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Happy days are here again

I have this little tune singing around in my head today.

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So, Let’s sing a song of cheer again….

It’s a tune I remember from way back in my childhood, and it’s so appropriate in my world these days.  I’ve been knitting, and crocheting like mad – starting new things, finishing things that have been sitting dormant for YEARS so that I can start even more NEW things!  New yarns have been arriving for fall.  I’m feeling so inspired.  All of these things make me very happy.

Yet, nothing makes me so happy as my sweetheart.  My on the mend sweetheart!  An old friend asked me yesterday how Jim was doing with his treatment, and I suddenly realized that while I had been sharing his great news with people I saw, I have not updated his status  here.  He’s doing fantastic!  He’s finished with radiation and chemo.  His PET scan looks great.  No cancer markers in his blood!  Stage Four to Zero.  Wahoo!!!  Yipee!!!!  Thank you all for your prayers and support.  It really meant so much to us.  He’s on the mend.  It’ll be awhile before he feels fabulous again, but he’s feeling PRETTY DARN GOOD!

Happy days are here again….

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Socks? These socks?

Well they took a while.  Not because they took a while to knit – though they did.  I think I ended up ripping out just as many stitches as I knit!  Sizing was my issue at first – I neglected to figure in any negative ease, so my first stocking just ran down my leg.  Not able to bear the thought of ripping it out, I started the second stocking with my second skein of Sprout, and finished it on the way to market back in January.  It sat peacefully in the file drawer in my office for months waiting for a mate.  Finally having found the nerve to rip out the original elephant stocking, I began work on the replacement back in March.  Things happened.  My mind wasn’t what it needed to be.  That beautiful traveling cable proceeded to travel right around the back of the stocking… instead of the front where it belonged.  Where did I discover this?  Just about the time I was to begin the heel flap.

Time out.  The stocking deserved some serious time out.  I really was beginning to believe that it would end up in a closet somewhere.  …and yet…

The saga of the German Stockings has finally come to a close.

FinishedDone!

Jenna, I’m wearing mine to the anniversary sale.  I’m wearing short pants.  I’ll look quite silly, but I really don’t care.   They are done.  …and they WILL stay up.

I used a teensy little crochet hook with some elastic thread to keep the stockings up.  Slipped stitches worked into the knit stitches on the inside of the twisted ribbing about every 3rd row.  I think I may have worked it a little tight.  Hopefully my feet won't fall off!

I used a teensy little crochet hook with some elastic thread to keep the stockings up. Slipped stitches worked into the knit stitches on the inside of the twisted ribbing about every 3rd row. I think I may have worked it a little tight. Hopefully my feet won’t fall off!

Where have I been?  It’s been awhile since my last posting.  Life has been interrupting.  Thankfully.

It’s been a couple of months now since the terrible horrible no good very bad day.  Jim?  Cancer?  Crap! I could say more.  I could use stronger language.  Instead I’ll just say Thank God.  Jim’s cancer has a great prognosis.  It’s been a struggle to get through the treatments – surgery 1st and now chemo and radiation, hydration, swallowing, but he’s coming along fine.  12 more radiation sessions and 3 more chemo and then we wait for the results.  And so I’m thankful.  We’re nearly done.

I am very lucky to have a wonderful support network.  My crew at the shop have been taking care of everything so that I can take care of Jim.  I can’t tell you how thankful that makes me.  Friends from the shop have been sending cards, food and well wishes our way.  Thank you all for your support.  It is so appreciated.

I’ve had time on my hands.  I had no idea how time consuming Cancer can be!  Wait here, wait there, waiting waiting everywhere!  …and so I’m thankful.  My knitting has been saving my sanity!

Wedding Present... nearly complete

Wedding Present… nearly complete
All 12 blocks are finished and waiting to be assembled. Assembly is not suited for the doctor’s office, so it’ll have to wait until I get back to the shop to use the tables.

Just because... it's so cute.  I fell in love with this little dress from the latest Tahki Cotton Classic collection.  Just a few more ends to tuck in.

Just because… it’s so cute. I fell in love with this little dress from the latest Tahki Cotton Classic collection. Just a few more ends to tuck in.

Finally back on the needles and loving  this shawl in Rowan Panama.

Finally back on the needles and loving this shawl in Rowan Panama.

Perfect for a cold walk in Scotland.  One sleeve and a cuff to go...  He's going to look FINE in this!

Perfect for a cold walk in Scotland. One sleeve and a cuff to go… He’s going to look FINE in this!

Just add soap... and a few more stitches.  Great back scrubbie for my sailor.

Just add soap… and a few more stitches. Great back scrubbie for my sailor.

Just another sock.  It's not "THE" sock.  "THE" sock appears to be doomed.  It's been knit and ripped and ripped some more.  Currently sitting in the corner.  Whining.

Just another sock. It’s not “THE” sock. “THE” sock appears to be doomed. It’s been knit and ripped and ripped some more. Currently sitting in the corner. Whining.

My first Woobie.  Still needs eyes and nostrils.  It's a zebra in case you couldn't tell.

My first Woobie. Still needs eyes and nostrils. It’s a zebra in case you couldn’t tell.

I've been weaving too.  Can't wait to finish these!  Waffle Weave towels - 4 of them.  I've also finished another 4 towels and a waffle weave scarf.

I’ve been weaving too. Can’t wait to finish these! Waffle Weave towels – 4 of them. I’ve also finished another 4 towels and a waffle weave scarf.

My Honey.  Looking great in his 3/4 sweater.  Looks great with that purple bandage on his arm after today's session.  Never lost his hair!  He's particularly thankful to have kept his moustache!

My Honey. Looking great in his 3/4 sweater. Looks great with that purple bandage on his arm after today’s session. Never lost his hair! He’s particularly thankful to have kept his moustache!

Life’s little interruptions.  They can make or break you.  I’ve opted to take them on thankfully.  I’m so thankful to have a wonderful partner to share my life with.  I’m so thankful to have the extra time to spend with him while he recovers.  I’m so thankful for Knit ‘n Knibble and all the love that comes through those doors.

Socks? What socks?

Cinnie v. Brynna

Oooh, shiny!

Let the accidental(1) Chic Knits Cascade Sunseeker Cardigan-off begin!

 

(1) Seriously. I had no idea Caroline was going to start a Cinnie out of crimson Sunseeker when I started my Brynna out of  the silver. Oops.

One down…

One-down

 

You haven’t heard much lately about the German Stocking saga… I think that both Jenna and I have been excited about all of the new products that have been arriving at the shop lately.  Jenna has been happily knitting away on several beautiful shawls from the new Sock Yarn Shawls book by Jen Lucas – I have one going as well.  I finished Triston’s Blanket – a week late for his birthday, but it arrived in Tennessee just in time for a cold snow day home from school!

Triston's Blanket

 

It turned out better than I’d hoped!  He LOVES it by the way!

…and just to give Jenna a little nudge…  I’m nearly finished with the motif on my second German Stocking!  Just try to beat me.

Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself. I’m one round short of finishing the decreases along the gusset, and then it’s time to cruise down the foot to the toe.

I’m very likely taking the damn thing with me to karaoke tonight. NOT ALL OF US GET AN ALL DAY FLIGHT TO LOS ANGELES TO SIT AND KNIT ON.

Go ahead, Caroline.

Call Jim and have him overnight you the other skein… that is, if he can find it.

I'll get you my pretty, and your little skein, too!

I’ll get you my pretty, and your little skein, too!

Going to market!!

It’s early. My flight isn’t scheduled to leave for hours, but Jim had to work so my drop off at the airport was way early.

I don’t mind. I’m armed with a boat load of knitting to help pass the time.

Yesterday, Jenna and I had a little “to do” about our progress on the German Stocking. We were at exactly the same point. Oh my. If you could have seen the competitive faces move in!

I’m busily trying to move in to a winning spot! Knitting and pattern in lap, I have a prime spot at the gate.

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Can’t wait to get to Long Beach for the TNNA market! Going to find some great stuff for the shop.