Sighthound Charity Snood


Dizzy Lily: A Snood For a Hound 
knitting pattern is available from
Here on Erssie Knits or Ravelry 
All pattern proceeds go 
to Galgos del Sol

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dizzy rascal

Poor old Dizzy Rascal, my boy greyhound, he was very sick on Tues night and could not breathe or lie down. He was obviously in a lot of pain so at 3 am we called the vet, and he got a team together and we got him at 7 am for surgery. Dizzy had open chest surgery and there were complications, his heart stopped during surgery but they performed heart massage on the open heart and managed to get it going again. Dizzy was so weak from lack of nutrition and so tired from not being able to lie down comfortably.


Anyway, they performed a lobectomy and removed a massive tumour and necrosed piece of lung from really was big no wonder he could not breathe. His chest kept filling up with fluid around the lump which must have been growing in there quite a while, despite having had chemo. He is in doggie hospital at the moment and was in a critical state. We will find out this afternoon if he is well enough to come home, or if his condition has deterioriated, or is stable but needs monitoring. 

We all have missed his lively presence here. We feel so bad that he had to put up with that amount of discomfort and that no painkillers were able to relieve it until he went into surgery. We hope now, if he survives the surgery, that he is in a much more comfortable position.


The other nasty situation is that our pet insurance has well and truly run out, and we owe the vet a lot of money for this surgery and recent chemotherapy. Myself and the OH have been out of work this year. I am having stuff published, and it looks like I am busy, but some of the work goes back about 4 years and already got paid then. At the moment I am not doing any work and am struggling with various health problems and hand restrictions. So I am working on some slow personal knitting to keep me going and generally taking the year off, hoping things will get back to normal one day.


Wolf Boatneck Video

I had completely forgotten that Vogue Knitting like to feature the designs they publish in videos that show off the is my Wolf Boatneck.


vogue knitting magazine

Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2013, photo by Paul Amato for


My Wolf Sweater pattern has been published in the knitting magazine Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2013 issue. I knitted this sweater with broken fingers, and swollen hands. So not easy. I was quite happy this turned out to look like my original sketch, although originally I had imagined this in more wolfy shades of silvers and greys. I have since heard that a lot of VK fans really did not like this issue, especially the animal intarsia and especially the Wolf Face intarsia. I wonder if they would have liked it any better in the more natural shades. Some knitters do tend to be negative about sweaters they would never knit, or never wear, and think this design does not appeal to middle aged ladies or those who are slightly weightier....and I am both of those, but would totally wear an animal intarsia sweater if in my size.





solstice flame


I still have problems with my hands, so am doing personal knitting only and working very slowly.
I had intended to release a pattern for Summer Solstice, or Litha, but I know I won't be able to sort that out in am going to release the charts in advance, with materials, for free and those who can make use of them will have them for projects. The detailed pattern will come much later.


This was knitted in DK with a fold over purled fold over hem, it can also be knitted with a picot edge.
You can find the pattern here







It is high time I started talking about knitting. The other things like sick dogs, unemployment, illness are taking over.

So, this is what I have been surfing recently. Clocks. I can't read my alarm clock and wondered if I should make exactly what I require from yarn. I had an idea to either crochet, or knit a clock, and wondered if anyone else had done so...of course they have.


 This clock is turning up on lifestyle and interiors websites. I don't know who designed it exactly., e.g. Conran.


This retro crochet clock by CrocheTime

This crochet floral clock by Matt Farci



These lovely crochet alpacal clocks by Carol Ventura


This abstract crochet clock, Let the Good Times Roll, by Sharon Mann