Thursday, October 08, 2015

Our Daily Walks

We've now done 8 of 31 anticipated morning walks, each day in a different sweater.  Periscope has not been cooperative on two of those walks, and we couldn't get a connection to do the live broadcast.  I've posted each day up on my Instagram feed. (@luckypennyknits)  The other issue is as much as I've been looking forward and expecting sweater weather, it's been pretty warm.  So Mad has only worn the lightest of sweaters.  It's going to be fairly warm next week as well.  I should have waited to November to embark on this project.
I knit this sweater for Madeline in 2013.  It's Schoppel Wolle Gradient.  I'm working on grading the pattern for multiple sizes.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

How Many Sweaters?

I've lived with Madeline for three years, and here are all of the sweaters that I've knit for her.  I have never documented them all in one place, or on one platform.  There are thirty in the pile, a different sweater for every day if you count the one that's in progress.  So if my data plan allows, I'm going to try a new platform for sharing the sweaters.  Starting with tomorrow morning, around 8-8:30 CST, you can join Madeline and I for a walk on Periscope, which hopefully we will do every morning for the month.  I won't repeat a sweater for the month, so you get to see all of them, and I can talk a little about my process and tips and tricks for knitting a custom fit sweater.  You will also get a taste of our Chicago neighborhood and hear my pre-caffeinated voice. If you follow me on Twitter (luckypennyknits) you will get a little chirp when we go live.

Friday, September 25, 2015

RIP, Little Fishy

A sad update to the events of almost two months ago--the fish that I revived in the pond was found in the skimmer dead today, and buried in the yard's fish cemetery.  I suppose the injuries sustained from the incident in the pond's jets were too much for him in the end.
Meantime in the studio, knitting goes on.  Tubular cast on, I love you.  Seriously.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Not Just a Day, But a Week

Hey--did you all know that it's National Dog Week?  In honor of the event, Madeline is wearing a new sweater!  Here at the Lucky Penny Hand Made studio, custom fit is the name of the game.  We can make a beauty for your best friend.  Contact us with measurements, and we'll give you a quote.  You know you want to.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Not So Much A Compromise

In my current austere situation, I have been giving my stash and unfinished projects a good going over.  I'm just weaving in ends and blocking an Icelandic sweater I cast on years ago!  Really, I could go for a very long time without  purchasing anything new.  But, it's still so much fun to shop.  I've had the Truss sweater from Wool People 9 in my queue for a few months, and had another yarn in mind.  I was obsessed with it after knitting a hat.  I decided to open myself up for substitutions when I went to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival last week.   We got a super late start to the trip and made it there about 5 pm, which left about an hour.  As it turns out, that was just the right amount of time for the Man.  When everyone left about an hour later, we got a crowd free walk through the barns to look at the sheep.   In the market, I found a yarn that I have worked with before, and had forgotten about.  This is Briggs and Little Heritage, in the color Grey Heather.  The name does not even come close to describing the nuanced blue-green that it is.  A sweater's worth of yarn for less than fifty dollars.  It's hardly a compromise, because this is a wooly wool, has amazing color and a lovely sheep-y scent.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Three Years

This weekend marked three years of having Madeline in our little family.  She looks so different from when we first brought her home from Michigan.  A testament to what TLC can do.  Since her little back episode, I have transitioned her now to holistic anti-inflammatory medications, and have been doing massage, which she loves.  After her dental, I try now to do mouth care on a regular basis.  Fortunately she will permit me to put my fingers in her mouth.
I'm having such a good time just being with her, and knitting many more sweaters for her.
My little sweetheart.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Today Was Fun

There's been so much on my mind lately, and today I put most of it aside for my kind of fun.  Coffee, pastries, and knitting with a good friend.  More and more, as weeks go by, I am feeling more myself.  There are still issues to be resolved, that's for sure.  But,  a weight is now lifted.  I am now starting to return to the sheer happiness of creating and making.
This photo is a hat that I was knitting at lakeside a few weekends ago.  The Bayard hat, from Wool People, volume 3.  I'm using Loft in the colors Almanac and Sap.  I'm happy to have found a local source for Brooklyn Tweed.