I had no idea how much I wait for spring flowers to arrive until this week the first week of June. I pulled into the drive after satisfying the fuel gods of the car and switching some laundry over (at my second home, or my first and this is my second, who knows anymore). Alas, I pulled into dear James’ driveway and saw the first Iris of the season! Thank goodness. I put the dog out and got the camera right away while we still had some light. Check theses bab out.

Spring Flower happiness…apparently needed by me…

A couple of days later, the first Iris went to visit someone’s mom (darn it!) but two of her friends had popped over. I took my shawl to the doctor’s office this morning, and had it out on previous evenings, and finished up skein four. Now I have to decide if I’m making an eight, nine or ten skein shawl. I think I’m going for the ten skein shawl. It’s measuring 22 x 34 inches right now…we’ll see where it’s at when I finish skein 5.

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Current shawl progress…I’m going for cover your tush on this one…

 

I didn’t even have to stress over the knot. I was at the doc’s and my phone was supposed to be off. I simply tied a square knot and joined. The rest is history. In the next row, whether I increase or decrease will be my deciding factor, but I decided I want this shawl to feel more like a blanket and less like a bolero (cute as they are).

Sock* progress…maybe one day I’ll want to return to this lovely pattern…

*Pattern is Twisted Stitch Socks by Ann Budd from Sock Knitting: Master Class. It’s well-written, but I have the mid-sock are we there yets?

I also got to an almost decision point on the socks. These socks are a challenge, even for me…and I normally love a challenge. However, this pattern is too challenging overall (I’m ready to be done and I have 47 rows left, on the first sock!). There is a part of me saying you have time, just work on it (and when you switch needles, you better cast on the next sock). There is the other part of me trying to convince me to set this aside for an easier sock pattern. I’m working with the idea that “The only way out is through.” I just don’t know if I’ll get to all fifty rows…I may shorten it to 23 rows left (that sounds so much better). But I’ll keep you updated.DSCN4823

Full view of the shawl in progress…Fall is going to be so lovely.

In the meantime, may your needle works bring you joy and Happy Knitting!

The End of an Era…

May 2, 2019

The sock is still in the works. And now it’s taken to falling off the needles at almost regular intervals. I think I need better needles, or some school-age complaining terms.

In the meantime, it’s a bittersweet day. I just attended my last final exam, in which the coursework was all turned in last week, and I did my reading last week. So, I was attending mostly for the food and to hear a few people read their own work. It’s also a requirement of the class.

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Back of the sock…

This was for poetry class. We’re a bit sentimental as it is. Some of our students were published in Third Wednesday this year, too; which was very exciting for them.  However, my instructor recalled one of my more belabored poems which nearly opened me up and laid me bare. And he mentioned how graduation is a special moment, and it all hits you at once.

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Front of the sock…

I get it. It started earlier this week, as it has all been bittersweet. But today, it reared its head even more, and every little thing left me wanting to cry. This degree is twenty-five years in the making, essentially, rather than a standard four, five, or ten years. It is quite special to me. And my last moments was that of an instructor praising my work. This is part of what I hoped for in returning to school four (or five) years ago. It still leaves its own sense of loss that I cannot explain. I want to be excited about the future, but everything is up in the air.

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Front of the sock in the right shade of green…yes, these are the same sock.

I want to be glad I’m not, but I’m looking for ways back in through graduate school and possibly teaching others to do what I’ve done, or better. In the meantime, I may get a little more time for knitting or quilting…but I have to work and hope other things work out as well. Wish me luck and until next week,

Happy Knitting!

The Fountain’s Back…

April 25, 2019

and the balancing rocks which makes my day.  (Photo to come, it’s on my phone)

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See the lovely fountain;-)

This week’s progress has been slow, but semi steady. But my bright moment of the day involved two of them. I took pictures at the fountain, which wasn’t flowing last time I checked. It was running today and lovely and peaceful. The second was a surprise encounter with a classmate I’ve grown to like and respect over the course of the semester. I ran into Rob while taking the following photos.

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Here is the challenging front of the sock…

I ran into semi-snafu’s with the knitting this week, but I fudged it and later, maybe you’ll see the angel’s kiss. Though, I admit, I think the front of the sock has more angel kisses than the back. I knit the front pattern row first, so I’ve figured out what I’ve misread or when I was distracted while I’m knitting the back pattern row.

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…and the back of the leg which may make you love to watch me leave…

These socks may look better going than coming…Alas, I’m going to love them all the more when they are done. The more challenging prospects are often the most satisfying.

Until next time,

Happy Knitting

Procrastiknitting…

April 11, 2019

Has two meanings…writing poetry when you might be knitting is one of them.Avoiding knitting mistakes, so you don’t have to work out cabling errors is another. I may have fallen into both categories this week. So, I began knitting to avoid necessary homework…I should know better. I don’t. I’m not sure any of us really know better, even when we should.

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Scamp, showing off latest repair effort

I missed a purl stitch in the pattern…so I began procrastinating the fix. However, I finally took time to fix it. Tomorrow’s break knitting in Middle School (Spanish and Art), should be fun, provided it’s not first or second hour and they ask me to work for someone else. However, I’m now smart enough to say extra work. (Yes, partly because it’s hard to say, “No.”). In the meantime, this row is fixed and finished while watch Project Runway re-runs (and I thought Project Runway was over).

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Tink showing off the latest cable knitting

Alas, I have to read for classes and catch another play–the hardship! I want to know how it ends, which is a good sign for A Raisin in the Sun, partly because I may know how Macbeth ends already (even if I don’t remember it–part of me doesn’t care). In the meantime, here’s the procrasti-knitting.DSCN4717

Tink, helping me show off my knitting.

Until next time,

Happy Knitting!