Friday Finds!

So, as I have mentioned, puppy is going to the groomers this Saturday and I know he will lose all of his wonderful, warm, fur.  The thought is that after it starts to get long, without daily brushing, the fur gets matted.  Unfortunately, it been something I am not proud of, but I have a hard time getting him to sit still for just about anything.  He is a full breed Cocker Spaniel and really doesn’t sit still for anything.  He is were attached to me and seems to understand what I am saying sometimes.  Now that son is off doing his new job out of state, it’s puppy and me against the world!  Anyway, I found two free dog sweaters; the Red Heart Sweater and the Knit Dog Coat on Ravelry that I hope to start pronto-just don’t think it will be done before I pick up puppy Saturday after his grooming appointment.  Well I can start it at least.  Tell me which you think is the winner!

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Haha, puppy looks just like my rug.  Puppy came first and it was not intentional!

Thanks,

Nancy

Another week gone by!

Hi, hope you have had a great weekend!  We are getting closer and closer to February and you know what that means, maybe a little warmer weather?  Maybe? I have been knitting away and visiting with family and friends.  I have started the shawl pattern by debbie bliss that I was telling you about.  Take a look at it so far.  What do you think?  I really could use it now with this snowy, overcast weekend.  Soon is will be done and  completed pictures will follow soon.

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Hope you got to see the hat and mittens I made for Courtney’s (with Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life) baby, Lucas.  Thanks again Courtney for mentioning me on your blog. And, remember, I now have another order for a baby hat and a baby blanket to match!  The baby is due in May, so I have time to work on something really special and it needs to be in shades of blue. Watch for pictures in the spring as the photographer is placing this order.

With all this unpredictable weather, I have not been able to get to my favorite bookstore to purchase a book or two that has been on my list, and of course, it has to do with knitting!  I bought Knitting Yarns, Edited by Ann Hood.  She is a writer (and knitter) in her own right.  This book is  a collection of stories by several very talented knitters, including Barbara Kingsolver, Elizabeth Berg, and Ann Parchett, to name a few.  What I really like about the book is that it’s about their knitting stories, the good, the bad, and the frustrating.  What a great way to work through your own thoughts during your many knitting projects. I just started the book, so I am sure there is so much more that I will enjoy!  Maybe you will too!

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I’m still looking for a sweater pattern to make for my puppy.  He will be going to the groomers next Saturday and that means all that fluffy, winter coat will be trimmed down to almost nothing.  I really like him big and fluffy, but it’s so hard to keep clean and brushed, especially since he is little and he just about skims the snow and ice.    So after next Saturday, he will definitely be needing a warm coat! I will have to show you before and after pictures and you tell me what you think? Poor puppy!

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Happy Knitting,

Nancy

Friday Finds!

Well, it’s been a crazy, busy week!  Anyway,  hope you all had a great week, a little snow, a little sun, and a little cold!  That’s what the new year has brought to this area so far.

Anyway,  I decided to look at one of my many favorite websites – jimmybeanswool.com.  and found this awesome shawl. The yarn is Riva, by debbie bliss, with some of my favorite colors, deep purples, crimson, and shades of blueberry.  The order included 5 skeins of the Riva, and the debbie bliss knitting magazine that has the instructions for the shawl and so many other great patterns!  What do you think of the pictures.  I know that this shawl will look awesome and definitely keep you warm.  I can’t wait to start this project!

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Keep warm, and

Happy Knitting!

Nancy

Is it spring yet?

I know the calendar says January, and it’s the middle of winter, but I am ready for some spring-like weather!!  The nice weatherman is predicting very cold temperatures again this week.  I know that I should not complain – cause I live in the northeast, but now that the new year has started and the holidays are all over, I am ready for some warmer, sunnier, and longer days!  I know that you would all agree, unless you enjoy shoveling, winter sports, (besides knitting) and feeling the bitter cold wind.  Haha, enough complaining – on to my knitting projects.

I am on the last point of the pointed scarf that I told you about for my daughter.  I like the way it is coming out and it will be long enough to wrap around the neck area nicely.  Actually, I might keep this one for myself and knit her another one.  I really need a neutral colored scarf!

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So, have you heard about hexipuffs?  I found these on Never Not Knitting.  This is a great long term project that you can take along with you because you make individual little hexipuffs of knitting and then when you have like 1,000 of them you can sew them together to make a quilt.  It’s called A Beekeeper’s Quilt, cause they look like little honeycombs for bees! The little hexipuffs are filled with poly-stuff to make them soft and squishy.  I love the fact that you can use up some of your leftover yarn for this project or you can buy skeinettes that are enough yarn for one hexipuff.  Here’s a picture of what they look like.  I was thinking that this would look really cute in a little girls room, maybe someday!  It’s always good to plan ahead.  Anyway, I thought maybe I would try this out for a new project – this is something that I have never done before and it looks like it would be so much fun! Let me know if you have make this quilt – send me pictures!

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Happy Knitting,

Nancy

Sunny Day!

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Happy new week to you all!  It’s finally a sunny day and not too cold for a change. Just got back from a nice walk with puppy and he is now sleeping peacefully!  No more jumping around every time I go near my sneakers.  It’s funny how he watches me look for socks in my dresser and if I start to walk toward the closet, he begins his winning and whimpering, he just loves to go for a walk and smell everything.  I think he doesn’t actually walk, he kinda prances!

Anyway, on to my knitting.  I have been working on the pointed scarf I told you about and really like the simplicity and beauty of it. I like the way there is a definite introduction to the next color.   I chose some colors that I hope daughter likes and then couldn’t resist buying another grouping of colors to try also.  What do you think so far?

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I have to think about another project to begin – any suggestions?  A friend is sending me a picture of a baby hat she wants me to knit for her.  She ‘s a part-time photographer and has been asked to do some photos of a new baby and, of course, she thought of me for the only accessory the baby will be wearing!  How fun, photos to follow for sure!

Happy Knitting!

Nancy

Friday Finds!

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I have to share with you another great knitting idea from The Purl Bee that I am working on right now.  My hope is that I can give it to my daughter and she can wear it to work and such.  What I really like about this scarf is that as Purl Bee states it not too much scarf that you will be finding yourself tripping over it or getting tangled up in it.  It can be bright and bold or you can use more subdued colors.  It’s called Color Tipped Scarf.  The great trick about this scarf is that it is pointed on the ends!  I like the way it looks around the neck and how it lays on your shoulders.  This is one scarf that everyone needs at least one of!

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Happy Knitting,

Nancy

Here We Go Again!

download1.7Well, puppy and I are bracing for more very cold weather and I have been busy knitting away.  I have been working on tiny mittens.  They are so tiny and work up very fast.  I love the colors, true boy colors, chocolate brown and navy.

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I also made another pair of bright red wristers.  These are great in the cold weather, layering them with a light-weight gloves under for additional coverage.  With their length, I am sure to keep my wrist and arms covered from the cold.

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I love my purple scarf which I made recently! It is made of mohair and is nice and long; perfect for wrapping around my neck a couple of times to keep the wind out.  The awesome scarf pin was given to me by my best friend.  It is hand-made by Nicholas & Felice (visit their Etsy shop! Oh and mine while you’re there 😉 ) and she also gave me matching earrings.  Love it!

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Happy Knitting!

Nancy