Knitting is a Hoot!

Owls c’est fini!  Actually, it’s been finished for a week now but blogging amnesia overtook me ;o) I enjoyed knitting this, and am pretty happy with the fit.  It was even kind of fun to sew on 42 buttons for the eyes – not!  The Louet Riverstone Chunky became softer and fuzzier after washing and blocking.  This sweater is absoluely cozy and with the unpredictable NJ weather we’ve had lately, I’ve been able to wear it twice! (Photo courtesy of DD, that’s why it’s slightly out-of-focus.)owls_front

I’m also making progress on my current socks, Yukon Leaves by Lela Conrad.  The Madelinetosh Sock yarn is absolutely a dream to knit with, no splitting on those ssk’s or picking up yo’s. This yarn is strong yet cushy and I’m predicting this sock will get worn A LOT. Here’s a nice sunlit photo taken late in the afternoon:

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I took advantage of the nice weather last Sunday by visiting Brookdale Park. While my son and daughter played on the swings, I took the opportunity to walk Ariel and Nikol. Here we are recovering after a wild romp in the dogpark area:

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Ariel was quite happy to go about sniffing the ground while at the dogpark. Nikol had other things in mind:

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This beagle girl has NO SHAME, and made quite a few friends (and was also snarled at on several occasions). AROOOOOOOOOOO!

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Beagle Birthday Alert!!!

Two years ago today Nikol, a.k.a. Foxfire’s Jumping Flash was born at 10:30 am.  She was the fourth of five adorable little girls and I knew immediately that she would stay with me. She still acts like a puppy and is tons of beagle fun and joy!

Happy Birthday, Nikol!!!

Nikol is the puppy in the middle.

Nikol is the puppy in the middle.

Nikol (foreground) snuggling with sister Lucy.

Nikol (foreground) snuggling with sister Lucy.

Nikol (l) rolling around with her mom, Ariel (r)

Nikol (l) rolling around with her mom, Ariel (r)

Welcome to Knitarooooo on WordPress!

I decided to try out WordPress.com’s free hosting service to see if it’s a better option for me than Blogger. So far, so good. Except for my little gadgets that have Java or Flash in them, I’ve been able to transition pretty seemlessly.  There’s still a lot for me to learn in the blogosphere — it’s really a fun way to keep in touch with all of my fiber friends and I’m going to stick with it :o)

Here’s Nikol to get things started:

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Who’s Got the Beagle(s)?

Here’s my girls Ariel and Nikol resting between pestering me for part of my lunch…they’re cute and persistent in their quest for food!