There’s Not *Too* Much Happening Here…

The last couple weeks most of my posts here have been filled with the business of wrapping up of the Socks with Sarah KAL. The giveaway announcement, the giveaway winners, my last socks, my own wrap-up — it’s just been all I’ve had time to write about.

I didn’t get to tell you that on a very, very cold evening we got to see our very first short-eared owls. By very, very cold, it was one of those nights that saw double-digits below zero air temps. Looking for the owls, my husband looked like this:

martin owlsIt was -3F and we were standing in an open field with a brisk wind. I don’t know what the wind chill was, but I will say that personally I would hop out of the car until my cheeks went from tingling to painful and then I would pop back into the warm car to warm up. The birds are not terribly uncommon where we live, but they usually come out in the evening, right at dusk and hunt all night. That means the window for seeing them is slim because the light fades quickly and we’ve just never quite made it in time. There was a report that they were nearby though so we braved the cold and went for it. We were rewarded in getting to see two of them in action. They were truly breathtaking. I couldn’t get a photo of the owls because the weather paired with the evaporating light made it impossible for our equipment, but I did take a picture of the place…

duskIt was one of those evenings that I certainly won’t forget.

I also caught my daughter in action during her free time…

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Yet another breathtaking moment for this mama — this little lady knitting away, tucked in her nice warm bed and listening to music. The apple indeed does not fall far from the tree.

And there was a fair bit of playing with this guy

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(and the kids) in the snow.

As for my woolful excursions, there has been a ridiculous amount of casting-on. I kind of knew it was coming for after a year focused on socks, clearly there was sure to be some fanatical rebound to knitting & spinning ALL THE PROJECTS at once.

So I cast-on another sock…

IMG_7753The pattern is from this awesome book that a dear friend gave me as a gift for the holidays along with the yarn. It is a more complex pattern, so I am just taking my time with it. It is a great joy to luxuriate in the intricacies of the pattern with such beautiful yarn yarn.

And my ‘easy’ knit…

IMG_7752Kunye by Clare Devine. A shawl still in the ‘doesn’t look like much’ phase, but exciting and so relaxing nonetheless.

And of course, there is the sweater…

IMG_7751In Stillness by Alicia Plummer knit in Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label in Poppy. I am seriously in love with this knit.

And there has been some spinning…

lucyThis is Lucy in Corriedale Cross from Dyeabolical — I wrapped up two other skeins the last couple days and since I’m now recovered from that pinched nerve I just had to make up for lost time and get another project going. I’ve been dreaming of this one for a good long time, so I’m very excited to be spinning it.

And then last night, I figured that four projects clearly wasn’t enough…

IMG_7750So I cast-on Kate Davies’ Peerie Flooers in the Quince & Co kit I picked up at Cream City Yarn the other day. In my defense, this one I know will be done in no time. I’m a colorwork junky and these projects never last long.

 And I have one more project bagged and ready to go, but have not cast-on yet…

IMG_7754-0My handknit washcloths — the bulk of which I knit in 2009 according to Ravelry — are finally starting to fall apart and I need to replace them. For whatever reason, I really am not a fan of knitting washcloths. I love having them. I use them all the time. But I really don’t like knitting them. Very kindly, I received two gifts that included handknit washcloths this holiday (my friends know me so well!), but I really need to go for it and crank a few out. I stumbled upon the Sinkmates pattern (which is sold as a fundraiser for Special Olympics) and I am going to give it a go. I got out my super bright yarn and my fun green Knitters’ Pride Trendz needles and I’m hoping that inspires some greatness on my part in undertaking this necessary project.

Other than that, there’s just the homeschooling, the homeschool planning beginning for next year, the meal prep for the dog’s new home-cooked diet, the emergency Saturday morning pancake making, and the dreaming about what we’re going to do on our next field day. So I suppose not too much happening around here in addition to wrapping up the Socks with Sarah KAL. Nope, I think it’s probably just enough to keep me out of trouble. Now… it’s time to go check out the snowmen the kids just made in the backyard. Rumor has it, there are snow dogs and cats out there, too, so clearly I’m not the only one here staying busy!

12 responses to “There’s Not *Too* Much Happening Here…

  1. What is it that makes knitting dish clothes so horrible? I love having them but also hate making them. You’d think they’d be a fun project since you can use up scraps & experiment with patterns & colors without a big commitment, but nope! They are horrible to knit! Btw, that is probably the sweetest dog picture on the internet!

    • You know, I don’t know. I have a good knitting friend who loves to make them. I’ve tried everything from new patterns to wild colors even to hand-dyed cottons to try to make it exciting for me. No dice. So I sit in my house plotting how much I could pay my children to knit them for me — lol!

  2. You are one busy woman! I really enjoyed the SWS KAL, thanks so much for launching it and sustaining us all. I have several pairs of lovely colourful socks as a result and I’ve made one pair of socks each for my husband, my daughter, her boyfriend, my son and his girlfriend.
    Bon courage for all your knitting in 2015, I shall enjoy following via your blog. Always great to see Moose too.

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