What a Pitty

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I have to admit, I have a real soft spot for pit bulls. It's unfortunate that people have bred and raised some to be violent. There are a lot of sweet ones that just turn me into a pile of goo.

Still, I'm not one to push my luck. We've had an un-neutered male running around the neighborhood doing his best to make himself a nuisance. The "fertilizing' and "law reorganization" efforts are not necessarily endearing, but as someone with a pup who has been known to make a dash for a neighbor's place, on occasion, I certainly wouldn't pass judgment. It was just when he attempted to go for a bit of rump o'neighbor with a baby carriage, that I decided it might be time to call animal control.

A loose dog

The girls were quite displeased when he stopped by our lawn. There was much ado and some language that cannot be repeated in polite company.

Basking in sunlight and hair

It exhausting guarding the house.

Ridiculously Long Scarf

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Purple and Gray Plaid Scarf Mosaic
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Created with fd's Flickr Toys.

I couldn't go to bed, last night, until I finished this scarf and I'm glad I did. These photos are pre-washed. It's now drying so I can use it tomorrow for school, if it's cold enough.

One of the nicest thing about the loom is that I can stash bust. This yarn has been languishing for years, waiting for a good project, but I didn't really have enough yardage to do anything interesting with it. Go loom!

Project Specs

  • Loom: Ashford Rigid Heddle
  • Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Inca Alpaca in colors 1182 and 1103
  • Width: 8.5"
  • Length: 87" plus 6" of fringe on each end.
  • Weight: 166 grams / 5.9 ounces

I definitely haven't mastered getting an even selvage, and my warp tension is still a little uneven, but the yarn is very forgiving, so it's not too obvious. Next project will be a scarf for Leo.

And for my less crafty friends out there, here are some silly videos of my girls being awesome, inspired by videos that Mary-Heather and Mai have posted in their respective flickr accounts.

Do try to ignore the trunk junk and wrinkly jammies.

Dulce De Leche

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The spring issue of Twist Collective is live and guess who has a little pattern there.

Dulce De Leche pattern
Photo copyright Caroline Bergeron

It's called Dulce De Leche and it's made with 1/2 N 1/2, a wool/milk blend. The piece features flattering body darts and subtle gathering at the neckline placket and sleeve hems. The garment is worked from the bottom up, in the round, with no seams. The set-in sleeves are worked from the top-down, also without seams.

Dulce De Leche pattern Dulce De Leche pattern
Photos copyright Caroline Bergeron

If you are interested in the pattern, you can purchase it here.

Plaid

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Weaving this scarf was addicting. I literally dreamed about finishing it for the 4 days it was on the loom.

My first woven scarf

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Created with fd's Flickr Toys.

I'm still getting a hang of the selvages which are really all over the place in this piece, but I think that will improve with more practice, which I'm happy to do.

I'm not sure that Kauni is a great warp yarn. There were a couple of times when the warp seemed near breaking and one time when a part of the warp was actually drifting apart where the manufacturer had made a join, but it's such grabby wool that I was able to loosen the tension and just felt it back together. Honestly, even if I knew then that this wasn't a great warp yarn, I'd still use it because I love the way the colors work up.

Project Specs

  • Yarn: Kauni, two separate colorways; one blue, the other brown
  • Length: about 72" (not counting fringe)
  • Width: 11.5"
  • Loom: Rigid Heddle (Ashford)
  • Dents Per Inch: 7.5
  • Weight: 114 grams

I'm looking forward to my next project, whatever that may be.

So, one of us isn't shedding these days

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And that one of us is Mr. Baldy McShavedhishead. The rest of us are still pretty hairy. Just thought I'd cover that before you see our pictures.

Manzanita Oregon 02/22/09

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Created with fd's Flickr Toys.

This was my birthday hike, and it was fantastic. I know, it's the same song every few weeks. What can I say, I'm a lucky girl.

Check out this bit of shell that Leo found.

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If you click it and choose "All Sizes" you can embiggen it. Doesn't it look knit?

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