Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Biscuit needs a jacket

Poor Biscuit, I had his hair trimmed short because it was hot out and it turned cold again. Yesterday I found a cute doggie vest pattern so printed it out but in the afternoon it warmed up and we went out in the yard, it was fine out there. Today is another story. The wind is chilly. Poor guy needed that jacket. So this morning I went ahead and sewed it up. I think its cute but it is almost too small.

I couldn't find my velcro because it was packed in one of the many boxes in the loft. So I ended up finding the black strips and used them but really I need to get some of those nice little round white velcro button-things. Couldn't find the foot pedal for the sewing machine. After all that was found, I did the embroidery on the outer layer and then had to take the poor dog out without his vest because he hadn't been outside yet.

I fed him lunch, had my lunch, took him for a walk and then came back in to work on the vest. Its lined with polar fleece, probably about 200 weight (you know, the stuff they make baby blankets out of) The outer layer is fluffier polar fleece, at least 300 weight. It didn't really have to be lined and I thought about getting out the serger and doing a blanket stitch edge around it. I still want to do that but maybe next time. I just didn't feel like digging out the serger, looking for the manual in case I had to rethread it--this moving is for the birds.

After all that, I tried his vest on and it fits but could be a big larger so I'm going to make myself another pattern and throw out the original. I really wanted to make it out of sewer paper first just to make sure it fit but I couldn't find that either.

The design is from a set called Ole Shep from Elizabeth's Embroidery Actually there was supposed to be gray and more black in the design but but Maltese are white so Biscuit's design had to be mainly white with creamy white shadows and a very light gray. I love these dog designs.
The vest pattern came from Have a look at the web site, the sample they put on their dog was really cute, they used a red plaid wool. I might have to do that when I move to Wisconsin and poor Biscuit thinks we went to the North Pole. It will have to be longer for him there too. In fact, I could probably knit a piece of fabric and felt it, then cut it to the pattern shape and I'm thinking that would make a super little coat for him. How I wish my stuff wasn't all packed up!!!

Monday, April 28, 2008

KnitPicks Sampler

Yaaay, my KnitPicks sampler came today. 6 balls of yarn and 4 free patterns to try out the yarn. I ordered their Georgian Sampler because I felt like it was Spring colors although I was tempted with the Winter colors too. Here's what I got: Crayon, light blue; Shine Worsted, Cream Brulee(gold); Cotlin, Kohlrabi (green); Shine Sport, Cream; Main Line, Butter Pecan; Comfy, Flamingo.

I have wanted to try their Cotlin for a while now and the Shine Sport (60% Pima Cotton, 40% Model (what's Model?)..anyway it looks like I'm going to like it actually better than the Shine worsted. Got 4 free patterns with them to try, I like the lace cap but not sure about the Morning Glory purse. Ruffled Wristwarmers would be fun to wear to the Mill. I felt like this was a pretty good bargain for $14.99, the total with shipping was $17-something.

I also got a newsletter today from Debbie Macomber, my favorite author at present. (visit Debbie at She writes stories that often include knitting. Her latest book is Twenty Wishes, and its all about Blossom Street. The stories about Blossom Street revolve around a knit shop. Oh gosh, this book sounds good, the women could be me. Its about 4 widows of varying ages who form an informal support group. They decide to compile list of Twenty Wishes--things they've always wanted to do but never did. Doggone it, I wish I could meet 4 widows who would do that. She sent a knit pattern for a shawl with the newsletter and a coupon for $2.00 off the book. Would you believe she started the newsletter with "Dear Friends and Fellow Yarn Lovers... (no wonder I love this author).

Sunday, April 27, 2008


I have just lost a wonderful and true friend, Steve Stancell. I met Steve almost 48 years ago when my husband and I were visiting family in South Carolina. As our family ran around the country with the Air Force, my husband kept in touch with Steve through my BIL, Roy. Roy and Steve were as close as brothers and my husband always went to visit Steve when he would come home to visit family. He and his wife, Jane, helped me so much when Howard passed away last year.

I know in my heart that Steve and Howard are together right now in Heaven. Howard is showing Steve around and they are reminiscing about the fun they had hunting, fishing and hanging out. The two of them will look down on me and Steve's wife, Jane and keep their eyes on us as we work through our respective grief. I'm going to try to remember the good times we had with Steve. He had an impact on our entire family, I know my kids remember Steve as fondly as I do Steve was like a brother to me, and as close as a distant uncle to them.
Michael Stephen Stancell, 57 husband of Jayne Stancell and father of Robbie Stancell of Central died Saturday, April 26, 2008. Born in Central, he was a son of the late Eddie Benjamin and Pauline McJunkin Stancell.
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