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Dumbledore’s Blueberry Smoothie socks

I finally finished the first of two of Dumbledore’s Blueberry Smoothie socks. I love the pattern and am thankful there are charts to follow.

I decided to save a couple of grams of my hand-dyed yarn and use a solid (Knit Picks Stroll in Duchess Heather) for the toes. The purple in the KP yarn is almost an exact match to the purple in the blueberry yarn though it doesn’t look like it in the photos.

I like the texture in the pattern as it would help break up any pooling of color in the yarn but I didn’t have that challenge.

In fact, I like the plain stockinette stitches on the soles as much as the leg.

No second sock syndrome for me. I already cast on for the second sock but Pepper likes to sit in my lap and she hasn’t figured out yet that my knitting and yarn are OFF limits!

I have another sewing project to share later.

What are you working on?

P.S. On a personal note…Mr. Aitch’s brother is in the hospital and is in need of some healing thoughts and prayers. Thank you in advance.

Blueberry socks

I managed to wind this hank of hand-dyed yarn (named Blueberry Smoothie) before Pepper came home with us. Since I was having knitting-needle-sock withdrawal, I cast on for a pair of socks: Dumbledore’s Christmas Stockings by Erica Lueder.

I liked the texture and thought it would help avoid any pooling that sometimes occurs with hand-dyed yarn.

In fact, I’m not seeing any pooling.

The bottom of the foot looks so great in plain old stockinette stitch that I’m thinking I’d rather have a basic vanilla sock to show off the fabulous dye job! I really don’t want to rip this back since I’ve already knit past the heel.

Decisions, decisions….

A tale of four sweaters

It’s a brand new year (well, 41 days ago) and I’m late posting anything so far. My one and only resolution is to keep my sanity and be the Alpha dog (along with Mr. Aitch).

We brought home a cute Miniature Schnauzer on December 17, 2022, and she has been a handful for us. Her unofficial name is Dr. Pepper Jack Cheese Whiz Fondue but we call her Pepper.

My knitting since then has consisted of sweaters for our pup. She’s growing so fast! In fact, I think she outgrew the first sweater in the car on the drive home.

I used the same pattern and size (small) for the top three only changing the needle sizes to get the three sizes shown. For the pink a US #4 needle, the light blue a US #6, and the red a US #8, which is what the pattern called for. I added a hole between the ribbing and body of the sweater to allow for the leash to clip onto her collar and still keep her neck covered.

I made the red one after the first two and decided to leave off the leg ribbing as Pepper is not all that cooperative with getting dressed when she needs to go outside. But then I realized it was too easy for me to get the legs through the wrong holes so I added contrasting yarn colors on the bottom blue sweater for the leg ribbing and around the leash/collar access area for the bottom blue sweater. Red for the right leg and white for easy contrast. It is a medium that should fit her till the weather warms up. 🤞

As you can see, she pulled on the sweater and snagged it in several places. It does the job of keeping her warm on the coldest days. Eventually, she will appreciate my knitting skills and desire to keep her warm in the winter months and not put up such a fuss getting dressed to go outside.

Here she is today after her first haircut minus any sweater as it is a balmy 66 degrees!

Happy knitting!