Yeah I know

I know, I know, I rarely get to post! I blame the weather. And work. I leave when it is dark, I return home when it is dark. Even during the day, it’s snowing and gloomy. Sometimes also extremely cold.

I did finish the entrelac cowl and I am wearing it at work today. Guess what? It’s snowing and gloomy. My photo is not the best.

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I do love a good entrelac project! They are just so satisfying, knitting up small squares and triangles! And when done with a yarn that changes colors, watching the squares hit different colors and seeing how it all knits up is charming! I think I need more entrelac in my life.

 

Quick Knitting Update

Just a quick knitting update as I work my way through the work week.

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Here’s a terrible photo of the cowl I made out of Miss Marja’s handspun using mitered squares. The handspun is fantastic! Chunky and full of interesting bits and colors. The cowl is very long and appropriately wide. The photo is terrible because I am never home during daylight hours during the week.

And that is all from me today. 🙂

Fury and Next Projects

Our little Fury dog continues to settle in beautifully into our home. She came to us completely untrained (though she is potty trained, thank goodness) and I’d had a ton of trouble attempting to lure her into a sit. Seemed like when I would try to do so, she’d do a submission roll onto her back instead. I tried and tried and then gave up. I took her to our rescue meet and greet to meet Rose’s foster family. And, no secret, to also ask for help getting her to do a sit. Rose’s foster mom managed to lure her into a sit first try. So I made her do it a number of times so I could observe her specific technique. I am proud to say that after working with Fury on Sunday, I can now get her to do a sit! This is great progress.

She and Rose are getting along very well. Rose is sometimes perplexed by Fury’s growls, as Lizzie’s growls meant something, so she’s used to paying attention. Fury growls in play, so Rose hasn’t quite figured out how to deal with that yet, but progress is being made. Rose is testing the boundaries of what she can get away with when Fury growls, so soon she’ll realize that the growls are playful.

Fury has decided she’s a lap dog now, so she’s often found on my lap when I am sitting on the couch. Since Rose generally sleeps at my feet or near my feet, that works out perfectly. Fury even allows me to knit when she’s sleeping on my lap now, so that has worked out beautifully for everyone! We look forward to seeing her personality emerge and shape, and I am glad she’s in our home.

As for knitting projects, I finished one up which is currently blocking. I never even posted an in progress photo of it, so quickly did I knit it. It’s for Miss Marja, it’s a cowl using mitered squares, and it’s out of her handspun. You can see a bit of it here:

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Though that was really more of a photo of Rose squishing me on the couch.

Because I finished the cowl, I figured I’d start a new project. I pulled out some yarn that Miss Marja gave me recently and wound it into a ball. I had a bit of a struggle trying to figure out what scarf to knit with it, but eventually settled on an entrelac project since it has been a long time since I’ve worked on one.

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This is a nice puffy 3 ply yarn and I wanted to showcase the colors with the entrelac design. I think this project is going to capture and keep my interest, and I might even feel an entrelac phase coming on!

Partners in Cream

So I am just over here deciding to join in on yet another project pan. Instead of one very large project pan this year I guess I’ve chosen a few small ones. I think that’ll work for me though.

This Partners in Cream project pan is currently going around youtube and I figured I could use the idea for myself as well. The idea is to be using your creams and liquids since they go off faster than powder products. I believe it’s to be a year long rolling project pan, so I will see how far I get.

I chose only 4 products to begin with. I think that’s sufficient, and will keep things low key since I’ve got a few other projects going on as well.

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From left to right. The first product is wet n wild’s primer spray. I’ve been using this to spray my brushes to make my eyeshadow more intense, and that’s how I have used it for a very long time. However, I have other sprays now and I don’t see some big need to keep this product for this purpose, I would love to have the space back that this takes up in my collection. So, I am going to concentrate on using this until it is gone.

Next up is a liquid eyeshadow from ciate. I don’t think I like it overly much. So, my goal on this one will be to use it enough to determine if it gets to stay in my collection or move on. Basically, I want to know if I would prefer to declutter it.

Then I’ve got the bare minerals primer. This is another product where there’s very little left. But, since I rarely use it, it has gone so slow. I want to get this used up and out of my collection, again, I can use that space back.

And finally there’s the sleek palette I panned off and on all last year. I want to finish the lighter contour shade, that’s my goal this spring. I feel like that’s something that should be possible, so let’s see how I go.

I believe that the updates for these are to be posted on the 10th of the month so I’ll update again in February and I will genuinely hope that I’ve got 2 out of the 4 items used up!

Introductions

It’s dog talk time again. Thank you all for your kind words about our Lizzie’s passing, we really appreciate it. And even the card! So kind.

As the month progressed, it became ever so clear that Rose was not going to be able to be an only dog. We attempted to do all our rescue recommended when one dog is experiencing loss. We kept to routines, gave time, kept energies as positive as possible, etc. After a couple weeks, Rose went back to normal when people were in the home. That was encouraging. She didn’t completely lose all the lessons that our confident Lizzie taught her.

But, when no one was home, things got bad. She escaped her kennel, she stress drooled puddles all over the floor, she shredded anything near her kennel including an entire chair, and then I had to take her to the vet because she hurt her paw trying to escape. It wasn’t good. Even if placed in her kennel for the shortest time, all these behaviors would begin.

While I was extremely resistant to adding another dog to our home, our rescue had brought in a little Lizzie sized Australian Kelpie who was Rose’s age. After a few days of her being in rescue, I tossed the idea out to Mr. Ink about this little dog. He, surprisingly, said yes right away. He, too, had realized that Rose wasn’t going to be an only dog. But, I wanted to make sure this little dog really would be good for our family.

Thankfully her foster mom is someone I am friends with, so I was able to contact her foster mom and ask her questions about her confidence levels, etc. Her foster mom immediately said “Actually, there’s a lot of her that reminds me of Lizzie, I think she’d be a good fit for your home.”

I was still ridiculously reluctant, but also knew it was probably the right thing to do for Rose. Her foster mom said “Hey, why don’t you come out to my place and spend some time with her?” So that’s what I did. After a few hours in foster mom’s home where this little dog showed off far beyond what foster mom expected her to, I came home realizing she’d be a great fit for our home.

2 days later I spent some time holding leashes at a meet and greet, then we took this little dog to meet up with Rose at the dog park.

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Oh, yeah, and Mr. Ink and Miss Butterfly met her too! We had worried that she might not be playful, but it turns out she loved running around. I think perhaps she hasn’t learned to play yet, and now she will learn.

So, after that, she came back to the house with us! And that’s how we ended up with a new dog despite me not wanting one right now. There’s a funny thing that happens with animals. She wiggled her way into my heart so fast, and she’s a doll and a delight and a constant amusement.

She adores people and is trying to figure out living in a home. She likes to steal things off counters and tables. She likes to look out windows. She’s figuring out the idea of “play” and it’s adorable.

And I’ve named her Furiosa. I love her mask markings and wanted to pay homage to that. Furiosa, my favorite character in my favorite movie, spreads grease over the top of her face. I thought this appropriate. We call her Fury for short.

So basically, I adopted an emotional support animal for my dog. Fury is figuring out life with Rose. Rose is figuring out where Fury fits in her home. We aren’t seeing a ton of play between the two of them yet but I have a suspicion it will come. But the best part? Rose is FINE in her kennel again, like magic. Some dogs weren’t meant to be alone. Rose is one of those dogs. We truly hope she never HAS to be alone again.

Fury has only been with us since Saturday but she’s made fantastic progress already! I am sure it will continue. There’s going to be a lot of training to be done soon, as Fury knows absolutely NOTHING, can’t even manage to get her to sit. I can’t even LURE her into a sit yet. But, first I want to see her relax in the home and see how she does, then we’ll work on the training portion of this equation.

Small herding breeds are absolutely my type of dog. I like the busy, I like their brains, and I like how alert they are. I think her personality is a very good balance for Rose and I am truly excited to see how this all goes for them both. The massive amounts of trepidation I felt about getting a new dog so quickly have all melted away leaving only a cute little 32 pound bundle of energy and muscle who desperately wants attention from her humans and is learning the ways of comfortable home life.

Another Paint Box Cowl

I began another paint box cowl with Marja’s yarn for Marja. I have been working pretty hard on it because, quite frankly, I find the pattern extremely addicting to work on.

I had been taking some time off last week so a fair amount got done on it last week. I returned back to work this week and forgot to bring knitting to work for my lunch breaks! I didn’t quite know what to do with myself. So, today I brought the cowl to work and that’s where it’ll live until it is done. I’ll get something else started at home.

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Here is what it is looking like so far. I had hoped that there would be enough contrast between the color-changing yarn and the plain blue, but it’s not nearly as contrasty as I’d hoped. Nonetheless, the pattern does show and it is pretty! It is equally addicting this time around and I almost feel as if I could start a third right after this one!

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And this was the most surprising finish of 2019. Who knew I was going to  knock one final project out between christmas eve and new year’s day?

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Not me, that’s for sure! This was something I chose to knit on a whim and then got completely and utterly sucked into the pattern. The colorful yarn is one of Miss Marja’s handspun, the black is a rowan yarn I had in my stash. The project was so delightful that I went over to Miss Marja’s house the other day and said “Let’s choose some of your yarn so I can knit this again!” To which she was happy to oblige and we chose something from her stash I could knit up for her collection.

I also came home that day with 3 other skeins of yarn all for projects I can knit for her collection and I am really excited about doing each one of them! And then, I came home with two big bags full of handspun for my own collection, so that whole get the stash under 100 yarns is now a complete and utter pipe dream, but I do have a ton of gorgeous and fun yarn to mess around with! I can’t wait to show you all I do with it!

And with this one last project, I am able to say for certain that 2019 has been an epic knitting year, I finished a total of 43 projects. I really should get out more!