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Riding and Knitting Along

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I’ve been doing lots of knitting lately. I’m not knitting for Christmas gifts with the exception of some ornaments. Anything I’m giving that’s handknit has been knit throughout the year.

I’ve finished about 20 pairs of socks this year. I swear it’s been the year of the socks. I wish I had spent more time working on my sweaters in progress but it just didn’t happen. I even started a second Featherweight hoping it would go as quickly as the first.

Arcane has been a wonderful distraction as water to know each other. He’s got an attitude on the ground but is all business under saddle. I rode him this past Monday at just a walk for a little while. He was excellent and even carted Mike around for a little bit.

I’m so excited to see what this next year brings. I’ve been doing a lot of spinning lately on my wheel and drop spindles. Working through my fiber stash and the two fleeces in our garage. Both should be enough for a sweater and now seems like the perfect time to start in on them.

I’m working on Christmas once again but this time voluntarily since Mike will be as well. Here’s hoping it won’t be too bad but every Christmas has been different. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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My latest WIP

So I’ve been a bit busy lately. I’m still knitting when I can but school, work, and my latest WIP (which is rather large) has been taking up most of my time. Ready for this?

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Meet Arcane! He’s a five year old Thoroughbred gelding out of my favorite racemare EVER. And thanks to his awesome former owner, Turning for Home, and Maui Meadow Farm, he’s all mine! Now I haven’t owned a horse in a long time and it’s been a few years since I’ve ridden but I’ve missed being around horses. I never realized how much how until I was grooming Arcane just a few hours after he arrived. He’s incredibly sweet and very laid back. It’s been amazing getting to know him and learning all his little quirks. I introduced Mike to him the first night and Mike, not being a horse guy at all, instantly fell in love with him. Every night when we get off work we’ve been heading over to visit and groom Arcane. It’ll be a little while before we see how he is under saddle for various reasons but I’m enjoying the time now bonding with him and letting him be a horse.