A Warm Doggy Gift

For those of you who are animal lovers, Doggy sweaterI loved this story so much that I had to share it. A few months ago, a dear friend of mine almost lost her dog when she thought he would no longer be able to walk. She took him to the vet, expecting to hear the worst. It turned out that her dog needed extracapsular repair, an expensive knee surgery. My friend’s husband had just been laid off from his job, so getting a surgery done on their dog at that time seemed out of the question. My friend was very upset and tried to call other clinics to see if they could do the surgery for less, but had a difficult time finding one. However, the awesome vets over at Parkside Animal Health (her dog’s regular vet) were saddened when they learned she was unable to afford the surgery for her dog, and each chipped in to help cover what parts of the cost she was unable to. Thanks to Parkside’s kindness and generousity, they were able to get her into surgery the next day and she was able to walk again a few weeks later.

So, what does all this have to do with yarn and knitting and such? Well, after the clinic had helped cover the cost of the dog’s surgery, she was so grateful that she wanted to bring her vet a thank you and asked if I could knit an awesome doggy sweater for her vet’s dog. She found a Christmas pattern that she thought her vet would like, and I went to town on it, and was really happy with how it came out! (Unfortunately I lost track of the pattern, but I have found similar patterns at places such as Craftsy.) She sent me this picture that her vet took of the final product. Needless to say it was one happy pooch.

Favorite Yarn Shops of Denver: Fancy Tiger

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Fancy Tiger
59 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 733-3855

It is hard to say which yarn store is my favorite, but if I had just one fiber store to visit, Fancy Tiger would probably be it. This is a great local shop that started out much smaller, but recently expanded into an incredible spot for fiber enthusiasts of all kinds. I feel I should give my readers a heads-up that entering this place can put you into a time warp! I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to Fancy Tiger and got lost in their yummy yarn and fabric selections for hours. I’ve even missed a couple of appointments on accident!

Although this shop doesn’t only specialize in yarn, it still has an excellent yarn collection—trust me, you won’t be disappointed. But for those of you who enjoy fiber crafts of all kinds, you will be as excited as I was to know that they have a good selection of unspun wool, felt and felting supplies, patterns and books, fabric and sewing items, and much more! They also have classes of every kind, including knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery, and a night just for bringing in your project and asking the knitting experts questions!

Just in: A new twist on an old favorite. The baby Blanket.

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When someone you knows is having a baby, one of the first gift ideas I think of is the baby blanket. This is even more so when you are making that gift yourself! There are many kinds, styles, and qualities of baby blankets. But one thing I have always noticed about them all is their shape: rectangular, or to shake that up, square. When a friend announced they were having a baby, I decided to shake things up a bit further. So may I present what I am calling the Spring Medallion, or circular baby blanket. I used a nice cotton blend yarn in a variety of colors. Great for a spring baby, and without some of the risks that come with using acrylic.

 

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Favorite Yarn Shops of Denver: The LambShoppe

The LambShoppe
3512 E. 12th Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-2223

One of my very favorite knitting spots in Denver would have to be Thelambshoppe LambShoppe. It is one of the first places I discovered and will always be a favorite. So just what is so awesome about this spot? Well there are plenty of reasons to check it out. They have one of the most widespread selections of yarn and supplies I have found, and I guarantee you won’t make it out of the store without at least one new item! They also offer an array of classes, from beginning to expert. Not only does this give you the opportunity to hang out and knit with some folks who share the same passion, but you may pick up on some tips and tricks from other class members!

By now you’re probably thinking that this is a pretty good spot to check out. Well it gets even better! So, what is my favorite thing about The LambShoppe? It has a coffee bar. So, for those of you who love to sip on a hot latte while you work, this offers you the best of two worlds.

Time for Summer and Pumpkins!

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Thanks to last week’s unexpectedly cool spell, I felt a yearning for some of the flavors and festivities of fall, as it is my favorite season. While it isn’t quite possible to indulge in jack-o-lanterns, or possible to get a quality pumpkin pie in May, it is possible to dress up your unsuspecting child in this cute hat at any time of the year. (Well, a bigger size if they’re more than a couple months old of course.)  I must say, for such an unexpectedly easy project, I was very pleased with the results.