Or, all about acronyms…

Today’s Dogs on Thursday post also doubles as an FO report.  I wish I had better photos for you, but MJ is off and the Knight is foul-tempered this morning, so I went to the ladies room and did the best I could.  I suppose I could have held off for better photos, but honestly, in my world, this is probably as good as it gets, and I’m ready to share my first raglan sweater!

Pattern:  Plath Cropped Cardigan.  What a great pattern!  It was well-written, was just interesting enough to keep me going and could have been a quick knit if I hadn’t been afraid to separate (and then put all those stitches back on needles) the sleeves from the body in the car.  If it wasn’t such a distinctive pattern, I’d be tempted to say I’d make another…

My only complaint is the yarn-over button hole.  Won’t EVER do another of those on clothing, or perhaps not at all, period.  This is really my first button hole on an FO, so live and learn.

Yarn:  Whooohoo, three cheers for me, Cotton Fleece from my stash!  (The color is most accurate in the first photo.)  My first really big yarn purchase was well over a dozen skeins of CF for an afghan for the Knight, over 18 months ago.  I got burned out on baby blankets and never picked it up, and in the meantime, reading the comments on Ravelry, I learned that CF BLEEDS when used for color work.  Ugh.  I had no fewer than six colors for said afghan, so I found the above-mentioned pattern around the same time I discovered this little CF issue, and thus, I had my first not a one skein project knitted from my stash. 

The colorway’s called My Blue Heaven.  Because I discovered that right after Mugsy had moved on, my mind made this his sweater, despite the fact that blue was one of Fred’s colors, not Mugsy’s.  It’s a perfect blue, and I predict many years of regular wear for this sweater.  CF’s wool/cotton blend makes it a true three-season yarn here in Central Virginia, and despite being very loosely plied and thus splitty, it’s not a bad yarn to work with.

Needles:  The trusty Knitpick Options in Harmony Wood, sizes #5 and #6.  I magic looped the sleeves, so the two pairs of tips, the little tightening tool and my 40″ cord were all I needed for the whole project.

Accessories:  A new category for me!  If you’re a regular reader, you know I agonized over the button selection, but since this sweater did make me think of Mugsy and was worked on at his beloved beach, these little silver-tone terriers are the perfect touch.

Verdict:  My favorite FO to date.  It’s still too warm to wear it today, other than for the photos for your viewing pleasure, but starting tomorrow, it’s supposed to be rather cool.  I expect lots of wear for this one.

I was finally able to look at some photos of Mugsy without crying earlier this week.  However, I cannot look at Jack Russell Terrier puppy photos without crying, so I don’t think we’re getting another one.  That, and Sissy’s incredible activity needs make getting another dog with intense exercise requirements seem less than ideal.  Sure, we want someone to play with her, but we know from raising Mugsy and Fred together that a calmer dog can help a wild child find some balance.

Suffering from Knight Art

Suffering from Knight Art


Guarding a Christmas treat

Guarding a Christmas treat

Oh, what love and laughter you brought to our lives, Prince Mugs!  Poor Sissy believes all JRTs are you, which is making life interesting in our JRT-owning neighborhood.  I’d forgotten how quickly he declined, and that he did play with Sissy and Shadow for a few months before the beginning of the end.  What a grand dog-boy you were, for very nearly 13 wonderful years!

24 comments on “DOTFO

  1. Mary says:

    Oh how gorgeous the sweater came out and those buttons are just perfect!!

    Happy doggie day to you, Knight & Sissy from all of us!!

  2. Gaylen says:

    Technically, that’s not your first sweater, just the first one that buttons. It is, however, fabulous! Beautiful photos of your boy. I’m glad it’s getting a little easier – love the Knight Art. What our ‘kids’ put up with, no? g

  3. MrPuffy says:

    I’m thrilled for you that the Plath Sweater came out so great! It fits you perfectly!!! It’s styled like a bolero and I really like that for our climate as well as it’s a great transition piece.

    I understand why it reminds you so much of Mugsy. He’ll always be a comfort this way! I love the picture of him with his Christmas treat in his mouth. That’s what I do when I am given a candy cane – LOL

    PS maybe use some embrodiery thread and stitch around the button holes to firm them up a bit.

  4. CathyT says:

    L O V E
    your first sweater!!! And it looks so cute on – much cuter on than in the ladies room photo (LOL) – the buttons are perfect – could not have picked better myself (high praise indeed from the mother of five canines)!
    I also enjoyed your photos of your babies… most sweet.

  5. Yes, the sweater looks much better on you than on the chair! Just like it was made for you. (sorry, couldn’t resist) Cute dogs, and a big sigh, to the Big Boy’s artwork.

  6. StarSpry says:

    Your sweater looks wonderful! I really like the DOT photos, too 😀

  7. Bubblesknits says:

    Wow. You did a FABULOUS job on the sweater! I lurves it. 🙂 And the buttons are perfect.

    Thanks for sharing the pics of Mugsy. I especially like the Knight Art. lol Poor Mugs. 🙂

  8. AlisonH says:

    Beautiful sweater, and I loved the photos. And laughed at the artwork!

  9. very nice sweater, love the cute buttons. Great doggie pix too, big hugs for losing your Mugsy 🙂

  10. Kim says:

    Congratulations on your FO!! I love the sweater!!! Gorgeous color too. LOVE LOVE LOVE the buttons! Am so glad you can look at Mugs pics now even though it’s still hard. They really do fill up a large space in our hearts don’t they? Also understand the desire for a little peace too…my maniacs sometimes make me wish I would have thought smaller and quieter but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. 🙂

  11. Dianne says:

    What a touching DOT post. It gave me the sniffles.

    Love your sweater. Really, really love it! Those buttons are perfect, too. BTW, isn’t that a Pandora bracelet? Aren’t they great? I love the way mine “jingles” when I’m knitting.

  12. holly says:

    I love the sweater, I love that color.
    I haven’t picked up that blanket either. My heart should be in it, for my son but its not.

    I like Marks art. Poor Mugsy, he probably loved it.

  13. Natalie says:

    Awe what a cutie!! I love your sweater!! It looks great! I like the buttons you finally chose too! I hope you have a blessed day!

  14. Nichole says:

    The buttons were THE perfect choice (I still may have you grab me some… they are kinda Sophie-ish…) and the sweater looks amazing! Great color.

    The Mugs pics are priceless………. xoxo.

  15. Darcy Watts says:

    I love the sweater the color just pops and the buttons are so cute.Hugs Darcy

  16. crimsonpurl says:

    YAY!! Your 1st cardi F.O. :o)
    All done and you did great! And your button selection was perfect!

    Great remembrance photo for your Thursday Dog Days!

  17. Anita says:

    The sweater turned out AWESOME!! And what a great fit! The buttons are perfect.

    Love the photos…. especially the one with you & the treats. 🙂

  18. Monica says:

    Aw those buttons are a lovely touch! Very classy too.

  19. insanknitty says:

    Poor mugsy with that Knight Art.. though I have to admit, it makes for a rather cute photo 😉 I love the buttons and the FO… and totally understand about the crying and photos… there’s one of Chewy that STILL nearly 1 year later tugs at my tear ducts…

  20. Dawn says:

    Love the sweater, it turned out beautifully and looks great on you! Love the baby pics too!:)

  21. Wendy says:

    I’m sure that he would approve of the FO and spread his little hairs all over it.

  22. Kathy says:

    Love the sweater and the buttons are so-o-o perfect!
    Wonderful pictures for Memory lane Day:)

  23. Criquette says:

    I’ve been on an involuntary sabbatical from blogging and was so sad to read about Mugsy. My heart goes out to you and the Knight – he seems like he was such a wonderful dog (with wonderful parents). The sweater is a beautiful tribute for him.

  24. Miss Me says:

    the sweater is beautiful. love the “knight art”. i’ve never had a dog, but the dog charm on my charm bracelet is a jrt… it “spoke” to me.

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