#notapug

IMG_20190901_111442Took our younger set, Maggie & Alfie, to the new Dog Park at Mackenzie. They weren’t entirely sure why we had taken them someplace with dogs, they’re not entirely sure they like dogs. Plus there were no couches.

 

 

 

 

But this Spaniel realized I had treats. Her name’s Sophie and she was good hanging with the people. Who had the treats.

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And we met Gus, who is a white pug but is actually a pug/Boston Terrier mix. He was 5 months and very sweet and running around trying to see what was going on.

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Then we spent a lot of the rest of the day like this, because dogs are exhausting, Mama.

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Store Update

I now have 4 patterns live on Ravelry! So far all for dolls, but don’t worry, I have a child’s poncho/cowl in the works and an adult cowl stewing. I’ve got a current goal of 2 patterns/month.

My patterns:

 

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The Aspen Street Sweater & Aspen Street Legwarmers are my first paid patterns. I kind of love the sweater on and am debating if it would be worth the investment in yarn to make one for me.

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I had a lot of fun coming up with a “photoshoot” for the Presidio Doll Poncho. The chickens were mostly obliging and “Maddy” was very brave posing with them 😉

 

 

 

 

 

00100dPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20190815142004409_COVERAnd the Ribbed Doll Sweater is, I think,  a great pairing of yarn with a simple stitch.

Dolls have been a great start since their apparel is small enough for me to work up a couple samples on my own before I call for testers. I’m having a good time with this!

Visible Mending

Visible mending continues to be an obsession. Not for the least of reasons because I’m a total klutz.

These jeans started as a visible mend on a tiny little hole I caught going over the fence. Then I just sort of turned them in to art jeans. And then I was going over the fence again yesterday…

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To explain, the fence is about 2 feet high and is used to keep the dogs out of the garden. But I got to work and disguised it as much as possible while repairing.

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This one isn’t as smooth, but I couldn’t find the sticky back repair fabric I’ve used on other things. But amongst all the thread, I don’t think the repair is all too obvious.

Change of Pace

IMG_20190816_064920I took some time away from the blog for some summer revelry and relaxation. And then I decided to try something new! I’m designing. For dolls. At least for now. The dolls are one size, my kids can get involved, and the projects are quick enough that I can knit a couple samples.

My first pattern, Ribbed Doll Sweater, is live on Ravelry!

 

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I’m using knitonepugtwo designs for my shop name. I realize doll sweaters have a limited audience, but they’re a great intro to sweaters and a learning experience on construction.

This pattern was only tested by me. But I’ve got another in the works with a tester. And I’m hoping to release two at the beginning of September! And I’m working on something for both a child and their doll!

I’m also trying to add helpful tips to my designs, things a beginning knitter might not think about. Like using VERY different types of markers when knitting lace.

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I’m also using links in the pattern, should you download it as a pdf, so it’s easy to understand terms like “back join.”

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Let me know if you’ve taken a look at my pattern or are interested in test knitting!

Been Awhile…

It’s been awhile since I mentioned our classic 1965 Field and Stream Travel Trailer since we finished the work and have used it a few times, some of the shine has gone off. But thanks to my husband lurking around on some vintage trailer forums, and our 3d printer, I got to add a bit to both our memorabilia and my hobbies.

Apparently there’s a fad with classic motel keychains. And so while he was working one up for an acquaintance with a Shasta, I designed a few for our Field and Stream.

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In my huntings I found an eBay listing for a sales brochure, wish I’d found it before it sold! But it’s cool to add more details to the history. It’s a model 15 and apparently was designed to be rented out for weekend adventures.

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That neck, though. Just too many short rows. I put needles in to pick up stitches. Snipped, ripped, and re-knit. I only went with one set of back and forth. I’d probably consider maybe one more set for the next one to get the neck better. I also think a slightly larger neck might in order. I like to be warm but not strangled.