be for sale!

And I got a ricer for 50 cents:

And this pile of books from the Altamont Library book sale for $3-ish:

Actually there are a few missing from this picture because we went back at night and picked through the not-sold books and I found some more!

Then we needed a treat for after our long day so we got these to take home:

Peanut Butter Overload and Strawberry Shortcake in a jelly jar!  (They were yummy.  How creative is that??)

And if walking 9,000 steps in a morning wasn’t enough, that afternoon we got about 6,000 more when we headed up to the Washington County Fairgrounds’ Antique Fair / Flea Market:

The only thing we got there, though, was a contribution to my breakfast of champions for this week:

(The kettle corn, not the trail mix.)

And somewhere in the past week or so we got this despite the aforementioned cold May-supposed-to-be-warm-by-now days:

Also delish.

Stay tuned for details on starting my startitis-curing patterns…

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