FO: Thankful for Dogs

In 2013, the day before Thanksgiving I drove out to Virginia and picked up my very first dog, Cher. A timid and shy chihuahua pug mix who didn’t realize I was probably just as terrified of her and what to expect as she was of me. This was the first picture I ever took of her and sent to my husband.
Cher
I sewed her a blanket, bought her a chew toy (she never touched it)and tried to make her crate a cushy environment. The harnesses and collars I picked up were either too big or too small and she wouldn’t come out of her crate! Oh I was worried she’d hate me. By the end of the week I knew it was going to be okay and about 3 months later I realized she knew she was home when I found her snoring heavily on the back of the couch curled up in blankets. Fast forward 4 years (her gotcha day is actually Monday) and Cher’s got a little sister, Jellybean and a pretty cushy life. So I was thinking about making the girls sweaters that coordinated for the holidays and I realized the collars my friend Salina made them last year, would match my favorite yarn, madelinetosh in neon peach. I had just enough of that yarn and the turquoise shade called Canton from this sweater to make my girls sweaters to coordinate with their collars.
Sister sweaters
These two are getting to be posing pros! LOL The sweater pattern I loosely followed was the Waldo pattern from the Seamless Knits for Posh Pups book – a favorite of mine. It essentially gives you the basics to create a simple top down raglan sweater for a dog and is easy to modify. I changed up the stripes and added a bit of ease to the sleeves and shortened the length. But I whipped these both up in a 24 hour period.
Sister sweaters
I made Jellybean’s sweater first. I knew I wanted to make a colorblocked sweater for Cher with the blue but which I had done Jelly’s collar in blue because you lose the ribbon since it matches almost perfectly! But it’s still super cute.
Sister sweaters
I just did a few stripes on the lower half of her sweater and the stripes get gradually larger as they go down. Jellybean also realized if she did like Cher, sat and took pictures calmly then she’d get treats. I took this last pic after I was finished taking pictures but she went back to the mat to wait for a treat for being good. Of course I rewarded her. Although the sleeves are long in these pics after putting it on her and having her wear it all day I decided to cut back the ribbing and make the sleeves shorter to make it easier to put it on her. It was a smart choice but the longer sleeves do look really adorable.
Sister sweaters
Cher’s sweater is the same pattern but I went with shorter sleeves from the beginning. I don’t really put Cher in sweaters unless we’re going to be around people and I want her to be festive or if it’s really, really cold outside and I add it as a layer to her coat.
Sister sweaters
I love the big blocks of color on this sweater. But I also love that Beanie’s sweater is so bright and fun like she is. I think they match their personalities and they match the collars so well. I’m going to have to put on my Cracked Pepper sweater and take pics with them in their sweaters at some point.
Sister sweaters
I’m taking off from the blog the rest of the week for the Thanksgiving holiday but I really am thankful for these two little dogs. I get teased a lot because I treat them like family but to me they really are a part of my family. And their love is insanely pure. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving you guys! I hope you get in some quality knitting time in between time spent with family and friends.

Advertisements

Little Things Add Up

I’ve been a little quieter than normal lately because my husband just finished a stretch of back to back travel. Typically when he’s away I don’t broadcast it but he’s been out for about two weeks with a 48 hour pop-in,  so it has been me and the girls lately. I don’t mind that he travels but I do miss him while he’s gone.
Untitled
But I typically get some good knitting time in when he travels since it’s just me and the girls. Except for when Jellybean wants to play fetch for a solid hour. Then we have to run around the living room. And sometimes Cher hops down and demands a walk.
Untitled
But with the weather so nice I made sure to spend a lot of time outside with these two ladies on extra long walks and car rides so they could hang their heads out the window. Plus it wears them out and I’m ensured to have some solid knitting time while they both nap laid across my legs.
Untitled
I also went to the park with Maddie and her little sister Olivia last weekend. I was tickled because her Mom put this hat on Liv’s head. It’s a simple little hat knit in Cascade Ultra Pima that I knit it for Maddie as a baby shower gift with the leftover yarn from the matching dress. I can’t believe it fits her sister now. Handmade hand-me-downs for the win!
Untitled
That same day at the park it was a little chilly so I had on my Mint Madness sweater (which I think is going to get worn A LOT this fall/winter) and it pairs perfectly with my knit Converse Chuck Taylors – I love it! Also I took my first two color brioche class last night…I’m so glad I took a class. It would’ve taken me a lot longer to understand that stitch on my own!

Just a few of the little things that make me happy lately, what’s making you happy lately?

The Process: Color Pairings

One of the biggest things people ask me is how I come up with my color combos. I kept saying I’d discuss it in a blog post but I honestly haven’t found the time to sit down and tape one yet! So I’m going to talk a little bit about my process now. I love all color and because I tend to like such simple shapes in knitwear I think they can handle vibrant batches of color. I saved up some money for the Fibre Space Miss Babs Trunk Show the other weekend because I love her yarn and colors and how big the skeins of Yowza are (560 yards!!) when knitting a sweater.
Colors
I came home with these four colors:

  • Fig (top left)
  • Be Witching (top right)
  • Perfectly Wreckless (bottom left)
  • McHale (bottom right)

But while I was there I was already thinking of color pairings. My first color combo mixes Fig and Bewitching with a skein of Neighborhood Fiber Co Studio Worsted in Easterwood ( a dark teal and blue shade that I originally picked up thinking it would pair with my Mint Madness cardigan).
Untitled
Easterwood picks up the other colors running through Bewitching and Fig is a shade within Bewitching too. The colors aren’t necessarily perfect matches but they blend. And that’s what you want. It’s an easy trick of the eye. My second color pairing was more vibrant.
Untitled
I am mixing Perfectly Wreckless with the vibrant blue McHale – even though there isn’t any blue in the wilder skein. Why? Because I’m using that blue as a neutral base and it pulls on the undertones of the pink and green in the more vibrant color. And I’ve got a bit of Floyd leftover from another project and the pinks match so that might become ribbing!
Untitled
Once I have a color combination in my head I like to draw it out (even more so now that my husband bought me an iPad Pro for my birthday with an Apple Pencil!). I play around with color combos, consider yardage and just sketch out what I could make. This is how my mind works. I see color and I just want to put together as many great color combos as I can. How do you guys figure out color combinations?