Triangle Cowl for a Tiny Creature

Dachshunds need sweaters. Seriously, this little dog, with his short coat, is like a heat-seeking missile. He’ll sleep in front of the heat vent in the kitchen that blows warm air, loves a good nap in a sun puddle, and especially loves a seat on your lap under a big blanket. But, when I put a sweater on Jackson, he shakes. It’s worse than shivers, it’s like he is being punished, and I’m just trying to help him stay warm.  When I first made his neckwarmer, it was more of a joke, but he didn’t shake! So, he wears his neckwarmer pretty much daily from November through March, since 2008. He could use a new one, so when I came across the Triangle Cowl for Tiny Creatures it seemed like a great idea. The yarn is mystery stash – I think it’s from Farmhouse Yarns. I cast on fewer stitches and knit for a length of 15″, then sewed the ends together. Perfect. I like how the yarn started to pool in stripes too.  Pretty nice for a quickie project!

Back to the blog

Hello! Merry Christmas! Hopefully you had a lovely holiday season, I feel very lucky to say that I did. Among all the events (and noise, oh the noise) there was a lot of love and laughter. I love Christmas, I do, but I also love the days after it all to recover and be lazy. Again, thankful that I can do that. So, it is Friday and I can share the FOs I made over the last few weeks!

I do still have a few knits to work on for gifts, but they will be happy surprises and well wishes for the new year and that is ok.  I did knit Dan a pair of socks and they were finished in time for Christmas.  As he is certainly knit-worthy, I used “Bugga” yarn and the Simple Skyp pattern knit mostly two-at-a-time. I so want a pair of these for myself!! I can see this becoming a real go-to pattern.

I knit a pair of fingerless mitts for Betsy, because how often does a knitter get a handmade gift? I was first sold on the yarn, a superwash merino worsted weight from MarigoldJen on etsy – the colorway is “Fairy Dust”. The pattern is Stulpen, but I had to modify for this weight of yarn. Luckily my guesses and instincts on what to change / where (and thanks to the notes of other Ravelry users) and they fit perfectly. I will make this pattern again, probably with some of this yarn – nice combination that was difficult to part with.

On my needles now is a scarf for Dan, a sample scarf for a yarn company, and those two other gifty items.  I’m taking stock of my yarns and project ideas for a rather ambitious project that I’m looking forward to telling you about next week! Enjoy the weekend!


Monday Listicle: Life with Kids

I haven’t done a listicle in a while, but I could not resist the prompt for today. When I started blogging I think most of the posts featured Jackson, my first “kid”, in some way or another. It still happens now that I might meet someone who reads this blog and they know Jackson! Then the lorax and the little nutmeg arrived, and they have dominated the blog among the knitting for a while.  Lately it has gotten harder to get decent photos – someone is always moving or, moving to see how the photo came out! Instagram is great for sharing a lot of these quick snaps, so many on my listicle come from there. All were taken with my phone.  I really need to charge up my big camera and just get back to it. Anyway, here’s today’s listicle:





Dachshund kisses

Nose to nose.


Line up

Lining up the crews.


Buckle up

Buckle Up


Silly face

Someone was playing with my phone.



Alseep in the car. Rare.





perfect day for ice cream! #freeconeday #Ben&Jerrys

Ice Cream Cones!









Shift Finished!

I am almost done with this year’s crazy Rhinebeck Hat – I will probably post a photo on Friday. I can say that both are coming together nicely and this takes the cake for obnoxious, easy to spot, silly, & yet totally appropriate for attending a fiber festival. But this post is about a new FO! I mentioned here that I scored a destash of Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica – it was an assortment of skeins. I had fun pairing them together and finally cast on a collection to create Shift. I started with this: Purple pink
Many rows of garter stitch later, I have ended up with this: IMG_5182
I love that it can be long and chunky, but I can also double it for those really cold days that are sure to come!
Someone came looking for me when I was trying to take a few pictures! IMG_5195
And someone else was trying to snatch a few pancakes leftover from lunch, so I made him earn it.

For Jackson

This weekend Jackson turns 7! Way back in July, 2005 we brought the little wienie home. 

If you have read my blog for any length of time you know what a good sport he has been and continues to be.
Christmas Tree Hat modeled

Little ones
A lot has changed since then, and he has dealt with fairly well.  He is barky and ornery but he loves a good lap, a snuggle, and always has a kiss waiting.
Seven years old!
Love you buddy!

Yarn Along – Aug 3 Stripes!

from small things

Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr.

Yarn Along - Aug 3
I’ve been mostly trying to stay on top of the blog reading this past week, so that’s my google reader page on the ipad. I am dreaming about starting new projects, but I am actually only working on two things. My Neon Nightmare, a massive granny stripe blanket – it is starting to get heavier and take up more space as I work on it. So far, I’ve got 28 rows done, about 11 inches, and I am planning to work this up to use up ALL the yarn that I have for each color. I do believe that when the cooler days and nights come this way (and they are coming!) I will look forward to working on this. This project is boosting my crochet confidence as well, so I am quite pleased. The red & white stripey thing is part of a surprise gift that I do not want to talk too much about – the recipient has swung by my blog once in a while.

I have another striped object to share – I finished the Rainbow Marley last week at SnB. I made myself finish the twirly bits on the top, and thanks to Costumechick for her input on the twirly bits – she suggested putting them together tassle-like (versus pinwheel style) and that seemed to work out just right.
Jackson, back at work.

Will you go away if I don’t look at you?

Seriously kid, we’re the original siblings – help me out and take this off my head.

A more usual hat

Last week’s heat wave really had me a bit puzzled thinking about baby#2 – how to dress the little one? With the Lorax, who was born in November, I didn’t really think twice about putting an extra layer / blanket / hat on her to keep her warm enough. This time around, I think I mostly plan on keeping the kid in a onesie for August. But, I still think hats are in order. I do have the the baby bucket hat ready but wanted something for maybe inside, just a little something. Babies need hats!

Anyway, I crocheted a Shell Stitch Beanie using yarn that was leftover from the Lorax’s Big Bad Baby Blanket and the Baby Bucket Hat.
I stuck a little hair clip to the back of the flower, so it can be on the hat or not.

Allow Jackson to model.

It’s quite cute, worked up really quickly even for a novice crocheter like myself. And, best mark of a good pattern? I would make this again. I think it would work year round in any number of yarns.

Zebra Scarf

I started this project, I think, back in September. 2006. I don’t know why it was in hibernation for so long – it needed one little leg, 2 tiny ears, a mane and eyes put on, and ends woven in. Last night and today I decided to just get it done.

Zebra Scarf – found in “Vogue Knitting on the Go: Scarves Two” – I think this was the sole reason I bought the book (back when I did that sort of thing. sigh.)

It is seriously cute. The yarn I chose, Plymouth Yarn Oh My!, is really soft, but you totally loose stitch definition when you knit it. And it is a bit splitty. And unravels easily. It’s like a chenille-y, multiple-tiny-eyelash-yarns together sort of yarn. Makes a cute project, but I’m not going to buy this again. Not sure what I will do with the leftovers.

Once again, Jackson totally rocks the zebra look.

The purple eyes were a specific request from the Lorax. She mostly approves of the scarf. But will she wear it?

Representing at Rhinebeck

I am so excited for the weekend – it time for NY Sheep & Wool a.k.a. Rhinebeck! I am going to be going with my favorite sister-in-law (how awesome is it that she is a knitter?! AND we discovered last year that we have similar shopping strategies!) – she and my brother live not too far, so I will be able to hang out with her, and then see my brother and stay with them (so nice not to have to think about driving back the same day or figuring hotels!). A mini-vacation for me!

Several of the gals at my SnB are planning to be there and they made hats so they can find each other easily. I want to be one of the cool kids too, so I made a hat. Seriously, why do people stress out over a “Rhinebeck Sweater”? Make a hat, your friends can find you! I might wear a handknit sweater, but I’m not sure of the weather yet and I think it will be easier to dress in layers (including my Ravelry shirt).
Tassled Hat
When I was making this hat (using Farmhouse Yarn’s “Mary’s Little Lamb Light Worsted” held doubled) I had more than one moment of panic – I really thought that it was going to be a Lorax sized hat, but thankfully it does stretch!
Tassled Hat
I did knit it flat, but did a three needle bind off to seam the top and quickly seamed up the side. I think I might have to wear pigtails to match to top tassles, though with the state of my hair now, when I do pig tails they look like cocker spaniel ears! This yarn is leftover from my Chickadee Cowl, and I still have 25grams left. I think this is the first time I have a matching set – hat & cowl! If it’s chilly enough, I’ll be wearing both!

If you’re at Rhinebeck, you can spot me in the hat, or my knitting bag:
My knitting bag
I would love to say “Hi!” I’ll be keeping my eye out for several fellow knitters as well!

Of course, I can’t have a finished object post without Jackson modeling!
Dachshund & Tassled Hat
Maybe I’ll use the leftover yarn to make Jackson a new neckwarmer….

Oh Buddy, You’re In Trouble

The other night, my father-in-law came over so we all went outside to say hello and help move some things. We left Jackson inside. The Lorax and I played outside for a bit when Dan and his dad left. We came inside to get something and Jackson was no where to be found. He didn’t come running when we came inside. I didn’t see his leash either… maybe he went with the guys for a ride?

Nope. I found Jackson. Here:
The little weenie jumped onto the chairs and up onto the table. He finished off the rice left in the Lorax’s dish and half a chicken tender from Dan’s plate.

The arrow is pointing to some dip that was on his paw.

Thank you for not getting sick overnight in our bed. You’re still going on a diet.