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!

 

Not Quite What I Expected

But still pretty good! It was a pleasant evening in our area. A bit windy as it often is, but it was capris and tshirts weather. I took a quick 10 minute nap after work. Miss Marja was unable to come over, so once Mr. Ink arrived home he made us a snack, then he went out to run errands and I brought Lizzie and the Prelude out to the deck with a glass of wine.

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I got a bit of spinning done, which was lovely. And Lizzie did some relaxing on the lawn.

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That is until she started hearing the neighbor’s son doing some yard work. Once she began to hear him, she kept wanting to investigate. So I’d have to call her back to me regularly. Then, once he was in view, she sat there grumbling at him, sometimes barking. The funny thing was, he’d wave at her, which I thought was funny. Turns out, she’d been grumbling him at lunchtime too, so Mr. Ink had taken her over to meet him.

Actually, springtime seems to have her a bit out of sorts. I had the sliding glass door open, utilizing the screen to add some fresh air to the house. She was super alert to all the sounds outside, and then displaying some of her more anxious behaviors. A little drooling, and she got out on of Miss Butterflies shoes to lick, which might seem funny but apparently it’s anxiety. Hopefully she’ll adjust to the sounds of spring quickly! And in the meantime we’ll have to work at keeping her busy.

A very happy Friday! We are SO looking forward to the weekend!

Spring has Sprung

At least for now.

These are photos from my gardens. The daffodils are 3 weeks later than usual. The hyacinths are generally quite a bit taller than this year, their growth stunted by frequent freezes and snows. I am just happy that I didn’t lose them completely. the crocuses are blooming here and there, though every time it freezes we lose blooms. These two flowers are in hot spots, there are so many more that aren’t even close. But we take what we can get!

We are predicted snow this weekend so again with the roller coaster. We take advantage when we can, and last evening that advantage came in the form of a little bike ride. I told Mr. Ink that I wanted to get out on the bike. Didn’t have to be a long ride, just a ride to get out on the bike. While I walked Lizzie, he prepared the bikes. As we left, he said “I put my wallet in my pocket in case we want to stop for dinner.” I said “I am not prepared for that, I don’t have lights so we have to be home before dusk.” Well, we rode some neighborhood hills, weaving our way south. And then Mr. Ink got a flat tire. He said “Well, let’s see if I can make it back to the restaurant in town, and you can ride home and pick me up.” It’s almost as if that flat were a set up! I mean, he had his wallet but no tire tube and bike pump with him. Of course, we had to have dinner at the restaurant after I rode all those hills back home, put the bike rack on the car, and went to go get him.

That being said, I have to say that this is a pattern for spring biking with Mr. Ink. Hills, flat tires, and margaritas. It takes him awhile to remember that he HAS to bring his bike bag even on a short ride since anything can happen. “Do you have a spare tube?” He asks. “No, I have a fat bike tire tube.” I respond. Then “Did you bring the bike pump?” “NO!” I say, “It’s in YOUR bike bag.” And then eventually the bag goes on the bike every time again and we start riding longer distances safely.

Due to our evening adventures, not much knitting last night. However, I did manage to add the third color to my cowl, so that is worth showing off I think.

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That teal is just as rich and gorgeous as the lime green and purple.

Anyhow, that’s it from here. I have plans for some spinning with Miss Marja on the patio tonight, so I think that’ll be highly pleasant, and it should also offer an opportunity to post another boring bobbin photo. I call them boring bobbins when the color transition is so slow that the next bobbin looks a lot like the first. Anyhow, that’s probably happening, and I am looking forward to it. Catch you soon!