dogs and knitting

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Dogs and dogs and dogs!

My friend got a new dog, a 7 month old hound mix named Arthur. He’s very sweet. Not so much of a people dog as the dogs I’ve had, but that can change… he was a stray.

arthur best arthur gamboling
He was pretty thrilled to be able to run around leashless in my yard, and most of the pics I took of him are a huge blur. He was a little freaked by Zuzu but quickly recovered, and they had a great time chasing each other around.
arthur zuzu play

We didn’t bring Gracie out… she’s a little insecure (still!) about her place here with us and is sometimes unpleasant to visiting dogs. Maybe another time. And best if in another place.

more dogs…

My brother’s boxers are sending you secret messages with their laser eyes…
daisy sidney lasereyes
Daisy and Sidney… see what happens when I turn the red eye reduction off? Green laser eyes!

yet more dogs, but you know these two

gracie sleeping 18oct09
Gracie… Who would guess that this is nearly 40 pounds of incredible athlete and sometimes witchy to other dogs?

zuzu sleepping 18oct09
They both like sleeping in this small place, but Zuzu is the one who does so on her side, with her legs on the couch, or totally upside down. It’s that security thing. This is one settled, secure, and happy dog. See what a difference that first year (we didn’t have Gracie then) makes…

sad dog news

Po, a littermate of Gracie and Zuzu died recently. He was hit by a car. His brother (another littermate) Tek survived only because Po was between him and the car. I don’t really know details, but what an awful thing. Here’s pics of the boys and some relations, including Zuzu and their mom and grandmother. One of the pics is a video of the boys playing fetch.

knitting

I’ve been sick, but knitting some. The icelandic mitts only need thumbs, and yarn ends sewn in and the liner sewn up.
icelandic mitts 2
I was at the docs last week, and got to the place where the thumb goes on the first mitten, and no waste yarn! I had a moment’s panic, then started rummaging in my bag, and found some dental floss. Worked just fine.

I liked these patterns better than the one I started with (I ripped that one out). With these I could instantly see where I was without looking at the chart. Made it a good “I don’t feel that great” knit.
icelelanic mitts palm back

more knitting

Started working on the Nanney Kennedy sweater. Wasn’t loving the stripey thing,
nanny sweater beginnings (2) nanny sweater beginnings (4)
And, geesh, all the tangling. NOT at all what I was wanting, the look, the process, etc.

So, I ripped (for probably the fourth time, had two starts working on gauge, even though I did a swatch and all the math, but you know, swatches LIE) and just started knitting the back in orange. Thinking I’ll do some colorblock affair. Maybe stripes on the sleeves. The uncertainty is partly because I don’t have much of an idea how much yarn it’ll take, and how much of it will need to be brown (which I like in small amounts here, not entire sections). Planning just a basic v neck cardigan, probably with a knitted on button band, and maybe some fancy edging.
nanny sweater beginning orange nanny sweater beginnings (3)
Ah! Easy knitting… loving watching the color work itself.

6 Responses so far

  1. 1

    kmkat said,

    October 19, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

    Great easy knitting! Are you hoping for very, very cold weather to put those mittens to test?

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    Chris said,

    October 19, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

    I hope you are feeling better now!

    May was a shelter kitty, and it definitely took her longer to warm up about some things. I think last winter was the first time she got in my lap.

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    Sara said,

    October 19, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

    Arthur looks like he might have a little greyhound in him…

    Love the knitting – hope you are feeling better…I’m getting there!

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    MollyBee said,

    October 20, 2009 @ 10:52 am

    Look at you go with the knitting! I hope you’re feeling a little better. Swine flu? Love all of the doggie pics. Glad I’m not anywhere near those scary Halloween laser eye dogs! :-)

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    Emily said,

    October 21, 2009 @ 5:56 pm

    So sorry to hear about Po!

    The mittens look great.

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    Lucia said,

    October 22, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

    I really hope you feel better now! I just got over a cold myself.

    I bought some Nanney yarn at Rhinebeck — just one skein for a smallish project. I’ll see how I like it, and maybe you can enable me next Frolic.

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