Freia and the Knitwhit

A Blog about a Dog with some Knitting thrown in here and there

The Right Balance of Ocean October 1, 2006

Filed under: Knitting,Walking the Dog — knitwhits @ 7:30 pm

aka Plays Well With Others

A rather repetitive weekend this was, outside of yesterday’s mini-morning-pattern-writing crisis. Took Freia to the Oakland Hills, walked the West Ridge Trail and back on the Philips Loop, went to the city to knit at Greenwich Yarn, dog in tow, later took the hound to nearby Chrissy Field for some skinny dipping/ball throwing/general nuttiness, and later, home. Today, same thing, exactly.

The beauty of it all is think I may have figured out how much ocean is enough and not too much. If any of you out there have a water dog who swims in the ocean you will know what I mean, suffice it to say that salt water and the dog’s GI tract don’t get along very well. Both yesterday and today though, I just had her swim for the ball a couple of times, the rest of the ball throwing was onshore in the crashing waves, and then a healthy tear around the beach with one or many other dogs, after about 45 mins or so, back on the leash and a mile or so walk, then a rinse at the showers and hop in the car.. just right!
This day on my way home I stopped in to see Mamoru at Wayo Sushi on VanNess, quite possibly the best place in town, (for those who like traditional sushi – this is not the place for US style handrolls as the fish is just so buttery perfect as it is). I brought in a good crossword from the Sunday paper and ordered sushi to go, then hmm.. well, why not have a piece, or two or maybe three while I’m waiting.. you know, if it wasn’t for the wet dog in the car I’d probably still be there.

Now I’m back home as settling in for a good night of Deadwood and knitting. Perfect!


Panic Pattern Writing

Filed under: Crochet,Knitting — knitwhits @ 9:37 am

Yours Truly with Shay PendrayEarlier this year I was invited to appear as a guest on the Shay Pendray NeedleArts Studio show on PBS. Turned out they wanted me for two 3 minute segments and Cascade Yarns generously funded my appearance on the show. I flew to Detroit, taped the show, came home and got back to my regular crazy life, getting the dog, doing trade shows and so on. For one segment I did a simple knitted scarf with pretty felted flowers, for the 2nd I did a crochet bucket hat with DiVe’s Fiamma yarn, also with flowers.

Now they never tell you when these shows will air, you have to just dig around the web and see what you can find. I also have no idea if I was any good or not, in any case it’s always uncomfortable and embarrassing, I only see the mistakes I made.

For the scarf, I wrote up the pattern, and included it in my catalog of offerings – don’t look for it on the site, it’s not up yet… sorry. For the bucket hat, well for some reason, I apparently never wrote up the pattern, at least, it never graduated from chicken scratches on scrap paper to my computer.

Primrose Hat for Shay PendrayYesterday morning, I woke up to an email asking me for the bucket hat pattern from the show that had “aired this morning” Yikes! I dug around but there really was nothing on my computer (what was I thinking?? why on earth would I not write it up??). All I could do was reengineer the design from the sample.. OK, so where’s the sample?

So that was my morning.. two hours later, hat photographed, image photoshopped, hat studied and taken apart, re-crocheted segments, recreated leaves and flowers, pattern written, web page programmed and uploaded, pdf created, pattern checked and pattern uploaded — oouf..

So here it is:Primrose Hat for Shay Pendray