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Howdy, folks! Well, 2015 is done and gone; thank you so much for being a part of my readership over the past year! As today is Friday, I’m sure you noticed that I didn’t post my usual Tip of the Week this morning. You see, after much deliberation, I’ve decided to change my weekly feature up a little bit. Most of you already know that I work full-time, and because of this, sometimes (or oftentimes) one post per week is all I can handle. And I would really like to share more of my life with you than just a tip about knitting. So, without further ado, here it is–the new weekly feature:

Around the Cottage

Of Puppies, Mittens, and Shawls

The past two weeks have brought some exciting changes into my life. I’ve finished up a few knitting projects (pictures to come!), my husband and I started building a new hutch for our pet rabbit, Clark, and we’ve adopted a new dog.

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This little girl is Molly. We found her wandering through our yard a few days ago, dehydrated, full of fleas, and without any identification. We took her in just hours before the weather turned nasty (rain first, followed closely by snow and freezing temps). The owner that her microchip was registered to died quite some time ago. Where has she been since then? Who knows? What we do know is that she has captured our hearts and found her forever home.

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She’s getting along very nicely with our other dog, Teddy. (I thought he deserved a picture, too.)

Well, enough about cute puppies–let’s move on to the knitting, shall we?

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The “bulletproof” mittens that I made for my husband some years ago have finally bitten the dust. They had a long and useful life, so I’ve decided to make him another pair using the same pattern (Bulky-Weight Andean Mittens from Marcia Lewandowski’s Folk Mittens). I’m using US 7 needles and some Peruvia Quick and Galway Chunky that I had hanging out in the stash. Almost done!

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The hat that I started last week is being very patient, out of consideration for the recent mitten crisis.

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And last but not least, I’m going to wind these babies up tonight in preparation for my 2016 shawl. As some of you may already know, the very first shawl I ever made was started on January 2nd, and it is now my personal tradition to start a shawl every year on that date. These are Tosh Merino Light in Wicked and Nightbloom (both of which are now discontinued, I believe), and they’re going to be made into Whippoorwill, by Carina Spencer. I can’t wait!

Well, that all, folks! Tune in next week to see what’s happening around the cottage. Until then, take care and happy knitting!