Hello Knitters!!!

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I’m just popping in to say that I am alive and well. I appreciate the kind and thoughtful comments that were left on my last post.

I was recently talking to a friend, reflecting on the last 3 months, and I realized that 2016 has been not without its challenges. Some of the people I work with at my day job have been acting as if they were bitten by rabid ferrets. There was that blizzard business and the havoc it wreaked on my back. All of this was topped off last month by a death in the family. The individual and I were not close, but several family members had quite a bit of unfinished business with the deceased, so the past few weeks have been interesting.

Despite all of this, I feel optimistic. I have good friends. I belong to a wonderfully creative and supportive community. I’ve had a very good knitting year, and this craft continues to sooth me when I’m down. My cats continue to delight and amuse me with their antics.

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Knitting has been happening over the last few weeks. Unfortunately, it has all been things that I can’t actually talk about. I’ll share them when I can either here or on the newsletter.

Blogging and vlogging will probably continue to be a bit erratic in the coming weeks. With all the secret knitting projects happening, finding content is a challenge. I am keeping an eye on the KAL in the ravelry group; although, I haven’t been much of a cheerleader.

My life is considerably less messy right now, but my house on the other hand….

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Sometimes Life is Messy

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This is one of those times.

I’m not going to go into details. While the events of this past week have had an impact on me, this really isn’t my story to tell. Suffice it to say that I have been stressed and tired.

I am doing what I need to do to take care of myself. I am knitting; although, not as much as I really want to.

There probably won’t be new blog posts or videos for a bit. Time is limited at the moment, and I have to prioritize. I’ll keep an eye on the ravelry group just in case someone needs help.

I will get through this, and soon enough, I’ll be back to being that silly bald guy who knits things because he doesn’t know what else to do with his free time.

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More Shawl

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This little shawl idea that I had is growing. I found myself wondering why each new row seemed to be taking so much more time than when I started until I realized that I now have 101 stitches on the needles. The last time I checked, that’s a little bit more than the 3 I started with.

Sometimes, I can be slow on the uptake.

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The above photo has slightly darker lighting. The sun was a bit uncooperative today. Nevertheless, I think you can get a sense of what’s happening.

I like the way this is shaping up. Even with the swatch that I did earlier, you never really know what you’re going to get until you work the project in the actual yarn.

I will say, this isn’t movie knitting. All those yarn overs that I thought this needed really demand attention. Still, I’m getting into a rhythm with this (I think).

Pinned out like this, the piece measures 9 inches from top to bottom, and 15 1/2 inches across. There’s no telling how big this will be when finished and actually blocked. The stitches are anything but relaxed right now, but that’s OK.

I still have no clue on what edging I will use, but there is plenty of time to figure that out.

On a completely unrelated note – Hello visitors from Knitty. It’s so nice to have you here. I hope you enjoy the site. Feel free to poke around, leave a comment, sign up for the newsletter, or just lurk (that’s totally OK too).

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Busy Busy

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I’m afraid that time has gotten away from me this weekend, and I don’t have time to record/edit a video post. I know that many of you enjoy them, but it just isn’t in the cards today.

One of the reason that I’m a little bit behind is Franklin Habit.

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Franklin is teaching a bunch of classes at fibrespace this weekend, and I took the knitting tessellations class on Friday. Franklin lives up to his reputation for being nice, and funny, and smart. He’s an excellent teacher. If you ever have the opportunity to take one of this classes, you should. I had a lot of fun, and learned stuff. I also had a chance to show off the sweater (it’s a knitting class after all, so that’s a requirement).

I may have gotten carried away yesterday finishing the swatch that I started in the class & playing with graph paper, hence my lack of time this weekend.

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The swatch needs to be tweaked a bit if it were going to be used in anything, but I learned a bunch of really interesting design techniques. I already have a pile of ideas for some colorwork projects. It may be a while before these things see the light of day, but it never hurts to have a backlog.

The shawl, by the way, is currently in time out. There is a small modification that is needed, and I can’t bring myself to deal with that reality just yet.

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