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Not a lot of knitting going on here

Because someone is visiting us for a week.

Duncan2

Meet Duncan, a 5 month old Bich-poo (Bichon Frisse and Poodle mix). He is my nephew. He is staying with us so the big dogs can teach him proper potty manners. My sister works during the day, so doesn’t have the time to get him trained to potty outside. He had a few mistakes early on, but is doing much better now. He is also getting socialized with other dogs, not that he needs it, he is very friendly and loves his cousins, iNDy and Mini Cooper.

Duncan3  Dew

He came down for Easter with my sister and College Girl and then stayed instead of going back on Sunday. He has had a busy weekend! He got to meet most all of the family while home, we Easter at my Mom’s house. In the 2nd picture he is thinking he would like to try some Dew, but he really doesn’t need anymore caffeine!!

Duncan1

He even charmed his way into Mr Emotionally Stunted’s heart. He tries to act like he doesn’t like dogs, but he really does. Except Mr Little Bit likes to be very mobile at night. I am trying to get him use to kenneling so he sleeps most of the night in his kennel. But then he gets antsy so he comes up on our bed. And loves to snuggle Hubster. Who hates to have anything touching him at night. LOL! And with 3 dogs on the bed, there isn’t much room for the adults.

We sure are going to miss him after we take him back this weekend. But we will be the default babysitters anytime my sister goes out of town, so we will see him lots.

Needless to say, I have not gotten much knitting done. And I need to get that wedding shawl done! Less than a month until the happy day. Good thing I have knitting tonight and tomorrow! I only have about 20 rows knit and there is still much to do. But it is a bottom up shawl, so soon the rows will start to decrease and then the short rows will really make it speed up at the end.

Hope your day is full of puppy dog kisses and Spring. Good thing it’s Spring because we are spending a lot of time outside with the potty training!

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The Last sHURawl?

OK, really reaching for a title there. And no, it isn’t really the last shawl I will ever knit, it’s just the latest one.

Some of you may remember my search for a pattern to make a shawl with one or both of the skeins of Fleece Artist Basic Merino Sock I had on hand from ages ago. We are talking maybe 10 years ago. They only held 350 yds, so it had to be smallish. Or I thought I could use the two to alternate to make a shawl. My attempts at that plan failed. So I moved on with the intent to just use them separately. Here is the result of the first attempt using the darker skein.

Sunset Shawl, aka Demiluna

Sunset Shawl 3 Sunset Shawl 1

Remember, the dumb model is a lot less broad shouldered than I, so this doesn’t hit at my waist when worn. But there is still quite a bit of depth. It’s about 50″x17″. Not as wide as I would have liked, but I’ll take what I got considering the small yardage I was working with.

Sunset Shawl 2

The YOs every 6th row create a very light and airy shawl that will be perfect for so-so weather. Not heavy enough to be too much, not too light that it doesn’t create some coziness. Just right. I guess it’s the Goldilocks of shawls? I was afraid my excessive blocking would have ruined the stitch detail on the border. I did a K/P ribbing instead of a garter rib, knit one row, rib the 2nd row. Just followed the increases as stated but used ribbing for both rows. I think it defines the edge better.

So, now to carry on with the next two shawls. Quilla for my niece using Cascade Heritage Sock and Fire Breathing Dragon for me in the other Fleece Artist skein.

4Quilla4 Dragonfly wings

Photo Credits: Susanna IC and Countess Ablaze

OK, hopefully you will find more than shawls out there in the rest of blog land. Here are some locations to check out the goods.
Wisdom Begins in Wonder
Natural Suburbia

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I so suck!!!

Really. From now on I am not even going to update my progress and say things like, “If I continue with the monthly goals, and not buy anymore yarn, I will quickly turn that figure to a negative.” It’s like me jinxing our local weather by putting my winter coat in the hall closet, it usually hangs by the garage door. I did that this weekend, the weather was 40 degrees yesterday! Oh, and I finished a shawl this week, so of course I needed cool weather today to wear it to show my knitting group. It’s 52 today. See, it’s me and my big mouth and actions that cause my downfall. And boy did I fall. I also said I wouldn’t buy yarn for any of my listed projects unless I found a really good price on it. I guess the joke’s on me, I don’t even have a project marked for these yarns! Face meet pavement.

So, at our weekly knitting group I sit in a comfy chair facing a wall. A wall full of wire framed cubbies holding discounted yarn. Big mistake. This week I noticed some new yarn living in the cubbies. So of course I had to check it out. Good thing there wasn’t a lot more of the yarn in sweater quantities, cause there were tons I was interested in. Still thinking about that Ultra Alpaca worsted, even if it is a color I am not that crazy about. But, anywho.

This is what came home with me.

Vintage yarns

9 skeins of Berroco Vintage! Just the most perfect yarn for kid friendly knitting. there’s 651 yarns for each color, so who knows what all I can make with it. For sure some vest for 2 little guys I know. And sweaters for my great-nephews. And, and, and!!! A bunch of hats for sure. Now, how much do you think I paid for all this loveliness? Good quess, but not even close.

Last week I bought one skein of Heritage Sock yarn for my niece’s wedding shawl. At 492 yards it was $19.26 after tax. This week I bought 9 skeins with 1953 yards for …..&26.96!!!! 60% off baby! See, I couldn’t pass it up. And if the purplish burgundy is still there next week, it just might have to come home with me. I think they have all the Berroco clearanced. How will I resist until it is all gone?

So now you know my shame. I am a sucker for discounts. it does no good to show Hubster how much I saved, he will only remind me it was so much I didn’t NEED! LOL.

I am thinking this sweater will be the first piece from these yarns. Thinking to use them just as I have them stacked. Oh the fun I can have with these colors! This is one of my favorite combos for boys. Just amazed they had these three colors still hanging around. I have used the olive Vintage for several hats and a sweater. It knits up well and is easy care. Perfect for the little guys in my life.

OK, next month, I promise!! I will not buy more yarn, I will not buy more yarn, I will sit in a different chair!!!

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