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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Snowflake Turtleneck: Take 2

Stitch Mountain: 30 Warm Knits for Conquering the Cold by by Laura Zander is a cool book.  I got it in one of the fun bookstores in the Outer Banks, NC, USA a few years ago.  I saw the Snowflake Turtleneck pattern in there and knit it, and TOTALLY messed it up.  I think I botched the shoulder shaping.  I dissected the completed faulty sweater the other day, and that’s what I think. I never did write a post about its completion because I was too ashamed and frustrated from having a messed up sweater.

After analyzing that sweater, I decided to give it another go. I cast on with a creamy white worsted yarn that I had left over from another project, and there’s plenty of it for a nice sweater.  It took three tries to get there right gauge, but I did, so I know at least that correct!

So, here’s to giving it another go, and hopefully I can show off a completed sweater before the weather gets warm again.  I’m being cautiously optimistic that I will have a correct fitting sweater this time, too!

Finished Object! Raglan Sweater

Wo hoo!  I finally finished to Top Down Raglan Sweater pattern from Knitting for Dummies.  I’m actually surprised as to how good it came out, considering you need to knit a swatch for it.  (Yeah, really!)

I’m really proud of it.  My husband said it’s the most professional looking garment I’ve knit to date.  That’s means a lot to hear that!  Thanks, honey!  I’m wearing it at work today, and have gotten a few compliments on it.

This took longer than expected to knit because I had stitches in my right arm, and as the sweater would twist up from knitting the sleeves, I had to keep lifting and unwinding the sweater.  This was putting pressure on my arm and pulled at my stitches, so I had to stop.

Well, last Tuesday, the stitches came out, and started finishing the sweater on Friday.  I was done with what was left of the first sleeve, completed the second sleeve (which went much faster than the first), and weaved in all my ends by Sunday afternoon.  Boom!

If you want to see the details about the sweater, I recommend popping over to its project page on Ravelry.

Otherwise, if you want to catch up on the saga of this sweater, read the post about it here.

Yes!  I’m done!  What have you finished lately in your crafty endeavors that you are proud of?