George

Good Morning!  Fall has finally arrived here in Oklahoma.  I would like to introduce our newest family member, George, shown here with Luke.

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George is a Standard Poodle.  He will, one day, be the new dad to our Goldendoodles.

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Luke and I are playing with our neighbors here.  I wanted to show you Max.  Do you see where he is?   That cat!  He is so wonderfully weird!  I love him so!  He will sit in the stroller and take a walk with me and Luke.   Max loves this family.  He is often found hanging out with them.

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We drove to Missouri to get George.  He sat on my lap for the entire four hour trip!

I’m going to give a little dog advise.  When you are thinking of buying a dog, especially an expensive one, you need to pay attention to the parents.  Personalities and temperaments are passed down to the pups.  If you want to know what kind of puppy you are getting, pay attention to the parents!

Stitch Markers!

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I was really excited to show you all something neat I had discovered to save you all some money!   Turns out, I have no idea what I’m talking about.  Do you see the little tin with the gold metal stitch markers?  I bought a little bag online at a knitting store and paid about $9.00 for them.   I’ve tried all kinds of different stitch markers and these are my favorites.    I’ve been shopping in the bead/jewelry isle at the craft stores and found these metal colored rings for $2.99 (half price days $1.50).    The green and purple rings I found at a bead store in Colorado, they are the $3.50 ones.

I get really excited when I find great deals.  I thought I had discovered a knit hack and wanted to share with everybody.

I tried to find the website I purchased my $9 stitch markers and found them on KnitPicks for $1.99 for 100 of them!   WHAT!?!?!   How did I not find these before?  They are even cheaper than my great find.

Well, if you want a variety of colors with your stitch markers at an affordable price, go shop at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.  They have lots of different sizes and colors in the jewelry/bead isles.

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Here’s a quick peek at my current knitting project.   It’s my road trip project to Wyoming.  I’m almost done.  I fear I’m going to run out of the brown color for the last stripe!  I’m just going to use a different brown if I run out.  It’s a shawl if you can’t tell.  I will show you all soon when it’s done.

 

Leather Accents

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Good morning!  I’m still working on a few knit things that need to be finished, so I don’t have any show and tell for my knitting.  I do want to point you over to my step-daughter’s, Bailey’s site, for these adorable leather accents she makes.  I’m telling you this kid is so talented.  Her creativity never ceases to amaze me.  Above is how you find her on Facebook.    She is under Moose Creek Boutique.  It’s her online store out of Wyoming.  Here are a few of her latest creations.

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I love the floral one in the front!

She didn’t like her iWatch so she made herself one she likes.

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Oh my gosh! Look how pretty! I love it. Now this one is my favorite!

This morning, I see she has made a little collar for a kitty.

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How cute is that!?

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I captured the cutest picture of Jourdyn, my granddaughter.

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I sure do love this little girl.  She will be artsy too.  She loves to do crafts and paint.  She was painting a little candle holder here and I asked her to turn around for a picture.  This look is her turning around and thinking, “Not another picture Gugga, I’m busy”.  But look at the love in her face she has for me!  This little girl and me are like peanut butter and jelly, we just do well together.

 

We’re getting back some cute pics from our puppy owner’s.  The chocolate pup on the left is an Aussiedoodle.  The pups in the middle and on the right are Goldendoodles.  They are so cute!  I will own one myself one of these days.  When Brodie is ready to retire.  He’s got several more years though.  Brodie, our Standard Poodle, is one of kind.  I will for sure want one of his kiddos!

We’re going to the local pool park today with the grandkids.  Hopefully, we won’t melt in the heat.

Have a great day!

 

Tammy

The Arrow Sweater

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I finished the Felicitas Sweater by Lisa Hannes .  It’s too big!  I was running out of blue yarn so I had to “wing it”, hence the  bottom rotation of blue and gold stripes.  That’s not how the pattern is written.  I really like this sweater, it’s just too big.

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My daughter, Lindy, and I laughed so hard at this picture.  First of all, you can see how large this top turned out on me.  Secondly, I was making a turn, so my feet look weird.  Lindy said, “Mom,  that’s the most innocent awkwardness I’ve ever seen”.   That is a very good description of me.  I am awkward.   I am a huge dork!  It’s all good.  I’m happy with who I am.  It creates a lot of laughter.   One thing I love about my family is that we can laugh at ourselves.

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Notice the long sleeves.   The sleeves go well beyond my hands.  It’s meant to be a boxy, loose-fitting sweater.   If I had gone down about 2 sizes, I would have had enough blue yarn and it would have fit well.

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If I pull up the sleeves I think I can get by wearing this.  I’m going to try to shrink this a little bit.  I’m going to block it again, but in warmer water, and hope it shrinks some.  The only experience I have with shrinking clothes is from the washer/dryer by accident.  It usually shrinks from the length, not the width.  I tend to buy tops a bit on the large size, so after going thru the wash, it tends to fit better.   Otherwise, my tops have short sleeves and short hems.  I’m tall and lanky under some necessary extra fluff for snuggles with grandkids.

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This is my step-dad, Jerry, my step-sister Jeree, and me.  I think I was  12 here.  See what I mean.  Check out those long arms and legs.  That’s why I buy larger size tops, so that the sleeves will be long enough and fit my long arms.  “Awkward”.  Definitely a good description of me.  I think I had my full 5’8″ height when I was 11 years old.

Anyone else have experience with a too big top and how to fix it?

One last pic to post for today.

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This is my oldest son, John ,and his wife, Lauren, with Luke, Bootsy, and Daisy hanging out on our back porch.  Bootsy has a litter of Aussiedoodles that are ready to go home.  Okay, one more picture.

Have a blessed day!   I’m working on potting plants for the patio this weekend.  I’m excited to finish my next project – Briochealicious by Andrea Mowry.  It’s almost done!

Please let me know if you know of any hacks or tips on shrinking sweaters on purpose!

Tammy

Purls, Puppies, and a Cat

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Max doing a Vanna White imitation showing off my new project.

What a great day of knitting and puppies.  My latest project is the Chevron Fringe Shawl by SOSU – Susanne Sommer.  I love it! I’m enjoying playing with the different yarn combinations and textures.  There is absolutely no ‘purling” involved.  You knit two right side rows then two wrong side rows.  The only thing that I don’t like is the fact that you’re starting a new row every 4th row.  That’s a lot of starting and stopping.   You don’t get into the rhythm of the flow of knitting with the frequent stops and starts.  So it’s taking forever.   I’m a little over half way through, and I’m already wanting to start something else.    I did interrupt this project already with the Joji Mystery knit-a-long.   The end of this month a new knit-a-long starts called “What the Fade?!” by Andrea Mowry, and I’m really tempted to put this aside and jump in this KAL.

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I used a skein of Polaris by Rozetti that has some sequins in it.  I love it!   I like a little glitz but not too much.  Speaking of glitz….I was at our LYS, David’s Yarn, checking out with some clearance yarn that I purchased.  Three of the skeins had some silver tinsel in the yarn.  The checkout girls and I were oohhhhing and ahhhhing over the pretty yarn, and a lady next to me waiting to check out solemnly said, “I would PAY you to keep the glitz out of the yarn.”  Well there, little Eeyore, you just totally dumped on my yarn!  Interesting people we knitters!

Here is the glitzy yarn I purchased: Any one of my young 20 something daughters would love to wear a cowl made out of this.  It’s a real rich and lush reddish brown.

On to the puppies.  Our neighbors came over today to play with the pups.  Our house is always full of dogs, puppies, a cat or two, babies, grandchildren, grown children; it’s really pretty fantastic.

Check out Max, the cat in the middle of everything.  He’s in with the puppies because HE wants to be in with the pups.  He is literally “part of the pack”.  He is always in the middle of anything that’s going on.  He’s such a great cat.  I’m really in love with the little guy.

You’ve got to be leaving my page today with a happy heart!  Sometimes it’s just the small things that make life great.  Check out those smiles, even the dogs are smiling.