Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Rumors of My Death

The rumors of my death have been greatly over stated. I am still alive and kicking - barely! So here's the summary: Caribbean cruise*granny, grampsie, sister, BIL,niece, nephew*family fun*San Juan* shopping*bingo*fun in the pool*fru fru drinks*St. Maarteen*snuba diving*fancy dinners*disco nights*shopping*mexican train*fru fru drinks*submarine ride*Labadee, Haiti*sunburn*water park*water slide*zip line*fru fru drinks*Miami Seaquarium*digging out at work*cleantech conference*pneumonia!!!*puppy playdates*sleepless nights*soccer*volleyball*t-ball*little tiny bit of knitting.
As to the photos - no I have not totally lost my mind and gotten a second puppy. The yellow lab is Molly's brother Riley who is owned by some friends of ours. He came over this weekend for a playdate and a great time was had by all! They even shared a stick to chew on.
On the knitting front I'm trying to finish things but not feeling a lot of the knitting mojo these days. I am working on a helmet liner for Socks for Soldiers in honor of my friend Brooke's son who passed away. I figure it's the least I can do. Other than that I'm making some squares for a blanket out of sock yarn.
That about sums up my last 2.5 weeks! What have you been up to??

Thursday, April 09, 2009

No Knitting Going Down

There hasn't been a lot of knitting going on around here lately. There has been a lot of playing, barking, snuggling and pooping if truth be told. Meet Miss Molly, the latest addition to our household. She is a 9 week old black lab who has quickly found her way in to our hearts. The kids are crazy about her and she thinks that the Little Man is one of her litter mates. She loves playing with him and follows him all around. She has one blue eye and one brown eye (photo not so great) but it is not clear that the blue eye won't yet turn brown. We are hoping that it doesn't. She is sweet and playful and fairly mellow. She only has one flaw. She has serious separation anxiety leading to messes I wish not to discuss. But we are learning how to deal with it and find ways to make her more comfortable when she is alone. It's amazing how helpful a puppy trainer can be. Just when I'm ready to throw in the towel she looks up at me with that sweet puppy look or snuggles up with me on the couch and all sins are forgotten. I know what Janice is thinking - I warned you!

There is some recently completed knitting in the hat arena. I do make other things - just none that are finished or photographed. I promise next time to give you something better. But I am starting my stash of hats for the Relay for Life in June. Once again if any of you want to donate hats just let me know.

First we have a cabled hat from Monica's pattern with some Tonalita yarn I got at Stitches. I'm very happy with how this one turned out. I love her pattern. It is quick and easy but yields a great result.
Next up I've been making hats using scrap yarns of various colors. The two finished ones have the band with the wrong side facing out and the one still in progress has the right side out. I just can't decide which I like best. What do you think?
Finally I made another Amanda hat with some pink and grey Katia Mexico yarn. I'm not so sure about the colorway but hopefully someone will like it.
Well time to walk Miss Molly!