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Finished

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I managed to finish all three months of Camp Loopy this year. Wow. It was tight at the end with classes starting but I got it done and bound off just under the wire. Next year, I’m going with smaller projects! This picture is a rough look at my unblocked February Lady Sweater. A couple of long ends are showing that will be trimmed once it gets blocked.

Now for classes and fall excitement. I’ve got a couple of things I’m working on in between school and work (which is going to be insanely busy in the next few months). I took a yarn dyeing class last weekend at A Tangled Yarn in Nicholasville. It was so much fun and I want to reskein the yarn before I take photos of it. I did quite a bit of fiber and five skeins of yarn and probably would have done more fiber if it wasn’t for the 90 degree weather. Next time!

I’m finally off on Saturdays and Mike and I have been trying to enjoy them as much as possible, since we haven’t had a day off together in months. We saw The Butler on Saturday. I think it’s the first non-action movie we’ve seen in a long long time. It was a wonderful movie and invoked a lot of emotions. It’s well worth it if you’re looking for something to see.

Have a great short week!

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Pumpkin Patch


I had this sitting as a draft for a bit too long which was not my original intention.

A few weeks ago, we enjoyed a wonderful trip to one of the many local pumpkin patches – Boyd’s Orchards. I’ve been there a couple of times since I’ve lived here but it was our first trip together. We had an amazing time exploring the corn maze, the hay ride, petting the farm animals and picking out our pumpkins! We chose two very nice looking pumpkins, which were not directly off the branch but close to it! We ended up bringing home two large pumpkins, some apple cider donuts, and some pumpkin butter. I still can’t get over how amazing the pumpkin butter was. We still have a jar left that we’re hanging on to.

I’m hoping we can make it a tradition to go to the pumpkin patch every year together. It was such a memorable afternoon.

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Halloween and Upcoming Weekend Excitement

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween. We kept it low key since I was working until late so we stayed home watching The Walking Dead and carving pumpkins. As usual – no trick-or-treaters here so it was nice and quiet.

As for the sweater? It’s really progressing nicely. I’m starting on the front and I’m hoping by Monday I’ll be blocking it. A sweater in two weeks? Yes, please!

This weekend we’ll be checking out the North American Livestock Expo in Louisville so I can finish the rough draft for my term paper. I’m making Mike get up early with me so we can see the alpaca and llama class first thing in the morning and then the Jersey sale later in the day. I’ve only been to horse expos so I think this will be a lot of fun! Have a great weekend!

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New Sweater

On Monday I cast on for my third sweater, Schooly from Knitty by Stefanie Japel. I’ve wanted to make it since Knitty Deep Fall came out and went over a few choices for yarns to use. I decided to go with some ultra alpaca that I picked out at Magpie Yarn. I went over every color of ultra alpaca that Jane carries before we both agreed this burgundy color would be perfect. If the amount of yarn I’m using is any indication I’m about 2/5ths of the way through. It’s a nice easy knit that I really don’t have to pay attention too but I’m loving it so far. I have a feeling I’ll be getting a lot of use out of it when I’m done. Mmmm alpaca!

 

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The Lost Ball of Yarn

I’ve spent the past two weeks trying to find a lost ball of yarn. I know I have a lot of yarn but really? It’s just a simple ball of Kroy Sock Yarn I purchased a long time ago in very Halloween like colors. For years it sat in my sock yarn bins and at one point last winter I cast on for a pair of socks and was going to play around with making my own pattern. For some reason or another I ripped back to the toe and threw it in a bag. I failed however to throw that ball’s mate into the same bag and about three weeks ago when I pulled it out and decided to use it to knit up a pair of socks for Mike, I figured the other ball would turn up before I was done. Flash forward about two days when I started working on the cuff and figured I’d take a peek around. Not sock in my bins, not in my WIP bags, just nothing.

I just spent the past 45 minutes digging through every corner of my townhouse that has yarn, nothing. I wanted to finish the pair by Halloween but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon.

However, the dig through the sock yarn bin has pulled up some beauties I’d forgotten about that will now be closer to the front of the line to knit. I’ve got another pair I’m working on for Mike so don’t feel too bad. He picked out the yarn for this particular pair right after he first moved in and that was almost a year ago so at least I’ll have those done for him before the year marker!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We took a nice late afternoon walk today (as nice as I could on my lunch break). It was nice and we enjoyed the sites and sounds of fall. I think we’re going to venture out to one of the haunted houses this weekend. Already mid-October. This season is going too quickly!

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Especially to my better half who is Canadian. After class he helped me change the huge lights in the kitchen which was a huge task in itself especially after I dropped one of them taking out and it shattered on the floor, nearly taking out my poor Pumpkin who is never far away.

Later on, I made him an apple pie! It turned out lovely and we’re going to eat a slice in a few minutes.

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Yesterday we went out to the pumpkin patch and had a lot of fun doing the corn maze and picking out our pumpkins.

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I love this time of year and the time we’re getting to spend doing autumn type stuff when I have a day off. Next up – the trail of terror! Now off to enjoy some pie!

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Rain and Little Women

Today is a very rainy day here in Kentucky. I had class this morning and spent a couple of wet hours out at the dairy barn learning about raising heifers which included bottle feeding an adorable little calf who also wanted to chew on my knuckles. It’s my only class this semester and I’m really enjoying it. I love all of my animal science classes, (shocker, huh?) especially the production classes. I did the sheep production class two years ago and it was heaven getting to study sheep and it’s been one of my favorite classes to date. I also really liked the meat science class. I never expected to enjoy learning about meat processing and how to take a steer/hog/lamb from animal to plate but I learned a lot.

After all of that rain this afternoon and the running around earlier this morning to take Mike downtown to a job interview, the only thing I wanted to do was come home and knit and watch a movie. So I’m enjoying Little Women, making the Amy March slippers and watching the rain outside. I’m going to continue to enjoy the day, I hope you do the same!

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What’s In My Queue – September

I’m so excited that fall is almost here! Fall is hands down my favorite season and I want to try to make the most of it this year. From Keeneland, to Boyd’s Orchards, to trails of terror, I want to enjoy it! Best part of fall is the cooler weather which means I can bring my hand knits back out and wear wool socks again without dying of heat stroke. There are a couple of things I would like to knit this season and calling them out on here is going to make me more accountable to actually DO them.

First off is the Gaptastic cowl by Jen Geigly, I’ve got some green Cascade Eco+ that has been in my stash for a long long time and would be perfect for this.

I’m loving this cozy shawl from Jared Flood, it may be more winter than fall but I could see myself using it for almost three seasons inside the house. I’ve also been dying for an excuse to try his new Loft yarn.

 The geek comes out! I love Doctor Who and this Bigger on the Inside shawl by Kate Atherley looks like so much fun. I have the perfect skein of blue Wollmeise that is a cross between Tardis and UK blue and is something I would love to wear this fall. It may have to move to the #1 spot on my Ravelry queue, especially with the new season that just came out.

Other patterns I’m considering making this fall: Afternoon Tea, Shetland Triangle, and since I already bought the yarn for it, Big Herringbone Cowl