Monday, March 30, 2015

Pussy willow

This is how they get so muddy

Ready, set, GO!

The dogs have been getting some serious cabin fever...

I take them out to play, but this is the time of the year where I dread it the most.  Things have thawed out which means soooo many smells that they haven't smelled in months, and it just takes over their primal inner-wolves.  They ignore me half the time because they're on the trail of something.

And also with the thaw comes the mud.  You can't tell it from this picture, but the yard is SQUISHY!

You could just see a spray of water around/behind Doogie as he was running towards me....

And after all their playing around?  Both dogs got a full wipe down.  I had Brett come out with wet rags and the pet wipes, and we just held them in place on the deck while they got cleaned up.  Sometimes you're just not up for bathing two dogs, and they weren't so bad that they NEEDED a bath, but still...messy messy messy...  Yay spring.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

How to show your pets you really love them

They just won't know you care unless you make them treats from scratch.

Really just needed to use up a couple overripe bananas, and we were low on dogs treats. Bananas, peanut butter, oats, honey, flour and eggs - super easy, super fast. Measurements are never exact when making dog biscuits...heck, they'd be just as happy eating rabbit poop in the yard.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Feeling knotty

Since I can't seem to do only one thing at a time...   This is called Celtic Motif (knot  #63), and it's just a pattern for this intricate Celtic knot. Not something wearable or functional - just the knot.  You could work it into anything you want - a scarf, sweater, shawl, blanket...   I've never knit something like this without an intended final purpose - and it's kinda fun!  I figure, depending on final size, it could maybe get turned into a pillow case, like just to have out decorative on the sofa - although that means is have to make a second, or learn how to sew fabric. Hm.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Gay Sweater

Hm, not sure how I feel about this.  It's all so very interesting, neat, cool, etc...and they're making a great point and drawing attention to an expression that can offend people.  My issues are with putting on the sweater...

I don't know why I'm ok putting on stuff I've knit with the hair/fur/wool from four legged animals, but putting on the head hair of humans seems a little...creepy?  Don't get me wrong - it's also really cool!  And I'm glad someone pointed out how heavy it is....because I'm sure it weighs a ton.  (And, for something like this that's meant to draw attention, is that both literal weight and figurative?)

Looks really cool - I just think it'd feel weird...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cutting it close!

The sleeves for the cabled cardigan have been bound off, and with very little yarn to spare!

People had their doubts I was going to pull it off, but in their defense they didn't get to see the shape of the existing sleeves or the remaining pattern. Still, even I was seriously doubting it as I knit the last six rows...

Right now the sleeves look too short when just propped on my arm, but I might be holding them a little too high, and they're really going to stretch with the blocking (as the back and front panels did), so I'm not super worried. You might be hearing differently from me after the blocking.  😁

The new view

The new view from the backyard isn't going to ever be as rustic as it used to be now that new neighbors are going in. Their house is a bit deeper than ours, so it feels like they sort of wall in our yard on the south side now.

Meanwhile, things are thawing out, spring is here, and the dogs must investigate it all. Having new neighbors already in on our North side, and the new folks going in on the south side, we're going to have to learn some new backyard dynamics. The dogs are going to want to visit anyone else outside, and we are already learning the new people to our North spend a lot of time tossing a ball around with their kids. I suspect the other new neighbors are going to be out enjoying their yard as well. Hopefully they'll all be ok worth visits from our beasts.

The great escape

Not sure how this crocus got out of a flower bed, but it seems to be doing fine and is the first I've found flowering.  Probably doesn't hurt that it's in front of a South facing edge of one of the raised beds, which probably focuses extra warmth in that spot.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cutting it close

Seven rows to go on each sleeve cap, and there's only this much yarn left... Oy!