Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Dog Days of Summer

Apparently the phrase "the dog days of summer" have to do with the appearance of the "dog star" Sirius, in the sky, not the fact that my dogs have little desire to move, in the 29 degree afternoons.  I'd show you a picture, but they both hiding, somewhere cool.

I have to agree with the dogs, the hot weather makes moving a chore. After 42 days spent knitting on Alberta, I decided to go for something that required less mental capacity. (Thank you for all the lovely compliments on Alberta.)

I have made 3 of Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jackets (known in knitting circles as the BSJ). They are quite quick and simple to do, and make a lovely jacket for a baby of either gender, so they make a great shower gift.

I have some lovely bamboo yarn, sitting in my stash, just asking to be knit, so I started a BSJ.

They start out looking like this.  Oddly, although this is my fourth one, I don't have a single picture of a completed jacket. I guess I finished them just in time to give them away. They are knit in one piece, and require seaming, only at the shoulder. Not a lot of counting, no markers to juggle and not a bead in sight! Far more suited to a hot afternoon.

Meanwhile, Layla has joined us at the Resort and spa, for a couple of weeks of R & R after 6 weeks in the shelter. She is Foster Cat # 160, at our house.

She is a pretty little girl, but she needs to get rid of her infection because it is making a mess of her lovely fur.


  1. Your last post didn't, for some reason, show up on my blog feed so I missed your gorgeous is exquisite! Hello Layla, you are indeed a pretty girl - stay cool, and don't let those dogs get away with any nonsense.

  2. Layla will so enjoy her one-on-one time with you, and I hope she gets all cleared up soon, but not TOO soon. The jacket looks like a very interesting way to knit up a tiny jacket.

  3. Hi,
    Beautiful kitty! Although I don't knit(but would like to), I envy folks that can, you make some lovely items. Have a great day!

  4. I n\ever knew that about the star Sirius, but thx for the info, another fact to add to my crowded brain LOL. We get so many facts that the grey cells begin to drop them off!
    Thx for visiting my blog, and I love the colors for your new jacket.

  5. Thank goodness for a few days of no humidity. A spot of rain yesterday was very welcome. Dolly and Doug have the right idea. Staying cool and hydrated is the way to do it. The cat does not look
    Like she is struggling. Cats have a way of making everything look effortless. Your baby jacket is looking good. All in one piece, that is neat.

  6. I had to go search that pattern. It looks really cute and comfy. Looking forward to some photos of it before the seaming.

    Thanks for linking up with Needlework Tuesday.