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Not giving up

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I joined Arohaknits Initiate Knit Design challenge last week. It ran for ten days and Francoise Danoy gave really great lessons (for free) on how to design. She suggested something simple such as a cowl just to learn the process. I had really great inspiration and all of these great colors that went with it. I even ordered that red yarn (which I LOVE. I sketched out an idea, started a swatch (cable) and loved it but then lost my way. I tried to learn intarsia but that didn’t go well.

I still love the cable, the colors and textures. I’m not giving up on it and I have another idea for the cowl. A simpler way to still use my original inspiration and all these lovely yarns. It will just be a matter of swatches and being ok with changes that may still come about.

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Sketch and a sock

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Felt tip marker with water and a sock with my hand dyed yarn. Dyeing some brown today for the heels and toes.

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Simple

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It was a blink and the summer is over. Kids are back to school. Middle and 4th! Yikes. It’s only 3 days in but things still seem just as full as summer did. I had the idea today while driving to an appointment that I wanted to show up here but in a simple way. What does that mean exactly? Well, I’m thinking it’s a simple photo or 2 of what is going on. What I’m knitting, listening to, inspired by, reading, painting, etc. whatever seems fun. I don’t know how many or if any words will go along with the photo. I think this will take the pressure off of “Did I say the right thing the right way?”and the time it takes to do that. I want it to be enjoyable to me and you. I feel like that’s what it needs to be. Plus, I can be here more often that way. So in case you’re wondering that yarn above is my first acid dyed yarn. It’s for a pair of vanilla socks for my husband. It wasn’t exactly what I planned but it turns out I really like it.

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Summer Sweet Summer


It happens every year. Things get so busy and I can hardly believe summer is speeding by. We’ve been having fun and I am reminded of how hard keeping kids well nourished in every way all day is. We’ve added two sweet Guinea pigs to the family. It’s only been a couple of days and we are starting to adjust. Pikachu is pretty calm and Snowball has lots of energy. The kids have read a bunch about them and have been so attentive. Cutie (our cat) has been only slightly interested in them. My zinnias are growing up and we’ve built them a gnome garden. Lots of fun. Crafting fits in among all of it. I did finish my Campside shawl. Didn’t block it but love it as is. I’m crocheting a baby blanket out of cotton as the baby to be will live in Texas. I also started (almost completed now) a sock that I just love. I can say that after looking through Home and Away and trying to decide on a sweater I’m feeling a tiny bit okay with fall coming. But until then we will carry on with swimming, Italian ice, bike riding, corn (soon I hope), reading and more.

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The Sea

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We’ve just returned from a trip to the sea. The weariness of life was slowly washed away by the waves. I love how you drop your bags and with them your burdens. The only things that had to be done were digging in the sand, swimming and playing. We breathed in the scent of saltwater and soaked up the sounds of seagulls and crashing waves followed by squeals and laughter.
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It’s a feeling I will work to hold onto during the all too short summer season.

I brought along my Campside shawl because there was going to be several hours in the car and I figured I could get a lot done. Not much did. Instead I spent time un-knitting back to another mistake. Why yet again did that happen? Not paying attention I suppose. Letting my mind wander when I really needed to focus on yo, k1, k2tog. Another lesson (again) to pay attention to what is right in front of me. When will I learn this? I’m back on track again and hopefully it will be smooth sailing from here on out. As long as I remember to see what is right in front of me.

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