Sheepwalks

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My Sheepwalk & Fences is done. It looks better on the hanger then it does on me though!

Here is one of the gifts I’m giving to my sis for her birthday….she gets two. One for each foot! I love these Stroll yarns from Knit Picks. This is Sprinkle Heather.

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And since October is known as Socktober in the knitting world….I’m off to knit more socks…. mittens, scarves, sweaters…… if I have yarn, I will knit.  Oh and by the way, IF you ever like something about Knit Picks.DO NOT LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOUR ORDER! They will backorder your order and you will only receive it once they have caught up with their comments.  Oh man I’ve been waiting three weeks and I thought something was out of stock!  Thank goodness it’s in the mail!  Oh I’m getting yarn giddiness at the thought of opening that package.  Of course I’ll let you see!  I would never deprive you of my yarnaholicism or any of my other isms.

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Knitting Madness

I think I have to knit to stay sane. With the madness raging all about, knitting grounds me. I’m not sure why, but it does. Some might think it monotonous with all the k1 p1 k1 p1 k1 p1 k1 p1 k1 p1…….but for me it’s a quiet rhythm. I suppose I could be reading and I do, but I have to have something to do with my hands besides turning pages. I guess it’s the ADD coming out in one form or another.

I’ve just committed to a few projects…..I invested in a new yarn stash. I guess some like the coziness of piles of yarn. Not me. If I don’t use what I have I feel wasteful. It’s such an investment. Sweet Girl saw the total of my yarn order since she was hanging over my shoulder picking out a yarn for a request she made. She gasped. But if you figure paying for each of these items that are handmade….well…you’d pay a whole lot more! Trust me, I know the hours that go into these things and you could never pay me to knit for you.  Well, ok, maybe you could….I do have knitted items for sale at Butterflies & Bumble Bees!

Here’s what’s on my agenda.

Sweet Girl has requested a scarf….so I asked if she’d like this neat shawl that I’d already purchased the pattern for. I love it…so now I’ll be making two, one for her and one for me!

Aestlight by Shetland Trader

Oh yeah!

Then Honey picked out a Charcoal Heather called Cobblestone for this…

The Ladder Front Gansey

The Ladder Front Gansey

I finished the Sheepwalk & Fence Vest from Autumn House Farm. I need to block it and it will be finished.

Socks, socks and more socks!

Then Honey picked out two colors for me. He loves to see me in an Autumn Orangie color….my old best friend (old sweater I wear all the time) has all the Autumn tones and he loves that sweater.

This yarn for the Aestlight Shawl by Shetland Trader.

This one for the Fiona Sweater below from Autumn House Farm.

Oh, and I do love that name. Fiona. That will be the name of my next female animal and speaking of animals…..I’m twisting Honey’s arm for this little guy.

Isn’t he the cutest….he is an LGD…Livestock Guard Dog! I’m not going to link him, cause I really want him. Sorry. You’re on your own.

A Sweet Taste of Autumn

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6:30 AM DST in Maryland

I really should of grabbed a jacket when I went out early this morning to tend the animals. I love this time of year. I’m not sure who doesn’t. And I know Josie is happy to see cooler temperatures. I know. I too was at the end of my first pregnancy, 25 years ago.

I too was looking large, feeling off balance and wanting nothing more than a cool drink and a place to prop my feet! I’m not sure I could of stood on one foot….she’s quite talented, being able to scratch her behind on three legs!

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Sweet Girls 25th birthday is on Friday. 25 years ago my water broke on Labor Day, how appropriate! It was hotter than…. But Sweet Girl showed signs of who she would be and didn’t want to come out and only did so with a lot of prodding! She was born the next day after much convincing that it was a good thing. Way back when, they used to keep us in the hospital for a few days….I really can’t remember how many it was. What I do remember is that the day she came home, we had our first taste of Autumn.

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I didn’t accomplish much this weekend, at least not physically. I did work on my Sheepwalk & Fences Vest by Autumn House Farm and I really like it. I’m not sure what’s going on with me…..I think it’s just a combination of Menopause and Babesia. I didn’t sleep much last night and I’m not sure why. I usually sleep like a rock. It could of been the frequent hot flashes and the fact that my mind was racing all night. My doc told me that hot flashes are a sign that the adrenals are stressed. Yeah, that sounds about right. So, now my job is trying to eliminate that stressor in my life. Not so easy, but I have to let it go.

So, it’s time to up my Cod Liver Oil again and watch my diet. In the mean time I won’t stress out over the little things like the grass and pasture need cutting (4 hr job), the garden needs weeding (3 hr job), the house needs cleaning, the manure needs hauling (1 hr job). It’s pretty hard to accomplish a lot when my energy reserve is only 3-4 hours! I guess I should be thankful that it’s overcast and looks like rain and go unload the dishwasher. But that’s been part of the problem….so much rain and everything is growing and makes my work load greater.

Here’s my vest….maybe I’ll finish it today and spit my tongue out at the yardwork!

Heck, it will be there tomorrow….I know my yardwork fairy isn’t comin!

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Nice foot too!

It’s In The Mail

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I finished my B-day gift for my sister yesterday. They turned out great! This was a wonderful pattern from Favorite Socks. It was the basic 64 cast on sock with a simple knit and purl ribbing. They look lacy but they aren’t….don’t worry M! They also have a lot of stretch and are machine wash and dry Merino Wool.

Here’s what I’m working on now….

Sheepwalk & Fence Vest by Autumn House Farm

I’m using the City Tweed from Knit Picks.

And…

Fiona

Fiona

I love working Aran….aren’t they lovely!

And not to forget my younger sis Jackie….it’s her birthday on Halloween….and I think I have just the right gift picked out to knit for her.  She lives in southern California, so it can’t be tooooo woolly!  I do love this new Stroll finger weight yarn from Knit Picks….the heathers are so sweet!

Now to figure out her favorite color???

Stroll

Stroll Sprinkle Heather

Stroll Firecracker Heather

Stroll Firecracker Heather

Stroll Tidepool Heather

Stroll Tidepool Heather

Mendocino Vest

I just love this picture of tweedy yarn from Knit Picks.  If I could, and maybe I might….make a Mendocino Vest in each colorway.  But at the rate of $24.00 for each vest….well, maybe I’ll do one and see how much I love it.  For now, I think I’m going to go with the Cajun or Cottonball tweedy color…or maybe the Tabby.  I think I’ll order one of each and knit up some swatches to see which will work the best for the pattern and for me.

I also love the pattern Sheepwalk & Fences at Autumn House Farm.  I almost bought it at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, but I think something that buttons up is better for me in case the internal fire begins to burn again!

I’ve finished my Cable & Ladders Sweater (I’ll show you after I get it blocked) from Shear Spirit and since I love knitting cables, my next project will probably be the Mendocino Vest on page 151 from Old Mill Farm also published in Shear Spirit.