Friday, June 24, 2011

Double dog dare

There is an excuse for the lack of accomplishment that's been plaguing the AC residence as of late. I have looked into the face of evil, and it looks like this:

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh nooooooooooo!

Evil is pretty cute, apparently. That's why the sexy devil costume is always popular for Halloween. We've been dog-sitting for my parents while they were off gallivanting on a cross-country tour of the western US. If you don't think that caring for a tiny terrier could possibly be that difficult, well, you've got poop for brains. To be fair, there were times like this:

And even this:

But also a lot of this:

I have actually have been doing a little bit of knitting, when the yarn wasn't being chewed on and in between refereeing dogfights. I've had this kick-ass cotton yarn sitting in my pile for about a year now, languishing because no project seemed worthy.

Which is a really dumb philosophy if you think about it, and it's a trap I fall into all too often. Yarn is for creating fabric, and it's a waste to not use it. I set out with a parameters for a garment in mind (DK weight yarn, short-sleeved shirt, pattern downloadable) and used Ravelry's nifty pattern searching picture. Only one pattern matched, which made it pretty easy.

Perfect!  I stand in front of the ocean with my hand on my hat and my hip cocked all the time.

#10 Tunis, rock on.


  1. I nearly fell on the floor laughing at the last doggie picture because...that's what it's like here at the International House of Dog Hair.

    When the Jack Russell is not cleaning and caring for the pug, the two are fighting over dog treats and her food bowl. Ah....dogs. Gotta love 'em!

  2. Ha! I love the caption on the model's photo. I can't quite see but what brand is that yarn?

  3. What a great post. The dogs are very photogenic. Alas, I rarely stand in front of the sea and put my hand on my head and cock my I'm not sure if I should do this pattern. It sure is tempting, though.

  4. LOL bickering, we wuvs it :-) Lovely color on that yarn, and will suit that pattern :-)

  5. I laughed out loud when I saw that last dog photo - priceless! Good presence of mind to have the camera handy. :)

    And I agree with Vivianne - the pattern is a good match for your yarn, wacky model pose notwithstanding.

  6. Where everyone laughed, I was concerned (nope, I don't have pets is that obvious?)

    That red is so lush! I've also been researching summer tops on Ravelry - in anticipation of some balls of Knit Picks cotton on it's way to me. I'm not really one for knitting tops but there's something about this summer making me want to.

  7. The yarn brand is Provence, I snatched up a buttload of it when my LYS was changing ownership and the new owner decided they didn't want to carry it. It's wonderful to knit with and feels super silky!

    Heh, they quarreled so often that I had plenty of opportunities to take pictures...but as is typical of dogs, there was a lot of talk and virtually no action (the little one did nip the big one on the cheek at one point, which did absolutely nothing to dissuade him from continuing his pestering).

  8. Oh, I love me some little puppy monsters. My terrier was pretty similar to your parents' dog, which means he lived a life of rabble rousing and trouble making.

    Really like both the sweater and yarn you're casting on. Please re-create that model shot when you're finished knitting.