2 Day Update

I just love when the weather warms a bit and inspiration hits. Such a great feeling. Monday was very pleasant, pleasant enough for some patio spinning. They say it was 75F but I was still cool enough to bundle up while I was outside. It was windy, and there’s still that cool spring feel to the wind.

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I finished one of my loop! bumps! So, those two bobbins indicate one full bump complete. I do have a third full bobbin and just need to do the pink section still. Once that’s done, I’ll have to finish the corespinning project on my rose in order to do the plying for this project.

I’ve done very little with knitting. VERY little. But, our favorite Tuesday evening riding group had posted that despite the forecasted rain, they’d be riding. But fat tire bikes would be used. This always indicates an adventure, if they are being specific about the type of bike. And with the warmer weather, I wanted to go. Mr. Ink’s bike is out of commission, but a friend kindly let him borrow a bike. Before we left for the ride, Mr. Ink was none too pleased about the impending rain, but I convinced him it would be an adventure and we headed out. We met up with the group, only 6 of us rode, and it was wet, and a little cold. I found out my “rain resistant” jacket isn’t particularly rain resistant. But, it’s claims to dry quickly do hold true, as I stood under a pavilion with the group. I noticed that by the time we began riding again I was already almost dry, even the shirt I wore under the jacket was dry.

We stopped at a friend’s home for a dry out in her garage. Then, one of my friends who had brought a fat tire bike that was a pedal assist bike let me give it a try. We had a quick ride back to the restaurant and I had SO MUCH fun using that pedal assist bike! I told Mr. Ink I wanted one and he says “YOU are NOT allowed to have a bike like that.” Probably because I was going REALLY fast. Hah.¬† (But for real, I know I don’t have to make the case for the blog, but it would be so cool to commute by bike without getting sweaty in the mornings, then commute home getting an ACTUAL bike ride!) The added bonus was getting to see my friend ride my pink fat bike with a floral pink bag attached. He decided my bike was REALLY nice to ride too, so it ended up being a fun trade all around.

We got back to our starting point, a restaurant, and all had a meal with other friends who just stopped in to socialize, and a good time was had by all, FOR SURE. When we got home, we walked in the door to this:

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Miss Butterfly had done her chores and then made cookies, saving us a snack AND a little bowl of raw dough. So cute, so sweet. Love that kiddo!

The rain continues today, and we are grateful as the ground really does need a good spring soaking. After that? The weather looks to be QUITE nice, no snow or freezing weather in the 10 day forecast. Just what we are looking for about now.

 

A Reveal

I’ve been working for quite awhile on another Lamina scarf. I decided to use my leftover find your fade yarn, though I still have quite a bit left over, just in only 3 colors¬† now, rather than the original 7 colors. I finished on Friday, weaving in all the ends which took about forever. Then I blocked it on Saturday during my marathon of busy work day.

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It blocked out FAR larger than I’d anticipated, as generally happens with lace. This project is slightly a secret, but not too secret. The other day I received an email from my cousin’s wife saying that the bride of the wedding we are attending shortly really wants handknits more than anything else. I intend to spoil her with handknits. While I will pull together a few other things as well, some of which she has already seen, I think this scarf in particular will be something she hasn’t seen and will really appreciate.

After the marathon of work day, I did get a bit of patio spinning done yesterday and some additional knitting done. However, Sunday was pretty busy as well. Not really in a bad way, just productive. Mr. Ink and I went to the hardware store to look at kitchen faucets. I suspect that the one that was there when we moved in was brand new, and the cheapest that could be found. It now has a tiny little hole halfway down the side of the faucet that sprays water to the side all over the counter when being used. It’s SO annoying. We did pick up a faucet, but it has yet to be installed since the weather was lovely and Mr. Ink wanted to be outdoors. As with all house projects, Mr. Ink is anticipating the project will be a real pain so I understand his reticence.

The weather has been pleasant and inspiring and it really has helped us feel like we have more energy and are more eager to get things done around the house. I am so grateful for the weather this weekend and am hoping for more to come.

That was a day!

My Saturday turned out to be just nutty. Productive, but nutty. From the moment I got out of bed until 5:30 p.m. I never once got an opportunity to sit down and knit. Or even sit down really. I switched out heavy winter clothing for summer clothes. I’d done a spring clothing switch out but I decided to do the summer clothes this weekend. I did a ton of laundry because I feel like despite the fact I washed everything before putting it in storage, things do not smell great when you bring them out of storage. So, that was a bunch of extra laundry to get done, and sorting and packing away.

I also blocked two knitting projects. One you already saw, the 3 color cashmere cowl. The other I’ll feature tomorrow. It required a full on hard blocking with pins so it took a bit of time.

There was of course all the normal house chores, cooking, dishes, clean up, dog walking, etc.

And then there was shopping. Now, I have to say, I actually had pretty good luck and a pretty good time with this. I hate shopping, and there’s something specifically about trying on dresses and looking critically in the mirror that just brings up awful insecurities so I just feel like it’s not a project I ever want to go do. I’d been looking at dresses since our return from Alabama, but really hadn’t had any luck. So this time I went to a fancier store. Despite it being a very busy day on the roads, there were only a few people in the store. And the salesperson was attentive as I explained my situation. “I need a dress for a wedding and I hate to shop.” Was basically how I approached it, and she kindly stepped right in. She picked out a number of lovely things for me to try on and I did end up finding a dress at that very store. It’s nice enough for a wedding, and bonus, it’s not so fancy that I can’t wear it to work afterwards. It was on the pricey side as the shop is pricey, but I’d say that they gave me the ease of finding something without feeling miserable so I am going to say I paid for that experience as well, and call it good. And honestly? Much of what the salesperson picked out looked great and I’d totally wear it if it weren’t for the price. Hah.

So, all in all, a very busy day but productive which works for me. I did get an opportunity to fill in the corner section of my Scottish Stripes scarf though:

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And I am off and running on another section now.

And Mr. Ink did what Mr. Ink loves most:

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There’s a new tree way in the back that went in this weekend, and he’s working on two more spots for two new trees. I told him that I have no intention of mowing anymore. He said he knew that already.

I am hoping today works out to be a bit more relaxed. There’s still much to do, but I have a moment to blog already, and knitting has been done. Have a happy Sunday!

Continuing

The Scottish Stripes scarf continues to be quite engaging. I was able to finish the first triangle, and am now working on the second smaller edge triangle.

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I am not sure if the picture will make a ton of sense, but it’s the lower left hand corner that I am working on filling in now. Even if it doesn’t make a ton of sense, you can still see how the colors are playing nicely together. You may also be able to see that I picked up stitches incorrectly on the second two wedges, which is unfortunate but I am not going to go back and fix it now. I’ll just try to remain consistent from here on out. It may bug me a bit, but once it’s done, blocked, and worn it probably won’t matter much.

Nothing much new to report, we had a pretty easy going evening but I’ve been in a MOOD, which probably still has a lot to do with the weather. Even my dreams reflect a bad mood! Weekend task? Shopping by myself to find a dress for the upcoming wedding. A task I do not relish, but it will go smoother and quicker since I can do it by myself. That is, IF I can get myself out the door in the first place. Hah.

 

A Beginning

There’s a moment when I cast on that often makes me feel like I’ve just chosen the best project and pattern ever and actually makes me feel like I am SO LUCKY to be able to knit. This project is certainly one of those:

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This is the very beginning of Scottish Stripes by Ursa Major Knits. It’s a case where the handspun plays perfectly with the pattern, and that’s entirely one of the reasons I love creating handspun. That moment when you find what really works for the yarn is always thrilling to me. So far, this has been a very pleasant knit and I can’t wait to get home and work on the next section!

There’s not too much new to report otherwise around here. It’s been a busy week, I’ve worked late, but not for emergencies, just because it suited me to do so. Work was getting done, and I didn’t want to stop that momentum. That’s a nice feeling. I’ve done some knitting as you can see, but I’ve also had a lot going on otherwise, the dog has been needy probably because I’ve been out of the house a lot, and requires more attention than usual, and Miss Butterfly has me working on puzzles with her, which is a pleasure but it isn’t knitting. Oh, and it’s been cold and has snowed again, which is unpleasant. At one point yesterday while walking the dog, I realized that I had sleet absolutely pelting my face, while the sun was peeking through the clouds and shining in my eyes. I was like “SERIOUSLY!?!?!” I was so annoyed. And cold. 10 day forecast is looking a bit more springlike again, and there is much rejoicing. Though, it may be too little too late, because anything under 70 and sunny right now is feeling like a bit of an insult at this point.

I am willing to guess a fair number of you are feeling similarly!

Finished Object

I finished my 3 color cashmere cowl.

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And it’s basically everything I like about a knit. It used two colors of leftovers, I only purchased one skein (the purple) to add to the mix. It’s cashmere and silk, so super soft. Knitting it was done in the round, and it was like a sampler in that each section had a little bit of a different pattern going on. It was easy to modify when I ran out of green completely. I love the saturated colors and the jewel tones and it’s just…it’s just my type of knit.

I am left with enough yarn to make another one if I just were to go out and purchase ANOTHER skein of cashmere silk. So, back in the stash the purple and teal went in case I feel an overwhelming urge to make another, adding in yet another gorgeous color for interest. I bet even a grey would look fantastic!

I also love that I could totally switch up the pattern, combining the colors even more for less of a pop and more of a blend of 3 colors. There’s just so much to love about this pattern!

What am I up to next? Well, for a hint, it involves this handspun:

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(I think. Meaning, there’s something at the back of my mind that says that what I am currently knitting with is NOT this handspun, but it has to be. It HAS to be. I am a bit confused. We’ll see how it goes. In any case, it looks good either way.)

And, the designer is the same designer that designed this bit of gorgeousness I ADORED knitting out of handspun:

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And now I am stunned by just how weedy our yard was when we moved in! Mr. Ink has really come a LONG way in that department.

Weekend Update

On Friday, the weather was balmy and wonderful. Miss Butterfly and I had plans to go to the horse competition that evening, as Miss Marja had gotten her hands on free tickets and handed them over to us. However, Miss Butterfly’s best friend was going on Sunday instead, and we were asked to go with them. I admit, since the evening was so lovely, I had no issue deciding to postpone that and stay home.

Good thing too, as overnight the weather turned. We expected that. It rained all day, then began to snow. It snowed through Sunday afternoon. Thankfully, the temps stayed pretty high so accumulation was….somewhat limited. I’d say Sunday morning we had about 3 inches on the ground but despite snowing all day Sunday, we went to bed with less on the ground than we’d woken up to.

The weekend was basically devoted to these two:

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It started off with the girls wanting to ride bikes. Favorite friend brought her bike over, and Mr. Ink spent some time getting their bikes ready for spring riding. Favorite Friend had left hers out in the rain repeatedly, Mr. Ink calls her a bike killer. As soon as she began riding her newly tuned bike, the chain broke. This was no surprise to anyone, as it had looked a mess. So, we set her up with Miss Butterfly’s bike, and dropped the seat on my fat bike for Miss Butterfly, and off they went for a ride. Upon their return, Miss Butterfly decided she distinctly loved riding the fatty. Good taste, that one. And it is pretty funny, and astounding, to see a kid that tiny have the power in he legs to ride a fat bike.

Favorite Friend ended up spending the night, and so the next morning Miss Butterfly made cupcakes, then I took the girls out shopping. It was miserable and cold, but we had things we needed to return, and then we went to stores and the girls tried on dresses mostly just for the fun of it.

By the afternoon it was snowing hard and icing over so we decided that no one needed to go anywhere. Groceries could wait. Miss Butterfly, exhausted from her sleepover, took a long nap. We enjoyed a movie all together, and Miss Butterfly worked on sorting her room clothes. She got rid of TONS of stuff that didn’t fit anymore. It was a welcome sort, and I never even asked her to do it!

On Sunday we finally went to that horse competition. I had two vouchers to turn in, but when all 4 of us got to the box office, I said “I have 2 vouchers but need 4 tickets.” The woman behind the counter said “OK, and I’ve got more vouchers!” and we got in for free! I couldn’t believe it! So, that ended up being a very inexpensive day.

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It was the jumping finals and we had a wonderful time watching. Also, Favorite Friend’s baby sister was there, so I did a bunch of baby holding which is fun and welcome. Miss Butterfly held my knitting.

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And by held, I mean she worked on my sock for me. For real. In fact, her tension is the same as mine, I didn’t have to rip back at all. And she only screwed up one stitch which I noticed later, laddered down and fixed, easy peasy.

Since this was the very last competition of the weekend, we headed to the vendor area and managed to score t-shirts for very inexpensive as they were trying to sell out before packing up and going home. The size situation wasn’t perfect but I was able to find something to fit Miss Butterfly, so she’s got a new shirt to add to that very clean closet of hers.

In knitting, I did finish my cashmere cowl, as expected. But I didn’t get a photo, the weather was so bad and I just couldn’t be bothered to do it. Stay tuned for tomorrow. I then decided to work on this:

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I hadn’t touched this in awhile. I got enough done this weekend to see that the end is actually in sight, so I brought everything to work today and I feel pretty confident I can have this done this week.

I planned out my next project as well, but I was too cold to go to the basement and wind my yarn last night so it’s just sitting in planning stages. I also tried to work on the toe of a sock that’s been on the needles for awhile, but realized that I am lacking the appropriate needle size. I can’t even begin to tell you how surprising this is! But, at the same time, I did realize that I’ve been tossing broken needles a lot lately. I think they are just at the end of their life, I’ve been knitting for over 10 years now and so my tools are all about 10 years old, and I feel like with as many socks I’ve knit in those 10 years, failure should be expected. Will I replace those needles? Maybe, maybe not. Meaning, I may grab my dpns, use those, and call it good. At least for now. I mean, I really do enjoy working with my 9 inch circs at this point, and I don’t knit socks all that often, so I feel like maybe it’s ok to not repurchase regular circs at this point.

So with the weekend update complete, I leave you now in hopes to grab a finished object photo tonight and get a new blog post about that up tomorrow! Have a great week!