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!

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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!

 

Enjoyable WIPs

 

Is it fair to show a WIP that is now finished? If you follow me on pretty much any other social media channel, I posted about how I started a hat over the weekend, and couldn’t stop working on it! It’s done, washed, and is drying now.  I hope I will be able to get a few photos tomorrow. When it was still in-progress, I popped it on Jackson, just to see – I may have to indulge the pup and make him a new neckwarmer out of the lovely Weekend Wool! I also started a sock, the first of a pair intended for my husband. The yarn is Bugga and has such a great squish factor, along with the phenomenal color. He respects and appreciates the handknits, so I enjoy knitting for him. I will make this pattern, Simple Skyp Socks, again as it feels like it just flies off the needles! I have some highly variegated yarn in my stash that I would like to see how it plays with the stitch pattern. I think a tonal or semisolid would also work well here. It reminds me of knitting the Monkey socks – it’s enjoyable to knit and is a pattern that works with every yarn. Have you had an enjoyable WIP this week?

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FO Friday – Blanket

BlanketI have so many WIPs going on right now, my knitting bag / basket / project area is starting to overflow.  I started taking a look at what was in there to see if there was anything I could possibly move along.  I started a Reversible Crochet Baby Blanket earlier this spring intending to give it to a friends baby (who arrived last month) but in the end I’ll be keeping it. It just needed a few more rows and now it is 33″ long. Jackson took to it right away.

This was very much a stash busting project; I’ve used up most of three big skeins of Red Heart yarn, so that’s good. I also have a length of fleece that I want to attach to the back of the blanket. That will probably take me a while to get around to actually doing, so for now, this project is getting a toss in the wash and being marked as finished. I would make this again, but maybe next time only holding two yarns together. I am also considering maybe double crochet instead of single crochet too, as this blanket is quite dense and heavy.

I have marked a lot of fabric on etsy as “Favorites” for this sort of project – so tempting!

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