9.17.2014

Poodle Project

You know how it all starts - you have some time to kill and an idea for a project.

If you're a poodle and your knitter has had the audacity to go get her hair cut and maybe do a bit of yarn shopping while she's out and you are left all alone you wonder how to pass the time and come up with a great idea - How about chewing off a small benign bump from your toe!


As with many projects though the thing takes on a life of its own and it turns out the mess you make necessitates a trip to the vet and sedation the next day to repair the damage to toe and/complete the removal now underway.

Inc. 3 sts.

"At the same time" (Oh dear, we all know how tricky "at the same time" can be!) another wee bump on the flank gets removed.

Inc. 3 sts for a total of 6 sts.

But knitting friends we all know how frustrating it is to have stitches you just aren't happy with...how they nag at you until you rip them out to do over...

In the case of this "project" despite the presence of "Bitter Yuck" generously sprayed around the wound on the flank to discourage licking, over three nights while your knitter sleeps, remove flank stitches. 

3 sts decreased. 3 sts remaining.

Monday, back to the vet, 3 stitches to re-close flank wound. Oral antibiotics started. New "extra long" cone substituted for obviously inadequate "large" cone. We all know sometimes it takes a few tries to get the right gauge for the project!

 Inc. 3 sts for a total of 6 sts.

Tuesday, I had to go out without him for one hour. (You can guess where this is heading.)

While alone (again for second time in a week!) remove sock covering foot wound, held in place with vet wrap by stepping on toe of the sock with other foot while lifting the one with the stitches to step out of sock. Then using new extra long cone as a kind of scraping tool apply downward pressure on the cone against foot until nose and tongue reach wound to remove stitches.

3 sts decreased. 3 sts remaining.

Hudson kindly demonstrated his technique for me, that's how I know what he did. Just like a knitter - always happy to help show someone else how they accomplished something tricky!

Back to the vet's.

To recap the varying stitch count then...

3+3=6 -3=3+3=6-3=3

and that's where we are now with the addition of vet-recommended surgical tape to "hitch" sock to fur way up on leg preventing "step on" removal - kind of like putting underarm stitches on strings.

Finally put your feet up and have a good sleep. She might go out again for a bit today and you want to be all rested up and ready in case you get another bright idea!

9.15.2014

This Morning...

...After a cozy weekend up north beside the fire with my knitting I'm back in the city taking stock...

I've read through the pattern for Hawser and tried out a new-to-me Tubular Cast on I'd seen on You Tube by Eunny Jang. I like the resulting less-fussy-to execute, gorgeous tubular edge that resulted. I'm ready for swatching!

'Resolved the Glen Checked Socks issues to suit My Beloved's feet. I'll close up those toes today with my favourite inside out three needle bind off closure. With three balls remaining in what seems the perfect colourway for a casual men's sock I may just indulge in planning a second pair right away.

Devlan, that I'm hoping to sneak out of my remnant Shepherd/Shearer yarn, is knitted bottom up in the round. Currently I'm at the bottom of the sweater where there's nigh on 300 stitches per round to generate the 8 1/2 inches of positive ease around the hips. I'm a few decreases/dozens of rounds south of dividing at the underarms. These long mindless rounds with that gorgeous creamy, wool yarn are the kind of soothing, warm, delightful work that non-knitters could never understand or imagine. ( I know you can though!)

The Double Knitted Dog Bed project I started in the spring will require four more skeins of Briggs and Little "Atlantic" that have yet to come in at Romni but I've one more ball to work before I'm completely out of yarn. In contrast to the Devlan experience, this piece is a workout. The big scale of both needles and yarn means moving my arms not just fingers and/or hands for every throw and the double knitting requires paying attention to avoid a pesky "joining" of the front and back. (Its invisible when it happens and for this project is of no consequence - its the principal of the thing for the sides to be separate and independent of each other. (Again. non knitters would never "get" that fine point on it - in fact they'd ask"why make a dog bed when you can so easily buy one?"

There are, of course, other projects that shall remain "ignored" for the moment. This morning I'm finding these and these alone entertaining to think about and arrange project baskets/bags for following their arrival back here city-side.

I hope you find your knitting "entertaining" today too!







9.11.2014

Kismet!

I returned from the cottage at summer's end anticipating what Jared and the gang at Brooklyn Tweed might have on offer this fall, confident they'd have just the thing to add to my cold-season wardrobe/autumn season needles.

I'd been checking each day this month (possible more than once a day) but Tuesday morning, moments before setting off for a hair cut (next door to Romni Wools!) The Autumn 2014 BT Look Book came out and right there, the first pattern, was the sweater I need and want in just the colour for me too!

Freshly shorn, I spent a very few minutes scanning the wall of worsted at the back of the store for a good match to the BT colourway "Long Johns". There seemed no red that was just right. Then, as I was about to give up I decided to shift a small pile of unopened, yet to be shelved pile of yarn leaning on the worsted wall to find the right colour in my favourite Galway Heather. But there were only 4 balls left and I needed 9! Arghhhhhh!

But wait, the sales girl said there was more, she grabbed a ladder and plucked the last 5 balls from the back of the shelf up near the ceiling.

The pattern, the yarn, the timing. This project was meant to be!

Kismet indeed!