While I Was Away…

I was cleaning up my inbox this morning and came across this photograph…

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This is Moose on the trail somewhere in the 3-6month-old range. Really, how could I not share this with you? What with those enormous ears and feet that he somehow managed to grow into.

And this was him yesterday…

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Just holding my hand for a snuggle, as he does. I thought I’d start with some adorable Moose photos because I’m very relieved and happy to report that he’s been off his food trial and eating actual dog food for going on 3weeks now. It’s kind of fancy limited ingredient dog food, but still it’s actual dog food with complete vitamins and minerals. And just before this photo was taken I’d checked him skin over for any signs of allergic reaction and he was clear. Hooray! This was especially exciting because the kids, Moose, and I spent the long weekend up at my parents house where he laid around in the grass (a luxury for this pup who seems to break out just looking outside sometimes) and I’d forgotten his special anti-bacterial/anti-fungal spray and improvised by using a little apple cider vinegar on him before bed. Yep, he is doing great and no creature on Earth deserves it more than this guy.

In any case, we did spend the long weekend up at my parents’ house. We went up early Friday and the kids got some one-on-one grandma & grandpa time while I attended a funeral for a friend’s grandfather. When I got back the kids were racing bikes up and down the driveway and my son called out, “Grandma let us each have TWO ice cream cones!” What happens at Grandma & Grandpa’s stays at Grandma & Grandpa’s — that’s as it should be, right?

(OK, I’m kind of teasing my mom here — they were those prepackaged little drumstick cones, so it’s not as bad as it sounds)

In any case, we all visited. The kids raced around. Having just finished my Mares’ Tails project, I cast-on a new WIP…

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This is Bandwagon by Jen Lucas in Cloudlover Yarn & Fiber‘s 75/25 merino/nylon in the Mr Bates colorway. It’s such a fun, easy knit & it’s going to make a fantastic little summer shawl. And I’ll have something special for you with this project in a few weeks.

I finished out Friday night by opening up lawn tractor season at my parents’ house. Whenever we visit in summer, it’s a little tradition that they save at least some of their large lawn for me to mow with their riding lawnmower. There’s a running joke about losing the keys to the mower (because once we did and then had to go buy a spare) and also the constant reminder that one time I ran into a tree with it. In case you were wondering, the tree won and the mower needed some repairs. Whoops. It’s a wonder they still let me do the mowing, but I’m guessing it’s at least partly for comedic value.

Saturday the kids and I were treated to a trip on my dad’s boat.

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We just went to a little local lake where we did some bluegill catch and release. My daughter got a little tired and ornery toward the end, but all in all it was an excellent time. We love Grandpa’s boat!

While we were away, it just so happened that multiple packages arrived for me. My Cloudlover Fiber Club shipment arrived…

IMG_9466Complete with a special treat — a braid of Targhee!

And a package from Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe was in the mailbox…

IMG_9465Complete with some summer-friendly scents like Lemon Lime lip balm & a Spring Meadow lotion bar and a couple scents that prove I’ve been keeping my eating habits in check lately, a Chocolate Cupcake lip balm & Lemon Cake lotion bar. All are, of course, amazing.

A big box also showed up from the supremely awesome folks at Louet including their June Spinzilla Pack…

IMG_9470I am so wowed by this — there is SO MUCH here to spin and so many different fibers. I cannot wait to dig in!

Also in the box was this little kit, the super stylish ATX Linen Tote

IMG_9469This pattern is currently only available with purchase of the yarn, Euroflax Sport. Since I love working with linen, I absolutely can’t wait to try out the much lauded Louet Euroflax Sport.

Oh, a super fun knit from The BagSmith was waiting on the doorstep. I got going on it right away…

IMG_9443It’s so unique & fun and I finished it yesterday!

IMG_9445 I’ll have some FO photos & a special coupon just for you for this awesome project later this week.

As you can imagine, Mr Knitting Sarah was kind of… um… surprised by the small mountain of packages that arrived on our doorstep. Since I’m usually the one who gets the mail before he gets home from work, I think he’s a little worried this happens — you know — everyday. Rest assured, dear, it does not. But I am thinking that maybe I should visit my parents more often. Apparently all the best things show up while I’m away!

17 responses to “While I Was Away…

  1. I’m going to check out the Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe! It looks really adorable. (: All the best packages come around when you can’t open them immediately! A good test in patience for those of us who get excited. πŸ˜‰ Looks like you have some amazing yarn! And that you had a great time with your parents!

    We also have a dog who likes to hold our hands. Apparently it means that they have anxiety issues, but it’s adorable and we try to always be around for her to hold! (and if not, we got her a chihuahua for a companion, too) Hand-holding pooches are the best. ^.^

    • Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe is awesome! Be sure to contact Alicia (the owner) if you have any questions — she is fantastic at helping you get *just* what you want!

      Would it make you laugh to know that I made my husband open the Louet box and take photos of what was inside? I totally did that! So much for patience!

      I will say in the case of Moose, it’s more like he tolerates me holding his hand than him seeking it. He’s definitely a mama’s dog though — no question about that!

  2. Wow, you had a super fun mail day! Glad you like your Sweet Sheep items. πŸ™‚ I received a spinzilla pack from Louet, too. I’m excited to see what you do with yours, there is so much to explore!

    • I did! It was actually a little overwhelming – LOL! I’m totally IN LOVE with my Sweet Sheep goodies. I actually came back with really chapped lips, so the Lemon Lime lip balm has been my constant companion.

      I was just peeking at the fibers and making mental notes of what I want to spin first and how I want to spin it. Now I’m excited to see what you do with yours now, too!

  3. Love the ice cream cone story. Reminds me…. My kids were spending the week with their grandparents & Grandma was going to be out of town 1 day so Grandpa would be in charge. Later, I asked the kids if Grandpa had done a good job of watching them & they both responded with an excited yes. He’d fed them marshmallows for lunch. Literally. He opened the bag & divided it equally onto their plates & that’s what they had for lunch. All I could think was, I bet he regretted it later.

  4. Sarah, what do you make with all of the yarn that you spin? I love to see the results of your spinning adventures, but I don’t think that I see the projects you make with your handspun yarn often at all!

    It seems like most of your knit projects are done with yarn you’ve bought!

    • Ha! I absolutely don’t knit with my handspun like I should! Most often I give it as gifts to my very talented knitter friends, but I definitely need to start treating myself to using it, too! I have patterns picked for a number of my handspun skeins – I definitely need to start prioritizing using them for myself!

      • I’d love to see something whenever you get around to it! Or maybe something done by one of your friends?

        I don’t spin myself (and don’t really have many ‘knitter friends’ in general– never mind any who might spin as well!) so I see the soooo colorful skeins of handspun yarn and wonder what it would all look like all knitted up!

        Also- sometimes it looks like there’s not so much resulting product- is there ever enough to make more than a hat?

        I’ve been curious what it would look like after following your blog for a while!

      • I have a couple skeins with patterns picked out, so I’ve definitely been aiming to knit up a couple skeins. The first is actually a chunkier, very plain hat (ironically), that I will probably get to before anything else, but I do have a couple skeins earmarked for shawls.

        Knit up, handspun definitely has a distinct look to it, but it really varies skein to skein depending on who spins, how they spin it, what fiber/fiber blend it is, and how the fiber was dyed.

        As for yardage, that depends on a couple things including how much fiber you start with (makes sense, right?!), how heavy of a yarn you spin, and then how you ply it. I can spin a 4oz braid of fiber into a 2-ply 450yd skein of fingering weight yarn which would be comparable in weight & yardage to a skein of Malabrigo Sock. Sometimes I like a nice 3-ply though for varying reasons, so more plies = less final yardage. I tend to really like quick 4oz spins, but I’m trying to break out into larger 8oz & 12oz projects for more yardage. Keep watching the blog as I’ll be trying to spin quite a bit more over the second half of the year and I’ll definitely get to knitting up some handspun!

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