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The Problem with February

Is that you can have days like last Sunday

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that really get your hopes up, and then out of nowhere, get hit with this

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Ugh.

I knew winter wasn’t over, but I was kind of hoping we might just stick with our usual sogginess.
Somehow I can handle that better. Snow kind of gets me down.

So I’m distracting myself with a little sampling.
I decided the time was right to blend and spin up some Sadie fluff that I have been holding on to.
I only had a couple of partually filled ziplock sandwich bags, but a little dog hair goes a long way 🙂

I decided to make this a double tribute project, and selected some 2017 Edgar to blend with my Sadie fluff.

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I’ve only spun up the two rolags so far, as a trial run to see how much twist/ply I’ll need.
My resulting sample is pretty fine, and very fuzzy. I about .1 oz, and 13 yds.

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I think I’m going to work up a little swatch in a to-be-determined pattern. I might get as much as 280-300 yards of yarn out of the two batts I carded up, so it will be a small project. Maybe a lacy cowl. Something I can wear often, and feel next to my face.
I like the thought of Edgar and Sadie being close by. A couple of the sweetest four-legged friends a person could have.

I’m also making pretty good progress on my SuperGreen sweater.
With any luck I’ll have the raglan increases done and the sleeves separated from the body before I head back to work on Tuesday, as It’s getting a little crowded on my circular needle!

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Pretending it’s Spring

The sun is shining, the air is fresh, and spirits are high out in the pasture today.

Frank even came out of his shell a bit

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Amazing what some sunshine and “falfers” (alfalfa pellets) can do 🙂

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For as wet as it’s been, I was pleasantly surprised that Dottie doesn’t seem too felted

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I got a little bit of quality time with her and Chone , who is sporting a mighty nice-looking fleece himself

Esther’s fleece looks kind of messy on the outside (tips are pretty weathered, and some chicken keeps pooping on her!)

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but I think it’s still really nice underneath. One thing’s for certain, there is lots of it!

I’m still not officially done with the argyle socks, but I’ve given in to the the green and cast on my cabled sweater-

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I know it doesn’t look like much yet, but I’m really excited about how it’s coming along. The fabric feels great, and it’s fun to work on. I’d almost forgotten how satisfying this kind of textured work is.

Here’s a better look at how the cable panel on the back is shaping up.

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Swatched!

I finished knitting argyle sock #1 on Friday,

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and gave myself permission to swatch for The Green Sweater project

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The swatch is in “Spot Stitch”, which is kind of a variation on seed stitch, and it looks like my gauge is pretty close, so I shouldn’t have to do any pattern modifying. That’s cool because I really want to just cast on and get started! I still have one more sock to finish up, so I got the heel underway today.

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(I’m a one-project-at-a-time kind of knitter)

Not much other news, but the sheep and chickens say “hey”- everything seems pretty copacetic out in the shed right now. Esther is generally acknowledged to be in charge, and Dottie seems ok with that (as long as there are enough treats and scritches to go around). So glad they worked it out amongst themselves.

And I wanted to just throw in a note about the chickens- I’m really pleased that both girls who were wearing the little jackets have healed up and regrown their feathers! So no chickens in khakis anymore, and the jackets are washed up and standing by in case we need them again in the future.

Itchin’ to Swatch

I have finally settled on a pattern for my green sweater. 🙂

Dry Creek, by Stephanie Tallent

So pleased to have finally have it decided.
Design searching and surfing on Ravelry is fun, but I was starting to suffer from pattern fatigue.

So now I get to swatch! Yes, I actually like to swatch.
And it’s been a while since I’ve done any cabling so it will be a nice change.

Argyle socks are coming along –almost to the toe of sock #1.

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Also so excited that I’m booked to take my first ever knitting cruise- on the Schooner Zodiak out of Bellingham in August.

We’ll be cruising around the San Juan Islands for 3 days and 2 nights, knitting and hangin’ loose with Franklin Habit of Fridays With Franklin and The Panopticon

I’ve been a fan and a Fibertarian ever since I met Dolores Van Hoofen

http://the-panopticon.blogspot.com/2006/11/dolorocrats.html
http://the-panopticon.blogspot.com/2008/02/my-fellow-americans.html

Maybe he can convince her to run again in 2020. 🙂