{This Moment} A Winter Walk

A Soule Mama Inspired Ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. If you are inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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Kiera

{My Crafting Corner} Knitting Hats

In between working on my special project for the twins, I have taken the time to knit up a couple quick hats. Two weeks ago, I fell in love with a purple variegated yarn called Cashmere Squeeze. There was only one hank of it, so sadly, I wasn’t able to purchase enough for a sweater. However, I couldn’t resist the gorgeous purple color and brought the yarn home figuring I would find something to make out of it. Turns out, that something was this hat. I loved the unique swirl pattern of the hat and thought the purple variegate would be perfect. It only took me four evenings to finish the hat. Overall, it turned out great for my first adult sized hat. I love how light and warm the hat is. It fits me perfectly, yet is still loose enough I don’t feel claustrophobic.

With my hat finished, I turned my eyes to knitting another hat for Mr. Tux. While we were in the shop buying sweater yarn a couple weeks ago, he had seen a lovely worsted yarn from Cascade Yarns Cascade Eco Duo in Zebra. He fell in love with the yarn texture and color. When I asked him what if he would like a hat, that was the yarn he wanted. So we went back to the store and picked up two hanks of Cascade Eco Duo in Zebra. I cast on for the hat Saturday afternoon using this pattern, and had the hat finished that night. (Though I stayed up way to late finishing it.) That fits Mr. Tux perfectly and looks brilliant on him. When I do the pattern next time, I will increase the number of stitches by 4 or 8. The hat is slightly tight on Mr. Tux this time around and he would prefer it looser. I am also considering reducing the amount of ribbing from 2 inches to about 1/1.5 inches. I am not a huge fan of hats with a ton of ribbing. With the leftover yarn from Mr. Tux’s hat, I have cast on for a basic scarf. This way he will have a matching hat and scarf set to wear to work. Lucky him.

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IMG_4913A finished hat for Mr. Tux. The yarn automatically knit up into the variegated strip pattern. I love it!

IMG_4918Two finished hats in less than a week. Yay me!

I enjoyed the small respite from my baby knit projects. Now I am back to my secret baby projects and taking a break from hats. Once I have my special baby projects finished, I will be casting on for this sweater using a blue variegated version of the purple Cashmere Squeeze. I can’t wait!!!

Kiera

A Monster Nursery Reveal

Recently, I finished a very special monster quilt for some friends. Their little boy, Henry, was born this past week and I have wonderful nursery pictures to share with you. The nursery is designed around a monster theme. Our friends were wonderful enough to take pictures and let me share them here with you. So with out further ado, here are the pictures of the Monster Nursery that the quilt was designed for.

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The quilt has found it’s forever home. The colors and monsters match perfectly! I am so happy that everything matches so nicely.DSC00732Ta-Da! One finished nursery for one special little boy.

It is always so much fun to see the final home of the quilting projects I create. I know that the quilt and all of the blankets will be loved and well cherished. I can’t wait to finish the baby knits and special projects for Brynn’s twin girls and share with you.

Kiera

PS. The photos in my post were not taken by me and are used with special permission.

{This Moment} – A New Knitted Sweater

A Soule Mama Inspired Ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. If you are inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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02-21-2014

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Kiera

A Knit Sweater for Tuxley

I successfully finished my first official knitting project a couple weeks ago. I was initially inspired to pick up knitting again based on a pattern I found on-line over a year ago. While browsing for doxie clothes and projects, I found this pattern for a dachshund sweater. For the last several months, I have been wanting to sit down and knit Tuxley a snazzy sweater. In November/December I ventured an attempt at making Tuxley the sweater. However, my first attempt was rather dismal. The sweater doesn’t fit Tuxley at all and has some structural flaws. In fact, it is so bad, I have it hidden in the other room and refuse to show anybody.

My second attempt went much better. I used Caron Vickie Howell acrylic/wool yarn in gun metal and magenta. I followed the pattern exactly except for two changes. Instead of picking up the stitches around the leg holes and knitting sleeves on the sweater, I opted to leave the sleeves off. Tuxley doesn’t like his sweaters with sleeves. They irritate him and he tries to get out of the sweater. I didn’t want him chewing on the sleeves, so leaving them off seemed like a perfect idea. The other change I did was shortening the length of the neck ribbing. On the first sweater I knitted, I did the whole 6 inches of ribbing and Tuxley hated it. Apparently he has a shorter neck than the dogs in the pictures, because the 6 inches of neck ribbing was way too long and drove him nuts. I only knitted about 3.5 inches of ribbing on this second sweater, and when I knit him another one I will knit 4 to 4.5 inches of ribbing. That seems like the happy equation for Tuxley and his neck.

Overall, I absolutely love this pattern and am really happy with how fast and easy the pattern is to knit. After making the sweater twice, I have most of the pattern memorized. This makes for a wonderful knitting project that requires little counting or thought processes. Here are some pictures of Tuxley modeling his new swanky sweater.

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IMG_8430Isn’t he just adorable!?! I am really getting into this knitting thing. Next up, matching sweaters for Tuxley and I. Won’t that be freaking cute!

Kiera

Weekending in the Rain

Mr. Tux and I have spend a wonder Valentines weekend together. We relaxed, spent time on our hobbies, went for a walk in the rain, cuddled on the couch, and made a special Valentine dinner together.

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IMG_4889I hope all of you enjoyed a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend. Stay tuned this week for a special Wednesday blog post featuring a successful knit project. 🙂

Kiera

{This Moment}

A Soule Mama Inspired Ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. If you are inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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02-14-2014

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Kiera

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{Tuxley Blogs} The Trials and Tribulations of A Doxie in Winter

Today, I am turning over the blog to Tuxley and letting him present this month’s “It’s a Doxie Life”. So sit back and enjoy {Tuxley Blogs}.

Tuxley here. Winter and I have a love/hate relationship. I LOVE playing in fresh powdered snow and running around in the fluffy flakes. As long as the temperature is about 30 degrees and there is no wind, I don’t mind winter. However, there is a side to winter I just loathe. I HATE having to go outside in the snow and do my business. When your legs are only two stubby inches, that snow hits sensitive private parts quickly and can present definite potty issues.

One major difficulty I have is walking out the door and finding an appropriate spot to crouch and do my business while keeping my delicate tummy above the snow. Even worse than the resulting icy wiener, is the betrayal I feel everytime I look up from my business to see mom watching out the door – laughing at my contortions. It hurts! Oh my broken heart. How could she?!?

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Over the weekend, the snow in our backyard accumulated to the breaking point. It was so deep that I refused to get off the back step and do my business. After all, this Doxie can handle an icy wiener for only so long. To get my point across, I initiated Operation Potty Strike. This operation is a cleverly thought out ploy to get mom off her lazy butt and out clearing a proper potty area for me. Here are the steps, just in case all of you doxies out there need some pointers. (Though let’s face it, we are born knowing this ploy).

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Phase One: as the snow accumulates, reduce the distance from the door you venture before pottying. If you would venture out twenty feet in normal weather, reduce it by ten feet. Then cut that ten feet in to eight feet, six feet, four feet. Phase Two: deploy drastic measures. All pottying must be done within a two foot radius of the porch step. If Phase Two isn’t enough to convince mom that something needs to be done, it is time to roll out the Final Phase. Phase Three: refuse to leave the porch step and hold it. Enforce this drastic strike with pathetic eyes, pleading expressions, and pitiful attempts to leave the step. This final step never fails to work. Mom never wants to clean up an accident in the house, and she will promptly get her lazy self outside and begin work on a proper doxie potty ground. Success!

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Sunday morning, after a successfully executed Phase Three, mom dressed up in warm closes, procured the snow-shovel from dad, and marched outside to do her motherly duty and provide me with a cleared area for doing my business. Twenty minutes later, I not only had a cleared area for pottying, but also a trail loop out into the yard and back to frolic on. Isn’t my mom just the best…after some proper coaching that is. I still have some training to do with her though. I still don’t have my own car, bicycle, or a girlfriend. Something about not being old enough yet…For now, I will content myself with knowing she loves me enough to shovel snow for her amazingly awesome, suave, handsome, and dapper doxie boy.

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Until next time, this is Tuxley signing off. Stay safe and keep your wiener de-iced.

 

It’s Still Not Cycling Season

Mr. Tux and I are chomping at the bit to get outside and go cycling. Over the last of couple weeks, the last of the snow melted and we were hoping for warmer temperatures over the weekend to go cycling outside. No such luck! Our cycling dreams were shattered over the weekend when we woke up to this lovely view outside our front door.

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This year, our desire to get out and start riding several times a week is strengthened by two reasons. First, we want to start burning between 400-800+ calories a day with rides so we can increase our calories and start cooking and eating again. Second, Mr. Tux and I are registered for a Century Father’s Day weekend. That means that we need to be in good enough cycling shape by June 14 to be able to ride 100 miles in less than 8 hours! We have a ton of work to do.

The mileage should be relatively easy to achieve, but what is concerning us more is the average speed we will need to maintain in order to finish the century in our allotted time. I have created a rather aggressive training plan to get us ready. However, that training plan hinges on the snow going away and us being able to start riding outside by April 1st. Hence, I am done with winter and very ready for Spring. There is still a month and a half before we need to start our official training plan, so until then, I will alternate between enjoying the pretty snow, and chomping at the bit to get cycling.

Kiera

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{This Moment} – Baby, It’s Cold Outside

A Soule Mama Inspired Ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. If you are inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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02-07-2014

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Kiera