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Sheep in the County

Been busy ’round here! Guess that’s why I haven’t popped in for a while. Due to the sad, neglected state of my Ravelry page, I’ve been spending lots of time working out some of the many patterns-in-progress that have accumulated on my desk. I keep saying I’ll write them, then I become distracted. I’ve thought of a term for it though…”procastonation”: procrastinating one project by casting on another. I’m trying to write and print some small and easy “summer travel” style knitting patterns. You know…quick hats, socks with the new DK and worsted weight sock yarn…that sort of thing. Predictably, folks want portable knitting projects with nearly instant gratification at this time of year. That’s not to say I don’t still have at least three half-written sweater patterns mid-way down the pile.

Simple Simon

Classes are in full swing, although I haven’t had a ton of sign-ups <sigh>…it’s a tough sell in the summer time. (I’ve gone for quality over quantity ;) It gives me no end of satisfaction when our knitters complete their projects. Inevitably, they’re amazed that they’ve actually managed to do it! It’s a thrill to see people discover something new in themselves. Juliet and Anne are both super-functioning, highly intelligent people. Both have achieved really great success in real life but they are genuinely puffed up with the excitement of knitting. Kinda nice!

Two-at-a-Time SocksHaving said that, it takes a lot of time to prepare a class; writing, planning, knitting samples, practicing and timing. I’m in the throes of preparing my two-at-a-time, top-down sock class for Creativ Fall 2014. It’s a big show with a big 30-person classroom so I’m hoping there will be lots of eager sock knitters out there.

Though the label “Gardener” will never appear next to my name in this life, something has actually bloomed in my garden. Shocking. This is the Bleeding Heart given to us by Mumsie about three years ago. This is the first time it has bloomed. That should tell you something about my gardening prowess.

Bleeding HeartApart from that…I haven’t touched my oven in weeks. ‘Tis the barbeque season, which may account for the potato salad ring around my middle. That’s all the news that’s fit to print :)

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