Shawls Update: Good Dog and Bad Cats

Two shawls got finished last week. Check this out:

Shawl #1: Putting on the Dog

My friend Deb had a dog named Jake who was really special. She saved his fur for years when she brushed him, and earlier this year I spun some of the dog down into yarn. I blogged about Jake and the spinning here and this post showed the final yarn.

Oh. It's pretty comfy. Maybe dogs aren't that bad after all...
MacKenzie really liked the finished yarn (which Deb named PuppyPaca)
Shawl in Tree
Look! Here is the finished shawl made with the PuppyPaca. Didn’t it turn out great?
Deb Modeling her Shawl
Here is Deb modeling the finished product. I think that the green really complements the homespun.

Deb has begun her own blog recently where she writes about greyhounds, gardening, and, what else, knitting!! You can visit her site, The Greyt Knitting Frenzy, and see her post about the shawl here.

Shawl #2: Bad Cats

I finished knitting my Random Act of Color shawl late last week and wet blocked it Saturday morning. I really liked how it turn out. Here’s some pics of the final product.

Shawl
Look at how great the colors turned out together. I love the lace, the texture, the colors; a great addition to my cool weather wardrobe.
Edging and Beads
The beads and the edging are nice details, don’t you think?

What I’m not showing in the pictures is the fact that one of my bad, bad, cats got a claw stuck in the shawl (it was safe on the table at the time…), dragged it through the house and managed to pull a TEN FOOT snag of yarn out. Really. I’m not exaggerating. I found it in a crumpled heap at the bottom of the stairs. The cats were hiding.

Damaged Shawl
Proof of cat badness. This is the yarn that I haven’t been able to work back into the shawl.

The pull goes across almost the entire width of the shawl in the final purple lace section. The yarn didn’t get cut, but I’m not too sure how to repair this. I dreamed last night about cutting off the lower section of the shawl, picking up the stitches at the start of the purple section and then re-knitting the last sections. This morning I work up and thought, “Kitchener stitch!” I’m not quite sure how I’m going to deal with this. There may be a way to gradually work the yarn back into the shawl, but I have to balance time vs. frustration. For now I’ve packed it away (to keep it safe from cats and scissors) and moved on to other knitting projects.

You know, knit through all crisis…

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Author: Midnight Knitter

I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and two exceptionally spoiled cats.

13 thoughts on “Shawls Update: Good Dog and Bad Cats”

  1. Wow, what a mess! I admit, I’d probably reknit the section. But only after a really long time out. I am so sorry, that must have been so disheartening.

  2. Too bad about that snag. I love how the beads fit wonderfully! Good luck with the reknit.
    Well-chosen color combination in the puppypaca shawl too. 🙂

  3. Oh, no. And I was getting frustrated with myself in my most recent shawl project because my bracelets were getting caught and snagging the yarn, at most, a 1/2″, but 10 inches worth? Oh, my, goodness! You are a more experienced knitter than I it seems so I am sure you will come up with a method to fix it. I would have been at a loss to how to fix it short of ripping out the bind off and then ripping back to above the snag and reknitting. That would only happen after a couple of years in time out though. 😉 So sorry you have to deal with this and good luck!
    The shawl is really beautiful. I want to knit that pattern as well.

    1. Oh, it isn’t 10 inches… they pulled out 10 feet!! I was too exhausted to cry. I agree with you, it will have to be reknit. I’m going to cut it off instead of unraveling because of the beads. I have enough yarn to get away with it.

  4. Ah, time will help. 🙁 What a bummer. But there could be a silver lining or learning experience in this. Beautiful work, regardless! And the puppy shawl was very well done, too! Knit something that makes you happy!

  5. Ohhhh, kitties!!!! I so feel your pain. I can also relate to dreaming about how to fix something. It’s actually worked for me before, so don’t discount your insights! Your PuppyPaca is absolutely gorgeous knit up!!

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