Monday, January 19, 2009

Edgar Has a New Sweater

On Christmas Day Susan came over with her Dog Sweater Book and told Edgar she was going to knit him a sweater. Frank and John were there and said "Uh, wait a minute. A sweater for Edgar, what kind of a sweater?" Susan showed them the patterns and designs in the book and assured them that Edgar's sweater would be very fitting for him.

Look at Edgar. He loves his sweater.

Susan knit him a fair isle sweater and he loves it. He so kindly posed for us so we could take his picture and show everyone how handsome he looks.
He told me I had to take a close up so you could see the lovely fair isle design in his sweater.
He walked around and showed off his sweater to all of us ...
and then he decided he was ready for a nap. As we all know, Edgar loves to sleep.
And he does it so well.

This weekend Susan and I came over to Edgar's Acres for a lovely knitting respite. We came over on Thursday night because of Friday I had the Karsten Homes guy coming over to do some final finishing touches. Then Casey, the deck guy, came over in the afternoon to give the me bid for the decking we need done at Edgar's Acres.

Friday night Susan and I went through the seed cataloges to finalize what we are going to plant in the garden patch and then I hooked up and ordered the seeds and plants I wanted from Johnny's Seeds and Territorial Seeds. I always order my seeds from these two companies since they both primarily feature seeds specifically for a northern climate such as Edgar's Acres.

Saturday we ran errands and went to visit Nora and Jean at A Dropped Stitch. Love those ladies and love their store. I picked up some lovely Alpaca With A Twist to make a pair of gloves with. Katy came over Saturday to spend the night and we had a great visit. Since Katy is not a knitter we waited to make our trip to the lumber store until she got here. We then went and I got David's anniversary gift. For once I'm ahead of the game.

Yesterday we went over to Fort Hadlock to see Sandy at Textile Fiber Arts and had a wonderful visit with her. Even Katy went with us. It was the first time she had ever been in a yarn store, but she was a good sport. I picked up some more yarn for this project ...

I started this project the week after Christmas. I just couldn't do any more socks, hats or sweaters. I also needed to knit something in COLOR since all of the knitting I had done for three months was in the male range of colors ... black, brown, gray. I have had this idea for an afghan in my head for quite a while and decided this would be the perfect project. It is. I can't put it down. I have become obsessed with garter stitch segments, picking up stitches, and casting off. This block of the afphan now looks like this.

It measures 35 x 25 inches. It is now too cumbersome to drag along when I'm traveling so I started another block.

I'm thinking four blocks will be enough for a good sized afghan. Now, if you feel like tilting your head, here's what they look like next to each other (can't figure out how to rotate on this Blogspot).

I am having fun with this. I don't need to count. Don't need to worry if I have enough yarn. Best of all, I don't need to worry if it is going to fit.

Last night Susan and I made paper dolls for our Fit and Flatter class with Sally Melville at the Madrona Knitting Retreat. Only for Sally.

Well, the lovely knitting retreat is coming to an end. Susan and I promised Louie that we would let him take a sunbath on the deck this afternoon before we head back to Bellevue. He was taking a lovely sunbath yesterday when we told him we were heading over to Sandy's (she won't let me in the place without Louie).



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