Stitching Status: Thankful for Cuteness

I’ve been slowly plugging away on a sweater for my Mom for Christmas over the last few weeks and I told my sisters I would probably finish their sweaters after Christmas. I’m not in a rush to force myself to get it all done. Fro my mom’s sweater I’m knitting the separate pieces for the front and back 2 at a time on one long needle but it’s a smaller needle and it gets a little tedious so I stop or switch projects so my hands don’t get fatigued. The one awesome thing about this project is that I’m using 2 huge skeins of Miss Babs Yowza for each piece so I shouldn’t have any loose ends to weave in when I’m finished! I also haven’t taken a single picture of it and probably won’t until it’s finished. What I do have are pictures of cute dogs and even cuter babies to share.
The only thing you can do after a good turkey dinner with the family. #cherandjelly
Over the long holiday weekend last week we took photos for our holiday cards and I left the ladies in their sweaters all day since we were heading to my Mom’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. I made them their own mashed sweet potatoes to add to their dinner and they gobbled them up.
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You know it’s really good when you have to put your foot in the bowl to get every last drop.
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Of course when we took photos in every one they looked in the exact opposite direction of where we wanted them to look but they were still cute anyway. Jellybean is wearing an adorable hand knit bumble bee sweater I got with a gift card and it so nicely done. I have yet to dip my toe into colorwork but this made me want to so badly. And of course Cher is wearing the sweater I knit her last week for photos. And remember that matching dog and baby sweater set I made a few months ago? I got a picture of the recipients of the sweaters to share over the weekend.
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The cutest combo of dog and baby ever. I absolutely love this photo. They both look so serious about their modeling. And if that isn’t enough cuteness for you…
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I give you my dogs wearing hats. No I didn’t knit this one, I picked it up at Petco. And Jelly left it on without complaint. I was surprised.
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And Cher has on a fuzzy trapper hat. I love it! And that’s your dose of cuteness for the day. You’re welcome.

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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!

Thankfulness

This year has been a year – and it’s not over yet! I’m so thankful that I’ve survived what has probably been the hardest year of my life after losing my Dad. I’m still grieving but with each passing day I realize I am getting stronger and that’s a good thing because for a while I kept feeling like all the air kept getting sucked out of the room. And that feeling sucked. So with the holiday season upon us and this being the first Christmas without my Dad (and his birthday is near Christmas too) I want to focus on what I’m thankful for because that is what keeps me going on a daily basis.
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My Dog, Cher
I’m sure that lots of people think I’m ridiculous about my dog. I am and I am totally okay with that. We adopted Cher two Thanksgivings ago and it was the best decision we ever made. She came into my life when I was struggling on a lot of levels. I think she was struggling too, she spent 3 years in 3 different shelters and just needed someone to love her. We were a perfect match and 3 months into her adoption I was happier, healthier (down 30 pounds) and was coming out of my fog and focusing on what was important. I didn’t think I could love a dog as much as I love a person but I do. And this dog gives me back so much more than I could’ve ever asked for, so for that I’m grateful.
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My family and friends
I love my family. I talk to my mom, one of my sisters, or a combination of all 3 every single day. My husband is just the kindest, sweetest man and I’m lucky to be married to such a wonderful guy. I’m surrounded by support and unconditional love. How could I not be thankful for these great people?

And my small circle of friends that are so amazing are my family too. The laughter, the daily silliness, the texts, emails and phone calls make life good and I am so grateful to feel so loved.
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And you, my knitting friends
I came back to blogging this summer and have been happily surprised by how big of an embrace I’ve received from the knitting community. The comments you leave here and on social media. The emails and direct messages…it feels good to have a place to share what I love with like minded people and this is just the beginning. Knitting is the thing that calms me and brings me such joy. I’m happy you are a part of what brings me joy too.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my US friends and I will be back next week! Thanks for reading my little corner of the internet.