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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Max has decided that with all the chaos around here, he’s going to take over Logan’s bed.  When we first got this bed (for Logan), Max had to check it out and the first couple of weeks he slept in it during the day and Logan used it at night.  Logan didn’t mind sharing so we didn’t worry about Max using it.  After a few weeks, the novelty wore off and Max went back to his cat beds and our bed.  For the last couple of years, except for occasionally playing with his soccer ball in it, Max has stayed out and Logan has been the only one using his bed.  We bought the bed for Logan, it fits him perfectly (he likes to sleep curled up like a cat), and he likes it.

Fast forward a couple of years, we are in the middle of the big brick switch and all of a sudden Max is back in the dog bed!  He’s not just exploring and sniffing either.  He’s playing, he’s bringing toys into the bed, he’s taking naps there, and he’s sitting in it like he owns it.  Fortunately, he’s getting out of it at night (when Logan wants it) and he will move if Logan wants him out of it during the day. (Logan can snarfle him with a big, wet, nose and that will get him moving.)  We’ve discussed getting a smaller bed in the exact same fabric for Max (they make them for smaller dogs too), but we’re not sure he would use it. We’re afraid he would give it to Logan and take the big one (and we don’t really have floor space for a second big bed).  For now at least, we’re going to leave things as they are because he may get out of the bed as suddenly as he got in, once this rebuilding is over.  Until then, it’s a good thing Logan shares so well!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Finished With The Knitting!

I finished knitting my Ravello for Camp Loopy 2014, Project 3 this weekend!  I’ve still got all the ends to weave in from the sleeves, and it needs a blocking, but the knitting is finished.  I easily cleared the 800 yard requirement for this project and I’ve put the actual yardage I used for each color on the project page (I weighed my yarn before I started and after I finished).  I also included needle sizes - what I used where.  One thing I’ve figured out is that I tend to knit tighter on the 9 inch circulars I like to use for sleeves.  It’s taken me a while to figure this out but I did finally learn.

I’ve got yarn for two more Ravellos in the stash and I may cast on for one of those later this week.  I love the shape (and the stripes) of Ravello.  We don’t get bitter cold winters here, but when it gets cold, it’s usually still humid, which makes it feel a lot colder than it actually is.  I’ve found that wearing lightweight sweaters like a long sleeved T-shirt and then layering heavier sweaters or scarves over them makes a big difference on the cold days.  Not that it’s cold here yet.  Things won’t start cooling down around here until later in September and I won’t need a sweater until October or November.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Crawling Along

My plans to have the first sleeve finished by now have fallen through.  This (the cream color) is all the knitting I’ve gotten done over the last two days.  Things have been crazy around here and there just hasn’t been any knitting.  As you can see, I haven’t woven in any ends on the sleeve, but I’ll probably wait until I’ve finished both of them to deal with the yarn ends.  I’ve also added markers every ten rounds because I’m so distracted right now that I keep forgetting to change the counter and then I have to count rounds.  If I want the second sleeve to match the first, I have to keep track.

There was a question in the comments after my last post, asking about my bind off on the body.  I just did a standard bind off below the ribbing although I did bind off purl wise (I think it looks better than binding off knit wise and I really don’t like binding off in pattern).  I’m always really careful to work my bind off loosely, but I know some people who find they bind off too tightly will go up a couple of needle sizes for the bind off.  You wouldn’t have to change both needles, just the one in your right hand (assuming you knit Western style, from left to right).  Learning how loose to make the bind off takes a little bit of practice, but I’ve learned how it should feel for my own knitting.  Unfortunately, this isn’t something that can be photographed.

The new brick is going up now and we’re loving how it looks.  I’ll get some pictures this weekend.  If the delivery people will cooperate (the load of sand was three days late), things should be finishing up in a couple of weeks.  I know this was something that needed doing, but the actual doing of it has not been fun.  I’ll be glad when everything is all done and there’s not a port-a-loo in my yard!

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stripy Sleeve

I’m about halfway done with the first sleeve, and I am done with the stripes on the sleeve!  From this point to the cuff, I’ll knit in the cream color.  That should make the rest of the sleeve go faster, so I hope to finish this first sleeve either today or tomorrow.  I’m still on track to have this finished before the end of the month, so I should have another successful Camp Loopy summer!  (On the other hand, I can’t believe that August is almost over!)

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Monday, August 18, 2014

On to the Sleeves!

I got the body finished over the weekend, bound off and the ends woven in!  It obviously could stand a good blocking, but I’ll do that at the end.  I’m ready to pick up the stitches for the first sleeve later today.

We had workers here again Saturday (I was hoping for some peace and quiet) and they finished removing the bricks from the front of the house.  Then, early this morning, the first half of our brick arrived!  Whenever the workers show up this morning, they’ll have brick to start working with!  I know this part will take longer than the demolition did, but it should also be quieter.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Camp Loopy 2014, Project 3

I’m within a couple of inches of starting the ribbing (or maybe even less, I haven’t measured in a while)!  I should get the ribbing started, and maybe even the body finished over the weekend.  I’ll weave in the ends before I start the sleeves, but I’m still on track to finish my third project by the end of the week.

This is the second time I’ve knit this pattern and I’ve actually got yarn stashed for two more Ravellos!  I like the design, I like the shape, I like the stripes!  At some point, I’d like to make one with just two colors - the background color and the stripe color.  Of course it would also be fun to make one with a different color for each stripe (and probably a single background color).  See why I have more Ravellos in stash?  It’s just too much fun to play with colors in this pattern!

On the home front, they’ve just got part of the front brick to remove, and we’re supposed to get half of our new brick today.  (There’s not much space to store things like brick and mortar what with the port-a-loo and the dumpster and scaffolding and construction stuff, so we’re getting the brick in two separate deliveries, a week apart.)  We’re very excited to see the new brick and can’t wait to get it on the house.

I hope you have a great weekend!  I’m hoping we have a quiet weekend!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

One Row, Done!

I’ve completed 24 squares in my Meditative Stash Buster project!  As you can see, they’re being inspected by tiny gray toes before the ends get woven in.  That’s my next job - weave in the ends.  I’ll get that done before I start crocheting the squares for the next row.  I did a quick measurement of this first row (since deciding to do 24 squares per row was based on an eyeballed guesstimate that it was the right width for the blanket) and it’s about 50 inches long.  I’m loving the join-as-you-go thing because I know that I won’t have to sew thousands of little squares together later.  I do realize that as the blanket gets bigger, join-as-you-go will get a bit fiddly, but I think it’s worth the trade off.

On the home front, the only old brick we have left is the front of the house and about eight feet of one side.  I’m guessing they’ll get that removed today.  We got a new dumpster early this morning - before 7 AM (I’m sure the neighbors are loving us at this point), so whenever the crew gets here this morning it’s ready for them.  We get a new dumpster every day because the weight of the brick debris means they can only fill it about 1/3 of the way full.  (See, I’ve learned something new!)  Tomorrow the first half of our new bricks will arrive and at the rate they’re going, I think they’ll be ready for them.  Max and Logan have completely adjusted to the new activity.  Max just doesn’t care, and Logan barks once or twice and then he’s done for the day.  I’m keeping the blinds closed because as long as Logan can’t see them, he can pretend they’re not here and doesn’t feel like he’s got an obligation to bark at them.  It’s just easier on all of us.  Once Logan has done his daily woof, he settles in for his regular schedule of naps, following me around, and messing with Max.  It’s a rough life, but he’s up for the challenge.

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