And Then

Happy Halloween everyone. I thought I was getting out of trick or treating this year, after all, my kid is 13 and I am kind of over it now. I thought I’d let her father take that on. But, he has to work late, and she’s already arranged to meet up with friends from the old neighborhood. So, I guess I get to do the job. I’ll bring sock knitting but with the weather hovering around freezing, I suspect glove wearing will be more important than sock knitting.

Last night was very cold, and we saw the first snowflakes of the season. Nothing that reached/covered the ground by any means but they were there, flying around! I had plenty of time to look at them since the evening commute was absolutely miserable. Much stopping and sitting. Wish I’d had my knitting then! When I got home, I immediately took the dog for a walk to get that over with, it was so cold. Then put on warm, comfy pajamas and got started on the loads of laundry. It was a tiring evening but a good evening, all cozy in a warm home with my family all there. I worked on the bottom of the in progress sweater. I am not completely done yet, but I am pretty close. Then we’ll see if I can manage the sleeves.

Let’s discuss another upcoming project. I follow “theshitiknit” on instagram, and she’s running a knit along for a shawl called Rikaart Shawl. The pattern is released in weekly installments, on instagram, for free. However, it can also be purchased inexpensively on Ravelry if one prefers a proper pdf, which I do. The shawl asks for 3 colors of yarn, so I chose these out of stash:

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The orange is handspun from Miss Marja, the other two are my own handspun yarns. There’s enough orange tones in the brown to make it a very good pairing, I think. And the off white is something I’d never find use for. A 2 ply yarn that is wool/silk/hemp/cotton blend. It’s got bits of brown cotton in it, and it’s quite interesting but not so well spun to be honest, because cotton is a learning curve. Anyhow, I have way more yardage of each than the pattern calls for, so I am not too worried about running out of yarn. But, I did want to see what my stitches would look like, and was eager to pair the yarn together. So I knit a swatch.

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I like my chosen needle size and I think that’s what I’ll stick with. It’s such a nice harvesty color combo, it’ll be a great November knit! So, that project is lined up and ready to go.

I’ve got one other new project on the needles, which made it to work as a work project. It’s the venemous tentacula out of some of my handspun yarn. I am not doing a triangle shaped shawl, rather I quit increasing around 10 increases and will do a nice long scarf shaped thing before decreasing again. This one has been great fun! And I adore the colors of the handspun.

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I am keeping this project at work because it’s a bit of a pain in the butt to work. There’s some type of casting off or casting on or knitting into backwards loop cast on stitches to do almost every row, and it grates on the nerves after awhile. So, about 1 hour per day during the week is about all I can handle. Plus, I want to keep working on that sweater!

One more thing for today, and then I am kind of out of blog photos for the time being. A few weeks ago during the most insane of my October work, I ended up arranging a yarn trade with Kathy over at Compassionknit.  When I’d remarked on the blog that I was proud of getting my sock yarn stash under control, down to 10 skeins, she offered to send me sock yarn! Which a little bit defeats the purpose and yet I am also quite grateful, as new yarn in stash is so exciting. So I agreed to this, only if I could send some handspun her way, keeping with the yarn in, yarn out of stash rules. It was agreed! And I received some lovely sock yarn in the mail, at the right time for a needed pick me up during a tough few weeks.

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So there you have it. I think I am now all caught up on photos and news for this week. All of these were taken over the weekend, so now I can catch up on photos for this week, if there are any.

 

This Week Oct. 30-Nov. 5

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a weekly list, but I think this week is the point at which I begin again.

The last few months have been quite nutty, as I’ve mentioned. For a couple of years now, we’ve had a coworker that wasn’t a particularly good fit. After time, this coworker came to realize this and decided to give notice, which was a welcome event overall. During this time we also had been looking for an additional team member, as our job duties have grown beyond our ability to keep up. So, rather than hiring one new person, I had to hire two. And get them trained, during a time of transition, and one that is already quite busy. The first new coworker began at the beginning of the month and is doing very well. She’s able to handle much of her workload already, and is quick to ask for more training when she needs it.

The second new coworker begins sometime in November so I haven’t begun that training yet. However, she already works here, she’ll just be taking a position with our team so her training will be lighter on me than someone completely new. I keep hearing from her frequently, and she seems as eager as I am to get settled into her new position. I keep saying I am really looking forward to us all settling in to our new reality. I think my staff feels that way as well, and I’ve seen a huge difference in inspiration, ideas, and ownership of projects. While I know we’ll still have very busy times, I am hoping that they’ll be the good kind of busy mostly, rather than the frenetic kind that upsets everyone.

I do believe this will turn over a new leaf in general for me. The past two years have left me often feeling like there’s something wrong with ME specifically, like why can’t I get it together? Why can’t I manage people effectively? Why have I lost interest in almost everything I loved to do? Why have I no desire whatsoever to be social and develop/maintain my relationships? Why do I fall into bed after work for a nap and then don’t want anyone talking to me the rest of the evening most days?

Then I look back on the past couple years and realize that all of these questions began at the same time my work situation changed, and likely once we get to a new normal I’ll be able to work on all those things that have been missing, bit by bit, in my personal life. So, I guess you could say I am looking forward to my new normal at home too. I bet Mr. Ink and Miss Butterfly are too! Though they keep saying that they will miss all the funny but frustrating for me work stories I bring home.

Well, that got a bit longer than I expected. Suffice it to say, the last couple years sometimes I’ve felt like I am hanging on by a thread, if I am being completely honest. Everything has been a huge juggling act, and a very frustrating and difficult one at that. Add a generous dose of “What should I DO!?!?!” inertia about my job, and the desire to stick with something I used to love even though it is NOT what I want it to be currently. I am hoping it will be again, in fact last week a project landed on my plate that is EXACTLY the type of work I want to be doing. So, I really am hoping for the best moving forward. Or at least, something a whole lot better than it has been.

Now shall we look at some yarn?

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There’s some handspun. It’s 337 yards of 3 ply. I plied it in a gradient, so it goes from green to tan. It’s sloppy. So sloppy. Because I was working on it while adjusting to, and adjusting my new wheel. The fun part about this? It’s fiber sent from Introverted Knitter, plied on the wheel I got from Introverted Knitter, and in there, somewhere, is a small bit that was spun by her as well. So it’s kind of special yarn, even though it’s pretty sloppy on my part.

I made a few more adjustments to the wheel and began spinning another batt.

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It had gorgeous colors, and with the wheel adjustments, the spinning was going very well. I am about halfway through this batt now, the first bobbin complete.

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I do have a few more things to try with this wheel, but some of them will need Mr. Ink’s help I think, and I didn’t want to bother him about it yesterday. Everyone needs time to putter around with their favorite hobby before going back to work on a Monday.

Mr. Ink arrived home a little before noon yesterday, and I was very happy to see him. Miss Butterfly arrived home around 7 p.m.  I was pretty happy to see her as well. She retains a very nasty cough after last week’s illness, but other than that she seems well. Her appetite is back, she’s energetic, and she’s trying to get out of doing homework. So basically, back to normal.

We didn’t do much yesterday, Mr. Ink was eager to putter around his gardens since we’d had a hard freeze while he was away. Also, while he was away he purchased an evergreen tree for his sister in law, and planted it for her for her birthday. He said “I think I was more excited about it than she was, but I think she’ll enjoy it for many years to come.” And I suspect he’s correct, knowing her, it’s one of those acts of love she’ll talk about every time she looks at that tree.

Now on to my list for the week:

  • Disconnect sink drain and clean out hair in the drain so it drains nicely again.
  • Deep cleaning of bathroom. (It got a pretty good cleaning this weekend, but because of the sink drain issue, I didn’t complete the job.)
  • Clean microwave. What an uninspiring job that is, right?
  • Ride bikes this weekend.
  • Finish body of current in progress sweater.
  • Finish the singles on at least one of the 3 current spins.
  • Go look for either a rug or a plant stand for the living room this weekend.

Another Cowl

Sometimes I wind handspun into a ball with the intention of using it immediately, and then it sits for ages as I wander off to another project. Does anyone else have that experience? It annoys me, quite frankly, to have full skeins in caked form hanging around. They don’t fit nicely into my stash that way, and end up falling on the floor or being housed elsewhere in the house looking sloppy.

I had three of those hanging around recently. The first was the cowl I posted yesterday, and the second ball of yarn is the cowl I have to show off today.

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Pattern is Ziyal cowl, and this is the first time I’ve done a smocked stitch. It was great fun, and far easier than I imagined. The yarn is handspun from dyeabolical’s flower shop inferno colorway. The base had a high amount of firestar in it, so it’s quite sparkly on top of the rich saturated colors. This project absolutely flew off the needles, it only took a couple of days and even then, I was knitting quite a bit on other projects.

My weekend alone is drawing to a close, I go pick up Mr. Ink in a couple hours. It was quite pleasant, but he’s right, I don’t do a very good job with my eating when he’s gone. I sort of just ignore the whole concept until it’s late, I’ve a headache, and I am grumpy. At which point making something makes me full of rage. It really is better when he’s home to keep us on schedule. I did also get a little bit bored by the end of the night, even though I’d kept myself well occupied. I used to be so good at being alone!

Miss Lizzie has enjoyed her time though, specifically taking up Mr. Ink’s side of the bed. She may be a little perturbed to lose her new spot. But, each evening from 5:15 to 6:30 she’s spent laying at the door waiting for him to come home at his usual hour, so maybe not too perturbed.

That’s about it from here. Tomorrow I am going to try to remember to start posting weekly lists again, in order to get organized at home and settled into a new routine now that the most insane part of my work insanity seems to be over.

Work Project

I believe I showed a handspun cowl I was working on awhile back. The pattern was Thorny, and I was looking for something easy during one of my larger projects. I ended up bringing that project to work to knit on during lunch time, and it got finished fairly quickly.

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This pattern has lace knitting on all rows, not just knit rows. It makes the pattern very dramatic I think. The pattern wasn’t too hard, though I am not so good at reading my knitting from the wrong side so I did really have to pay attention.

Miss Butterfly was sick all week, she came down with the flu. Fever, coughing, and uncomfortable digestive symptoms. We ended up with her out of school for an entire week. Thankfully by Friday she was beginning to feel better. I picked up all her missed work from school and sent it with her to her dad’s house, so she’s got the weekend to attempt to get caught up.

That means….house to myself! With Mr. Ink in Boston, it’s just me and Lizzie here, with no one to temper my spoiling of the dog. It’s great! The kitchen is perfectly clean and will stay that way. The bathroom has gotten some attention, and again, will stay that way. And despite the fact that Mr. Ink thought I wouldn’t have anything to eat while he’s gone, I seem to be fending for myself in that capacity as well. Hah.

That’s it for me. I’ve got a plan for a day of crafting, errand running, cleaning, and a walk around the lake with the Lizzie Bean. Should be good! Hope yours is as well.

Introducing…

A fun little surprise happened around here this week. I knew about it, but wanted it to be a blog surprise. Another wheel joined my home.

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Isn’t she pretty? This is a kromski prelude, and it came from Introverted knitter’s wheel family. I feel so fortunate to have been able to add it to mine!

I had put all those singles on spindles in anticipation of this wheel arriving, I wanted to have something to practice plying with. The wheel arrived in parts in a large box, so I had to figure out how to put it back together. It took me a bit of time, but there’s youtube videos out there to help. I am hoping I did it correctly! I only needed Mr. Ink’s help with one thing.

Now, everyone (surely?) who has gotten used to one wheel and then purchased a new one, or added to their collection has had the experience of wondering if they’d made the right decision. I’ve been 10 years almost exclusive with my rose now, and so even just plying, I had a bit of a struggle with the prelude initially. I think that was twofold. New wheel, and also just needing to make adjustments to it until it was ready to run really smoothly.

I finished plying the yarn on Wednesday evening, shot this photo Thursday evening, and then made a couple more adjustments. I grabbed a batt out of stash and decided to try for some singles. And, wonder of wonders, it went beautifully! The wheel was running quietly, I was making nice, appropriate, mostly even singles. (even, for a batt.)

So, after like 24 hours with the wheel I am already getting accustomed to it, and I am really glad I have it! It’s been a lot of fun to put it together and see if I am a capable enough spinner to make the appropriate adjustments to a new wheel to keep myself spinning on it, rather than heading right back for the comfort of the rose.

One of the things I like the best about it is how light it is! It’s quite amazing, I may never take the rose out of the house again. (That’s probably a lie.) But, it really is wee, and light, and easy to carry around.

And one of the things I like the least? The treadle could be larger. My feet are not that small, and it has rather hard edges, and I desperately want to use both feet on one small treadle with sharp edges, so it’s not that comfortable. But I can overlook it. And am considering what options I could use to alleviate that.

One of the reasons I was so pleased to put the wheel together by myself was that Mr. Ink had a project he was hoping to complete before he left for Boston Thursday morning.

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This little rock wall is in! It needs a bit more dirt, but we’ve been discussing this one for a year or more. This was just a sloped area of grass, and it was losing ground which made me worry we’d put the cement area in danger of tipping. Plus, the gas and electric lines to the shop were pretty unsightly, and we figured building up around them, then putting a plant in front of them would really help cover them appropriately. This little wall matches the one behind it, and there’s another across the sidewalk from it, so it’s now a nicely matching section of yard. The problem? That the place we were getting these stones from had very few left, and so we had to take out the edging stones from elsewhere in the yard to match them over here. It made me sad that Mr. Ink had to dig up his hard work elsewhere, but we also were in agreement that we’d prefer to have everything match nicely over here, and then we could choose something else for the other portions of the gardens.

That’s your update from me. I have a couple finished small knitting projects to post in the upcoming days, and a skein of poorly plied handspun that’s drying in the bathroom right now. So, I should have pretty good blog photos for the upcoming week. Have a great weekend, happy Friday!

The Weekend

Guys, it turned out to be such a nice weekend! By Sunday I was Actually Feeling Better. Like, quite a lot better. This was good, because we had Lizzie’s most energetic day ever. Mr. Ink asked me “Have you been feeding her something new?!” because she was just a complete and active nut the entire day. Jumping in the air, spinning around in circles while in the air, playing all day, just a nut!

After multiple walks trying to ease some of her high activity levels, Mr. Ink and I decided to take things one step further. We dressed her up and took her to a state park for some hiking.

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Even getting in the car was a high adventure and she almost fell down the basement steps because she was so excited about going for a ride.

We got to the state park, and that turned out to be so nice because once down in the trails we could take her off leash. She’s such a good dog, never running off, and always happy to catch up if she gets behind and we call her. She really enjoyed going on more complicated trails, she’d watch carefully where Mr. Ink would step, and then attempt to use those same spots. Mr. Ink would repeatedly say “I don’t think she’s going to be able to make this one.” And then she just would. She’s a better hiker than I am, I think.

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Soon after I took this picture, she climbed right down that section with no problem.

We wanted to use the creek stepping stones to cross the creek repeatedly. She didn’t bother. We found out that she’s a perfectly happy dog wading in the creek.

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And apparently getting a drink when she needs. Thank goodness for the peace of mind the lepto vaccine affords me.

We wore her, and me, out quite completely. Once home I ended up needing a nap, as Miss Butterfly had woken me up quite early via text! (ugh) Lizzie decided to nap with me, and never moved a muscle. But once I got up, she was right back to the super active dog ways, running around the house and playing and bouncing. I was quite grateful when Miss Butterfly arrived home to take over play duty. I don’t know what got into that dog yesterday, but it was by far her most active day in our household yet. That being said, we really enjoyed that she keeps adding to her interest in our household. We’d have no trouble at all going on a pretty complicated hike with her, she’s really good at it. I have always wanted to have a dog that would go on a run with me, and yesterday she really acted like she could be that type of dog. So I might try that at some point as well. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to enjoy seeing new sides of this goofy dog that has joined our lives.

I worked pretty hard to get a full bump of fiber into singles on support spindles. It was good to pull out my spindles and give them a whirl, they were dusty!

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These will get plied later this week when I get the chance. I have tons more support spindles though, and was tempted to grab another fiber bump to see what I could do with the rest of the spindles! I didn’t though. I got back to work on my pullover.

Speaking of the pullover, it’s ALL boring stockinette in the round now. It’s moving along pretty fast, but that much stockinette does wear on the nerves after awhile. I got a nice chunk done Saturday night when Mr. Ink suggested watching The Magnificent Seven. It was great, nice and tense, great for rounds of stockinette that I didn’t even have to look at. Loved it!

That’s it from here! Hope everyone has a great week!

The Reveal

I finished my mystery shawl. Saturday morning I kitchenered the last of the icord then soaked and blocked. I left it in place until this morning in order to make sure I was getting just as much length as possible out of this project.

I’ve got one million complaints about this mystery shawl. They may not be popular opinions, and I’ll follow up my complaints with final thoughts and pictures. I don’t feel that this pattern had quite as much attention to detail as it could have, and these generally do. The icord bind off really should have been written to be done from a wrong side row. Not only does this make the icord look nicer, it would have helped maintain the directionality of the brioche stitches. Probably details that only a knitter would notice while knitting, but that’s part of the joy of knitting, making sure those details are in place.

The final shawl is odd, the jagged edges I find extremely jarring. Now, I understand that I am going to end up with something odd during one of his mystery knits, and I am generally on board, but I seriously considered frogging the thing once clue 4 came out and I began seeing the finished objects. But I also felt that I was too far in at that point, having kept up with the clues pretty well. I’d knit SO MUCH on it already! So I soldiered on.

The yarn amounts are not, I believe, particularly accurate. I had accurate yarn amounts. I had a proper swatch. I even went down in needle size in order to be absolutely certain I would have enough yarn. I ran out of main color 1 and 3 before even completing clue 3. So much for extra pattern repeats! And of main color 2? I’ve half a skein left over. I don’t mind the leftovers at all. I do mind the running out part, quite a lot. In the end, I was able to finish a row using leftover main color 2, when I ran out of 3, and it’s not noticeable, but I didn’t like it.

I also feel like it wasn’t as large a shawl as one usually gets with these knit alongs, and especially for a shawl that was supposed to use that much yarn!

Toward the end I made a few changes. I didn’t do the changing icord color pops. I just bound off with the reddish color I’d started and finished clue 1 icord with. I guess by that point I wasn’t enthused anymore about the color pops. I didn’t bother with the color pop crochet edging on the large holes either. I like it as is, it’ll do. And if I were to go back and fill those in at some point, I’d just use the red again anyhow, keeping things consistent.

Anyhow, that’s a LOT of talk this morning to get to the basic point, which is to show off the finished object. Here it is in it’s entirety.

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My color choices, I believe, were completely on point. And they blended really well. I love the turquoise, absolutely love it. Now, here’s where I tell you how many of my irritations and concerns were mitigated in the end. I felt the shawl was too small for all the knitting, but with a severe blocking, it ended up being very proper shawl size. I forget how much garter stitch can open up with a good hard pin blocking. My too small shawl fears were not realized.

I guess that sort of mitigates the yarn amounts thing too? I mean, I have a proper size shawl even without having finished all the repeats on the pattern.

I also feel that with careful blocking and pinning, I was able to ease some of the jarring nature of the jagged edges. I mean, when I now hold it up, fingers holding the very tips of the top “U” I have something that falls into a shawl, those jagged edges don’t really show up when worn.

Over all, I like the thing. I bet I’ll wear it, probably even more than I wear doodler. I’ll still knit these crazy mystery knit alongs as well, because they are a fun process and I think that the mind bending nature of them is actually good for the brain. It’s also good to be forced out of the box in thinking. So, I am not put off completely, but I had more irritation over this particular mystery knit than I ever have before over one of his shawls.

Here’s a final photo, an up close of the brioche section.

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It’s pretty. It’s got many lovely elements to it. In the end, I am glad I participated.

Icord Forever

Guys, clue 4 came out. It is, indeed, icord bind off of the 822 stitches on the needles. I laugh, because I do think it’s what would look the best, and I don’t mind icord for miles, but I am sure it’s sending shivers down spines of knitters all over.

However, I don’t have pictures of that yet. Because I got the clue this morning. Instead, I’ve got some more spinning.

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Once I finished clue 3, and by finished, I mean knit until I ran out of yarn, earlier than I had hoped, I decided I needed some support spinning time.

This is some fiber out of roving (true roving, jumbled up fiber all in different directions) I received from the lovely, but sadly quiet lately, introverted knitter.  It seems to have wool and silk in it, the brightest green being silk. It works fairly well on the support spindles, as long as I don’t get too concerned about how even the yarn is.

With Mr. Ink being in the midst of the worst of his cold, and me still recovering, last evening was spent fairly quietly. Basically, we ate junk and we watched Mad Max Fury Road. I was left wondering exactly how many times I’ll have to watch that movie to get tired of it. Hasn’t happened yet, and we’ve watched it over and over. Every single time, we end up having a Discussion about it. We both notice new subtleties every time. It’s great, I love it. I spun throughout the movie and got a fair bit done. I guess I’ll have to table this project now, until those 822 stitches are bound off! But seriously, I hope that’s tomorrow so I can keep spinning and working on my striped pullover.

I am also hoping to feel better, REALLY better this weekend. I’d like to get the dog washed, I’ve been saying that for weeks now and I keep putting it off. I’d also like to take her on a nice long walk at a lake, we keep doing the same route through the neighborhood over and over, and she’s such a happy dog when she’s in the car it’s time to go exploring elsewhere. Plus, she’s increased her endurance quite well and I won’t have to worry about her tiring out too much.

That’s about it from here, hopefully next I’ll be showing you a new shawl! Though if I am realistic I know that the bind off and the washing/blocking will take longer than I expect!

A Tiny Bit

I spent most of my sick day napping and knitting. I have completed 4 (I think) repeats of clue 3 of the mystery shawl. I don’t mind knitting it, but it’s a lot of same. It’s really a matter of just cranking out that knitting at this point. But I am excited to have a finished object soon. These mystery knits really go faster than I expect them to.

At some point two things happened. Well, 3. I got really sick of knitting, I realized that it was super nice outside, and netflix quit working. So I took my wheel outside and spun on it for the first time in ages. It was pretty close to the time that Mr. Ink was to come home, so I figured I’d wait for him on the patio. Miss Lizzie alternated between rolling around in the grass, and trying to sneakily wander off to parts of the yard unknown. One good “Lizzie!” brings her running back, so I just have to keep my eye out. When Mr. Ink got home, he was eager to be outdoors in the nice weather too, so had his after work snack outside and we chatted about the yard.

Here’s the spinning I did:

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I am working on a classy squid batt, and intend to chain ply it when it’s done.

Unfortunately, the pirate bugs that are so prevalent here in October were out in force, and quickly drove me inside again.

I am off work again today, and plan to keep after my mystery shawl. I am at a point I think it’s pretty clear I won’t be able to do all 10 repeats, in fact it might be really pushing it to get the 7. Though I admit I am tempted to make a 2 color brioche into a one color brioche, just adding in the second main color as I run out of the first and third. We’ll see. I want a big as possible shawl!

When I called in to work yesterday, my boss said “I am not surprised. I think you caught this because you’ve been working so hard, there’s no way you aren’t completely exhausted.” It was nice to have that noticed. Then, I called in this morning and she said “I sent you a meeting invite for Friday because I really didn’t think you were going to be better today.” So, certainly feeling noticed at the moment, which I appreciate.

Anyhow, catch you all later! Hope you have a great remainder of your week.

Spoilers!

This post will contain spoilers of the clue 3 westknits mystery KAL. Be warned.

But first up, my chair and ottoman.

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It was hard to get this photo, none of the lighting was right, and now I see that I left a couch pillow sideways and it annoys me. But I am leaving it. Because it was hard enough to get the shot in the first place. I love my chair. This is the chair that sold me in the first place, though when we went to the furniture store it had a different pattterned fabric on the back of it. The grey remained the same. The fabric it did have leaned toward tones of burgundy and olive green again, and after 14 years of that, I just needed a serious change. So, in the end we found we really liked the yellow and grey combination.

I’ve begun, again, searching for area rugs. I actually don’t absolutely hate the purple that’s currently there, but I do hate the rug itself. I bought it deeply discounted a few years ago, mostly to keep old Coco dog from waking us up in the middle of the night clicking around on the hardwood floors. It was basically nothing but a needs must purchase, having been a floor sample in our local furniture store. It sheds like mad. Every time I vacuum just this area rug, it fills the container with purple fuzz. After 4.5 years, that should have stopped, don’t you think? If you sit on it, your clothing will get covered in purple fuzz. I turned my ottoman upside down to assemble it, and the top of the ottoman was covered in purple fuzz. It’s not ideal.

As soon as we are feeling better (Yep, Mr. Ink came down with this cold too) we’ll have to get back out there and figure out an area rug. It’s tabled for now.

Speaking of feeling poorly, (and really, as far as head colds go, this is certainly not the worst one I’ve had) I am taking a much appreciated sick day. Finally. My grant, due today, was submitted yesterday afternoon, much to my joy. That means a sick day today, maybe even another tomorrow. So, I plan to get some rest finally. After all, Miss Lizzie got me up this morning at 5:30. She was most insistent. I thought “Dog, if you have gotten me up and you don’t absolutely NEED to go out, I am not going to be pleased!” But, she did need. And it’s good to know that she WILL be insistent if she does need to go out. We are still learning about each other.

In between naps I am hoping for knitting. I have completed 2 repeats on clue 3 of the mystery shawl. The pattern calls for 7 to 9 of them. I am worrying about yarn amounts a little bit. And, I would really like to get all 9 repeats in, since I do love a big shawl. But also, those rows are so so long. 822 stitches on the needles all at once is ridiculous. I have knit and knit and knit and knit to only get those 2 repeats done. Want to see? I think you do.

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Here’s the right side, with the pretty little triangles and the huge holes and the brioche stitch after the huge holes. Color 3, which is my solid, is making the brioche knit line up the front of that section, and I couldn’t be happier about that. But it looks great on the reverse side too, where color 1 shines:

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No matter how you look at it though, that’s a lot of knitting. It’s certainly taking up all the time I have to knit. And I fear losing momentum right now, so I am going to keep after it until I am done. Clue 3 should easily take me until Friday when the final clue comes out. So, expect to be seeing this project pretty exclusively until I am finished!

Sneak Peek

So, soon after posting on my blog yesterday, we pulled out the truck and loaded up the old sofa and loveseat. We took them to a good friend’s home for their second life in his basement. We had a bit of trouble, as they are large pieces, and we couldn’t fit the sofa through the garage door into the house. We contemplated it for a bit, considered bringing it in through the front door, but we were worried we wouldn’t be able to maneuver a corner in his split level ranch home, and then looked at each other like we were all idiots, realizing that he had a sliding glass patio door to work with out back. In went the sofa through the larger door and soon after I got this photo:

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That’s sweet Arty cat giving his approval to the set. I am glad this 14 year old set will get more use, and it was particularly nice to be able to give them to a friend who will appreciate them.

Once the delivery of the old furniture was done, we headed to pick up our new furniture. Apparently it’s some assembly required! But, everything was packaged nicely in really good packaging, so at least I didn’t have to worry too much about the dirty truck bed.

We got home and got smart, using the various carts Mr. Ink uses for hauling rocks to haul the furniture. So much easier than all that heavy lifting. And then? Nothing. Mr. Ink didn’t want to open it up and put it together right away! It was so painful!

So, instead, I did the thing I felt would work the best to encourage the assembly of the furniture. I took my knitting and my spinning and settled into his den. Guys, it worked! First he put together the couch, and said “Now will you remove yourself from my den?” I said “Oh no! My chair and ottoman are what would make me consider removing myself from your den.” So, those got assembled too and I moved my stuff back to the living room. Mr. Ink’s recliner stayed packaged up until all three (four? Do we count the dog?) of us decided to watch a movie. It was at that point the recliner got assembled.

I will take more photos later, when the living room is a bit more in order. I still haven’t moved pieces of furniture back where they belong, and the rug needs vacuuming again. I am glad we waited on purchasing a rug though, it’s a lot easier to envision something now that the furniture has arrived.

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Lizzie and Miss Butterfly approve of the couch.

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And here’s Mr. Ink looking real smug about his well deserved recliner. I spent the evening in my chair as well, and really loved it. All is pretty well! Just need a plant stand that holds a lot of house plants, and that new rug and we’ll be all set.

Here’s another sneak peek:

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A spindle with some singles. It’s been a long time since I spun, but I did get bored enough to want to on Sunday. Not well enough to use the wheel, but a little spindle spinning was exactly what I needed.

I’d be at home today, recovering, if I didn’t have another grant due this week. Hopefully it’ll get submitted tomorrow. In which case, I’ll probably go home and take some time off. It would be well deserved. On that note, my new needle for the westknits shawl should arrive at my home today. If I have the brain power, I’ll be able to get started on those super long rows!

 

Stripes

I really took it easy yesterday. I stayed at home, I did a bunch of organizing, I knit, and I did a tiny bit of spindle spinning. We also moved area rugs around, though we ended up with the purple rug that was in our bedroom in the living room. Meaning, I went to move it, decided I needed to lay it out in the living room for a really good vacuuming, and then realized that it might be wise to leave it there until we get a new area rug in order to save the wood floors. So this morning I’ve been attempting to rid the former bedroom rug of it’s dents. We’ll see how it goes, I am attempting the ice cube trick on a few spots to see if it works.

Today is new furniture day, I am very excited. I can’t wait to sit in my new chair with my feet up on the ottoman. I’ve always loved a wingback chair, so I can’t wait to enjoy my own. And a sofa that you don’t need to sit sideways in to be comfortable, that’ll be cool too!

Since I did a lot of knitting yesterday, I was able to divide out the sleeves on my pullover. It’s a lot of knitting. I forget just how long those rows get when one is working on something with contiguous sleeves. I have to admit though, even now that I’ve divided, the rows seem pretty long! Or maybe I am bored. Which is why I pulled out a tiny bit of spinning to occupy myself. I didn’t get a photo of that today, but will do so soon.

Here’s my pullover:

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Again, tough to get any type of decent photo of those rich colors. I guess I should try an indoor shot and see if it helps. Anyhow, it’s moving right along. I keep waiting to get to the point that I’ve knit as much on this pullover as I did on the pas de valse that I frogged, but it’s not looking like that’ll happen any time soon! I really had sunk quite a lot of knitting time into that thing.

That’s about it from here! I’d better get myself ready for some furniture hauling. Maybe I’ll just start with the ibuprofen right now. Have a great Sunday!

Teaser

This post sort of contains spoilers of the westknits mystery shawl, so be aware.

The usual first photo of my swatch for hopeful hiding purposes.

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Know what this is?

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It’s a few things. It’s the beginning of clue 3 of the mystery shawl. Unfortunately, I am using the longest cabled size 3 needles I own, and it’s not going to be enough. I ordered a new pair yesterday and they should arrive by monday. I did the first row of clue 3 that only increased stitch counts by about 35. I can’t go further. Within the next 2 rows there’ll be over 800 stitches on the needle and it’s not going to work. I’ll wait.

This picture is also an indoor picture because it’s been pouring again. I am not complaining really, and I was lucky this morning because when I got up I could hear it pouring, but after I got Lizzie breakfast, we were able to find a gap in the storms so she could go out.

This is also the last photo you’ll see taken on the back of my 14 year old loveseat. Tomorrow my sofa and loveseat will go live in the basement of a good friend of ours, and we’ll go pick up our new furniture and get it settled in our living room. I am so excited! We’d do so today, but, you know, pouring rain and all. Today the plan is to move area rugs around. We will move my bedroom rug to the craft room and the living room rug to the bedroom. I’ll be able to clean under the bed well, which is something I always want to do. We won’t have an area rug yet for the living room, but hopefully we’ll manage to choose something fairly quickly.

I have, unfortunately, caught a cold in the midst of all the work insanity and busy evenings and weekends. It’s not to bad, thankfully. More of an annoyance than anything else. In our house, we don’t do the typical gender roles. When Mr. Ink gets sick, he gets even more silent than normal. When I get sick, I spend a lot of time whinging about it. Though I do still get stuff done. I am not yet in whining mode, but I told Mr. Ink to prepare himself. With grants due this week, and the training of new coworkers, taking time off isn’t exactly an option.

So, I’ve taken this morning to take it fairly easy. I did a bunch of organizing of the parts of the living room that are craft related, and my craft room and yarn stash. I officially frogged another hibernating sweater partially knit. I’d already called it a loss, but hadn’t bothered to frog. Thankfully this one was easier, as I wasn’t alternating skeins so I could just use the ball winder for a quick job. So, out of 3 sweaters that hibernated for 2 years, one got finished and the other two frogged. I really need to remember that, and not cast on new sweaters until the old one is done. Or frogged. I pulled out a few yarns I know I haven’t added to my rav stash so once the weather improves I’ll be able to get those listed. I’ve got just a little more fiber headed my way, so I might as well wait until that arrives to take those photos.

All in all, the rain and the cold is creating a pleasantly quiet day around here.

Skewed

Guys, what a good week in knitting this has been! I frogged something, I started something, and I finished something!

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I finished my pair of skew socks out of dyeabolical’s watercolor stripes yarn. I love them. When I took this photo, I had already worn them all day. I am wearing them again today. I am going to need another pair of skew socks.

Here’s the thing, I had a pair a long time ago.

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They were out of noro silk garden sock. I wore them all of the time! I wore them until they developed enough holes they couldn’t be saved. So, I don’t really know why I failed to knit more once these were gone! Now I have more, and I’ll probably treat them exactly the same way.

But, I’d like to get another pair knit in the near future as well. I like the fit of these so much. I like how they stay on my feet so well. I like knitting and knitting and knitting and then suddenly there’s a completed heel with one simple kitchener bind off.

I realized, as I was sitting in a chair near my yarn stash this morning, that I’ve got very little sock yarn left in stash! This is….amazing news. I mean, I’ve worked really hard to knit down my rather extensive yarn stash. Especially the sock yarns, since I don’t knit socks with abandon anymore. For a long time it felt like I was getting absolutely nowhere. Now all of a sudden? I’ve got less than half a cube left. 10 skeins. That’s it! It’s kind of amazing. And really, much of it can be knit into scarves or shawls, it’s not really designated sock yarn anyhow. I even have 3 of those skeins set aside for another striped sweater, if I ever get to it.

It’s now mid October, and I’ve kept up with my knitting more yarn than I spin goal. In fact, I’ve knit more than double what I’ve spun. I feel quite good about that. Over the summer, my stash went from residing in two furniture pieces to one. My fiber stash is super low. I am really enjoying this, the fact that I am moving toward having less and appreciating what I have more. It’s been not just a good week, I think it’s been a good knitting year.

Frogged

This post is going to be heavy with Lizzie pictures. If you come here for Lizzie, you are in luck. If you think I post too many pictures of my dog these days, I must apologize!

We are getting honest to goodness cool weather. In fact, it did frost last evening, all my plants are droopy. With the onset of cooler weather, Lizzie is beginning to do what I’ve hoped all along she’d do. She’s become a bit of a cuddle dog.

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Yesterday morning before work, this is what the end of my couch looked like. She usually wants to come up on the couch, but stays there less than 3 minutes. This time she was there for ages, so much so that I wanted to skip work to see how long it would last!

Last night I had to get a blanket out for our bed, since I refused to turn on the heat, it’ll warm up again a bit today. I’d been telling her to try out her bed, which she did, twice, but she really doesn’t like it. The third time I told her to go to bed, she jumped up on our bed. And there she stayed at the end of the bed keeping my feet warm until Mr. Ink came to bed hours later. Throughout the night she was in her own bed quite a bit. I think she’s turned the corner, enjoying a little extra warmth and comfort as the weather cools.

Yesterday while Mr. Ink was home from work at lunchtime, the recycling truck stopped by. Lizzie began barking and carrying on, so Mr. Ink showed her how to look out the window to see what was going on. Apparently she then would just bark for fun. I keep saying we are ruining the dog, because we allow her to do “bad” behaviors she didn’t arrive with. However, she still hasn’t taken to doing these behaviors at times when we aren’t encouraging it, so it’s probably ok.

Then, Miss Butterfly decided to take a little video of what life is like at home when the whole family is home but I haven’t arrived yet. She says to Lizzie “Where’s Mama?” And Lizzie begins running all over the house looking for me and whining. Miss Butterfly asks again, “Where’s Mama?” and Lizzie hops up on the back of the couch.

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Just like Mr. Ink taught her. Then settled in for the wait for me to arrive at home.

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The new furniture isn’t going to allow for this behavior, it’ll be interesting to see what she does when it arrives.

Last post, I discussed my Pas de Valse sweater, more than halfway done, but I was worried that I couldn’t figure out where I was in the instructions after 2 years of hibernation. I was correct. I couldn’t figure it out. That sweater pattern isn’t particularly intuitive, I don’t think. I do still want to knit it, I love the finished object, but I am going to have to do so at a time when I am powering through an entire sweater at once. Putting it down is the death of that pattern.

I felt a bit sad ripping it out. But, it was either that or let it sit another 2 years on the needles and then rip it out. I knew I’d never finish. And now I am glad I did, because without ripping it out, I’d never have thought to pair that blue that’s almost a purple with a purple that’s almost a red.

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In reality, these are darker colors than they appear in the photo. It’s hard to get a good color match on these two. But, I can tell you that the color combo is an absolute win.

I’d spent some time wandering around Ravelry on Monday evening, trying to come up with a new sweater pattern after I’d frogged Pas de Valse. I had favorited Drijfhout at some point, so when I went back to look at other people’s FOs, I realized that I’d done so because Fibergeek56 over at Yarn, Books & Roses made one that was absolutely stunning, 2 tones of grey with some red details. I’d been completely enamored of that sweater so I figured I’d try my hand at one. I yanked the other skeins of wollmeise out of my stash to see what might pair with the intense blue, and this is what popped out.

I am super excited about this knit. Also? The instructions are simple and easy to follow, so if I put it down to complete my mystery shawl, it’s not going to end up in a 2 year hibernation because I wanted to switch projects for a bit.

That’s it from here. It’s been a busy week, I had one of those crazy super long and frustrating work days yesterday. The ones that are busy, stressful, and somehow also emotional. Then I got home and had to turn right around to head out to Miss Butterfly’s choir concert. I was so dead by the time we got done, pretty much just sat on the couch waiting for dinner, and then sat on the couch waiting for it to be an appropriate time to sleep. Thankfully I feel pretty renewed today, and hope to maintain that throughout the day if possible.

No Spoilers Here

As expected, I was able to finish my clue 2 yesterday. Partway through the day, I wasn’t positive it would get done. I mean, Mr. Ink dragged me out to a movie, Blade Runner 2049, which was wonderful. Then upon my return, he wanted to go on a motorcycle ride. I was like “Hey, you already dragged me out, and I’ve got 6 loads of laundry to complete, and I wanted a little time IN this weekend. So you’ll have to ride alone.” Which he did, and that was awesome because I switched out a load of laundry and then took a nap. Miss Butterfly got home from her sleepover, and was in a surprisingly good mood! I always hate the day after a sleepover because of grumpy kid, but she wasn’t. We had some good talks, and fun time together, and she helped me with the laundry. We had JUST planned to take the dog on another walk together when Mr. Ink got home saying “I forgot I planned to mow today!” I groaned, because this again meant changing my plans. But, mowing is the one thing I do help with outside, and it REALLY needed doing. So, I got myself together and mowed.

Later on in the evening Mr. Ink said “You really should have made me do all the mowing, that wasn’t very nice of me to spring that on you.” I was like “I considered it.” But, then I would have sat inside or paced inside feeling guilty that he was mowing and I wasn’t helping. It was easier just to get the job done. And because I helped, HE was able to go grocery shopping before cooking dinner.

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I think I promised a close up shot of the new garden area, the mound behind the fire pit. The new tree is pretty awesome, I really like it. And now you can see my weeping hemlock too! It’s pretty mature, but I am hoping it grows up a bit now that it is in the ground. This garden area is certainly evergreen heavy, it remains to be seen if Mr. Ink decides to add to it a bit.

When I was getting sick of all the knitting of clue 1 of the mystery shawl, I cast on a cowl just for easy knitting. It IS easy knitting, but it is worked in pattern on both sides, so even the purl rows have a pattern to follow. This means I really do need to keep my eye on the pattern as I knit. So, it’s not as easy as I had hoped. The pattern is called Thorny, and I suspect it’ll knit up quickly in the handspun 3 ply of mine that I chose for it.

Here’s the yarn:

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And the project in progress:

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I definitely think it’ll block out particularly nicely. I admit that while pattern knitting on both sides is a bit of a pain, I always really enjoy the results. The lines are more dramatic and it’s really fun to look at. I guess I’ll have plenty of time this week to work on this, with the waiting until Friday for clue 3 and all!

I’ve also been considering pulling out an old WIP. It’s now 2 years on the needles, and I am not even sure where I am with the pattern. Pulling out the pattern and the WIP, checking it out, and seeing if I can figure out where I am is step one, right? IMG_3529

This is what it looked like last time I took a photo. Bright, right? It’s that wollmeise I was using. The pattern is Pas de Valse. I seem to remember being at the point where I needed to divide for the front and back. I also remember the instructions being a bit complicated.

Here’s the thing. Either I knit it or I frog it. I seem to be having a desire to knit garments again. And wear them again. My success with the vest was pretty inspiring. And I had the success of finishing a long ago started sweater this spring as well. There’s one garment in particular I would like to knit. It would require purchasing yarn for it. And I just feel like I cannot do that until I finish or frog everything currently on the needles. This is the last partially begun sweater still outstanding. Bonus, regaining the needles! Finish or frog, either way I’ll get that benefit.

That’s all from here! It’s another busy busy week, work wise and personal life wise. I had to tell Mr. Ink that if he wanted to go on a bike ride tonight, he’d have to do it alone. With the current work hours and some other stuff I’ve committed to in order to help out friends, I just cannot get home in time! But, I am looking at next week and thinking “Gosh, those evenings look nice and quiet. YAY!”

Happy Monday folks!

Not Linen Stitch

After so much time doing chores and running errands, I was finally able to start working on my mystery shawl clue 2. In looking over the instructions, I assumed that the next section was a linen stitch blending the 3 main colors. This would be pretty logical. I did, however, worry about how tight linen stitch can be and was already anticipating needing to change my needle size.

Except…it’s not linen stitch. I don’t know what stitch it is, but the stitches are slipped at the back of the work, and the pattern rather looks like columns of knit stitches are being woven over and under lines of yarn. That’s not what is happening, the lines of yarn are actually purl bumps. But the effect is quite interesting.

Picture to keep away spoilers.

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This clue is quite a bit less knitting, which I am thankful for. I suspect I could even have it done today, which leaves me an entire week for something else!

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It’s amazing. The blending is so very pretty! So far, this is my favorite westknits mystery knit! I mean, I adored marled mystery, but more for the process than the finished object. I think this one is really going to be one I love for the finished object as well.

That’s about all I’ve got from here. Miss Butterfly was off to a friend’s house for a birthday sleepover last evening. She decided to “spoil” her friend, she baked two kinds of cookies and made “puppy chow” for her and bought candy. There were 4 girls at the sleepover, so I imagine that things were pretty nutty with all that sugar! And, their evening activity was heading out to a huge area haunted house/grounds. So, spooked teens on sugar. Sounds like I am glad I wasn’t there.

It’s going to be a beautiful day in this heartland, so I think instead of knitting and hanging around on the computer, I’ll go take the dog for a walk. Have a great Sunday!

One Week

One week ago I started the speckle and pop mystery knit along. One week ago my yarn arrived. One week ago I spent a ton of time winding all my yarn. One week ago I was swatching and changing my yarn choices. One week ago I was anticipating two upcoming grant submissions and training a new staff during my work week.

It feels so long ago! But, the week, though very long, was also pretty good. Both grants went out the door, one appropriately early and the other with only 15 minutes to spare on the deadline. New staff training went beautifully. So far so good. It’s a great relief. I would get home and crash though, having very little energy left for anything. On Friday, I spent the day mostly not training and trying to catch myself up on my own work. It was madly productive and left me in a good place for this weekend. So all in all, a pretty good week.

It’s been raining for 2.5 days though. The area is under flood watch, though we, up on this hill, aren’t having any issues. Our neighbors have been asking if we are having basement wetness and drainage issues, but we keep telling them no. Mr. Ink fixed our drainage issues by gardening. Or rather, landscaping. We joked at the breakfast table this morning that Mr. Ink tries to fix everything by gardening. Stress at work? Try some gardening. Basement drainage issues? Try some gardening. Electrical problems?  Well…it doesn’t always work but we know he wishes it did.

Speaking of rain, here’s what Lizzie thinks of it.

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This is a highly unusual picture. It was storming again last night. She’s not afraid of storms. Since before us, she was an outdoor dog, outdoor stuff isn’t too intimidating. She tends to be afraid of indoor things, like the vacuum cleaner, the iron, door locks…odd things. But, she was so done with the rain. And she’d gotten up on the couch with me and stuffed her nose under the couch pillow. She never gets under anything. Ever. But she was sick of it all.

Clue 1 on the mystery shawl was intense. It was a lot of knitting for a first clue! My hands actually hurt from working so hard to get it completed. I didn’t knit on anything else, and was only able to complete it today because I took it to work a few days this week to work on during my lunch break. If you don’t want clue 1 spoiled, you’ll want to leave off here.

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The swatch, again, for hiding purposes.

Guys, I love it. I wasn’t sure I would, but I REALLY do!

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It’s a fantastic fade! Really bright, really dramatic, but also fairly well blended! I am so happy with it. Clue two is out, and I’ve looked at it and I think it’s going to be a great and exciting clue. Lots of color blending, with linen stitch, to really showcase these three yarns. I am SUPER excited about it! But, I refuse to get started until I get some chores done today. And those chores have to do with shopping. Blech.

Plus, it means we have to be out in this rain too! Double Blech. But once it is done, I can be in for the rest of the day.

Have a great weekend friends!

Busy!

It’s day 2 of new coworker, and 2 days before a major grant deadline. Thankfully, new coworker is being trained on some stuff I am not involved with, so I was able to get a grant out the door first thing this morning. Yesterday was so crazy! But in a good way.

In the evening we took Lizzie to the local botanical gardens again for their dog night. It was great, and she loved her time out. Though sometimes I think it’s the car ride she’s really after.

My new work hours seem to have worked out just fine yesterday. Lizzie was a bit confused but she’ll adjust in time. It was odd getting home after Mr. Ink, but that won’t always be the case as he often works late.

It got quite light out before I left for work today, which means I got a photo of Mr. Ink’s work on the fire pit area.

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I absolutely love the tree Mr. Ink put in there. I’ll have to get a close up sometime. It’s nice and weird, and I do love weird trees. It’s probably tough to see, but behind the new tree is my funny hemlock mound. Then there are two other small evergreens that are also dark green with lime coloring.

Next thing, if you prefer not to have your speckle and pop mystery shawl spoiled, now’s a great time to end your reading. Picture to hide what comes next.

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I’ve knit through the first color, and the fade into the second color. I’ve done only 2 rows of the second color only.

My pops aren’t very poppy, and my speckles aren’t very speckled, because I don’t actually like speckled yarn. My yarn is variegated thus far, but will end in a solid. And my pops are solid. So, the pops will pop with the solid turquoise. It should be an interesting effect. With that, here’s my in progress photo:

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Even though it’s a bit strange, I really like it! I think it’ll be a very lovely bright finished shawl, and that works for me.

That’s all from here! I’ll have to take a few more garden photos, Mr. Ink has done a great job with the front retaining wall garden, some more plants have gone in there and it really is lovely.

The Reveal

I finished Miss Marja’s scarf and it’s just stunning!

It’s extremely long, just like she prefers scarves to be. The colors are amazing, though I had nothing to do with that at all. The pattern was absolutely perfect for a bunch of small balls of handspun yarn. The pattern is Ambah O’Brien’s Lamina Wrap, but I removed many of the repeats so that it would be a scarf instead. I had more than enough yarn for a wrap, but too many wraps become unwieldy when what you are really looking for is a scarf.

So, that’s done! I am really pleased with it, it looks just gorgeous and I think it’ll get a lot of wear. It’ll go with so many things!

And that’s all I’ve got for today. New person to get oriented at work today, so that’s quite pleasant but busy. I am hoping to have a nice update on both the fire pit area and the mystery shawl. Happy Monday!

And It Pours

Just as I imagined, as soon as Miss Marja’s scarf is dry, outside is wet. It’s pouring this morning with little chance of getting photos. So we’ll have to talk about something else.

Yesterday I woke up, took a long walk with the dog, got some shopping done, got a few chores done, and just as I realized I had a bit of a break and wasn’t sure what I was going to do about knitting, since I didn’t have a project and was waiting on yarn, I noticed that the mail had arrived.

My yarn arrived 2 days early! That was great because I didn’t have to figure out what should tide me over for the next 2 days. I have, again, decided to knit the westknits mystery knit along. I have a hard time resisting those crazy colorful shawls. I knit Doodler and Marled Mystery in the past. They are great for expanding the limits of my comfort zone, and I do end up loving them even though they are never what I would have chosen. My rule in the past has been that I need to have the yarn on hand, rather than purchase new yarn. I broke that rule this time, but with my store credit for doing the shop sample for Dyeabolical Yarns. I figured store credit still counts.

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These are the three I chose. But, once I got them in person, I wasn’t sure of my dark color. So, I went into stash and decided to do a little swatching. I started with making my own dyed turquoise the darkest color:

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Then, just for an additional experiment, I  tried one of my own hand dyed burgundy.

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It was ok, but I didn’t like it as much as the turquoise, so I decided that burgundy could be an accent color. And I got started! I didn’t get very far before I decided I didn’t like knitting the project at all. I think this is because I was trying to work on a new pattern, while also watching a finnish TV show with subtitles. So basically, I wasn’t doing either thing well. Instead of stopping one and doing just the other, I decided what I really needed was to cast on another easier project. Which I did. Except the easier project I chose still requires that I look at a pattern every row. That didn’t help my predicament one bit!

I ended up quite frustrated about the entire thing, took the dog for another walk, did some other stuff around the house, and then went back to the mystery shawl while listening to a podcast. Lo and behold, the pattern was soon memorized and I was able to get back to watching a foreign TV show with subtitles. Phew.

I am still not entirely sure I am loving the mystery knit, but I’ve seen clue one and I think it’s gorgeous. So, I think a bit of powering through is in order. Again, due to the rain, I haven’t got a photo yet.

I am kind of loving today’s rainy day. Mr. Ink is forced inside, and we’ve had a pleasantly slow start to the day. We have an afternoon live show to go to, indoors thankfully, and because it’s NICE and early, we’ll be able to have chili from the crockpot when we get home. Doesn’t that just sound like autumn? Rain, cooler weather, dark earlier, and chili? Perfect.

I begin my altered work hours tomorrow. It’s going to be SO STRANGE really to leave the house after everyone else does! So strange. Thankfully it’s only for a month. I really am a morning person, and I love to be home from work earlier than Mr. Ink. But, during this month, I am hoping to do things like get the dog walked before I leave for work even, so I think there’ll be some enjoyment in the strange hours.

That’s it from my corner of the world! Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend as well.