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Happy Holidays!

So, yes, it’s been a while since we’ve posted, but we’re back – and hopefully (but don’t hold me to it) with more frequency in the new year!

Not a whole lot to catch up on, but Boomie wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!!

Since he has been such an awesomely good boy this year, Santa brought him a new doggie bed!  He’s still getting used to it (I saved his old bed, just in case!).

We also received a new Christmas addition to the family — a big ol’ ceramic polar bear! It’s about as big as Boomer, and weighs just a bit more.  It’s pretty funny to watch Boomie’s reaction to it – I think he thinks it’s a new doggie that doesn’t move.  He’s kinda been keeping a safe distance since it arrived, but I have caught him giving it a sniff or two.  We’re currently mulling over some names for the new bear!

Of course one thing around here has not changed at all — Nap Time!!!

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Boo!

So, as I’ve mentioned a time or two already, Boomer is not a fan of wearing clothes of any kind, especially costumes! But, he was a good sport and let me dress him in a sporty Halloween sweater, and after bribing him with some Cheerios, even modeled it for me!

Happy Halloween!!

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BoomBoom wanted to share his week at Sleepaway Camp with you, so he is taking over this post!

 

Woof-woof, and Hi!!! Recently, Knitty went on vacation, and I got to spend a fun-filled week at Auntie Lisa’s Krazy Kitty’s Sleep Away Camp! And boy, did I have a great time!! I want to give a Meowy shout out to my new best friends, Theodore and Anderson!!

Here are Anderson and I after a long day of play –  that guy wore me out!!

At one point,  Theodore was put in the Camp Jail, so I stopped by during visiting hours to let him know I would be busting him out later that day!

During my week at Camp, I got lots and lots of long walkies and plenty of treats! I got to sample some yummy cat food on the sly, and the kittys got to try out some of my delish doggie food. And, who knew, cats are really fun! Maybe now I won’t be so quick to bark at the invisible one that lives in our fire-place! I still hate squirrels!!  Woof!!

Auntie Lisa found out that it’s not always easy to snap a great photo of me, but I feel like she captured my essence in my official camp picture.

Now, I’m not exactly sure where Knitty went on her vacation. She originally told me she was spending a week at the groomers, but I’m beginning to think that she was making that up so that I would not want to go with her. Normally I want to spend every moment with Knitty and never leave her side, but I HATE THE GROOMERS!!! So I was fine with not going.

I’m now starting to think that she was never at the groomers. It’s been ruff getting a straight answer out of her, but all I know is she came home exhausted, and all her stuff smelled like the ocean. Then, when I was rummaging through her camera, I came across some interesting pics…

Doesn’t look like any groomers I’ve ever been to. But not to worry, I’m on the case and will figure it out!! But first, I’m still trying to catch up on all my rest from my most exciting week ever!!

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Puppy Love

So, about a month ago, I wanted to find a quick little pattern to knit up for a birthday gift, and came across this little cutie (the pattern, not the doggie)!

It’s the “Winged Heart Tatoo”, and only took a weekend for me to knit up. Yay – I’m a slow knitter!!

 

 

The stats:

Pattern: Winged Heart Tatoo, by Annie Purls

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease (red) and Sugar & Cream Cotton (yellow)

Needles: Susan Bates size US4

Mods: Let’s see…as you can see, my Winged Heart Tatoo has no wings – they came out really, really crappy. So, my Heart does not fly. I think that’s okay! Also, I stuffed my Heart with cotton balls instead of polyfill, and it came out a little lumpy and wonky looking, but, whatever, it has character! Lastly, I made my Heart taller, rather than wider. I thought it would look a little better, but I think I was wrong. Now I know for next time! 🙂

I guess all that really matters is that the recipient liked it (or at least was kind enough to tell me they did), and it passed the Boomie test!

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So, today is quite the historic day here at KnittyBoomBoom headquarters!! Today marks the 4 year anniversary of Boomer becoming my doggie! Yay!!!!!

It’s kinda hard to believe it’s been 4 years already, but at the same time, I feel like I’ve had him forever! Little Boomala didn’t have the easiest start in life – I was his third home in his first year, but I think things are turning out okay for the little fluff ball!

I’ll never forget the first day I met little Boomie – here’s a picture of him on that day….

It was love at first sight! And the rest is history!

And when life gets crazy, in good times and bad, all I have to do is look into his big brown eyes, and know that he loves me back, warts and all!

To be quite frank, I think he may have rescued me more than I rescued him!! So, here’s to Boomie – hip-hip-hooray!!!

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So, I’ve been working on a knitting project for quite a while now, and I’m almost done with it!! There’s a little of story behind this particular project, and it kinda adds to my excitement that it’s almost completed.

Back in March of ’09 (yes, 2009), I started knitting a little something for a birthday gift. Originally I had hoped I could have it done in just a few weeks, but I failed to factor in that the yarn I was using was lace-weight and I was using size 2 needles. Okay, so it would be a week or two late, whatever, it’s the thought that counts, right?

So, I’m trucking along, making decent progress, when Murphy’s Law (disguised as a little white fluff ball) decided to step in. One afternoon, I came home to my project spread out all over the living room! There was yarn covering the sofa, wrapped around the legs of the coffee table, in the dog bed. UGH!!! And only about a dozen or so rows left on the needles. So, I went about gathering and untangling the yarn, gave it a quick wash, dried it and wound it back up into a ball. And started the project once again. ~sigh~ At least the yarn was all still in one looooonnngg continuous strand, and not chewed up to bits!

That was last April. Since then, I had kinda lost my mojo for this particular project, so my progress was moving along very sloooowly. Then of course, it got put aside for this new thing or that. But then, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to knit on nothing else but this lovely little item until it was done. The bad feelings of my first attempt were long gone, and I remembered why I picked this pattern and especially why I picked this yarn ( a gorgeous alpaca/silk combo), and I am so enjoying knitting it again.

Obviously I can’t give too many details on what this project is, since it is still a gift, but here’s a little taste…

So, that is why I’m excited it’s almost done, and also why it’s never advisable to let the knitting sit un-attended!

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Oh, So Cozy

So, I was recently gifted a new iPod Touch – woot woot! And I love love love it!! I’m being super careful with it, you know, trying not to drop it, or scratch the screen, or.. drop it. I’ve been pretty wary of just tossing it into my handbag when I take it anywhere, so I decided to knit up a little cozy for my new treasure!

Ta da – my new Felted iPod Cozy!

I’ve only felted things a couple of times before, but am always very pleased with the results. It’s amazing how much a knitted item  changes with a spin in the washing machine! 

Exhibit one: The knit cozy, pre-felting:

And, the final results:

Love my new cozy, and am now not as afraid to have my new toy bumping around my purse! And, I was able to knit it up in just an afternoon – although I didn’t get around to felting it for about a week or so.

The Stats:

     Pattern: Felted iPod Cozy (ravelry link), by Bonne Sennott

     Yarn: Cascade 220, 100%wool – leftover scraps from another project

     Needles: size US10 DPNs

     Mods: I didn’t make any mods with this, but if I were to make it again, I think I’d use a smaller needle to get a tighter fabric, and I’d knit it almost an inch shorter.

Turns out, iPods were not the only thing getting cozy around here….

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