Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Yarn Along

Well, the house renovation...what a time consuming, stressful mess.  I'm not the sort of person who can easily handle having my "home" torn up.  And it's ALL torn up.  And...that's all I'm going to say about it.

I was planning on saving Baaxter's sweater for the Iknitarod, but decided to go ahead and start it now so that if I had any spare time or needed to go hide in the barn, I'd have some soothing simple knitting to keep me company.  

Casting on this afternoon was supposed to be my reward for living through the morning without killing Saint Tim anyone.  Of course, the sun was setting before I actually got to sit down.  I have all sorts of details and educational tidbits to share about how the yarn was spun and how I picked my pattern and would normally link it back to the previous posts about shearing and washing and going to the mill...but my brain is mush, so here goes:

The yarn.

The pattern.

It's a pattern from the Fall Interweave Knits (I think).  I get that magazine on my iPad, but hadn't looked at it yet and actually found the pattern on Ravelry and then was just happy I remembered I even had an iPad and a magazine subscription.  See?  Mush.

One thing I always do when I turn on my iPad is look at one of my favorite pictures of our favorite girl.  You just can't look at her sitting on the couch with that Oh So Maisie look on her face and not at least smile (and usually laugh out loud :-D).

And then I scrolled over to a classic good old kitchen picture and got all sad again.  

But I kept scrolling and found a picture of me and Baaxter snoozing in the warm spring sun.  Yeah, those were fun days :-).

With that distinctive white X....and sweet Iris in the background.  Waaaaaaah :-'(.

Of course I haven't had time to even think about a book this week, but did stumble over this favorite while looking for a book for a farm visitor.  

We're sort of camping here for a few weeks, so maybe this will remind me that camping is fun and this is just an adventure...or maybe it's just that I'd like to run away to the woods.  

"Baa flicks off the ant and some pine needles from Boo's sandwich."  

Yeah, that kind of reminds me of my old kitchen :-).  Maybe be springtime I'll have a cute little lambie camping in the new kitchen to break it in decorate.

So I finally cast on.  Of course the light was dimming and the yarn is dark and I think I messed up already but I couldn't see or say for sure so I set it down.  Tomorrow will be a better day.

Joining in with Ginny...


  1. It seems to be catching, I know several people suffering from the home repair malaise. I hope it all goes well and turns out the way you want.

  2. Hopefully I can come by(e) and see the renos in the Spring!

  3. Really!
    Love BB's wool! That is gonna be an awesome sweater ~ keep smiling!

  4. sorry your home is torn up and a mess, I didn't like when we painted the whole main level for the wedding. What a big mess. however I hope your knitting soothes your soul and makes you happy!! Have a race to see what will be done first the sweater or the house :)

  5. that yarn is such a rich color. love! and I love sheep....they are on my want list for sure!

  6. Kitchen renovations are an endurance contest!

    Oooh, I got all sniffly, looking at the "baby" photos. Such lovely fuzzy memories.

    You are good to have started knitting with your Spinzilla yarn. I still haven't decided what to do with mine. Just like last year, I spun different fibers and don't have a sweater's worth of anything, it's not soft enough for a scarf, and I don't want to hide it as socks, or make cat-hair covered (euphemism for hairball) pillows.

  7. We recently went through a kitchen remodel. It was difficult and ours took extra long since my brother-the-contractor could only work one or two days a week, but in the end it was so worth it! I love the finished product, and like so many other things, once it's finished I forgot the agony of the mess and disruption. I hope you love your finished product too. Have your barn and Baaxter sweater to escape to will be a comfort.

    1. I keep telling myself that... ;-).

  8. The reno will be worth it! Nice colour yarn, that's going to be a pretty sweater.

  9. Good thing you have a comfy barn and comforting animals to surround you! Kitchens are the worst things to be without...stress happens when you are hungry:)

  10. Oh dear. I hate having someone in the house, even for one day to install the internet service, or put new shut-offs in the plumbing, or update the kitchen wiring...................

    It's just creepy having someone else in the house. In my humble. Sending much sympathy! Very glad you have the wool house and the barn to escape to!

    Not to mention all that lovely yarn, calling your name............

    1. Very happy with the contractor, so that's a big plus. Still...I wish we'd never started this. It really wasn't that bad to begin with :-(.

  11. I hope your renovations go swiftly and smoothly. I too hate disruptions in my house but sometimes it must be. I agree with the others that you should escape to the wool house, barn and the company of your animals as much as possible.

  12. I'd have to move out! You have my sympathy and then some. The yarn is wonderful, LOVE the depth of the colour. And the picture of Maisie was......S I G H. that look is classic Maisie. Then Baaxter B......


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