My knitty babies

I have 2 maltese X girls and they are really a light for me on those dark days. Their names are Ping and Pong. My husband stands 6'6" and when I brought them home they were just like tiny bouncy ping pong balls to him so the names stuck. Anyhoo. I comb them out regularly, along with the angoras, and get copious amounts of fibre from my girls and buns. Recently I blended some of the fibre with with silk and spun it all up. I spent a couple of days dyeing and this is what I ended up with. Now I just have to come up with a project. I don't think that this will be good for the shorts because angora is so warm but I do have some cotton to spin downstairs. Perhaps I should get that out and get busy for the KAL.

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Well I have printed off the

Well I have printed off the Queen Anne Lace Shawl Pattern from Mario's blog. I think that is be-a-u-tee-full and will definitely take the colour pattern suggestion. I hope it is easy enough for a novice knitter. Before I begin though I am going to finish off another scarf I am working on with some hand dyed wool. I love dyeing yarn myself. The colour combos are amazing! Nothing I would ever find in a store. Commercial dye jobs are just that. It's why I colour my own hair! Experimentation = surprise!


I have read a number of

I have read a number of blogs to realize this sounds like it has a tricky start. One did mention a "crochet" start but could find no info. Do you have any tips or tricks. Recommended needle size? Start with 5 dpns or circular?


MMario's picture

I usually use dpn's; and I

I usually use dpn's; and I use smaller needles to do the start then I do to knit the full shawl. If I'm doing the shawl on us 4's, I will probably start and do the first round or two on 0's; I typically use 3's to start for something I will knit on 6's or 8's.

All my QAL's have been done with US 8's and lace weight, except one, which was us 8 (5 mm) and fingering weight.


TheKnittingMill's picture

Hey Joanne, here's a place

Hey Joanne, here's a place that offers various types of instruction and techniques. Hope it helps...


MMario's picture

the really difficult part is

the really difficult part is the start. once you get enough stitches on the needle to things get a lot easier.

clickety clack's picture

My partner and I fell in

My partner and I fell in love with a MaltiPoo(Maltese/Poodle) in a bookstore in PTown a number of years ago. We since learned about how many Poodle crosses there are out there, so we ended up with a Labradoodle(Sophie). Your Ping and Pong are adorable and maybe we'll venture down that road soon...who knows when it comes to cuddly balls of fun.

Bill's picture

I can just see your 6'6"

I can just see your 6'6" husband with a pup in each hand...(grin)

bobshome's picture

Sooooooo too cute! Their

Sooooooo too cute! Their names are terrific. I have a maltese, a big 5lb'er and he's now 17 and still acts like a (slow) puppy.
That yarn is beautiful. I think I might have to look into spinning and dyeing.

MMario's picture

Any idea of yardage? I

Any idea of yardage? I would suggest Queen Anne's Lace using the three shades of pink......darkest in the center, and alternating rows a few times at the changeover.....With the white around the outer rim if necessary....

Mnjack's picture

The yarn is beautiful and

The yarn is beautiful and the dogs are the cutest. Thanks for the pics.

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TheKnittingMill's picture

I second that notion Brad.

I second that notion Brad. I loves me some puppies & they are adorable. Can't wait to see the yarn knitted up!


albert's picture

Wow! I'm slobbering on my

Wow! I'm slobbering on my keyboard! Can't wait to see what you do with this gorgeous yarn.