Short Rows without wraps | Knit the Turn | kt2

I am a bit infatuated with Schoppelwolle’s Crazy Zauberballs and I’ve used them again for my pattern, Carol’s Frequency – available on Ravelry.

Some of my previous patterns like Vera and Night Flier have used typical short row techniques but I found them cumbersome and finicky.

I wanted to reduce the number of pauses and still be able to maintain color-shifting modular properties that I had such great results with in my patterns: Carrie and Christine which also feature Crazy Zauberballs. I played with my short rows and finally came up with a way to create short rows very simply without wrapping at each turn.

After creating my first Carol’s Frequency shawl I decided to write the pattern and, of course,  include a detailed description of how to implement the technique I had used. I assumed that the technique must already exist but could not find any illustrations, videos or instructions describing it that I could link within the pattern.

The “Knit the Turn” is very similar to Japanese short rows but without requiring a collection of pins marking each turning point. Because Carol’s Frequency requires a number of turning points for every wave, a multitude of pins would have made these short rows more laborious.

Below are the instructions for “Knit the Turn” and these can be used for any short row project involving garter stitch. I hope this technique relieves some of the headache that can come with short rows. It sure made my life easier while creating Carol’s Frequency.

Knit The Turn (kt2)

Approach: at each turning point you will simply turn your work without wrapping. It is imperative that your first stitch on the return row will be slipped knit wise with the yarn in back of the work. That way, when you return to the turning point, it will resemble the illustration below:

Step 1: with R needle, pick up yarn strand running from the last stitch worked to the next stitch at the front of the work. (see below)

Step 2: place the yarn strand on the left needle. (see below)

 

Step 3: insert right needle through the picked up yarn strand and the turning point stitch and knit together like a SSK. (left leaning)

NOTE: Illustration incorrectly shows picked up yarn behind turning point stitch. Obviously this strand will be in front.  (see below)

Completed Kt2: short row complete with no need to wrap and turn. Continue working across row with no noticeable gap. (See below)

Here is an example of the finished short rows. There are many short rows worked in each wave of this pattern using the Knit the Turn method illustrated above.

Still need some help? Check out this video tutorial:

 

 

 

How to Save a Fortune on Bavaria’s 2 Best Wools.

I don’t think I realized how popular knitting was in Germany until I landed here and saw people knitting EVERYWHERE. To the dismay of a German friend of mine, her daughter even has knitting and crochet (stricken und häckeln) class in grade school. Unfortunately the handcraft didn’t come easy for her 9-year-old. But the school insists that grades be given for this class regardless of natural ability. Do the US schools even have Home Economics classes anymore? With Germany being the knitting mecca that it is and everybody learning how to do it as part of their grade-school curriculum, it is no surprise that Germany was where I finally broke into the world of high-quality yarn.

I am a big fan of German designer, Martina Behm and her designs feature Wollmeise yarns predominately. It now takes me just 85 minutes to drive to the Wollmeise Brick and Mortar location in Pfaffenhofen Germany.

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I spoiled myself bringing home my first hank of Wollmeise. No other light-weight yarn will ever compare to their high quality and vibrant colors. And it should be said that the only Wollmeise I’ve had the privilege of knitting has been their discards. Those hanks they feel are not high enough quality to be sold at their store or online but were instead picked-up at their bi-annual sale. They put them out each spring and fall at a local church down the street at a considerable discount. Their typical prices go from 100g of twin at 21,50 Euros to 300g of lace at 44 Euros. That’s $50 USD as of today.

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I got most of my Wollmeise yarn for half or two-thirds that price at their Spring/Fall sales. So I’m not even raving about the “good stuff!” I’m raving about their clearance yarn that they can’t sell for full price! Want to join in the action? Click Here for more information about their next sale days and make sure you are there early as some of their best colors sell-out fast.

Wollmeise Spring Sale - Knit Wits on location.

I discovered Schoppel Wolle after picking up a Crazy Zauberball at a craft market in my town. After a bit of Friday afternoon research, I discovered that their factory and outlet was located only 90 minutes away in Wallhausen Germany just south of Nürnberg. That Saturday I was creatively figuring out how to make the trip with my 9-year-old. I may or may-not have promised a trip to the Lego Store in return.

I found their clearance area which is full of balls which aren’t quite 100g and perfect for my thrifty nature.

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Take this Zauberball for example. 100g for 10 Euros on their shelf. I found the same color way in their clearance area for 189g for 5,67 Euros. The only difference? The clearance balls didn’t quite make 100g. Maybe there is one ball of 90 grams instead of 100g. In this case I think there are two 90g balls. Perfect for me since my Christine and Carrie shawls typically take just short of 100g.

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I don’t expect anyone stateside to make a special trip to Bavaria just to go yarn shopping but if you were ever coming for Octoberfest or the Nürnberg Christmas Markets anyway – it would be a great way to stock up on fabulous yarns at a fraction of the cost.

For knitters who are already anywhere close-by you MUST VISIT these sales. Just don’t bring your husband!

Unlike Wollmeise, who specializes in amazing colors in mostly light weights, Schoppel has a large variety of weights and colors and most are available at a discount in their sale area.

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I love their Crazy Zauberball the most. Not only does the color veriagate through the ball but it is a two ply yarn and BOTH plys veriagate independently which makes the most beautiful effect.

I chose this Crazy Zauberball for my first Entrelac pattern: Christine. I picked up dozens of Zauberballs on my first trip to the outlet but discovered that the Crazy Zauberball truly is the best!

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The regular Zauberball below has a great color change but both plys of the yarn change color together.

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What makes the Crazy Zauberball so special is that both plys change color independently. It creates a multitude of shades that was the perfect yarn for these entrelac patterns.

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Unfortunately there are limited ways for me to get my hands on these two brands that have become my staples. I can’t get them at Michaels or Hobby Lobby and Local Yarn Stores stateside won’t have them either. I’m glad they aren’t heavy as I plan to stock up before going home. I don’t think I could live in a world without Wollmeise or Schoppel-Wolle and frankly I don’t think you should have to either!!

June 18th is World Wide Knit in Public Day

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This year especially I am looking forward to World Wide Knit in Public day on June 18th. I have felt so much love and support since I launched YellowRibbonCrafts.com  I never imagined that living my authentic life could be this rewarding.

I think deep down inside I knew I always like knitting. I experimented with crochet but it’s not for me. I tried to like it. I don’t care if my friends like crochet more. I’ll still love them and their choices are their own. I think everybody should be able to be able to express their yarn-skills however they are comfortable. I don’t think anybody should have to be ashamed or hide their love of knitting. Since I told my parents, they have been very supportive. My crochet friends even like to meet and hang-out with my knitting friends at knit-clubs. My family supports my craft and they know that knitting makes me happy. I just couldn’t go through life crocheting and not experiencing all that the knit community had to offer.

With that said, I do like to dabble in crochet now and again and that doesn’t mean I’m not still a knitter. There are a lot of great things about crochet and you need a little crochet in your life too.

When I tell people I’m a knitwear designer, they sometimes say, “Oh I always knew you’d end up knitting.” I’m not sure what gave it away.

Today being a knitter is much more culturally accepted. I’ve found that online sites like Ravelry and Craftsy are great places to meet other knitters like me. The stigma attached to knitting is slowly dissolving as more and more of us stand up and show pride in who we are.

The next time you see someone knitting in public, give them a smile and let them know you support them. Make sure to support your crocheting friends too. World Wide Knit in Public Day is celebrated every year on June 18th.

p.s. National Coming Out day is celebrated every year on October 11th. You’d better celebrate that too.

Make Inertia work for you

IMG_1025Inertia is a strange beast. I remember my High-school physics teacher explaining that an object in motion naturally wants to continue its current motion and direction, but once it stops it requires more effort to get it moving again. That is an oversimplified definition. The webpage PhysicsClassroom.com explains it much better:

An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” Objects tend to “keep on doing what they’re doing.” In fact, it is the natural tendency of objects to resist changes in their state of motion. This tendency to resist changes in their state of motion is described as inertia.

Ironically enough – at my small school the physics teacher was also the gym teacher. He used to tell us it is easier to keep running even if we have to slow down than it is to stop and walk and then try to start running again after catching our breath.

It is true for running, it is true for knitting and it is true for weight loss. At the beginning of the year, I entered a Lose2Win contest and lost a total of 20lbs. Won a snazzy new BMW gym bag and was feeling on top of the world. I was feeling like I could take a breath from weight loss. I started indulging in a few forbidden foods and skipping my daily exercise. Fast forward to two months later and I’m finding it impossible to start running again. Both literally and figuratively. The fruit I buy goes rotten before I can be bothered to eat it. Overgrazing has rendered all household snacks extinct. I can’t break my inertia and get myself moving. Because I haven’t stepped on the scale since the final weigh-in, I’m scared to face reality and see how much damage I’ve done.

Don’t worry – I’ll eventually get myself moving again (I’ll post when I finally do) but it also makes me think about my knitting students and some comments that they have made to me lately:

“I want to keep working on my project but once I set it down I don’t know how to pick it back up again.”

I know that I often stay up knitting until 3am because of inertia.

“I just can’t put it down.”

“One more row.”

“Let me just get to the next color change.”

Inertia is a very powerful motivator but it can also hold us back. Like weight loss, it is more psychological than physical but once we leave a project sitting too long we start to wonder how long it will take to remember what we were doing. Will we have to back-track and figure out where we were? How long will that take? Will I be able to get back on track? What if I can’t find my way again?

I have a feeling that a few sentences ago you were thinking that this lady should just get back on the jogging trail and the sooner the better. Just do it! Hurry before you lose all your progress! Don’t think about it – just do it. You will be so happy you did.

It is great advice and it applies to BOTH OF US. You pick up that old project that you’d love to finish but that’s been stalled by that beast named Inertia and I’ll get back on my running trail and give myself a bit of my own advice.

Deal?

 

Darth “Intarsia” Vader

May the (Intarsia) Force Be With You

Back when I thought knitting might be a fad for me, I was very conscious of each project I made. If I quit knitting tomorrow, I wanted to make sure I had an awesome collection of items to show for all the time I was “wasting” with my needles.

When I wanted to tackle Intarsia, I decided to tackle the Dark Lord himself. Darth Vader! My son was a bit obsessed, I was reliving my memories of the Star Wars franchise and I was determined to make things my Grandmother would never think to make (Love ya Great Gram!) so I found photos of Darth Vader, and made my own pattern (for more details on how I do this see: Ninjago Lunch Bag Challenge. 

577875_10151605259265217_173499650_nI decided to make Darth Vader into a pillow and although the chart I created used 39 stitches, I cast on 59 to account for the edges. I then knit 10 rows of black before starting my chart. To make the back, I knit a black square 59 stitches wide and 72 rows high to match the size of the front. Then I found a pillow form at my local craft store that fit. You could also tear apart an old pillow and use the stuffing if you can’t find a pillow form that matches your finished size exactly.

You can turn Darth Vader into anything you’d like by using The Force (of math). He could be a Lunch Bag like my Ninjago guy, a sweater, basically anything that has an extra 39 stitches x 52 rows that could use a little bit of the Dark Side.

Feel free to use and share this Chart. I’ve included a few details to help you make your math work.

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Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Needles: 6-9 mm depending on yarn thickness. 6 mm will work well for recommended yarn

Recommended Yarn: Loops and Threads: Impeccable (Available at Michaels) 100m = 100g, 100% Acrylic, Colors: Wine/Black/White/Grey

Size: 39 stitches wide 52 rows high

Directions: Cast on 39 (plus edge stitches depending on required size) Center and work the chart from the bottom to the top using color suggested for each block.

For Example:
Row 1: (reads R to L) k12 in Black, k1 grey, k2 black, k1 grey, k23 black, turn
Row 2: (reads L to R) p22 black, p6 grey, p11 black, turn

Need Tips??:

Basic Intarsia Tips from Natty Knitter
or
Video Tutorial on wrapping Intarsia colors

Wollmeise Spring Sale – Knit Wits on location.

Wollmeise Spring Sale - Knit Wits on location.Today I took another lady from the Knit Wits (all were invited only one took the plunge) to the Spring Wollmeise sale in Pfaffenhofen Germany. It has been scheduled in my iPhone for months now. I see American knitters online wondering how to get ahold of some Wollmeise and since we live just over an hour away it would be a tragedy to miss the opportunity to attend a Wollmeise sale while living in Germany. Patty and I arrived just after 10am and as usual – parking was difficult downtown Pfaffenhofen. We finally decided to use the Norma parking lot and that worked well since the church annex is just across the street and a block down.

ad536-img_0787We entered the sales room before it got too crowded, I pointed Patty in the right direction and we split-up to immerse ourselves in Wollmeise color. The sale is made up of hanks with slight faults. The quality control at Wollmeise is so high that the “faulty” hanks have only minor issues all of which are listed (in german) and consist of a faulty color batch or a hank with knots in it. Each type of yarn (pure/blend/lace/twin/dk etc) is separated and the colors are overwhelming. It is a bit dark inside so some ladies will organize and examine their color choices by the window before settling and heading to the kasse (register)

Wollmeise Spring Sale - Knit Wits on location.It was wonderful. I had heard (through a Ravelry group discussion) that there were a ton of lace “multis” but I couldn’t figure out what that meant. It means variegated yarn. And she was right. Not very many solid lace colors this year but plenty of hanks with multi colored variegation. I noticed a beautiful shawl on the counter and was told that they have it on display so customers can get an idea of how beautiful the “multis” are. I have a feeling they had been asked about the lack of solid lace colors. But hey – it is a sale. You can’t expect to get everything you want.

I did though. I went to the sale hoping for a nice chartreuse yellow. I found something very close to what I wanted. Perhaps a touch further towards green than I would have liked but very nice. I spotted a blue and a nice grey/brown to go with it and then this strange variegated yarn caught my eye. It is called Aspentree and I got one hank of Pure/100g. I’m very excited to see how it works up.

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I did have to leave behind a few friends. I am a budget girl so I had to leave my group of blends behind but I set them out together and I have faith that some other knitter saw them and took them home together.

We made our purchases and I was impressed by the paper bag they gave us. Even the paper bag is awesome. It has german knitting terms translated into English. I loved it and I think I should frame it. I know, I’m a geek.

ae0f3-img_0798Patty was ready to leave but I convinced her to stay for coffee and cake in the next room. I looked for open seats at an already occupied table because half of the fun of the Wollmeise sale is meeting new friends in the coffee and cake room. It didn’t disappoint. We chatted (their English was better than our Deutsch) and discovered these wonderful yarn ball unwinders. The website listed on the bottom said: www.wollabroller.com.

When I checked it – I “think” the site said it was sold out or currently out of production but the ladies we talked to said they had JUST gotten theirs that week. They looked so neat but I wonder how convenient they are to travel with or take to a swim meet etc. I think I’ll stick with my center-pull balls and project bag.

Wollmeise Spring Sale - Knit Wits on location.We also noticed an abundance of Martina Behm shawls either on the ladies or on their needles. Patty was soon convinced to start a shawl project and headed back in to get another dose of yarn. After we packed up and really were on the way out we spotted a man waiting in the hall. I thought it was hilarious because I saw the same thing at the fall sale. Poor guy. I wonder how long he waited? It was more pathetic than a fella waiting at the shopping mall for his wife. In a way I guess he was.

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We couldn’t leave town without a trip over to see the Brick & Mortar store. It closes during sale days so we peeked in the windows and decided o schedule another trip back once we saw all the cool displays (and a coffee machine) inside. My favorite was the sock peacock. Maybe I should call it a “peasock.”

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You know you are in a knitting-town when you walk downtown and find a statue that has recently been yarn-bombed. That was very fitting.

Travel Maps to the Rescue

36e15-img_0781Craft Fair Season is upon us. Well it is the right season for SOME crafters. For knitting – I have found that the spring is never my friend. It is warming up, the sun is shining and most ladies are excited about pulling out their skirts and flip-flops. They are NOT excited about picking up a shawl or scarf for next fall.
I already expect lower sales in the Spring and I still enjoy a chance to display my items and hear, “Oh you make such lovely things.” Even if those kudos don’t translate into dollars. It is my time to exhibit my designs and work.
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Last year the items most requested were: boot cuffs and cowls. At my last craft fair (in the fall) I quickly sold-out of my entrelac cowls and had requests for boot cuffs so I got to work and made more but (of course) the spring craft fairs are just not as conducive to wooly knits.
thumb_IMG_0784_1024Thankfully – my visitors seemed to like my cross stitch travel maps. I have long wanted some kind of record of my travels. Being a military family we have covered most of the US and now that we are stationed in Germany we are quickly covering most of Europe too. I thought it would be great to have a map that we could fill-in over time and show off our travels. I have seen large travel maps with pins to track your locations but 1) they are very expensive and 2) they aren’t as customizable.
I searched and searched online for a pattern to use but couldn’t find one. So I made one. And I figured if I want one then maybe others would want one too. I made my pattern, tested it for myself and invited a group of ladies over from my husband’s unit to test it for me too. They loved it but a few of them didn’t finish. They got hung-up with the initial black outline of all the countries.
I had to make it easier. If the initial outlines were giving them problems – could we just skip that step? I printed the pattern straight on the fabric and VOILA! problem solved. Now they can just fill it in using whatever color scheme they want.
But what if they don’t know how to get colored thread or don’t want to pay $2/color to fill-in their map? Why should they have to pay $3 for 10 needles when they will only use one? So I purchased a variety of colors and made a sample pack of colors with enough to cover 1-2 countries/states per color. I included a needle and figured I had better include some basic directions in each pattern.
I thought about offering a little class for anyone that wanted it and then I had one of those brilliant shower ideas: wait a minute – I have an iPhone – why not just make a little video tutorial? So now each pattern has a link to a video tutorial to get them started and talk them through some of the snags they might hit.
While showing-off my new design to family and friends, my cousin demanded a North America Version. Why should us overseas military spouses have all the fun? So I kindly obliged and developed a North America Version with my home province of Manitoba featured prominently. Rugby North Dakota might be the geographical center of North America but Elkhorn Manitoba is the center of my map!
thumb_IMG_0520_1024I’m so excited to see their finished products. I colored in my examples using a variety of colors but I’d really like to see someone do a monochromatic color scheme. Dark red is where we lived, medium red is where we have visited and light red is where we just drove through or stopped at an airport?? Blue is where he has been, Red is where she has been and purple is where they have been together? The possibilities are exciting. I included my contact information with each pattern because I want to see and share all the finished results.
I still have the original cross stitch patterns with Aida cloth and those are available as a kit as well and surprisingly they are doing just as well as the pre-printed fabric option.
Hopefully these maps will help alleviate my boredom at Spring craft sales as well as offer my military friends around the world (and my bossy cousin) a chance to track their travels.

Stitch by Stitch 2

4 weeks in, 13 lbs down and loving the changes I am seeing…

The other day I felt my knee. The actual bone. I think it has been over a year since I could actually see it protruding from my jeans. The jacket I got for Christmas is getting a bit baggy. I’ve sinched up 2 belt notches and I have actually been enjoying morning runs (downhill to the next town – but we’ll work on getting up the hill next month). My swim workouts have expanded from what was an exhausting 500m with pauses every 25m to 1000m with some sprints worked in between and pauses every 100m (to start but again will work on that next month).
I still can’t break my knitting habit but then again I’m not really trying. Instead I figured out a way to make it a little healthier. Yes – they look at me funny and No – I don’t care. I spent an hour on the seated bike the other day and came home with fewer fat cells and a few more rows finished. LOVE IT!
I am very proud of myself for the major dietary changes I have made. I used to drink more Diet Coke in a day than water and it has now a month since I’ve had one. I have been allowing myself to indulge in one meal a week and I try to choose a food I’ve been craving all week. First it was Tex-Mex, then it was German Breakfast, last week it was Sushi. This week I haven’t had a craving strong enough to splurge on.
I used to stay up until the wee hours of the morning and snacking all the while. Now I go to bed early with plenty of energy in the morning and there is absolutely NO snacking after supper.
My skin is clearer than it has been in years. All the water I’ve been drinking?
With all these changes – I am still falling behind in the competition I entered. Another lady has taken a ridiculous lead in the local Lose2Win contest and has pretty much guaranteed that she’ll be riding “my”  sweet BMW bike come March.
In the next 6 weeks I may not be able to catch up but I am so excited about this new lifestyle that I have given myself. I have the money to buy my own bike but what I didn’t have was the motivation to make the changes I knew I needed to make.

Learning Curves

Learning Curves

6 years ago I borrowed a friend’s crochet hook while she was in Australia and taught myself how to crochet. There were more than a few hiccups along the way. After I figured out how to keep the same number of stitches in each row I tackled my first blanket.

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I’m sure I didn’t take a picture of it and I’m not even sure what happened to it (I’ve been known to frog a whole project for MORE YARN). I finished the entire thing and then realized I had crocheted through the back loops of the entire blanket.
That taught me that it is important to be consistent. Nobody else knew it was a mistake. It is an actual technique after all. I guess I was accidentally ahead of the curve.
My next blanket was only a touch more successful. I was making each stitch correctly but my sizing was laughable.
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Soon I had mastered REAL projects. full baby blankets with appliqués of jumping sheep that each required 16 ends to weave-in and then sew in place. I love that blanket but that’s the only sheep blanket I will EVER make.
I would have loved to have made one more black sheep for my friend Amanda. She wanted one to sew on a pillow or a “jumper” for her little girl and it was a brilliant idea but I could not stomach the thought of even one more 16-ended sheep to sew on. Counting sheep became a bit of a nightmare for me after this project.
Soon after, I started experimenting with knitting. It was NOT fun. I kept crocheting for another year or so after I taught myself to knit because it was adding stress to my life instead of relieving it. If anyone would ask which I liked better I ALWAYS said crochet. I explained how you could make all kinds of 3 dimensional shapes easily with crochet and tried to convince anyone who asked how superior it was to knitting. I don’t think I would make the same argument today.
Deep down inside, I knew that I preferred the fabric that knitting makes but It was daunting and I didn’t want to put in the work to become good at it. Until I did.
I thought I liked crochet but I became obsessed with knitting. I wanted to knit faster so I spent a whole scarf forcing myself to use the Continental Method and at the end of the scarf, you couldn’t pay me to switch back to English.
IMG_0894I’m trying to remind myself that there is an “other side” of any learning curve as our family made a major electronics purchase yesterday and purchased our first Apple computer. I can’t get my son’s swimming time-tracking spreadsheet to calculate his “percentage improvement” anymore because apparently C4 contains a date instead of a number. Umm that might take a while to solve. But I will keep reminding myself that deep down inside I know I will love an Apple world. I just have to put in the work to succeed. It still beats weaving in 16 ends x 9 sheep on a baby blanket.
NEVER AGAIN

5 Things Not to Knit (or Crochet)

Shortly after I started knitting two years ago I made a list of things I would NEVER knit or crochet:

1. Dog sweater
2. Table-leg cozies
3. Anything with a pom-pom
4. Doilies
5. Barbie doll clothes

I have now decided to put this list in print and publish it in an attempt to strengthen my resolve to vow off these knitting clichés. Why would I feel the need to do this? Why, temptation of course. Not just by one item but two. I actually went to Ravelry.com and searched for patterns for two of these items.

Can you guess which two? I’ll lay it out like a playmaker game.

-Ken will not see any new clothes
-No toiling over decorative layers
-Cozies are for beer not table legs.
-Poodles or Pomeranians??

Since we are moving overseas we decided (perhaps hastily) to ask my parents who live in Canada to keep our chihuahuas for us. Nellie and Cookie are 7 and 6 pounds respectively. My mom was scared they would freeze like the cement doggie statue we keep in our flowerbed. I actually went to Ravelry.com and typed “dog sweater” in the search bar. Someone needs to come over and slap me! Instead of turning to rock statues, they transformed into super-potty puppies getting their business completed with Indy pit-crew speed. YES! Une Cliché averted. I forget what is French for averted. You get the picture.

Then came these horrendous toques that the NFL designed for their players to wear this season. Who looks good in a beanie with a giant pom-pom on the top?? NO ONE. Oh wait thats a lie. I will drool over Tom Brady no matter what he is wearing. Maybe hubs thought if he wore a toque with a horrendous pom-pom I would drool over him too. I love him and all but, no.

I tried to appease him. I knit him a beanie with a patriots logo in intarsia. He said no. My neighbor, Chris, loves it. I tried a striped version with no logo. Chris’ son got that one. Finally I got out my pom-pom maker and actually experimented to see if I could make a pom-pom!

Christmas traveling saved me. By the time we got home he had run into an authentic NFL Patriots beanie complete with god-awful pom-pom attached proudly to the top. It is atrocious and thankfully I will never have to say I made it.

Mom is still working on me about the dog sweater but I’m hoping this will give me the motivation to abstain. And you know if I take my glasses off in the right light I can pretend he is Tom Brady now. Added bonus: I spent hours working on this patriots color logo so I may as well sell it at Ravelry.com. Follow the link to get a copy of the color chart I made for this project with the Patriots Logo.

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