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Arielluria
07-19-2007, 07:34 PM
Here's my first Irish Hiking Scarf. It's pretty long, though you can't tell by my 1' tall model ;). I did it in exactly 1 week and it was a blast. 2nd one already started, for a Christmas present.

Our model is Cricket ;)

cinnamon_girl
07-19-2007, 08:21 PM
Very pretty!! The scarf too. I love the color and it looks soft and supple. What yarn did you use?

redheadrachel
07-19-2007, 08:25 PM
Wow, it looks great! I really like the color as well, and I think it shows off the cables nicely :)

Arielluria
07-19-2007, 09:26 PM
I used Caron's Simply Soft. It's shimmery and soooo soft.

Slim
07-20-2007, 07:20 AM
Lovely color! And great job on the cables.

Mulderknitter
07-20-2007, 09:18 AM
Great job! I used Caron's SS on my first irish hiking scarf too, I think a lot of people have
Your model seems to love it!:heart:

GinnyG
07-20-2007, 09:24 AM
VERY NICE!! LOVE the model!

I have plans for buches of Irish Hiking scarf Christmas presents, they are kinda addicting.

Mariblue
07-20-2007, 09:29 AM
Cricket is cute, and I love the color you chose for the scarf. I've also used the simply soft for the irish hiking scarf. :cheering:

nonny2t
07-20-2007, 10:27 AM
Beautiful work, great color and cute doggy!

Yarn Doc
07-20-2007, 11:18 AM
AWwwwwww.......THAT IS SO CUUUUUTTTTTEEEE!!!

I wanna shih-tzu!!

Arielluria
07-20-2007, 11:29 AM
Thanks! I have 4 (STs and mixes). See Flickr album (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arielluria/) for more pics of my dogs. ;)

Go to www.petfinder.com (http://www.petfinder.com) and search in your zip code (and for whatever your breed is), you'll find tons of wonderful dogs in your own backyard just waiting for you to adopt them!!!!!!!! I work with Shih Tzu rescues (and others). They are awesome dogs! Playful, cuddly, etc. But they don't like to be alone.........so get 2!
:cheering:

mulene
07-20-2007, 02:09 PM
Wow I LOVE the colour and the tassles on the end. Thats a gorgeous version of that lovely scarf pattern :)

samm
07-22-2007, 04:31 PM
Beautiful scarf! And Cricket looks like our rescued Shih Tzu named Angus! He's a sweetie, the boss of our other rescued dogs and cats. We will look for another Shih Tzu when we're in need of another dog. They are terrific family members!!!! samm who wants to make the Irish Hiking Scarf too....

MrsJSD
07-22-2007, 07:12 PM
What are the defining features of an Irish hiking scarf?

zip
07-22-2007, 08:58 PM
Cricket said, "the things I do for steak...:("

;)

Nice work! Love the bright, cheerful color.

nik
07-23-2007, 11:45 AM
I love your dog!

Your scarf is really pretty. Hopefully I'll start one before winter :)

Mommy2chipmunk
07-23-2007, 11:48 AM
Very nice! Where did you get the pattern?

Jill A.
07-23-2007, 12:07 PM
Was this your first time doing cables? I haven't tackled cables yet, and am wondering what is a good first project.

Great job!!!!:cheering::cheering:

Arielluria
07-24-2007, 09:45 AM
Hi all, thanks for the nice messages! I'm pretty new to cabling, I tried a little and it's SOOOOOOOOO easy. Here's a good KH thread on HOW easy it is.

You can get the pattern (which is free online). Go to my blog post (http://luknits.blogspot.com/2007/07/my-first-irish-hiking-scarf.html) and you'll see the link to it. Also more pics of Cricket in it. :D. She just had surgery on top of her head so she looks like a little Frankenstein.......the scarf hides it well.

Get your own Cricket (or whatever your breed is) at www.petfinder.com. Search within your own zip code for a breed (even specify gender and age) on that site! Also, remember to share the URL with others online, they can search in their own area.

KnittingNat
07-24-2007, 12:53 PM
I think the scarf is great and so is the model! :cheering:

ArtLady1981
07-24-2007, 08:08 PM
Hi! :waving:

Wonderful work! Love your color choice! Also love the dog! A Shih Tzu, right? How adorable! :heart:

Arielluria
07-25-2007, 12:36 PM
YUP! I work with a Shih Tzu/ Lhasa Rescue (http://www.shihtzu-rescue.com)and a Lhasa Rescue (http://www.fortheloveofalhasarescue.com) amongst other.

IrishKnitter
07-25-2007, 01:17 PM
Lu--the scarf looks great!! Your model is adorable!!! :inlove:

Arielluria
07-25-2007, 01:50 PM
Wow I LOVE the colour and the tassles on the end. Thats a gorgeous version of that lovely scarf pattern :)Thanks! BTW, tried to see your scarf (link on your sig) but the link was broken. It needs to be updated since the forum changeover. Please tell us when you've done that so we can see it. What drove you back to knitting?

ArtLady1981
07-25-2007, 02:10 PM
Thanks! I have 4 (STs and mixes). See Flickr album (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arielluria/) for more pics of my dogs. ;)

Go to www.petfinder.com (http://www.petfinder.com) and search in your zip code (and for whatever your breed is), you'll find tons of wonderful dogs in your own backyard just waiting for you to adopt them!!!!!!!! I work with Shih Tzu rescues (and others). They are awesome dogs! Playful, cuddly, etc. But they don't like to be alone.........so get 2!
:cheering:


Thanks for sharing the photos Arielluria!!!

We have had Shih Tzus for 20 years! We had a female as a puppy...purchased from a grocery store bulletin board ad....then 2 years later, we rescued a 3 yr old male...and we had Emily and Bear for 15 years. Bear died of squamous cell cancer in 2003...Emily died of internal cancer in 2005.

Then "Katie" came into our lives! She is like having Emily and Bear rolled into one bundle of fur! Many characteristics of both!

Katie's best friend is our old St. Bernard, who was her babysitter when she was a puppy. We let him in the kitchen with her right from day one, and she crawled up on his side to snuggle. Of course, at night, she slept in her little crate in our room.

Her next best friend is her "sister"...a Treeing Walker Coonhound, purchased as a 6 wk old. Katie was "Dani's" babysitter, being the same size at the time of the homecoming!

Then came "Blue", our "rescued" Treeing Walker Coonhound.
He was 6 months old at the time of the rescue, had never been abused, and he just fits himself right into the family!

Here is the whole "crew"..."Blue" on the wicker settee, Dani standing, Harley sleeping, and Katie! All enjoyed the winter sun!
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t186/ArtLadyDMB/100_0693.jpg


Here is a Picasa collage...showing Dani as a 6 wk old puppy, later as an adolescent hound... "Uncle" Harley, the old St. Bernard, and Katie, the resident Shih Tzu!
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t186/ArtLadyDMB/collage6.jpg


http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t186/ArtLadyDMB/NighthawkJuly2006BurnThree188.jpg
Here is my little Shih Tzu, Katie, enjoying morning sun and the tall grasses of our mountain summer property!
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t186/ArtLadyDMB/NighthawkJuly2006BurnThree205.jpg

Arielluria
07-25-2007, 03:21 PM
omagosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your troop is adorable! I'd take Katie in a second..........well ANY of them! I love and hug strange dogs all the time.......LOL! (Welcome to my world!)
:flirt:
BUT I am partial to the little furballs!
Loooooooooooved the pictures! Thanks for sharing.
:muah::hug:
Kiss each one on the nose for me! ;)

ArtLady1981
07-25-2007, 04:15 PM
omagosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your troop is adorable! I'd take Katie in a second..........well ANY of them! I love and hug strange dogs all the time.......LOL! (Welcome to my world!)
:flirt:
BUT I am partial to the little furballs!
Loooooooooooved the pictures! Thanks for sharing.
:muah::hug:
Kiss each one on the nose for me! ;)


Thanks Arielluria! You know...Katie, Emily, Bear...my 3 little Shih Tzu's really helped me survive empty nest syndrome. We had a bustling house filled with 5 children, all their friends, dogs, cats, gerbils, guinea pigs, cockatiels, etc...but eventually, all 5 kids went off into the world...all now married with their own families...and even though they all live locally...I find myself needing something to hug and kiss late at night. A Shih Tzu is just the right thing! Katie is always at my feet, or on the couch next to me...and always ready with a cuddle and a kiss! :heart:

I was devastated to lose Bear and then two years later, Emily. I was shocked at myself! My DH took me within the week to get Katie. It is amazing...although a new puppy doesn't take the place of the deceased dog...a new puppy does fill your room with LOVE..and you just DO love them. It does temper the sting of grief.

We are keeping our Shih Tzu count to one...the grooming is quite a task...and I bought all the tools to groom Katie properly. Can't bear to turn her over to the groomer for the better part of a day. A visit to the vet for spaying was unavoidable. All our females are spayed. The males can't jump the 6' fence...so roaming is not an issue.

Arielluria
07-25-2007, 05:38 PM
I agree, Shih Tzus are a wonderful substitute for children. I have none, but if I did, they would still be my babies no matter what!

Like you I can't trust a groomer with my babies, so I just keep them on a schedule so I don't have to do more than 1 or 2 in one day. There's a very useful video you can buy on Amazon: Grooming Your Dog Basic Haircuts (http://www.amazon.com/Grooming-Your-Dog-BASIC-HAIRCUTS/dp/1891664042/ref=sr_1_3/002-9936782-6924056?ie=UTF8&s=video&qid=1185399447&sr=8-3)

ArtLady1981
07-25-2007, 07:37 PM
I agree, Shih Tzus are a wonderful substitute for children. I have none, but if I did, they would still be my babies no matter what!

Like you I can't trust a groomer with my babies, so I just keep them on a schedule so I don't have to do more than 1 or 2 in one day. There's a very useful video you can buy on Amazon: Grooming Your Dog Basic Haircuts (http://www.amazon.com/Grooming-Your-Dog-BASIC-HAIRCUTS/dp/1891664042/ref=sr_1_3/002-9936782-6924056?ie=UTF8&s=video&qid=1185399447&sr=8-3)


Thanks for the link! :thumbsup: Much appreciated!

Arielluria
09-11-2007, 01:33 PM
Here's my 2nd IHS......this time modelled by Peanut. What a ham!
:flirt:

MerigoldinWA
09-11-2007, 02:04 PM
I noticed this little doggy with the scarf on your name thingie when you first started using it. He is so cute. Really makes me smile. Your scarf is beautiful. You are lucky to have such a cooperative model. :-)

Arielluria
09-11-2007, 02:41 PM
Thanks. They are 2 different dogs though. The one in my first IHS is Cricket and this 2nd one is Peanut.
:flirt:

ArtLady1981
09-11-2007, 03:28 PM
Here's my 2nd IHS......this time modelled by Peanut. What a ham!
:flirt:

Hi Arielluria! :waving: You sure do know how to pick the right yarns! This yarn (the green) is lusterous in appearance...and of course, the color is spot-on!

Love your model! :teehee: Thanks for sharing the photos with us!

Arielluria
09-11-2007, 04:02 PM
:muah:Thanks, both the first and 2nd were Caron Simply Soft. I love the shiny quality of it myself.

ArtLady1981
09-11-2007, 04:10 PM
:muah:Thanks, both the first and 2nd were Caron Simply Soft. I love the shiny quality of it myself.

Another thing I noticed about your yarn: it seems to have a nice drape! The finished scarf looks like it would be easy to wrap around the neck in different configurations! It doesn't appear to be stiff.

I am definitely going to make a trip to Joann's and snag a couple skeins of this yarn. I think it would make really nice gifts... IHS with Caron Simply Soft. Beautiful, but not too spendy. The main expenditure is TIME. And, isn't the IHS an easy pattern to memorize? I just love it.

Arielluria
09-11-2007, 04:32 PM
You can get that yarn at Walmart too ;). And yes, I love that I don't have to keep looking at a pattern. I started this one in public and by the time I got to my 2nd cable repeat a lady next to me said "well aren't you great! You can cable without looking at a pattern". LOL!

nadja la claire
09-11-2007, 04:50 PM
The scarf looks beautiful :yay: I :heart: the color and your model is so cute. You did a great job. :thumbsup:

:muah: :hug:
Nadja :knitting:

dustinac
09-12-2007, 09:24 AM
Very pretty and I love all the cute puppy pictures :happydance:

aslangirl
09-13-2007, 12:19 PM
Adorable! And the scarf is beautiful, too! ;)

I did that pattern for the first time last winter--it's a fun one! I love the fringe on the ends!

debz
09-13-2007, 12:21 PM
gorgeous colour, it looks very soft and snuggly.

becjo
09-13-2007, 02:09 PM
That picture is adorable with your fur-baby modeling! Cricket looks thrilled!

Arielluria
09-13-2007, 02:39 PM
Aslangirl, luv your pup! Looks like a Beagle mix.
:muah:

ceisue
09-13-2007, 05:24 PM
Hi - Your scarf is beautiful and is cute on your adorable little doggie. I just recently got a ShihTzu puppy - he is only 2 1/2# - and I just love him to pieces. I am just learning but I will have to try this scarf - it is so pretty.

Arielluria
09-13-2007, 05:39 PM
Ooooooooooo Pics please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:woot:Shih Tzus are like potato chips........you can't have just one! ;) It's the perfect breed in my opinion!:muah:

FYI.........if you have someone else groom a ST.......(or ANY short-nosed breed) make sure they hand blow dry. Many a short-nose dog has died in those hot cages, they can't get enough air! But test them and see what they say about drying......don't tell them the breed and then ask "how do you dry a ST?" - they will tell you what you want to hear. I do all of my 4 myself, I don't even trust Petsmart grooming, I didn't like how they were treating my dogs (they didn't know I was in the store watching).

You can see the rest of my gang on my Flickr Album (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arielluria/)