Smoky…

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The Sacramento Valley is full of smoke from fires. It’s so bad that my eyes are dry and scratchy and throat gets sore after just a few minutes outside. So when I can’t go out, what to but knit…

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I cast on for a pair of Stalagtight by Cookie A. I stash dived a bit and came up with a great skein of Sincere Sheep Tenacious in St. Barts colorway.

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So far I’m loving this yarn. It has a nice twist and a very nice stitch defination. I’ve already finished the first sock and am looking forward to finishing the pair. I love a new pair of handknit socks. As soon as these are done I need to get started on another pair of Swedish Fish Socks. One of Maggie’s dog trainers is trading me some homemade dog treats for a pair of handknit socks. The pressure is on!

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Our New Addition…

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Buster!

Hubbs and I are taking Maggie to training classes at our somewhat local SPCA.  I don’t speak dog and Maggie doesn’t speak human so we’re learning together to really talk to each other.  It’s a fun class and we’re both learning a lot.  But we didn’t expect to add any more dogs to our family.

Last Wednesday before our class started, Hubbs went back into the kennels to visit the dogs that are for adoption.  When he came out he had a weird look on his face, “There’s a dachshund back there.  You better go look.”  When you’re a crazy dachshund person like I am and your husband says go look, you do.  Poor Buster was in the back with another dog and he looked so sad.  I was in love in a heartbeat.  I called into work the next day and we adopted him.  I had to wait until Friday to pick him up because even though he’s over a year old, his previous owners never had him neutered.

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So far Maggie and Buster are getting a long well.  I was a bit worried that Maggie might be jealous but she’s been the opposite.  She loves having a buddy that her size.  She’s constantly trying to get him to play.

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Buster is a black and tan, smooth coat miniature dachshund.  He’s 1 year and 4 months old.  He was an outside dog before and was surrendered by his owners because they were moving and couldn’t take him.  I can’t imagine how that would feel for either Buster or his family.  So sad.

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But he’s assimilating into our family nicely so far.  We have some training to do including house training since he has no house manners.  Once Maggie is done with her first round of training classes, we’ll get buster into his first round.

PS.  If your dog needs training and you don’t have thousands of dollars to spend, check out your local SPCA.  Ours is fantastic and the trainers are wonderful.

Project Bags…

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I normally make all my own project bags and knitting bags in general.  Mostly because I enjoy sewing a nice bag and I like to have my own style and fabrics.  But when I saw this dachshund bag from Slipped Stitch Studio’s…how could I resist?!

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I was a bit concerned when it arrived because it didn’t seem big enough to hold a whole skein of sock yarn.  But that’s just an illusion, it’s plenty big and had enough room to hold a completed sock in there too.

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Best part…it has pockets inside.  I didn’t realize it until the bag arrived but pockets!!  They’re big enough to hold my notions and my cell phone with lots of run left over in the bag.

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One of the other things I love is that it has a draw string so I don’t have to worry about my stuff falling out and ending up at the bottom of my purse.  And it has a wrist strap so you can knit on the go while standing if you want to.

This one is flannel but they had lots of other prints in non-flannel too.  I got the sock sized bag since I tend to use socks as my take a long project more than larger items but I seriously considered the large sweater sized bag too.  Might have to go back and order that one at a later date.  So far, Slipped Stitch Studios makes a great bag.  The craftsmen ship is lovely and it’s completely finished on the inside.  Love that.  It’s very professional and I can’t recommend it enough.

Gnarled Oak Cardigan…

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I picked up some buttons after work on Thursday (had to bribe Hubbs for an assist with some Chick-fil-a) and had them sewed on before bed.  Finally, Gnarled Oak Cardigan is done!  So happy.  It turned out so cute.  I modified the back of the sweater and added an oak leaf to the bottom back.  It just needed a little oomph back there, some interest.  A friend and knit wear designer said that if it bugs you, best to rip back and make the change before you finish it and it bugs you forever.  She was right, I ripped back, added the oak leaf and I love it.  It turned out really cute.

Pattern:  Gnarled Oak Cardigan  by Alan Dakos from Coastal Knits

Yarn:  Madeline Tosh – Tosh DK in Filigree

Needles:  US 4for everything but the yoke; US 3 for the yoke

Cast on:  07/01/2012 – 07/13/2013

Mods:

  • 19 inch sleeve
  • Oak leaf embellishment on back of sweater

An FO…Finally

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I finally took the time to seam up MY Brighton Cowl.  It’s been done and blocked since March and all I needed to was seam up one small section to make the loop but when it was done I was busy knitting two more Brighton Cowls, one for my stepmom and one for my old boss as a going away gift.

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This one was my first of the three that I knit and maybe because it’s the one that I knit for myself, but this one is the best out of the three.  I love the color and the Miss Babs Yummy Superwash Sock is soft and scrumptious.  I can’t wait to wear it this fall.  It’s going to be perfect for keeping my neck warm in my cold office with out having to wear a sweater or jacket all day.  It’s amazing how much warmer you feel when you keep the back of your neck warm.

Pattern:  Brighton Cowl by Veronica Parsons
Yarn:  Miss Babs Yummy Superwash Sock
Needles: US 6
Mods: None
Link to my Rav Page. WeezieKnits Brighton

Now I have two more projects that just need minor finishing work done.  My Summer Wind & my Truckee Shawlette just need blocking and ends woven in.  Soon as Gnarled Oak is dry they’re next on the hit list.

Progress Has Been Made

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On my Gnarled Oak Cardigan.   I haven’t touched it since December last year so I picked it up the other day in an effort to work on some of my WIPS that are basicly done except for some finishing work. Gnarled Oak only need the ends woven in, blocking & buttons to be finished. So I spent the last couple of evenings weaving in the ends. And now it’s blocking. With the heat we’re having, plus a fan, it should be dry in no time.

I’m thinking by this weekend I’ll be ready to hit the fabric store for some buttons. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you might remember that I previously knit this cardigan, blocked it, sewed on the buttons and then tried it on only to discover that it was enormous. Huge, unwearable enormous. Like I knit it for someone 2 or 3 sizes bigger than I am. Turns out my guage was waaaaay off. So I pulled off the buttons & frogged the whole thing. I re-skeined it, washed it and let it hang dry to get the kinks out of the yarn. Then I rewound it into usable skeins and reknit the cardigan. But I lost interest in it somewhere along the line. And while I was waiting to finish the project, I stole the buttons for my Gramps Cardigan. So now I’m buttonless for Gnarled Oak.

I’d button shop on line but I just can’t picture the buttons on the sweater in my mind. I need to hold them, make sure they’re going to fit through my button holes. I want to make sure they don’t look silly with the color of the sweater. I guess I just have no imagination for these types of things. But I can picture myself in the finished garmet and that’s what counts.

Cold Sheepin’ It

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It’s not like I have a ton of stash but I have plenty of sock yarn from various companies both big and small, commercial and indy dyer.  I’ve never felt the  need to go cold sheep before.  As a general rule I only buy yarn for projects that I’m ready to start or will be starting in the very near future.  But this year I went a bit crazy on sock yarn.  I bought almost exclusively sock yarn at stitches and I went a bit crazy on Etsy with some gorgous indy dyers from my local area including Invitus Yarns and Lady Bug Fiber Company.   Plus my mom is friends with Brooke from Sincere Sheep so I have an order in with her for some yarn in addition to all the yarn I bought from her at Stitches West.

Going cold sheep sounds like a good thing but with all the amazingly beautiful yarn out there it’s been tougher then I imagined it would be.  I figured that it would be fairly simply but I’ve been tempted a million times since I decided to go C.S.  Right now I’m jonesing for some self striping yarn from Unwind Yarn Company.  If you’re not fimilar with Unwind Yarn Company and Dana, she’s one of the cohosts of the lovely and always entertaining podcast, Just One More Row.  Dana and Brittany are really fun and engaging and I always feel like I’m sitting with a couple of my girlfriends, enjoying a cup of coffee and working on our current projects. Great show and Dana’s yarn is so yummy.  Maybe when I’m done C.S.’ing I will be able to snag something lovely from her shop.

At this point, I’m planning to C.S. for the rest of the year or until I work my way through at least some of my stash.  Check out my stash on Ravelry (click here)  and let me be honest, this isn’t half of it.  I still have a lot that I haven’t added for various reasons..mostly laziness on my part.  Ugh, I just tried to convience Hubbs to give me yarn money…I hope I can make this last.