Stitching Status: Distractions All Around

I’ve had an insane week this week with work, so I haven’t gotten in as much stitching as I typically do since I start to fade by 9pm. I’m hoping to make up for lost time with a quiet weekend that will bring me good barbecue and a few hours to myself while my husband plays a round of golf (I used to play golf but decided I’d rather spend that time knitting). But here’s what I’ve done thus far…
Progress!
I’ve made really good progress on my South Bay Sweater test knit. It’s so good that I don’t want to put it down to knit my sister’s birthday present. And I’ve been flip flopping on what I want to make Anne and can’t decided between two patterns. Whatever I choose, I’m starting on Sunday. Other distractions…
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This snuggly nugget.
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And this wild woman.

On top of knitting, work and teaching I’m happy that these tiny distractions get me outside and keep me laughing every day. Here’s to a happy yarn filled weekend!

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Happiness Is…

I’ve been super productive on the knitting front. I decided to knit my aunt the Bermondsey sweater because I know it and it’s an easy pattern to memorize so it will go quickly. I started it last night and am already separated for sleeves. The body should fly off my needles. So today I thought I’d share a few things that define happiness for me lately.
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Couch snuggles with Cher. My sweet girl is 13 years old and we’ve been together for almost 4 years. I cherish all the snuggles and couch cuddles I can get.
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My mischievous Jellybean. I took this picture after I put her in time out for growling at Cher. She’s my rotten little 5 year old chihuahua and I just adore her exuberance and goofiness. We are working on being so possessive…it takes time and patience.
Maddie’s sweater
Knitting for others. I’ve been knitting for babies and family and knowing I can make something that they can wear that makes them think of me makes me feel pretty good. Also my friend Rachel gave me these skein stitch markers years ago and they’re still my favorites for marking the beginning of the round. I think of her all the time when I’m knitting.

That’s it for me this Friday, I hope you have a weekend full of happiness.

FO: Double the Dogs

I’ve been on a bit of a toy kick lately. Once I start something and gain momentum I like to keep riding that train (perhaps why I just keep on knitting sweaters…). Since I made Wasabi the Whale I decided to make my friend’s son Jacob a stuffed dog toy. We are hoping to visit them and he likes pictures of my dogs but isn’t 100% comfortable around dogs so I thought why not give him his own? And then once I made one I said, well I can’t leave out his little sister…
Seeing double dogs
So we’ve now had a family of four dogs in our house. Jellybean has been utterly fascinated by them. I don’t know if she wants to snuggle them or thinks they’re a toy for her to play with, so I’ve been keeping them away from her.
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Jacob’s favorite color is purple so I pulled out this really dark purple from my stash of Caron Simply Soft and decided to whip up the first dog. I didn’t stuff his head as much as I think I could have so after I washed him he’s become much more of a floppy dog. Which is super cute. His ears fall down more like Cher’s do, which I love. And I added in a little green bow tie because I felt like he was just too naked. And once I did that, Cher wanted to snuggle him. Perhaps she thought I was making her a boo?
Seeing double dogs
For his little sister Leah (you’ll remember her from this post) I dug into my stash and pulled out this super bright hot fuchsia yarn from Deborah Norville that I’ve had forever. I used one skein to make a hat and I loved the vividness of the color and how soft it was but never found something to use it with until now. I also haven’t seen this colorway ever again – why does this always happen to me? It was perfect for this project and her dog has stiffer ears because the yarn is a bit heavier. And I added a scarf to hers as an accessory. I matched their accessories to the eyes of the other dog as a fun little detail.
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The entire time I was making both of these I felt like they looked so much like Jellybean since she is a chihuahua (Cher is half pug) and the dolls were even matching up in terms of size too!
Pup in progress
And since my girlfriend Rachel knows how to knit she asked me when I made the second doll to show her the progress as it was made. So I actually have a kind of step-by-step as I went along. I’m hoping these become beloved toys that they play with and love on for years to come. And I have a feeling I’ll be making a few more toys before the year is up!
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So have any of you made toys before? What are your favorite patterns?