Sunday, July 22, 2012

Free Pattern - Summer Stripes Water Bottle Holder

I love Knit Picks Chroma for felting projects! It's soft and lovely to work, the colors are great and it felts like a dream. I used the Roller Skate colorway for my Sweet Silhouettes purse and enjoyed the bright, fun colors. When I had quite a bit of yarn left from my Sweet Silhouettes purse I decided to use it to make something for me (the purse had been promised to my model, aka sister!) . The result was this fun water bottle holder. It's a quick easy knit and it's perfect for using up odds and ends of worsted weight wool yarn (just make sure it's not superwash!). I'm offering it as a free pattern - enjoy!

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Summer Stripes Water Bottle Holder

Thursday, July 5, 2012

It's hot out there!!

It's HOT here. Really hot. I'm not a summer person. I would prefer that the temps didn't go above 75-80 all summer. But I usually deal with the occasional hot days without complaint. But already this summer we've now had 2 weeks of days where the temps bordered on 100 degrees. And it's not cooling off much at night. Last night it was still 92 degrees at 8 pm. And July just got started - eek! It's super dry too as we haven't had a good rain in 3-4 weeks and everything is very dry.

The dogs are getting frisbee games in the river to keep them exercised and sane during the day without overheating. The river is quite low right now due to the lack of rain and everyone irrigating crops from it, but at least there's enough water for the dogs to play in.

I've done very little knitting the past couple of weeks. Between the heat and the homework I've slacked off just a bit. But I've got some more ideas and I'm itching to get something back on the needles.

Here is one of my latest projects, the "Color, Squared" tote. The pattern should be up within the next couple weeks at Knit Picks. I used Chroma Worsted and it was a really fun but simple knit. I'm thinking about making some up for Christmas gifts.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

I think I love this kid

Well, in all seriousness she's my niece so of course I love her. But she looks to be a budding dog trainer as well. She was visiting and kind of bored yesterday. So I suggested that we go outside and play with Kenzi. Once out there, Kenzi picked up a tug toy and hilarity ensued. They chased back and forth and tugged on that toy for 15 minutes - not bad for an almost 3 y/o and a dog with ADD. I was laughing so hard that I was tearing up.

And amazingly enough, Kenzi stayed fairly gentle and kiddo remained in the upright position the whole time!

Later I took kiddo out with Kipp and the frisbee. Once again hilarity ensued but alas, I forgot the camera .

Oh, and I can now say with certainty that my dogs are not at all phased by ear piercing shrieks of delight.