“C” is for Choco, the name of my aunt’s Shih Tzu — and it also stand for “Cool!” Wouldn’t you agree? Choco is modeling a great turtleneck sweater that I made from a free Lion Brand pattern.
This sweater is my homage to the bold and bright solid colors that were prevalent in the mod fashions of the 1960s.
It was also the perfect way to use up a stash of Sensations Lourdes yarn that I had. I’m sure many fellow knitters can relate the the experience of seeing a bunch of yarn on sale, buying it all on impulse, and then letting that yarn sit in a storage box for years. Well, that was exactly the case with this looped yarn I bought for what seemed to be no good reason–after all, there were only a few (pretty small!) skeins in each color, the colors were all a bit loud for any of the project ideas that came across my mind, the loops were impractical for accessories since they caught on everything… Sigh—basically the best feature was that it was on clearance…until now!
Turning my dog, Webby, into a fashion plate has become a new favorite hobby. For one thing, knitting for my little 18 lb dog provides the gratification of completing a project in just hours (or at most, a day or two), as opposed to many days (or weeks/months/years even!) for larger projects such as blankets and human clothes.
Here, she is sporting the first sweater I ever made for her. I started with Bernat Baby Coordinates in Soft Mauve for the main body piece, and Patons Brilliant in Sparkling Rose for the collar, the under piece and the flower accents.
Here is my unintentional tribute to Prince – my darling little “purple raindrop” is the result of a happy accident.
I had intended to make a purple octopus, but I didn’t increase enough stitches at the very beginning of the project, and as a result, the head ended up being quite pointy. I faced a dilemma: should I succumb to my perfectionist tendencies and rip out all the stitches to start again? Or should I proceed and alter my design–perhaps a squid?
Fortunately, I stumbled upon a third choice. I continued decreasing stitches and discovered that I had something of a little raindrop in front of me. A lavender raindrop? Why, of course! It’s purple rain!