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The pack

From Knit your own Dog:

Basset Hound, Corgi, Scottish Terrier, Pug, Dachshund

The legs on the pug turned out very floppy – if I were making him to stand up, I’d stick pipe cleaners in the legs. Since I made these for a mobile for the baby I’m leaving it like it is.

When I construct the mobile I will most certainly post pictures of it.

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Why you’ll never make a living knitting sweaters, and how some Canadian government entities do. not. get. the. internet.

Apologies for the sound quality – I had to record with the Imac’s internal microphone.

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I haven’t posted for a day or two because I have ACTUALLY been busy.  Tuesday I taught almost all of my students in one afternoon/evening, because yesterday I sat my friend Jen Wardle’s art show.  Which I will be doing tomorrow, and for part of next week.

Sitting an art show means sitting in the gallery to make sure no one steals the art or pees on the floor.  There’s really nothing else to do, which is why I brought my knitting.

Being an entrepreneurial type, I’m always trying to think of new ways to make a bit of extra cash.  So why not, you ask, knit up a few sweaters and sell them?

Let me explain.
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I have been busy.  Not just with my usual round of exciting and glamourous activities, but with making socks and hats and things for Streetknit.  Here is the men’s sock pattern I created from this excellent pattern.  I have used it to make many socks, including the pair pictured here.  If you don’t like using DPNs but still feel like knitting socks, here you go.  If you don’t like to knit, or if knitting gives you a rash, please do not click.

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I recently joined a group, Streetknit, that knits winter-wear for the homeless.  I enjoy knitting, though I’m not very good.  I once made a sweater for a Gus.  It took HOURS and was about ten sizes too big.  Seriously, I could have fit both dogs into it, assuming I could have gotten them to walk that way.  Anyway, I’ve already saturated my immediate circle with handmade hats and scarves, so I thought I’d share some of the love.

I went to my first meeting last Sunday, where I made friends with an older Scottish lady and a girl called Elizabeth who looked freakishly like me.  I started a hat:

The hat that love knit

The hat that love knit

Emboldened by my success, I made a matching scarf.  Then I tackled a more ambitious project: socks.

They told us at the meeting last weekend that they needed socks, so after the hat/scarf set, that’s what I decided to do.  Now I have made socks before.  It was a few years, but I have done it.  I made myself a pair of turquoise thigh-high socks and some red and pink argyle socks.  They are time-consuming and fiddly and I don’t much enjoy them – I hate trying to increase and decrease over four or five double-pointed needles – so I’ve never gotten into them.  But if they need socks, then by God, I was going to give them socks.  I found a two-needle sock pattern and decided to give it a go.  It was for a woman’s sock, so I figured by using a bigger gauge (“gauge” means the number of stitches per inch) it would come out as a man’s sock.  As it turned out – not exactly.

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