Thursday, August 28, 2014
I started by using this easy pattern, and modified it somewhat, because Rocko is a classy dog. He deserves a bit more than simple.
The striped version was easy -- just knit the pattern using a different colour every four rows.
The red sweater with razorback cable (my husband calls it the "mohawk design") and ribbing took a bit more modification. For starters I used stockinette stitch. I added two inches of 3x3 ribbing at the beginning and end of each piece. I cast on 36 stitches for the back piece, and then worked a cable down the middle of the back, worked over 12 stitches. To do this I added markers after the 12th and 24th stitches, and proceeded thusly:
Row 1 (RS): Knit
Row 2 and all even (WS) rows: Purl
Row 3: Slip 3 stitches to cable needle and hold in back, k3, k3 from cable needle. Slip 3 stitches to cable needle and hold in front, k3, k3 from cable needle.
Row 5 and 7: Knit
Row 8: Purl
I used size 13 needles and Lion Brand Thick and Quick yarn.
These dog jumpers are heading to down under, but now that I've mastered the pattern I'll try making a few more to donate to a local dog shelter.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Some of you know that I waltzed Matilda through Australia earlier this year (March-April), and since then I've been enjoying my new home and activities (swimming, knitting, learning to play the ukelele, doing good in the community) along the St. Croix river.
As I travelled alone through Australia, managing to keep my hands busy (and off the hot men), I knitted eight penguin jumpers for the critters at Phillips Island in Victoria.
The best part, of course, was listening to the amazing stories of the people I met on trains, planes, in hostels, and on the street.
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Monday, February 17, 2014
Book Description: The years following WWI were a time of revolution, mass displacement of populations and boundary skirmishes as the former Ottoman Empire was reshaped. An often overlooked period in history, these events transformed America’s military mission in the Near East and beyond. Awarded the Order of St. Stanislas by the Russian government-in-exile for aid given to the imperial Russian forces, Arthur Murray gives eyewitness accounts of the US Naval fleet activities. Tasked with protecting American interests and providing humanitarian relief, this naval officer recorded gripping descriptions of the evacuation of Crimea, and, later, ethnic cleansing atrocities in the Greco-Turkish War.
Black Sea contains the letters of my grandfather-in-law, Lt. Commander Arthur D. Murray.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
My Big Plan: I'm going to finish my WIP and wade into new waters.
In the meantime, here's what I've been reading:
Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger
The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson