Monday, January 30, 2006

Baaaaaad Blogger...

I'm such a bad blogger, I never even wished anybody a Merry Christmas on this page! So, here is Roisin Dubh in her Christmas outfit, looking very much like one of George Booth's cartoon dogs. (He still does GREAT dog cartoons for The New Yorker magazine.) The antlers and jingle bell collar and cuffs came from Christmas Tree Shops, while the lovely bandana was made by our friend Kat, who is also a Corgi owner and was my pups' Secret Santa this past year.

A knitting highlight from this past Fall, which I've been meaning to post for an age, is my Wool Peddler's Shawl from Cheryl Oberle's lovely book, Folk Shawls. I dyed the yarn myself, and was surprised and delighted when it turned out it would match the pretty orange rayon dress I treated myself to in Maine. The yarn, believe it or not, was originally a very vivid, eye-popping yellow. I crammed a bunch of skeins into a kettle with a color called "Mahogany," and out came this fabulous variegated stuff with nary a hint of its former color. There's more of the yellow yarn waiting for the kettle than I want to admit, and I haven't been able to do so much dyeing since winter hit. I'm eagerly awaiting Spring, so I can turn on the outdoor spigots and crank up the heat on the propane stove again.

Below is a close-up. A little dark, but at least some of the stitch detail is visible. And to the right...well, that's me and Mr. Finnegan. He's such a cuddly boy, and come to think of it...yeah, it's past my bedtime!