I'm happy to report that knitting my boyfriend a sweater did not curse our relationship :) We're still going strong. As usual, I turned to the brilliant Elizabeth Zimmermann for the pattern. It's seamless hybrid, shirt yoke version, picked by Neal and I was happy to oblige. I just love the seamless construction and I can't get enough of it. I've already acquired enough wool for the next one.
The yarn is HF merino aran (the yarn has changed slightly recently, it's now a bit softer and also superwash, big thumbs up from me!). The colourway is Ink, a deep semi-solid blue and needle size is 4.5mm, so the whole thing went really fast, I'd say it took me mere 3 weeks to complete.
On another note, we have a new puppy! Well, to call him 'puppy' is a bit of a stretch... he's a 7 year old German Shepherd, a really big one too. We're calling him Brian. I got him as a foster dog, but we fell in love with him, so we have decided to keep him. I say 'we' but he's officially Neal's dog. He's lovely, calm and gentle. He has spent the first seven years of his life in someone's back garden, tied to a pole.
When we got him, we noticed he's limping a lot and his hind legs are very weak, so we thought he had displasia. But further tests showed no or minor displasia for his age, but a mysterious swelling in his right knee. His right knee was in fact 3 times as big as the left one. The vet said it's most likely a result of a past injury. So poor Brian got his surgery yesterday and he's now recovering. He's on strong painkillers, he's doing OK. I can't wait once he's in full health, there are so many things in the world for him to see!
btw: he really needs a different collar, he has this half-choker one on at the moment, but it's so loose on his neck that even if he pulls on the leash it actually doesn't close up on his neck. Just so you know. I don't personally like those collars, I feel like for most dogs, there's no need.
That brings the count of dogs in the house to 3. Thankfully, the garden is almost an acre big and the house is really big too. It also means a LOT of vacuuming :)