20 June 2013
A cursory glance at my blog reveals two main themes: dogs and knitting. And so I present a post with both!
Steve is a stellar human being (soon to be my stellar brother-in-law) who works with training service dogs. When I found out just how not embarrassed he is to be seen in things that might make other people cringe, I knew I had found a recipient for all of the tassels, braids, earflaps and kooky colourwork I hesitate to put on gifts. I gave this hat to Steve for Christmas, and let me tell you, he wore it all Winter long. I'm not sure he knows just how happy it made me every time I saw him wear it.
Pattern: Doubled Chullo
Dog chart: Puppy Love Chart
Yarn: Cascade 220
Knitting Specs: Bailey and Juno
I can't say enough good things about this pattern. What's not clear in these photos is that this hat is double-layered. In a Manitoba Winter that's a great thing! It also means that the backside of the colourwork is completely covered, which, for a perfectionist like me, is awesome.
The other great thing about this hat is the blank canvas it presents. I did not use the hat's chart pattern, but improvised my own based on this dog chart. The black dogs are for Bailey and the white for Juno, two dogs that Steve has helped train to be service dogs. I wasn't sure about doing a literal representation (as opposed to, say, a geometric pattern) in a yarn weight like Cascade 220's worsted. Things like that are usually best left to finer weights such as fingering or sport-weight which can better represent the details. But you know what? I sort of adore how hieroglyphic the dogs appear.
Thanks for being awesome, Steve! And for being the kooky dude that you are, willing to wear tassles AND braids AND earflaps. Oh my.
(P.S. A complete aside: I found out this morning that I can stream full episodes of The Signal. It is possible that this has made my month [doesn't take much, folks]. I'm an early-to-bed, early-to-rise kind of gal, which makes listening to the Signal really difficult. It's one of my favourite programs and Laurie Brown is an awesome host, so I'm a happy clam!)
12 June 2013
Life and university = not a lot of knitting time these days. Sad face. My brain is so worn down that I attempted a cast-on for a second fingerless mitten no less than six times this week.
In an effort to remind myself that, you know, I used to make stuff, I thought I would update the blog with some of this past Winter's creations!
Source: Tiny Owl Knits
Yarn: Istex Lett-Lopi
Knitting Specs: Winterside
Part of the problem with not keeping up to date with projects here on the blog is that I often barely remember making the piece I am talking about! If knitting details are your thing please do click on the knitting specs above and Ravelry should reveal all that I felt was pertinent at the time of the making.
What I can tell you is that I wore this thing to death this winter. Lopi (Iceland wool) is one of the itchiest wools you can have next to your skin but my rhino skin does not mind a bit. The construction of this cowl means you have a double layer of fabric. A double layer of Iceland wool = warm Tamara, which was very appreciated in this past Winter's -40 temps! All of the Lopi was stuff I had on hand from a previous project, so using up stash was a big bonus.
The knitting itself was incredibly simple. And yet, it is both one of my most worn pieces and is one of the most faved projects on my Ravelry page. Go figure!
One of my knitting goals is to complete more sets, so I hope to knit up a hat and mitts in the gray colourway to match.
29 April 2013
When I imagined my first dog of my very own, I always thought I would get a puppy. A black-as-night puppy that would grow into a giant.
What came into my life was a ten-year old, 20 pound, white West Highland Terrier. A spry old man. And he turns out to have been exactly what I needed. These animals have infinite lessons to teach, if we are open to them...and I am trying to be open to them.
To see him run through the forest of Hecla Island, off leash...well it was something else. Such joy.
And then there is our old faithful, our Kenzie dog...that smile.
Long walks deserve long rests.
Oh how we love them.