KNITTING GAL

November 01, 2007

Dog's on Thursday and some knitting too......

One of my favorite pics of Oliver from our vacation. I think it really shows his personality. His eyes are bright and look right into you, his tongue is hanging out, and he is just waiting for you to join him for the fun. I can't tell you how special he is to us and how much fun we have with him. He is sitting right next to me now and he will stay for awhile and then he will go sit with hubby and keep him company. He is a gentle giant.

I finished this dress for my niece . It will fit a toddler up till 2 years old. It looks rather big for the 12mos old size it was made for . So all to the good as she will be two in December! I really liked working with this yarn (Sensations from Joann's ). It is soft and handles very well. I have tried to find it again at my local Joann's but no luck. Maybe when I travel. I will say I am not a yarn snob. I will work with any yarn as long as it is made well. I do prefer natural fibers, but they are often pricey and so I try to scoop them up when on sale. I do use Knit Picks, but when I visited Green Mountain Spinnery they were quite emphatic that Knit Picks didn't pay fair wages to the growers from whom they purchased. I have no proof of this at all, and Knit Picks talks about supporting local growers and workers, so I continue to use them when I can. My LYS is not very friendly, so I go only when necessary. She isn't rude, just superior, and makes me feel unwelcome. I have heard this from many sources so I know it isn't just me. So that leaves AC Moore and JoAnns, or online. I kinda like instant gratification so I usually try to buy the best on offer at either place. So far, so good, as they say. Plus I have noticed that both stores are selling more natural fibers and I have found organic bamboo at AC Moore! (I have noticed a tendency to use exclamation points and parenthesis on my part. I am trying to control that!)
I have meet a gal through my blog that actually lived in my town and that I knew casually. Isn't the blogging world amazing. Here I am blogging away about knitting, and ten states away is a person blogging away about knitting and we use to live in the same town. Too much. We exchanged email addresses and have been writing about old times. I love blogging. I also am going to meet my Fall into Autumn swap pal. She mentioned that she did costumes for the University productions where my daughter goes to school. So, Viola! We are going to meet at the LYS and have coffee too, the next time I am in the area visiting my daughter. I so look forward to it. I love our knitting blogs! Have been busy on Ravelry too. Loaded some stash and projects. I am getting organized plus. Now I need to organized all the these picture files I have all over the computer. Hubby would love that!
Have a happy weekend and don't work too hard raking those Autumn leaves!

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13 comments:

Nichole said...

GREAT shot of the pooch!
Love the little dress too.

Channon said...

I hope I'll have a beach shot of Mugsy for next week. And to answer the question you asked on my blog, we'll be staying in Kitty Hawk.

CynicalGal said...

Hello Oliver! What a great name for a handsome dog.

kittything said...

exclamation points (and parenthetical statements)!!!! i think you have been reading my blog too much, pal. love the little dress.

i want to find a good pattern for a knitted (or even crocheted) christening gown but they seem to be out of vogue with new parents these day. we'll see!

dana said...

I hear you on the non-friendly LYS. There is one store that refused to sell 5 sets of DPNs to someone because she didn't want to give supplies for someone else's class (that was taught in a home-knitting group) when the people could take a class at her store.

I do seem to have a guilt complex when visiting LYS's... like obligated to buy SOMETHING! No guilt online though!

Dianne said...

Oliver is such a handsome boy! They add so much to our lives - I can't imagine coming home to a house without a dog in it to greet me at the end of every day.

Vivian said...

Looks like Oliver is saying, come on, let's go play! throw the ball, let me chase it!

What a handsome pup!

Amanda said...

I admire you so much for trying to be socially conscious with your yarn buying. I haven't heard either way about knit picks, so I'll keep and eye out and let you know if I come up with something good.

Don't worry about not being a yarn snob. I say knit what you like. Although I do like some of the higher end yarns, I've yet to find anything I don't like about Caron Simply Soft. It's all about what works for you - not what the price tag says.

Have a great weekend!!

yvette said...

Oliver looks like he is having so much fun, he is gorgeous.
I like working with nice yarns but also don't mind if the acrylic is of the non-squeaky variety.

Holly said...

I got my Ravelry invite this week. Haven't had a chance to check it out, since I just got back from Maryland. That dress is gorgeous.

Jenni said...

Oliver is very handsome and the dress is adorable!

Sheila said...

I'm so happy we "found" each other FH friend! So, which LYS is not very friendly? I bet I know!

Mindy said...

He really does look like he's wanting to say "C'mon, get over here!"