Friday, October 26, 2012


It has been sooooo long since I posted here.  Avoidance, I am afraid.  I haven't had much to show lately.  Partly because I have been busy doing non-knitting things and partly because much of what I am knitting now I cannot share yet (another test knit).  Also because I really wanted to show my part of the doodad dare but I cannot and now I'm almost a month late with it.  I can't show it because I came up with what I thought was a great idea for tatting on the doodad and started it but messed up.  So, I set it aside to cut the tatting off and start over - still think the idea will work, but need to be more careful as I tat - and now I cannot find it anywhere.  It's not lost, just misplaced.  It will turn up and I will do my doodad dare.

 So, in addition to the test knitting I am working on, I am knitting the Orchid Thief Shawl by Ysolda Teague.  I love her patterns and this one is no exception.  It was originally published in a book called Brave New Knits, but there were errors in that pattern and nothing else in the book I wanted so I never got it.  When Ysolda recently released the pattern by itself I jumped on it and then found out she was having a Knit a Long with prizes so I started it right away.  This lovely yarn is some alpaca that Mom bought me to make myself a shawl with and this the perfect one!  I need to finish it by November 15th and I will make it cuz I'm almost finished with the test knit shawl (which I LOVE).

This is a shawl called Bigger on the Inside that I am knitting for Mom.  It's going to have the lacy portion on the top and a row of Tardis's on the bottom.  If you don't know what a Tardis is, look up Doctor Who.  Mom loves Doctor Who and so do we - the girls and I.  I knit this one already for Girl Far From Home and she loves it - sometimes ties it around her waist like an overskirt which looks terrific.  The pattern is free on

Both of these shawls are actually further along than the pics show - I took these a while ago in the hopes that I would get a post done.

Zuzu is growing like a weed.  She's 5 and a half pounds now and in a few weeks will be old enough to be spayed.  She's got quite the personality, this one!  But she's cute and sweet and that makes up for a lot.

I have to tell a funny story about the little devil and her big sister, Casey.  I was knitting on the test knit shawl and it involves dividing several balls of yarn into two equal parts.  I had divided the first hank of yarn into two smallish balls and was working on winding the second into a ball when I got interrupted.  I came back much later to find the hank I was winding moved and disturbed and the two smallish balls missing.  Zuzu had taken them - she shows far too much interest in balls of yarn and my knitting in general, she has already chewed up one cable on my interchangeable knitting needles but thankfully didn't chew the needle itself.  Anyway, back to the missing balls of yarn.  I looked and looked for them and finally looked at Casey (bigger dog) and said "Casey, I will give you a reward if you can find my missing balls of yarn."  To my amazement, without missing a beat, she walked right over to the first ball and nosed it in my direction.  She didn't know where the second ball was, but I eventually found it unwound all over the floor of the dressing room.


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