Stitching Status: Weekend Update

Happy Monday! Sometimes I sit down to write and realize I don’t take as many pictures as I probably should for someone who blogs. I try my best a lot of times to just be present and enjoy what’s happening and that means not pulling out my phone or a camera. For example, I met a frequent commenter and now friend, Claudia from Proper Tension on Friday! She was in DC for a conference so we met on Friday after I got off of work for burgers in Capitol Hill. It’s always great to meet up with someone you feel like you know because of their online presence and it’s even better when they’re just as great as you had hoped. And since I don’t have a picture with Claudia, here’s one of Jellybean…
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and the ball of yarn I worked with this weekend. I pulled out a lovely ball of Pumpkin colored Caron Smiply Soft to work up a little cardigan for my friend Larry and his wife who are having a baby very soon! I whipped up this hat for Larry a few years ago as a thank you and I thought his son might look good in orange too.
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And at the last minute last night I said, why not whip up a pair of socks to match? Clearly we’re not getting a serious winter here so I made the sweater short sleeved for spring and instead of a hat decided on the Little Squirrel socks by TinCan Knits. I figured he may get more wear out of the sock in the spring than a hat. And one little sock only took me an hour and a half to whip up (they’re worsted weight and newborn size). I can finish the second sock tonight, wash and dry them with the sweater and then put on buttons. It’s the sweetest gift and I know he and his wife will love it.
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Also the sweetest, my girlfriend has taken up sewing and made my dogs bandannas! Cher is serious about her modeling. LOL
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I immediately put them on after I opened the mail and the only way to make the girls stay still is to put them on a high table. And of course, Jellybean almost attempted to jump off. Sigh…she believes she’s part flying squirrel. I swear.
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And my last fun tidbit from the weekend, I wore my pair of knit print leggings I picked up from Sweet Legs! I know people rave about Lula Roe leggings and I bought one pair but I hate the process and didn’t love them that much. So when I saw someone on Instagram wearing these leggings I went to the site and decided to give them a try. They’re great quality, decent price and they shipped to me super quick! They’re a winner in my book. I may order more prints for my weekend wear. So that’s what sums up my weekend, how was yours?

FO: A Sweater for Cher

We adopted Cher from HART Rescue the day before Thanksgiving in 2013. Her Gotcha Day has become one of my favorite days of the year to celebrate.
Cher
This is one of the first photos I took of her, she was scared and so was I. I’d never had a dog before and I didn’t know what to expect, what to do and my husband was at work so I was all alone with this strange creature. But over the last 3 years I think we’ve figured it all out just fine and I realized that as much as she needed to be rescued, I needed her just as much.
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This 12 year old dog spent 3 years in 3 different shelters before a rescue group picked her up. Sometimes I feel like she was waiting for me to find her and wondering what took me so long. As wonderful as she is I just don’t understand why anyone would give her (or Jellybean) up but I’m here now and she’s spoiled absolutely rotten for as long as she is with me (and I hope that’s a long time). So as the holidays are getting near and I am trying to coordinate outfits for a family photo (you may remember my holiday photo from 2015 and from 2014) I decided Cher needed a new sweater because she couldn’t repeat and I already bought a new sweater for Jellybean.
Cher's Max sweater
In a day I was able to whip up the Max sweater for Cher and I was so excited and wanted to share that I 1. only took pics with my cell phone 2. didn’t even block the sweater yet. Knitting dog sweaters is just as quick and adorable as baby sweaters in my opinion. Plus the sweaters in this book are all top down and easy to modify. My husband keeps saying I need to make a billion dog sweaters and sell them at Eastern Market. If only I had the time.
Cher's Max sweater
This was too cute to not share my Cher. I used leftover yarn from a scarf I made for Kendell a while ago, Berroco Vintage in the Black Current and Oats colors.
Cher's Max sweater
Cher of course promptly went to sleep in her sweater right after I snapped a few pics. I think she enjoys a warm and cozy hand knit. Clearly she’s the right dog for me. And since Jellybean is so small I’ll have to experiment and work on modifying a pattern to fit her tiny frame. In the meantime I’ll keep buying her little sweaters from my favorite doggy site, Baxter Boo. Seriously, they have everything and they always have a sale. And hopefully we will get a nice family photo of the 4 of us during the Thanksgiving break. I’m taking the rest of the week off to enjoy my family and friends and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving/rest of the week as well. But let me also say, I’m thankful for you! You come and read my blog, share comments and tips and give lots of support. Like I always say, yarn people are the best people.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Stitching Status: Yarn & Dogs

It’s the middle of October and I’ve finished 6 projects this month. I’ve still got a little time left this month to probably crank out something else. I love when I’m on a roll. I’ve got a nicely stocked stash of yarn, lots of patterns and the holidays quickly approaching me. I told myself once I hit November I’ll really be in full holiday knitting mode but I’m still hoping to finish a few things for myself in there as well.
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When I bought the yarn for my Colorblocked Boyfriend cardigan I just kept staring at it and the combinations I was trying to put together. As much as I love knitting, I also love putting together the yarn and the tiny details. Adding something to a pattern, finding the perfect buttons, finding color combinations that just sing. It’s as good as the actual knitting.
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When I went back to get buttons for my cardigan this skein of yarn caught my eye and it’s the perfect mix of colors to go with a skein of Neighborhood Fiber Co in my favorite studio worsted in a gorgeous Kelly green called Clintonville. I bought 2 years ago but just didn’t know what to make with it but that green caught me. So when I saw this yarn, MJ yarns in American Worsted (a light worsted like the studio worsted I love) in the colorway Peacock I knew it would be just what I was looking for to pair with my 400 yard skein of Clintonville. This is my next project I’m working on for myself, a light circular yolk sweater with a bit of swing to it. I think my Flaum cardigan will also stay in hibernation until after the holidays because I just don’t have it in me to do all that stinking ribbing, even though I want that great camel colored cardigan in my wardrobe.
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In non-knitting news…how about an update on the dogs. We are definitely still adjusting. Jelly clearly has some issues with my husband – she occasionally pees on just his stuff :/ I know it’s because she believes I am all hers and it doesn’t help that he travels but we’re working on it. We came home on Friday and she had hopped up on the bed and peed on his sweatpants. It doesn’t happen every day but we’re definitely closing off our bedroom door while we’re away. On a more positive note, she’s a total goofball, loves to try to lick Cher (which Cher lets her do for about 30 seconds) and loves playing with toys. Despite peeing on things, we’ll keep her. I do think I’ll have my husband take her to doggy training soon so that maybe the two of them will bond.
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And Cher? My sweet older lady is the best. She’s taught Jelly the value of naps and enjoying sunbeams in doorways. She is bossy and let’s Jelly know when it’s time for her to get out of my lap so she can get some snuggles but for the most part, she’s a good big sister.
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When we were in New Orleans and I boarded them I was able to catch a screenshot of them sharing a bed together in their room before lights out. At least I know when I’m not around they take care of each other.
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Sometimes I look at Cher and I see her slowing down ever so slightly and I get sad but then I remind myself I have to just enjoy whatever time we have because it’s all so sweet. And they’re the best companions when I’m knitting. Cher cuddles in close and Jelly buries herself under every project 🙂 So, life right now is looking pretty good. What’s good with you?