Friday, March 26, 2010

Puppy vs. Knitting

Bennan has a habit of stealing my knitting when I'm not looking.  Thankfully, he has not torn anything up although our living room pillows all have teeth marks. I guess those balls of yarn are too enticing.  Who can blame him - I'd run off with them too if they weren't mine already. Anyway, the knitting time has suffered lately since I have to keep an eagle eye on the little yarn thief who manages to look oh-so innocent even when feigning sleep.  Dastardly dog.

Here's my latest project:
The Minimalist Cardigan by Ruthie Nussbaum printed in Interweave Knits Fall 2007. 

I originally started it with Brooks Farm Four Play in a really rich peacock blue that I got a few years ago at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  I thought I had just enough but alas, no. When I got halfway up the back, I realized that I was going to have to make it a short sleeved cardi or scrap it all together.  I thought about scavenging for more yarn but Brooks Farm is a small private yarn producer and the odds of finding the same color in the same dye lot were too daunting.

So I decided to frog it (knitting term for ripping back; get it?  It's called frogging because you rip it, rip it).  And start over with a new yarn - one that I had plenty of.  Normally frogging this much knitting gives me heartburn.  All those hours!  But this time I didn't really mind. Maybe this yarn was just not destined for this project.   Maybe I'm developing a more process-oriented approach to knitting.  Maybe I'm mellowing with advancing age.  But whatever, I've started over.  La-di-dah.

Meanwhile, Bennan has found more interesting things to chew.


  1. Love that last pic of him under the table. So cute! I'm going to start the minimalist cardigan soon myself. Yay!
    Also, my security word just now is bants. I find that amusing. Like, fishing pants that end in rubber boots. Pants and boots together - bants.

  2. he's adorable!!!

    i wanted to make
    the minimalist
    maybe that's
    next on the list.