Friday, August 15, 2008

Summers' End...

My summer is ending faster than I could have expected. The kids go back to school (middle school for Boy #1, ook) and I go back to teaching quite soon after we return from our vacation in Maine. Despite the rain it's been a lovely summer and I give thanks every day that my boys actually still like me and each other.

Not sure yet of the outcome of my Knitting Olympics project. On the one hand,I'm past the sleeve separation, which is a good thing:


On the other hand, the lace is a little tedious. As usual, I feel my attention drifting...


Fortunately the yarn itself is so freaking beautiful, it provides a good impetus to stay on track. But finishing by August 25? Not so sure...

I did do just a wee speck o' cheating this week...but for the good, I think. I don't know about you, but I can't seem to bring myself to throw away the yarn left over after projects. As a consequence I have about 1,000,000 tiny balls of yarn in my stash, mocking me as I pass. Most of it is worsted wool, and I've mulled over a variety of possibilities (Bobby's blanket, granny squares, etc.) but when I saw the vintage stripes blankets that are popping up on Ravelry I knew I had found my project:


Ch 125, one row of single crochet per color, totally random color placement, knot the ends for fringe. I love it. It will likely take forever to turn out an actual blanket but that's fine by me. It's in a basket in my office and I'm sure we will get together often :)

Chihuahua Update

When Frisky was a pup I bought him several beds, each of which met a tragic end. One was uncovered to expose the foam which was then torn to shreds; one had its cover torn from incessant digging; and one was, erm, "inappropriately loved" and had to be removed for the sake of decorum.

The whole thunder trauma thing got me thinking that maybe Frisky had outgrown his wicked ways and was now ready for his own bed. It would be nice for him to have a place to burrow when the weather gets wild.

So, what do you think?


When I came down this morning he was all curled up in it - an excellent sign. We are all glad to see him enjoy it; he is part of the family, after all...


Enjoy the last bits of summer - I know I will :)

8 comments:

Kathy said...

Love that blanket idea. I have the same collection of tiny remnants. We probably all do! I imagine you could even include sock yarns doubled or tripled? Great idea!

Frisky looks so handsome in his new bed. Isn't it funny, they seem to know what we buy just for them.

Sofee actually has a bed in every room of the house.... nothing like a spoiled Chi! She uses them all though.... but of course prefers a lap when she can get it.

Summer has flown.... catch what you can and hang on tight!

Lynne said...

The sweater is looking really good! And I love the blanket! I wish I liked to crochet, I keep thinking of doing a blanket of scraps with mitered squares. I think this winter will be a good blanket making winter that way you always have something covering your legs as you work on it. And Mr. Frisky... well he is just too handsome!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

The blanket is such a genius idea! I also have many, many little balls taunting me, but they all seem to be sock yarn:(

Julie said...

The sweater is just gorgeous and no one is going to slap your hand if it's not done by the deadline. I have bags full of tiny balls though mine are mostly fingering. I love that blanket and that's crochet on a level that I think even I am capable of. ;)

What a perfect little bed for Frisky but I'm hoping the wild weather to test it out doesn't come along any time soon. I'm ready for a little sun, how about you?

Do you know, I just realized that Dan comes home a week from Sunday. How did that sneak up on me so fast!?

Vivian said...

That's a perfect little bed for a perfect little dog. We have five beds around the house for our two lazy ol' dogs, and they certainly know they are theirs.

dogwithbooks said...

Oh...we know all about inappropriate dog bed love at our house. (Unseemly pillow love too ;)

dogquilter said...

Your KO project looks good! Love the pup and the bed!!

abbyrose said...

love that sweater!!! i can't wait to see it finished :)