weekly wrap-up/finished object(s) current projects
on/off the needles
believe it or not, there is one for each category!

off the needles is my "portland" hat. it's not blocked, but it's finished - ends weaved in and everything. i'm looking for a mannequin head to block this hat out properly; open up the lace pattern. until then, we wait.

and this is what it looks like on. the fit came out perfectly. just the perfect amount of tightness around the brim and again, once it's blocked and the lace pattern is opened up, i think the top will be a bit more slouchy like i like it :) i'm happy with the yarn - madelinetosh worsted in "sequoia" - and the easy, breezy pattern!

here is my new project: my first shawl!

i am using the free "springtime bandit" pattern by kate gagnon osborn. the skill level marked on the pattern is medium (2 out of 4 difficulty rating), and initially i wasn't sure i was ready for chart reading, but after hours of fumbling and false starts (talk about a learning curve!), i think i am well on my way to my first shawl.

the lovely yarn i am using is madelinetosh merino light in the colorway "candlewick." this yarn does happen to be singles which i typically avoid at all costs, but the color sucked me in and i am weak for saturated jewel tones. it's knitting up just fine, albeit, a little fuzzy as you would expect from a single ply yarn. i've managed to finally get through the first repeat of the "body chart"... *sigh*  and i should have about 5-6 more to go, based on the recommendation of other fellow ravelry knitters who have used this same yarn.

since i have declared myself a born again monogamous knitter, i should be able to make decent progress on this shawl, so i expect to have something lovely to share with you all next week! :)

odds & ends
in this edition of the schnauzer life, let me introduce these photos as "let sleeping dogs lie..."

little miss riley getting her snooze on

mr. tinsley, really showing us all the proper way to relax. with one ear up!

what i love this week
i'm a little late to the game, but i have fallen in love with this new to me podcast, the spindoctor podcast. this podcast is for handspinners, and it's filled with reviews on spinning tools, equipment, techniques, fiber, all the above. i'm finding it very interesting, informative, and all together really enjoyable to listen to. from my understanding the podcaster, thecraftyrabbit, started off as a new spinner.

what i really like is that she is not claiming to be an expert, but she is allowing her audience to follow her through her spinning journey, as well as taking the time to do her own personal research (reading, testing products, taking classes) to boost her knowledge and skill set, all the while freely sharing her impressions with her listeners. the podcast is really well done and it is right on time for me as i am at the point where i am ready to take my spinning to the next level.

anyway, it's a very easy, breezy podcast chock-full of great information for handspinners. so if this is your thing, go check it out and support it! oh, and be sure to check out all the lovely pictures on her blog!

until next time folks!
love and light :)

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