November 27, 2005

Doggie and actual knitting!

So the cats are still keeping watch over the new dog:

Especially Jack who doesn't quite trust her yet:

But she is being great and ignoring the taunting of my little kitty beasts. She should get along just fine at our place.

And some actual knitting content on my blog...

Finished a scarf which is a christmas present for my friend Sharon. I made up the pattern and it's knit in Rowan Plaid which is just awesome stuff. Someday I really want a big cozy sweater made from this yarn.

And the sweater that I started for my dad for Christmas (last year) is coming along nicely. It's Jessie's sweater from stitch n bitch nation. I have nearly finished both sleeves and hope to get started on the body this week. I'm using Schoeller Stahl Merino Stretch. Which I like, but at the same time it's very odd to knit with stretchy yarn. The resulting fabric is somewhat sweatshirt like. My dad should really love it. My dad was an auto mechanic for 30 years... he has a special place in his heart for flames (especially on cars from the 50's) so this sweater just screamed DAD when I saw the pattern.

And that's all for now. Have a great week everyone.

November 19, 2005

Here she is!

This is our new dog Shasta! She's a pit/boxer mix and is 5 years old. We got her from Smiley Dog Rescue. I'm on house duty this weekend (well me and the fiance are) to make sure the cats don't antagonize her. She has been in a foster home with cats and did well. But our youngest one has been trying to chase her out of the house.... so far everyone is getting along well enough. She loves belly rubs! And here are some photos of her "in" her bed :)

November 18, 2005


The yummy merino that I ordered last month finally showed up. Word of advice... never use DHL for shipping. They are really bad. But here is the yarn.
For a sweater:

And several scarves:

I love the colors (even if a few of them don't match the online photos) but the burgundy/orange ones and green/gray ones have been so tangled that winding them into balls has really been painful. Hopefully the blue stuff is not that way as I have 10 of them.

And here's a great knitted toy booklet that I picked up:

And lastly... a cabled scarf that I made up the pattern for:

It's for a friend for christmas. The yarn is Rowan plaid and is just one of my favorites to knit with. So soft and springy. A great choice for cables.

And we're actually bringing our new dog home on Saturday. Her foster family has been keeping her for us till we could finish building a deck and put up cat fence (so everyone can go into the yarn without ending up in the street). I'm super excited!

Have a great Friday!

November 04, 2005

ADD Knitter

So I think I have ADD when it comes to knitting. Can't seem to stick to just a project or two.

My sesame sweater has a collar and half the buton band.... just needs the other band, sleeves sewn in, and buttons added. But the sleeves are knitted already:

Here's a seedstitch scarf I started a couple weekends ago because I needed something easy to work on while we had a garage sale. This is the super bulky. Love their colors:

And my second misty garden scarf (scarf style). Just felt like starting it :) It's close to half way done:

And a scarf using a pattern I found on craftster for my mom for christmas (she's one of the few I'm knitting for this year):

And one finished project that I have been wearing but forgot to photograph:

Yarn: Noro Transitions
Color: #6 pink/red/khaki/grey/green
Pattern: Last Minute Knitted Gifts Kid Rainbow Scarf
Needles: Lantern Moon Straights #10
Yarn Quantity: 2 full balls (260 yards total)

Well now I have to go to work. Have a great weekend.