20 November 2012

Scoobee~doobee~DOOOOOO {note my husband's retro shirt}

I'm not sure what's up with the distorted line in the middle of the picture, but I think that it isn't too distracting.  Ya know, til I go pointing it out.  Now ya notice it, doncha?

So here's a few shots featuring Ginger, and a couple with Sophie co~starring.  Ginger's legs are not really featured here, to scale.  But I think the general impression has been made, no?

It's extremely difficult to get Ginger to stay still for a picture, she often hides her face, presenting you with her back.  So I had to take these pix on the sly, cuz she's camera shy.

Since I finished the shawls and wraps, I've been working on a wide scarf for charity.  It's Red Heart's acrylic {heather and cherry red, which actually reminds me a bit of a sock monkey}.  This is about two and a half feet.  I've been knitting it in between all my other activities, meetings, lunches, and pretending I'm an important butterfly.

16 November 2012

scratching the yarn itch

  Happy Birthday to me!


Pictured here is my shipment of 106 skeins of yarn that I got for a really, Really, REALLY good deal.  Ya wanna smack me right now, doncha?  snicker

14 November 2012

Freshly Squeezed

Couple weeks ago, I'd started this...the pattern calls it a shawl, but I think at best it's wide enough to be a wrap or a wide scarf.  It's Bernat cotton.  I'd put it on hold while making the other shawl, the blue one pictured in previous posts.

Blue Shawl









I just finished this around 1pm, just in time to give it to my friend who is due to give birth to her fourth and final child next week.  The shawl is a lil smaller than I'd want it to be, but it's plenty large enough to use as a shawl or a lapghan.  It's knit of Bernat cotton, blueberry and fruit explosion.

Sophie's new friend: Ginger

These two could have been named Ying & Yang.  Sophie, is our two year old lil chiweenie who is a very compact twenty pound sweet girl who would make an excellent ferocious derby gurl with a wicked hip~check, has been with us since she was a ten week old five pounder.  Ginger is not quite a year old, by all accounts.  She too is a mix of chihuahua, but the Italian Greyhound is the predominant breed in her.  She is allllllllllll leg.  Fully grown now, she is about twelve pounds.  So we now have a short dense lil dark girl and a tall {comparatively speaking} leggy blonde one.  They get along like they have been besties from birth.

08 November 2012

One of my latest projects

This is one of the two shawls I've been knitting for about ten days now.  This is cotton, Bernat's fruit explosion and blueberry.  I'm using a set of size five needles, on 1960's set of Sear's interchangeables that I found on eBay last year {earlier blog entry}.  This is about seventy rows of a 180 row shawl.  There are about 150 stitches per row now, when it is finished, there will be close to six hundred per row.  I really want to get this done, as the person I am doing it for will go on maternity leave next week.

07 November 2012

bittersweet

Last week, I cried, from intense sadness and also then from intense gladness.  The week started with our tiny puppy slipping into a comatose state from a hypoglycemic event.  Which means that she had low sugar, which apparently puppies of smaller breeds often have; as their pancreases don't fully develop til about age six months.  I didn't know that.  So her sugar dropped, her body temperature started to drop, and I took her to the vet's right away.  It was a bad day, all the way around.  She seemed to be getting better, but wasn't responding as fast as the vet thought she should.  He thought that maybe her brain was affected by the hypoglycemia and hypothermia, and he took her home with him that night.  She died at three that next morning.

It happened so fast, that initial incident.  I cannot believe how thoroughly she captivated our hearts, and found her niche in our home.  Sophie moped around and was quiet and kept checking the kitchen or just around the corner for CoCo.  She will not be forgotten.

I am glad tho, that this happened whilst we were still here, and not while our house/pet sitter was here while we were in Natchez.  We were able to spend some time with CoCo.  We discussed if we should go for our trip as planned, and decided that yes, we should, as there was nothing to be done {altho we did cuddle with Sophie that night and our trip was two nights instead of three}.  So our anniversary was a bit more quiet, more laid~back, more low~key.

We enjoyed our annual Natchez visit, to the BluffTop Bed & Breakfast.  It was great to spend some quality time with my husband, to celebrate our four visit, our third anniversary {having spent our honeymoon there too}.  One afternoon, we sat in a downtown cafe; he read to me, while I knitted.  I was intensely glad to be with him.