Monte on Tuesday, when he would go out only during the earliest, coolest part of the morning, and for the rest of the day would find the coolest, darkest place in the house and and stretch out and pant (it's only May, folks, it's bound to warm up from here!) ...
Monte today -- shaved within an inch of his life. And back outside in the heat of the day. And looking again very gawky and puppy-ish. He hid under the table when he got home from his spa day. I don't know if it's because he felt kind of funny without the piles of fur he left behind, or if it's because we all laughed at him 'til we cried. Snork. Poor puppy. But he's much happier now, and cooler. Big dog doesn't seem to mind the heat nearly as much -- so she retains her mane. And her dignity.
The Stash is on the move again. On the right is the box it came to me in... on the left, of course, are the two boxes that left my house on Thursday. 23 and 24 lbs. respectively. I will admit to adding to them while they were here. And taking out. My prerogative I hope. Each has lots of new sock yarn and yarn for at least three adult sweaters along with other stuff. Lots of other stuff. I feel much better now.
Mitre Madness is rampant here. So much so that my wrist hurts. And my right thumb ... from all the purling. Here you have the color combos for five of the six squares. You'll remember that I'm making my Mitre Blanket baby sized and out of Cascade Sierra, a cotton wool blend that, to my taste, is lighter and softer than the Tahki Cotton Classic used in the pattern. I've used six colors and my blocks are homogeneous -- you know, all the same color progression. I'm just like that, I guess. I'll put on a garter border after they're seamed.
What's the rush, you ask? Oh, the shower for my sister's baby is only THIS WEEKEND! Crud. Actually, this is an out of state shower to which I was not invited. But I wish I'd have known about it as I'd have sent a gift. I mean it's my own sister's first baby, for goodness sake! What better reason to buy yarn and knit?
This blanket will go to a shower in early June to which my mother assures me I will be invited. She also says that there will be more people there who would appreciate such a thing. Um, right.
I have to admit to falling prey to the mitre compulsion you've certainly read about on other blogs. These little things are addictive to knit. Except purling cotton hurts my hands. I hold the needles funny I guess. I've changed over to 10 inch straight needles from the circular needles I was using and that's helped a little bit but I can't explain why.
So. I'll get back to you all after Mother's Day preparations are complete.
A happy Mother's Day to you mothers out there, and a good weekend to the rest of you. See ya.