Sputnik and His Sweater

See Sputnik in his sweater?  Yup, I knit him a sweater.  Since he’s a short haired dog, I figured a sweater would be a good idea for him in the upcoming colder months that I really don’t want to think about right now.

Details?  I used Colette Smith’s Easy-On Dog Sweater pattern available for purchase over on LoveKnitting.com.  As for the yarn, I used the recommended Cascade 220 worsted weight for the project.

He didn’t quite know what to make of his outfit.  He bit at it a little bit, but with some treats and patience, my husband and I were able to get a few photos of him, such as the one above.  Good dog!

Sputnik checking out his sweater.

I think I overestimated sizing for the sweater, but it still works, and he’s still gaining weight and growing.  Sputnik may fill out into it.  Otherwise, I think it’s a successful project, I’m proud of it, and I my dog looks adorable in it.  Yay!

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MillaMia Yarn From LoveKnitting

The nice people at LoveKnitting sent me some yarn to try out.  Yay!  Yarn!  What I received in the mail yesterday was three balls yarn from their Scandinavian line, MillaMiaThe yarn is Naturally Soft Cotton, it comes in 50 gram balls, a it is a sport weight yarn.

The weather just got as hot as blazes around here in Pennsylvania, and I like to use cotton yarn during warm weather, so I was glad to see this yarn.  Secondly, I dig the colors I was sent, too.  I’m not normally a yellow person, but this is a nice yellow.  It’s called Lemon Yellow, the orange is Tomato, and the red is Bright Red.

First impressions?  Nice yarn!  It’s soft, the colors are bright, and it seems to be well made.  But, how does it knit?  That’s the important question.

So far, it knits quite beautifully!  I am only a few rows into a simple lacy shawl, The Tuscon Lattice Shawl from One Skein Designer Wonders.  I have knit this shawl quite a few times.  It’s easy to memorize.

With the colors I was sent, I had an idea as to how to incorporate them into the shawl.  When it’s done, I’ll share what I did, of course, but for now, here’s a sampling of what I’ve done so far.

Cast on Shawl

To start with, the yarn seems to have decent stitch definition, and isn’t too slippery to use or splits, like some cotton yarns tend to do.

I probably will some yarn left over from the shawl, so I’ll be able to put the yarn through paces with other projects, maybe something with crochet. I could see this yarn making lovely dishcloths and only getting softer with use.

MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton is a Swedish wonder!  I like it!

Check out LoveKnitting and see what other great yarns and patterns they have.  You can also share your projects, and learn new techniques.  It’s a great one-stop experience for any knitter.