Noro Cardigan…

After a long respite from posting, here is my latest finished object…My apologies for the poor pictures.

I’ve had this yarn for some time, but struggled to pick a project for it. I’d wanted Noro yarn for so long because of the gorgeous colorways… This is Noro Furisode, and as seems to be a common complaint, it had more knots than I would have liked and the joins were drastic color changes. However, the pattern I picked was pretty tolerant of that, so I didn’t worry too much about it… The pattern is Iced by Carol Feller:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/iced. I think it would be a bit nicer with the yarn specified by Carol, but I’m still pleased with the end result. The pattern is lovely – I will make this one again!

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A very quick knit…

Last week I made a CRAZY thick and warm sweater (0-456 Knitted Sweater on Ravelry – creative name! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/0-456-knitted-sweatet)… We ran out of firewood for the year (and the road is really too muddy to get more right now) so we’re just using oil heat, which doesn’t quite keep the home warm… so when I’m really cold, I can don this!IMG_0716

Zombie Duck Update…

It’s not knitting, but…

Good news – our “Zombie Duck” is doing AWESOME and she has rejoined the flock (albeit in a separated area – she can see and interact with them, but she has her own food and water and is protected from being picked on). She really was in sad shape (I will spare you the gory details) but all healed very quickly and beautifully, and it appeared she might have had major eye injuries. Turns out her eyes are fine (and they are very bright and curious now) and she was excited to go back to the duck house! She was definitely lonely and missing her flockmates, despite sharing a room with two cats and a human. For the record, the cats were scared of her…

Yeay! I’m very thankful she recovered – our kids were very worried for her. Vetericyn is an amazing wound treatment product – highly recommend keeping it in the house for pets! http://www.amazon.com/Vetericyn-Plus-Animal-Wound-Skin/dp/B00425DZTM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427936368&sr=8-1&keywords=vetericyn (I am not an Amazon affiliate nor do I have any connection with Vetericyn, but this product is amazing!)

We used it to keep the wound clean and ‘sterile’, and used local unpasteurized honey as a dressing (as we couldn’t come up with a better means to keep it moist – it stayed on much better than triple antibiotic ointment)…

Ahhhh, a happy ending…

Crazy Warm Hoodie…

After making mittens last week, my littlest one promptly asked for a hooded sweater made from the same yarn. I’ve made many of these over the years, so I played around a little bit with the stitch pattern. You can’t do much with a super bulky variegated yarn like this one, though – most patterns get lost in the mix…

A quick, very warm knit! Perfect for a cold spring…

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A little detail of the way the ‘pattern’ (just 2 knit rows, 1 purl row, repeated):

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Adding a few pictures now that the littlest is awake…

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Knitting is rather difficult today…

So, this is happening…

“What’s this on your lap?” asks Blu.

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“Oh, never mind – doesn’t matter. There’s room.”

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Makes knitting rather difficult, don’t you think?

The story behind this is that we had a duck get very severely injured, so she’s inside with a wet dressing and a bandage on her head. We have cats and a dog – not a good mix with a duck. She has to be in the ‘dog free’ room, which happens to be my office, where two cats reside… and they aren’t about to give up their lap time!

You can see my knitting bag off to the right, neglected… *sniff*  Maybe later!