Friday, November 30, 2012

Serenity is blocked and ready for gifting...

I had hoped to have this ready for the Friday-after-Thanksgiving post but I just couldn't get to it. Sorry for the delay, I hope it is worth the wait...

Pattern: Serenity Blanket
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash, 5 skeins
Needle:  US 7

(click on the photos to make them bigger if you'd like)

The photo at the top shows the best representation of the color of the blanket. It's tough to get a good pic in the winter.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday everyone! If you'd like to see more pretty handmade things jump over to Wisdom Begins In Wonder and check out the folks that participate in the blog circus there.

If you have some extra good juju laying around could you please send it this way. Our little grand-dog Winston was diagnosed with lymphoma yesterday and we're all hoping for some kind of a miracle for him. Thanks for any thoughts you could send his way. We all love him very much.
Thank you for stopping by. Hope you all have a great weekend.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Russian Join and a finished blankie

I love the Russian is so simple, non-spitty (like a spit splice) and holds your ends together quite nicely. Next time you need to add more yarn for the project you're working on, give it a try. Mine was not too pretty but you can't really see it in among all the cables.
In answer to a few of your questions from last week...

Nichole, I could not leave my dogs outside after the skunking but, if I had, my house wouldn't have smelled so badly and I wouldn't have had to do load after load of laundry for a week.
Tamara, yes, they're cute but oh man the stink outweighed the cute for a few days.
Kathryn, I'd have to say I'd rather smell a skunk than a rotten egg, ew!
Beth, you made me laugh out loud, thank you for that. I really needed that laugh.
Andrea, all my fibery stuffs are in containers and at the opposite end of the house. They all survived.
Katie, skunk is also a smell you can taste...ugh
and Denise, I immediately heard Lynard Skynard singing.
Thank you all for the kind and supportive words. We've survived another week and today the peeps came and cleaned our air ducts. The bad smell is less everyday.

I've been busy knitting. The blanket is finished and needs to be blocked then gifted. I'm so happy to have it finished. I bound off 636 sts over two nights. I only wish I had bound off purl-wise as I think that would have looked better. Maybe I'll remember on the next one, hahahahaha!

Teaser pics for now. More after blocking.

What have you all been working on? I'm looking forward to seeing it in the Fiber Arts Friday posts.
Be sure to check out the other fibery peeps on Andrea's blog, Wisdom Begins In Wonder.
Sorry, can't pose now, I'm busy sleeping. Love, LittleDog

Friday, November 9, 2012

We've been skunked!

Ugh. What a nightmare. Last Saturday night LittleDog and Sam went out to potty after dark and got hit by a skunk. It was seriously scary for LittleDog as he has a few (common to Pug) breathing issues. He got a direct hit to the face. When he came in the house he was in full foam and gasping for air. What has followed has been an endless amount of laundry, baths, more laundry, furnace filter changes and more laundry.

If you have dogs and there are any skunks residing in your area please get a supply of Nature's Miracle Skunk Odor Remover and some Fresh Wave. Between these two things I am able to breath for the most part.  The faint scent will linger for weeks, I'm sure, but it's not as bad as it was. They got hit late on Saturday evening and I had no idea what I would need to clean them up. The remedy that the emergency vet's receptionist imparted was a bit helpful but only served to get me smelling skunky too.

Do not wash your dog without rubber gloves, do not let your dog stay in the house the night after he's been skunked and do not let your dog get skunked during a time of the year when the heat is on...

You're very welcome from the terrible twosome.

Have a great weekend! We're looking forward to warmer temps so we can open up this stinky house. Don't forget to check out the Fiber Arts Friday posts over at Wisdom Begins in Wonder.