Thursday, February 22, 2007

Man, I Wish I Was A Dog...

...'cuz this is how Teagan is getting through long, cold, snowy days.
And by snowy, I mean two dumps of 20+ cm over a three-day period.
Apparently I was drunk--or in shock from the huge snowfall--when I took this picture. A little lopsided and I have no idea what that white thing in the lower right corner might be. Sadly, though, this is the best picture I have of the Winter Wonderland that my wee garden has become. As a point of reference, my fence is 6 feet tall. The mound in the middle of the yard is taller than my fence. We have dubbed it "The Catterhorn" because of its ever-increasing resemblance to the fake mountain in Disneyland, and its apparently magnetic attraction for every cat in the neighborhood.
Meanwhile, I am getting next to nothing accomplished on the old fibre front thanks to a series of migraines that seem to be triggered by the ups and downs in the weather. And aggravated by a wee bout of cabin fever. On Sunday, my little car couldn't even get past the snowdrifts at the top of the underground parking ramp and the snow was up to mid-thigh, which discouraged walking. What is a girl to do, but knit and snooze?

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Keeping Busy

It's been a busy week. Between the added chaos that a new puppy has brought to the household and the sudden influx of commissions, I've been kept hopping. I've also gotten two socks knitted for my in-depth study and two of three plies spun for another sample. When this yarn gets plied, I am officially through half of the samples.

Teagan doesn't like the cold (who does?), so I knit her a little sweater.

How cute is that?

As Teagan has travelled out and about, everyone has admired her new sweater. I now have two commissions to make dog sweaters, on top of the yoga shawls. I had to redesign the pattern a bit to suit larger dogs (adult designer mutts, both, but larger than Teagan is right now). I will be using the second sweater to test the pattern as I have written it, but I am apparently in the dog sweater business! I used Patons SWS (70% wool 30% soy) for the original sweater because I had leftovers from a felted bag project. My customers loved the striping effect (doncha love how self-patterning yarns make you look soooo clever!) and the feel of the yarn, so the materials for my next felted bag have been diverted. Oh well, now I have an excuse for more stash enhancement and a trip to E-town in my immediate future. Woo-hoo!