Thursday, August 31, 2006

I'm in Trouble Now!


I'm so delighted to join this group. As I told Barb, how can I pass up the chance to chat about knitting and ogle pictures of gorgeous men? My name is Cindi Myers and I write romance and women's fiction. I'm also a craft-a-holic -- I quilt, play with beaded jewelry -- and knit.

Which is where the trouble comes in. I logged on to this blog day before yesterday and started reading through posts and was immediately seized with a desire to knit everything! I want to make spiral socks. And dish rags. I have patterns for both. So much yarn -- so little time.

I live in the mountains southwest of Denver and we're making a trip into the big city this weekend. I've already warned my hubby this will include a trip to my favorite yarn shop. I can hardly wait!

As to my current project, I'm knitting the second sock of a pair started last spring. The weather has turned cool enough to inspire me to want to handle wool yarn again. I love socks. I felt so accomplished when I finally mastered working with double pointed needles. Please tell me I am not the only person who buys shoes specifically to show off my socks. I just bought a lovely pair of leather clogs for winter, to wear with my large collection of colorful wool socks.

I end this first post with a request. Has anyone ever knitted a doggie sweater? Do you know where I can find a good pattern? I have a little beagle mix who actually loves wearing sweaters in the winter. The one he has now was a gift from my mother-in-law and it's pink. A little girlie for a masculine dog like him. So help me out here and point me toward a good pattern.

And thanks for letting me join the party!

23 Comments:

Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

Cindi! Hooray! I'm so glad you're here. (And isn't Cindi discreet? No mention of my hideous whining when we were comparing notes on the novella anthology this summer.)

A few months ago I dashed over to Michael's from Cost Co (what a glamorous life I lead) and I saw a woman walking across the parking lot wearing homemade socks (very obvious) and transparent vinyl clogs. It had to be one of the ugliest sights I've ever seen: it was a hot day and apparently her feet were sweating (you should've seen the typo: "her feet were swearing" -- they probably were) anyway, her feet were sweating and condensation formed inside the clogs and it looked like a rain forest. Hideous!

But regular clogs were made for handmade socks. Check out my favorite all socks book SOCKS SOCKS SOCKS and look at the Aran Sandal Sock. It is one of the most gorgeous socks I've ever seen.

10:37 PM  
Blogger Jean Brashear said...

Hey, Cindi girl--welcome!!! So glad to see another friend here!

I am beyond jealous, though, that you're not still down here sweating with us in Texas and can actually even begin to contemplate wool already.

BB--speaking of this, the only socks that will be useful to me, since I'm allergic to wool, would be either acrylics, I guess (please don't throw things, folks) or cotton--have you tried knitting any socks from cotton yarn?

Cindi, when I was on patternworks.com today looking for the Magic Loop book, I saw at least one book about knitting for pets, if that's helpful.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

You guys are making me want to take my knitting off the top of the bookshelf. I'm just a beginner and I haven't touched it in ages but now I want to do more.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Hey, Cindi, welcome to the blog! Great to have another "yarn spinner" on board!

11:33 PM  
Blogger Jamie Denton said...

Cindi!!!! I'm sooo glad you joined us!! Oh, this is gonna be fun.

4:58 AM  
Blogger Jamie Denton said...

Nicole - Definitely grab that knitting off your bookshelf! I'm completely addicted and it's all Barbara's fault.

Hey Barbara! For our sock-a-long, what size dpns and yarn do I need? I'm going shopping tomorrow to find a "how to knit socks" book, too.

5:00 AM  
Blogger KnitTech said...

Nice to meet you Cindi. (I just won't mention, I've only been reading the blog for two weeks.) I'm looking forward to seeing your work.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Fran Baker said...

Welcome, Cindy, for another clogs person who's going to knit her first pair of socks beginning October 1.

Like Jean, I'm allergic to wool. Does anyone know of a good cotton or blended substitute for socks?

Here's a free dog sweater pattern to cut and paste into your browser:

http://www.michaels.com/art/online/projectsheet?pid=25189&categoryid=32

Mrs. Clive Owen

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try Cascade Fixation yarn for socks - stretchy and comfy - size 3 needles work well. Also Opal cotton is nice too.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Cindi Myers said...

Thank you everyone for the welcome. And thank you, Fran, for the pattern. (Or should I call you Mrs. Owen?)

10:40 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

Jean, the yarn and needles will depend on the pattern you choose. With regular sock yarn (fingering weight) I like #0US or #1US. You want to go smaller rather than larger with the needle. They wear better and look better. I used #5US with Sirdar Highlander Chunky and that worked well. I use #2US (sometime #3US depending on pattern) with Cascade Fixation.

Which brings me to the wool issue. I can't wear wool either but I seem to be doing okay with Fortissima Colori. It's a superwash (meaning it's been treated so you can machine wash them) and that seems to have reduced or eliminated the allergens.

So for cotton: Cascade Fixation (it has stretch in it); look for some of the Opal (I think it's Opal) Bamboo sock yarns (yes, made from bamboo), Wildflower DK (thicker than sock yarn; makes the most adorable baby socks imaginable -- look for my email, Jean).

I've also made socks with (and here come the brickbats but I like what I like) Lion Brand Woolease, both chunky and worsted weight and have been delighted with them. Wool content is low enough that I have no problem.

Any other cotton suggestions?

11:47 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

I meant Jamie. Sorry!

11:50 AM  
Blogger Fran Baker said...

Cindi: Today you can call me Mrs. Connery. LOL!

And you're welcome for the pattern. My Scottie loves his little "coat," as does the feral cat. The Shi-Tzu, OTOH, isn't interested in going out in the cold.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Welcome, Cindy!

I love socks, too, and am looking at the prospect of buying my first ever pair of shoes with something other than comfort in mind. I too must go look for shoes to show off my socks.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Jean Brashear said...

I needed the info, too, BB, so no sweat--I copied and pasted it so I could take it with me to the yarn store. Thank you!

And Fran, as we say down here--watchale! Hands off the Clive Man!;)

4:02 PM  
Blogger Jean Brashear said...

I have a deep, dark secret to confess.

I don't think I'm smart enough to wear clogs. I'm positive I would walk out of them. Plus, don't your heels get cold?

But I'm happy to be persuaded otherwise...

Jean
P.S. I don't think my dog would wear a sweater, but then, I didn't think he'd wear the Harley cap my hubby bought him, so...;)

4:04 PM  
Blogger Cindi Myers said...

Barbara, I have a number of pairs of socks made with Wool Ease. I like what I like too. (But the thought of plastic clogs is repulsive.) And no Jean, my heals don't get cold -- that's what the wool socks are for!

4:46 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

I lied about the Cascade Fixation. I use #2US and occasionally #1US. I yearn toward #0US but that makes too firm a fabric with Fixation.

5:50 PM  
Blogger wavybrains said...

I really like the dog sweater patterns in both of the Stich n Bitch books--Stitch and Bitch nation has a cute little striped sweater that looks really easy and is easy to size.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Suzanne :) said...

Hi Cindi! A few free doggie sweater patterns, some books and even a website that will generate a pattern for you!

These are my 2 favs that I've used to knit coats for 8 month old cavalier named Lucy (she's ready for her first winter in NY!):

Knitting for Dogs by Kristi Porter

Puppy Knits by Jill Easton

Check out Amazon for others, but these are great.

Free patterns:

http://www.northtipton.com/hand_knitted_dog_coat.htm
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4 patterns at this website...but, no photos

http://www.knitting-crochet.com/petjac.html
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This page will chart a custom dog sweater for you to knit by hand or on your machine when you enter your dog's measurements! FREE

http://www.thedietdiary.com/cgi-bin/chart_dog.pl
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7:42 PM  
Blogger Jamie Denton said...

Barbara - Thank you! The lady at WalMart set me up today with all except a "how to" book. I'm still on the look out for one of those, but otherwise, I'm ready to go. (And not shaking nearly half as bad now that I have supplies.)

Jean - I love wearing clogs in the winter and I'm in the northeast where we get plenty of snow and ice. Birkenstock makes some that are sooooo comfy!

8:14 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Jean, I too cannot wear clogs. Evidently, I have strangely shaped feet and clogs simply will NOT stay on no matter how hard I try to keep them affixed to my soles. I've tried every brand and cut. It's very frustrating because I love the way they look, esp. with fun socks.

I guess I'll have to wear my handknit socks with sandals. That ought to send my teenagers wild with embarassment. LOL!

12:06 AM  
Blogger Jean Brashear said...

LOL, Nancy...but what else are mothers of teenager for, but to embarrass them? ;)

Okay, gang...I guess I'm gonna have to look for some clogs and give them a try. But if it turns out I'm really NOT smart enough to stay in them, I'm not 'fessin' up!

11:02 AM  

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