Hounds Unite

Or, part 2 of yesterday’s post…

Happy Thorsday, little friday, Thankful Thursday, 3rd day of Christmas and more.   Gretchen has a cute little post up today about some of her favorite parts of Christmas thus far…

So, today’s post is really a finished object report, but first, the hound connection.  I met Kari through blogging.  Her departed Fred, a bloodhound, had food issues too, so bonding wasn’t hard to do!   Kari  lives in Texas, so when she announced she was expecting, I knew just what I wanted to knit for her…

It had to be lightweight and easy-care, because I’m pretty sure Haylie – the beautiful chocolate lab – thinks Kari is just the incubator for HER two-legged baby.   Enter the Tofutsies Blanket.

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The fur-girls had to make sure the blankie really was suitable for Mini-K.  Long-time readers might recall that baby Sissy had a SERIOUS problem with Tofutsies as a pup.  Maybe even then, she was trying to tell us she needed a fish kibble?  (If that sounds crazy, just keep reading.)  

Pattern:  Stringtown’s Tofutsies Baby Blanket.   What a FABULOUS, simple pattern!  Look out friends…  I have a ton of Tofutsies (and a friend with a yarn shop that stocks it), so more of these might be coming.   It’s a car seat/stroller sized blankie, and it’s just light and lofty.

Courtesy of Ravelry & SWTC

Courtesy of Ravelry & SWTC

My only modification was to use “scraps” as Tofutsies skeins are nice and large so I generally have enough left over to do a pair of footies or something.  I was inspired to transition between colors by the Tofu Tee, which is also knit with Tofutsies, holding two strands together.

Yarn:  Duh?  Tofutsies in assorted colors.  I love this yarn because it’s the easiest care light fingering weight yarn ever.  It has loft -gets light and fluffy – so it’s great for blankets and baby clothes yet still does great socks and shawls too.  It is splitty, but that doesn’t bother me.  I just don’t use pointy tips with this yarn.

But what you REALLY need to know is that it is a blend of superwash wool, “soysilk”, cotton and chitin – made from shrimp and crab shells.   (Hence baby Sis’s fascination with the yarn!)

Needles:  US #8 circs

DSC03244Verdict:  Well, I’ve already said it; I see more of these in my future!  It was a quick, fun knit and I know it will serve baby Mini-K well, without causing her parents any trouble with special care needs.  I just hope Haylie doesn’t love the yarn as much as baby Sissy did!

Obviously, I’m thankful for Tofutsies, but I’m also thankful for all the wee ones coming into the world right now.   Several of my friends who have had or are having babies have had a few more challenges than some on the path, so that makes the babies all the more treasured.

Thankfully, both of our local friends who had to have surgery are doing okay.  One is back home even!

I’m really thankful though for all of our doggy-bloggy friends.  It cracks me up when I think about how I started a blog just so I could participate in a swap, and now Chanknits is barely accurate, as Chan doesn’t knit much at all these days…

What are you thankful for today?

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12 comments on “Hounds Unite

  1. Nancy says:

    Cute and colorful blanket! The pattern uses one of my favorite stitches (Checks and Ridges). I like to knit my sections of the Oddball blankets with that stitch.

  2. Mary says:

    Great blanket and nice present.

    Thankful that even though it is almost Noon, I am still in my PJs! What a luxury. Just finished sewing a top (black :), of course).

  3. Kristi says:

    Though I haven’t been too active in the online doggy community since my basset passed away last year, I am thankful for the support of the folks at the DailyDrool. My dog attention has shifted to raising guide dog puppies, but bassets will always have a place in my heart.

    I think I’m ready to start reading about bassets again, though. After finding your blog via Nancy at Wyoming Breezes, I’m now a follower of both your blog and your dogs’ blog. Looking forward to reading more!

  4. kathy b says:

    Oh an easy care fluffy blanket is just the best gift!!! Your lucky friends. Funny how our pets lead us to the most wonderful friends…..

  5. Nichole says:

    What an adorable blanket – I’m going to bookmark this pattern now! :) I’ve yet to knit with my Tofutsies, so maybe one of these is in order soon. Just found out one of our racing family is expecting in July…

  6. AlisonH says:

    That’s so cute!

    For having family home.

  7. gmariesews says:

    I’m thankful for a lovely family day yesterday as well as a quiet day at home today while the guests (both 2 and 4 legged) are out doing something else. I’m thankful that the decorations are easy to change out. I’m thankful that my dogs are healthy as are the humans – KAM decided to scare me yesterday for no reason. I’m thankful that I get a couple of days in the house mostly by myself before I go back to work. I’m thankful for a ceiling fan with a bright light – I can see my entire bedroom now – I had no idea what was lurking in the corners for the past several years!

    That blanket is lovely! I know that Mini-K will adore it and her mother will treasure it and it will most likely be handed down to the Grandbaby K someday based on what K has told us. :) g

  8. Kathy says:

    Very nice blanket. You did an excellent job with the colors!

    I bought something from “we made too much” yesterday!

  9. sue says:

    Love the colors in the blanket, great for a baby.
    Funny, I joined Dogs on Thursday in order to take part in a swap and things took off. I made some terrific friends from that group.

  10. Katherine says:

    I’m thankful that I have an excuse to try knitting baby things with Tofutsies. I made a pair of socks with Tofutsies long ago and haven’t used it since. My task for the weeks ahead, once I get past end of year reports and the THUD I feel when taxes hit, is to knit lots and lots of things for the GG-baby. What a year this will be!!

    The fur-girls are so cute snuggled in the blankie!!

  11. One more reminder that Gg is the cutest little face ever (next to Sashie, of course)! The blanket is loverly, too. Need some hound dog advice…we’re babysitting a Dacshund…who just whines and howls for his momma…help!

  12. Cute blankie! I just got a cute pattern for a newborn/premie sweater that uses sock yarn. People are popping babies out all over the place here lately, so I should get my money’s worth out of it. ;)

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