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Tony was on a fishing trip for part of last week and that was all the excuse I needed to cast on a few projects. It was my reward after putting kids in bed for the night. Not that I needed any rewards but…I told myself I did so I didn’t feel bad about knitting. ๐Ÿ™‚
The first is a gorgeous shawl {don’t judge me. it’s cooler than it sounds.} called Aestlight Shawl. The purple yarn is Malabrigo sock yarn in Eggplant. And the mustardy/gold is…well I don’t know. I can’t find the dang label. I bought it from Color Crossing in Roberts WI. ย I think this shawl will be gorgeous when it is done! I would be tempted to give it to my mom for her birthday, but she is allergic to wool. So I’ll probably just have to keep it.

Second cast on, is a new pair of socks in Sweet Georgia’s sock yarn called River. One of my favorite knitting shops, Darn Knit Anyway in Stillwater MN, sent a picture of the St. Croix River to Sweet Georgia and this is the yarn she dyed up. I mean, how cool is that?! I couldn’t walk away from something like that. I’m nostalgic when it comes to home and the St. Croix River Valley is where we live. ย The pattern is The Knitmore Girls “Vanilla Socks.” I use two sixteen inch circulars, size 1.

The boys and I also picked up this little fellow when Tony was away. ๐Ÿ™‚ What will I bring home next?? Tony better not leave again or he might come home to a pig. No joking. Actually, I was a good girl and did get his permission first. I claimed mice in the garage roof as the “need” for him. Which is true. The boys and I went to visit some local farm friends where we had to make a tough choice. I didn’t plan on getting a boy, but he was orange. Orange. How can you say no to an orange kitten? Obviously you can’t. Elias and Espen are in glory to have a new friend. We named him Garbe after the farm where we got him. He’s sweet. I don’t even mind getting up at 5 in the morning to snuggle with him.