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Camp Loopy Project Two Update

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Well, I finished this project on Friday and blocked it over the weekend. I could not resist wearing it to work on Monday. I love it so much. I whined throughout the whole process of knitting the edging but wow, it really was well worth it. I carried it around for a few days before I found the perfect place to take pictures of it in downtown Frankfort earlier this afternoon. I’m so in love with this shawl and got so many compliments on it at work Monday.


Yarn: Madtosh Prairie
Pattern: Rock Island by Jared Flood
Cast On: July 1, 2013
Bind Off: July 27, 2013

I’ll talk about my next project for the final month of Camp Loopy tomorrow. I’ve got my yarn and needles ready but I’ve now changed my mind on the pattern.

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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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Busy and Happy

Well, school has started again, immigration is behind us, work has picked up, and we’re hopefully getting some fall weather soon. Getting busy but I’m really happy about it. I wish I could be joining my mom in France next week but maybe next spring. Did I mention the cats are finally getting along? It makes things a heck of a lot nicer around here. But seriously, how can I not be happy after getting to the other side of the immigration ordeal with a positive outcome? 84 days from submission too.

We’ve started planning our trip to Victoria/Vancouver in October since Mike can leave the country (legally). He hasn’t seen his family since last year and I’m looking forward to seeing the area he grew up in and getting to know his family. We’re either going to fly into Seattle or Vancouver and take the ferry to Victoria.

Thankfully I’m only taking one class this fall and then plan is to fit the trip in-between my  class time. My class this semester – Dairy Production. It involves two lectures a week and a trip out to the dairy unit to see the cows and production first hand. The class coordinator has been trying to get me to take it for a long time and I’m excited it’s finally fitting into my schedule. We’re a week in and  so far it’s been really interesting. We spent yesterday afternoon out at the dairy barn getting a tour and seeing the life cycle of the dairy cow (including babies!!).





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Life went from crazy to “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!” Thankfully the busiest part of the summer semester has died down but now work is about to explode. I finished my cowl and I’m going to block it as soon as I can get Pumpkin to stop sleeping in the bucket I use to give my knits a bath. She just looks too cute curled up in a bucket. I’m really trying to focus on one knitting project but it’s not easy! I have a basket next to the computer filled with stuff I want to work on and I just can’t settle on one except that darn cowl.

The weather has died down a bit here (knock on wood) and it’s at the point where we don’t need the AC on 24/7 and can go outside without immediately sweating. Also the storms have started – it’s definitely summer in Kentucky! Looking forward to a few days off and working on a single project this week. Challenge accepted!

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Days Off

I enjoyed a wonderful day off today and it helps that I finally have a somewhat regulated sleep schedule! It took about two weeks of classes and work, but I’ve finally settled into a nice summer routine. This won’t last long of course since it’s only an 8-week session, but I’m going to enjoy it for now.

I’ve been getting up anywhere from 6-8, working on some homework, knitting, or blog reading. Mike is getting pretty good at making earl grey lattes and will bring them up. We both end up lounging around on our computers until I have to go to work. Around mid-afternoon, I come home for “lunch.” We sit around talking, and sometimes get some more work in on my homework. In the evening after work, I’ll turn in my assignments and get in some knitting or reading time before bed.

Today since I was off and no assignments due yet (group projects!), we hung out and watched movies, stopped in at BabyCakes for some yummy cupcakes, and just enjoyed a well-deserved day off. I have a bunch of stuff I need to get done tomorrow and although we haven’t decided on our plans yet, we’re going to try to go out and get involved in the July 4th celebrations here in Lexington.