FO: Pugsley

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Pattern: Pug with Anorak

Yarn: miscellaneous craft yarn kept on hand specifically for machine-washable toys. Patons acrylic, mystery fingering wool for the sweater, etc.

Needles: 4mm and 5 mm (US 6 and 8)

Mods: Added a bit of white detailing to the anorak. Other than that, no mods.

Notes: It’s been a while since I knitted up a toy, and I find them so satisfying- generally pretty quick, and the adorable factor is through the roof! I have had this pattern in my library for ages and ages, and finally decided to get it done. I love it! I’m a fan of Barbara Prime’s toys, the shaping is great and they are a great size, plus they have wardrobe options! I love this little hooded sweater. And Pugsley’s little tail is awesome, in my books.

Modification Monday: Inspired

Original Pattern: Inspira Cowl

Knitter Extraordinaire: Lynn (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Added a garter stitch hood, added different fair isle motifs, and a picot trim. Project page is here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love how Lynn incorporated different colourwork charts into the original design- there are so many inspiring books and designs with amazing charts, it’s great to use them in a stunning colourwork caplet like this one. The garter stitch hood is a great way to add extra warmth and texture to the design. Every modification on this is spot-on and beautiful!

Sad News

Our beloved hedgehog, Bruce Quillis, passed away. It appears to have been a combination of age and her weight (the vet said our hedgie was at a higher risk for fatty liver disease because she was not so into veggies but was very into mealworms, which is the hedgehog equivalent to a cheeseburger). Also, we bought an older hedgie that needed to be re-homed, not a young baby hedgie.

I talked to BQ every day, taking care of the daily needs and just generally checking in. I’m  in the habit of looking over at the cage every time I pass by, and it breaks my heart to look at the now empty space. Guy cleared away her cage, wheel and toys while I was sleeping to spare me the painful task. He also buried her in the garden under a tree. Oh yeah- turns out Bruce was a girl, not a boy. that was a news flash at the vet office a while back!

Goodbye, Bruce Quillis. You were much-loved.


Wee Wednesday: Almost 3 Months

It’s amazing that in 3 short months, Lila has gone from new born:



to this:

And she’s so funny…
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At least I think so. That series of shots in the comic were all taken sequentially, I didn’t change the order at all. She loves that bear!

Modification Monday: Simplified Caftan Pullover

Original Pattern: Caftan Pullover

Knitter Extraordinaire: Susan (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Changed the neckline and corresponding motifs, narrowed the sleeves, and adjusted overall length. Project page with more info can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: The original pattern was lovely, but Susan read the reports of other knitters who said that it didn’t wear as well in real life as it looked in the photo. So, she made adjustments- changed the neckline to a simple scoop and altered the motif as well as narrowing the sleeves for a more streamlined fit. The result is a beautiful, easy-to-wear sweater with all the elements that attracted her to the design in the first place. Something to keep in mind the next time you see a pattern you love, but might not be practical for day-to-day life!