Friday, March 27, 2015

Beyond Puffy!



Our sweet little Pom was diagnosed last summer
with hypothryoidism after I noticed gobs of his fur
coming out when I brushed him and
found discolored patches on his skin that I couldn’t wash off. 

(Thank heavens there’s a blood test,
because his energy level and weight were just fine.)

Well!

The medicine he has been on has definitely been working! 

He has *re-sprouted* over the winter
and I think all his fur has come back and then some!!


No, really.  It’s like he’s exploding with fur!

At first he was easier to groom,
because he lost his wooly undercoat
that makes for so much brushing. 

(That’s an understatement, I might add!) 

Unfortunately, I think it’s coming back, too. 
<boo!>


Oh well -- good thing he’s so cute! 
J

XOXO,
Lucky Dog


Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy First Day of Spring!



After a long winter for some
(and way too much snow for others),
it is finally time for Spring!

Happy dance!!

The Bradford Pear trees are blooming..
the daffodils are blooming..
and everything is beginning to sprout and come back to life!

(I am trying to enjoy the moment
and not rush ahead to weeds, tornadoes and heat.)

Soon the redbuds will be blooming everywhere
and that is when you want to freeze time, for sure!

Happy Spring, everybody!!

XOXO,
Lucky Dog



Friday, March 13, 2015

Snowball Ornament




Well, I finished it!
J  Whew!  J

I don’t know if I’ll ever make another one, though! 
LOL

TGIF!!

XOXO,
Lucky Dog


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015

♫ I Get By With a Little Help from My Friends



So, when last we talked, I was having problems with my knitting.

Specifically, knitting in the round with double-pointed needles. 
More specifically, beginning the crazy project in the first place.

I have knitted long enough to know that the beginning of a knitting project can be the hardest part about the whole thing.  All the stitches are very tight and there’s not enough to hold onto.  But once you knit several rows, things have loosened up and you also have, literally, a better grasp on things.  There’s more there and more to hold onto, and it’s easier.

It’s just the getting there. 

The first few rows of knitting, however, are easy compared to weaving beads.  I’ve done both, and the first 2 or 3 rows of weaving beads are beyond fiddly.  Beyond.

So, I thought, surely there must be easier way--I just don’t know what it is.  So I hopped on FaceBook and asked my friends who knit for help.  I even asked the Fb group for lace knitters.

I got lots of replies, most of which required me to learn a completely new cast-on.  But there were a few that said, work on a pillow on your lap and use pins to keep things contained.

Ooh, no learning curve!  I could get behind that!  J

First I tried a regular bed pillow, but it was too big for my lap.  Plus I would need to be able to rotate the pillow as I worked.  So I found an accent pillow in the house that was just right.  Yay!


Then the pins didn’t work so hot.  Somehow, though, I thought to just tape everything down.  I even labeled my needle positions.  (!)  With everything taped down so nothing would shift, I loved the control that it gave me when I needed it the most.


I used wide, clear packaging tape and taped everything down except the current needle.  I folded one edge of the tape onto itself to make a tab, which allowed very easy re-positioning. And since it was on fabric, it lifted easily each time I needed to shift things to the next needle.

You do have to maneuver the current needle so it's on top of the others, but that's really no big deal.  And I only needed the pillow and tape for 5 rounds anyway. <whew!>

It was a bit awkward, but nothing like before, and like I said, I only needed it for the first few rounds.  I am now happily knitting in the air with my little 3-D needle structure dangling away. J

I couldn’t have done it without my friends.
Thank you, thank you.

Someday I may just finish this crazy thing!  LOL

XOXO,
Lucky Dog





Saturday, February 28, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fiddly




Well, this little bit of knitting is the tiny fruit of my labors.  I think I spent at least an hour yesterday afternoon working on it.

I showed it to Mr. Man and told him I spent an hour on it, and he asked if I had to start over a few times.  I replied with a sigh, “Many.”

You see, I’m attempting to begin a piece of knitting at the center, which requires (at least for me, right now) using double-pointed needles.  Think of the child’s game of pick-up sticks, and you get the idea of the tiny tools involved.

Now, beginning and casting on with double-pointed needles is always a bit “fiddly”.  And after you knit a fair amount, things get under control.  But the beginning is usually a bit challenging.

Factor in that I am using size 3 needles and wispy laceweight yarn, and “fiddly” sort of became “maddening”!  LOL

Truly, I just had to stop where I was after 2 rounds and take a break.  I wasn’t even sure I was still friends with my laceweight favorite yarn by the end of it. 

(Thankfully, later that evening I knitted on my current scarf project with the same yarn with ease!)

I don’t know if I will be able to continue with this project.  It may be too much for me right now.  I just wish I could find some way to have better “needle management”, so the crazy sticks don’t dangle and twist as I work.  That’s when I can get lost.

Casting on and beginning a project with double-pointed needles isn’t the easiest knit with worsted weight yarn, and it can be challenging with sock weight yarn.  But laceweight??  Yikes!

In the world of Dr. Csikszentmihalyi, this is not “flow”.  But it’s good to challenge yourself occasionally.  I just may have bitten off a bit more than I can chew this time.

As my grandmother would have told me, “Maybe you need to put it on the back burner and let it simmer awhile.”

And my mother would have said, “Perhaps you need to cogitate on that a bit longer.”

Yes, I definitely need to have better needle management somehow…

XOXO,
Lucky Dog