Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cinnamon and Ginger

We lost Pancake a couple of weeks ago, due to breast cancer. I was a little surprised that a hamster would be diagnosed with such a thing, but the vet said it is a frequent problem in the critters. Very sad.

Mitchell did not wait long to be asking to get another hamster, and I have to admit that the wee hours were eerily quiet without our nocturnal exerciser running on the wheel. We went to several pet shops over a week, and we were thinking of getting another Russian Dwarf due to what a nice pet Pancake was. When we ran across the "Sunfire" color variety, we were surprised how bright and lovely they were, and these two baby sisters stole our hearts. We took them both!



They were seven weeks old when we got them, now about eight. They're growing really fast, and they keep their cheeks full of seeds, so they look even bigger. They're incredibly active, and it's hard to get photos of them that aren't blurred, especially showing both of them together.

We talked about naming them Biscuit and Crescent, to sort of go with the name Pancake, and because of their coloring. In the end, Mitchell decided he liked the names Cinnamon and Ginger.

Ginger is the slightly lighter one, which you can tell only when they're side by side. We can also tell when we have a hold of Cinnamon-- she bites.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, March 16, 2015

Winter Basketball

Mitchell played winter basketball, and he just played his last game this past weekend. They had one practice and one game per week. It is fun to see how quickly the kids improve when they are just starting out.


Onward to Spring!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Nanook

I finished Nanook, by Heidi Kirrmaier, a couple of weeks ago, and I have been waiting for a day with enough light to take pictures.

I modified the pattern with the pattern edging at the bottom of the back and sleeves... ribbed in the pattern. Since the pattern edging, intended only for the collar of this top-down sweater, is directional (knitted starting at the edge, going inward), I had to work the cuff and hem first, and then graft to the sleeves and body.



The yarn is Hedgehog Fibres' Silk/Cashmere Worsted in the colorway "Opalite," which I special ordered, along with a matching skein of sock yarn. I've started the socks, with the same lace edging at the top.

Ravelry Project Page.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Reading Mitts

On a trip January 27-28, I made a pair of Reading Mitts.


The Yarn is Lorna's Laces Honor, which is alpaca and silk... a yummy blend for wearing on the hands.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Bobble Cardigan

I finished this up on January 24, and just got around to taking photos... There was some sunshine this weekend.



Noro Iro. Ravelry Project Page.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Pancake Loves Her Wool

Our hamster, Pancake, loves wool. I started giving her little bits of wool (short enough it cannot be a choking hazard) because one of the hamster books at the library said they like to nest with wool. I imagine it is a rather scarce resource in nature...

I keep little wool clippings from my knitting and put them in after we clean her cage each week. The rest of the bedding (the blue stuff) is paper-based commercial hamster bedding. She seems to love the wool!



You have to love a pet who loves wool!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay