Knitting, outdoors, Puppy

First Snow!

Today is our first real snow of the Season here in the Shenandoah Valley! (True, we had an ice storm a few weeks ago, but that just isn’t quite the same. πŸ˜‰ )

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And it’s Sunny’s first snow too!

At first, she took after Joe very strongly, and was not at all impressed by snow; she just wanted to explore…

 

So we did. We went over the bridge and explored for a bit!

These are Sunny’s snowy paw prints.

Then she got excited about the snow, and caught a case of the snow-zoomies…

 

Followed by a game of snowy-hide-and seek…

 

And lastly, she dug in for a taste of snow!

 

After our early morning (it was 7 am when we went out) snowy antics, it’s now time for some coziness!

Here we are, warm and dry indoors, where I am beginning a new knitting project (details and pattern to come!) in natural colors,…

…and Sunny is getting sleepy for a good nap on her favorite blanket nearby!

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I’m sure we’ll go out again later for another snowy romp, and possibly a snowy walk in the forest too!

What is making you happy, and what are you enjoying on this lovely snowy day??

Knitting, new patterns, Puppy

Knit & Chew!

Our morning Knit & Chew (usually out on the back deck) has become something of a ritual for Sunny and I. In fact, Sunny can get quite bossy about it if she thinks I’m taking too long making the coffee… πŸ˜‚β˜•οΈ

Knit & Chew: The unreasonably early morning version (indoors because it’s so early there’s not enough light outside yet for knitting)…

Would you believe me if I told you that getting up so early was originally Sunny’s idea? Sometimes I think she pretends she needs to go out just because she misses me! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’— Apparently, sleeping next to our bed isn’t close enough! πŸ˜‚πŸ’—

Wait. What? How did this get in here?!

It’s the “I’m so cute when I’m napping that Mommy can’t help herself” nap time photo bomb… πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚

Knit & Chew: The totally reasonable morning version…

And some sneak peeks at swatches for a new design I’m working on! More details forthcoming! πŸ˜„

The needles are Knitters Pride Royales, (the 10″ / 25 cm single points)…

And the yarn is Knit Picks Palette!

What’s on your needles today? What’s making you happy right now? We’d love to hear all about it! πŸ˜„

~Happy Knitting!

Knitting, Puppy

Sunny!

Hello! I’m Sundance β€œSunny” Inskeep! I’m a Giant Maso (drool-less) Mastiff. I’m 9 weeks old and I weigh 18.5 lbs. I like cuddling with my people, belly rubs, food, and chasing the odd leaf around the yard! πŸΆπŸ’—πŸ˜ŠπŸ’—

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We’re SO excited to welcome Sunny into our family! She’s our first puppy/dog and we love her SO much!

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Sunny loves to play with Hubby!…

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She loves to play in general! πŸ™‚

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We’re working on things like: “Let’s play tug-of-war with your rope toy, instead of Mommy’s hair!” πŸ˜‰

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So painful! But she’s SO cute! πŸ˜€

And: “We can snuggle shoes/flip-flops…,

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…but not chew them…” πŸ˜‰

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Sorry for the blur; it’s really hard to get a photo of her being still unless she’s asleep! πŸ˜‰

Sunny prefers to stay as close to us as possible,Β which is totally awesome! πŸ˜€

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I love that her definition of “together” seems to equal “touching” – Β most of the time! πŸ™‚

She’s still very young (not quite three months old yet), and she’s growing really fast so she takes lots of naps…

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AND she is the best of knitting buddies… πŸ™‚

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Don’t worry, the bit of red/pink on her fur is just a dab of nail polish applied by her breeder so they could identify her for us. πŸ™‚

…both outdoors and in! πŸ˜‰

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Here we are enjoying a perfectly cozy rainy day together!

In other news, I’m re-knitting a sample for my Kayla Infinity Scarf pattern (coming soon!)…

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This is a photo of the old sample, modeled by Annelies van Dam Barger.

We discovered during the test knitting that the edges roll badly (due to the stockinette nature of the knitted fabric) when other yarns are used. I really want knitters to be able to successfully use yarn from their stashes to knit this if they want, without fear of excessively rolling edges.Β So I modified the pattern to include a ribbed edging on both top and bottom. Several different edging options were considered, including seed stitch and garter stitch; but I chose to go with the ribbing because it seems to do the job while preserving the flow of the stitch pattern on the body of the scarf!

The new sample is still on my needles; you can see it in progress in some of the photos with Sunny above. πŸ™‚ So far I’m very happy with how the new sample is turning out, but we’ll have to see how it does in other yarns with a re-test! πŸ˜‰

Do you have any pets? What’s on your needles now? We’d love to hear all about it! πŸ™‚

Happy Knitting!