Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Keeping Busy

I have been busy lately. Not the busy of running around town or hitting the lake. Summer in Arizona is similar to winter elsewhere. The little time spent outdoors is usually in the pool. Most of our days now are spent inside enjoying cool air conditioning. My busy has been in establishing new routines and rhythms. We had been busy exploring our new library, taking quick afternoon trips to the nearby museums, visiting friends who live just blocks away and staying up late. The last few weeks have been ones of finding our niche and relishing it.

The new house is becoming more of our home each day. Little things are added like the construction paper chain adorning our dining room, added by Aine in a fit of creativity. We are coming together again as a family to see and do. Part of the time is spent on the computer creating new code, exploring minecraft mods or watching documentaries. Other time is spent at the table eating meals together, entertaining and laughing, or watching the dog owners, just out the window, exercise their pets in the evening hours. Much more of our time now is spent creating, pulling out long forgotten mediums to create and enjoy.

This creating and settling into our home means a bit of knitting too. I seem to have found my mojo again. Last week I finished a shawl. I used a pattern that has been in my queue for years. I finally decided it was time to make one after seeing so many gorgeous ones through the Yarn Along. It is the Citron pattern from Knitty, however I added as many repeats as I had yarn. I used Kauni in a gradient colorway. I really love the colors, but the yarn is a bit more rustic than what I usually use. Once blocked it did soften up. I had it hanging in the doorway for a few days, and my mom happened to visit. She mentioned how pretty it was, so I gave it to her. I looks beautiful on her. I hope she wears it and enjoys it.


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  1. That's beautiful. I bet your mom is very pleased.

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  2. it turned out lovely. :)
    settling in to a new place is always an adventure. :)

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  3. Gorgeous! My entire closet is nothing but these colors! Visiting from yarn Along.

    Best,
    Sheila
    http://sheilazachariae.blogspot.com/2013/07/pattern-sale-christmas-in-july-sale-in.html

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  4. Your mom is one lucky woman! I have an incredible urge to knit another....but I am resisting. You did such a lovely job. Great yarn choice!

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  5. Your Citron is beautiful! I have knit that pattern a few times and just love it.

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  6. i was really surprised when you said this was knit with kauni....I have a couple skeins, have started a few things, but found it so coarse i was a bit reluctant to continue with it. Yours really does look like it has softened beautifully. love the colors. maybe i'll drag out a few of those old ufo's!

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    1. It softened quite a bit with a good soak. It could probably use another one, as it is still a bit itchy.

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  7. wow. I have to say that is one of the prettiest shawls I have ever seen. I know the pattern, but the yarn, the colors....I want it!
    I wish I had the brain for knitting. I spend more time frogging than knitting.
    XO

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    1. I know you could make this shawls. Lots and lots of stockinette.

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  8. Beautiful shawl Heather :)

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  9. What a beautiful adaptation of the Citron shawl. I am just learning to knit so I don't think I would be up to the adjustments.

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  10. Beautiful! I hope your mom enjoys it - you are so generous :)

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