Making the Pocket Critter Interactive Dog Toy

When I set out to design the Pocket Critter Toy, I zeroed in on creating something that would give dogs a mental challenge — a problem to solve — in order to get a treat. Rather than handing a dog a biscuit for sitting, with this toy the dog would have to nose around until they discovered the treats, then figure out how to get the treats out. The timeless-yet-cuddly materials I wanted the interactive toy to be soft and cuddly. So with this in mind, I focused on choosing fabrics that would be thick and strong yet soft and…

Lucky day at the thrift store

I wasn’t necessarily looking for more wool sport jackets to use for projects, but I found several at the thrift store this week that really caught my eye. After washing and drying them, one felted nicely (and became a comically-shrunken jacket), so I’m excited to do something interesting with it. I even found a nice long London Fog trench coat, which, from what I can track down, was made prior to 1976. One could spend hours tracking down this sort of information…for me, it’s good enough to know that it’s vintage. Once it’s turned into a jacket, I’d like to treat it…

Guernsey Wrap detail

Knitted Guernsey Wrap

I started this Guernsey Wrap from Brooklyn Tweed in July while on vacation back home in Iowa. I’d been looking for something to knit that would be a good challenge but not too complicated since it had been awhile since I’d knitted anything.  Shawls kept coming up during my search, but they seemed too delicate or feminine for my taste. I wanted something practical like a shawl, but with a more timeless design. I like the way the designers at Brooklyn Tweed create projects that merge traditional with modern. And this particular pattern was just knit and purl stitches. Nothing complicated, but the pleasing panels…