Nevermind on that hat.

Posted on April 23, 2009 | 0 Comments

The just-started hat I showed you 2 days ago is no more. When I got to the end and tried it on, it was all wrong -- too narrow, too long, and the earflaps were too shallow. This is what happens sometimes when you just cast on and start knitting without any plans! Oh well, at least it was nice yarn to work with! I've reskeined it and put it back in the stash for later . . . I'm sure a better project will come up eventually for such gorgeous yarn!

Speaking of gorgeous, the weather's finally better today! It was so sunny when I woke up that I thought it would also be super-warm outside, so I wore flip-flops when I took the dog out this morning, but that turned out to be a mistake -- it was only 40 degrees outside! It's warmed up a bit since and it's still sunny outside, so my mood is better than it's been the last few days. Even the dog is in a better mood, I think he "inherited" my weather-dependent moods!

Speaking of Arnold, how cute is this picture I took of him the other day? It's my new favorite!

I'm really struggling to get the Leila pattern out to you all . . . it's turned out to be a much harder pattern to write than I expected based on how symmetrical and simple the lace pattern is. I'm still hoping to have it out sooner rather than later, but I don't know exactly when that will be at this point . . .

Oh, and you know what's for dinner tomorrow night? Baked wings! Yeah!

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Ok, I lied.

Posted on April 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

I did rip out the scarf!

Last night, when I got to the last few yards of yarn, I tried the scarf on and immediately knew I absolutely could not wear it. It was MUCH too short, and at that short length, ridiculously too wide. I just couldn't deal with having such a terrible project on my hands after hours and hours of work; In the end the compulsive side of me won out. It turns out I'd rather spend twice as much time to get the project done right than just make due with a bad FO. Good to know!

As it happens, I was also wrong about the Kureyon not bothering me as long as I crochet it instead of knitting it. My entire arm was throbbing yesterday and I kept thinking it was due the crappy weather we were having. THEN I picked up the scarf again and immediately realized what was making my arm hurt from shoulder to fingers! Turns out I squish my right shoulder way up when crocheting, no wonder my arm was killing me. I spent yesterday's crochet time trying to concentrate on better crochet form and making smaller motions, and so far it seems to be working. Too bad I now have the same amount of work ahead of me as I do behind me on this scarf!

In the interest of not having a post with no photo, here's my favorite shot of Arnold to date:

Oh, and I'm making asparagus risotto tonight . . . stay tuned!

Posted in Arnold the dachshund, crochet, dachshund, knitting, kureyon sock yarn

Quick project update

Posted on January 25, 2009 | 4 Comments

(please ignore the mess that is my desk in the background!)

Here's where the pullover stands after finishing the 3rd ball of yarn. I'm surprised at how far 3 balls went, actually! I may end up having enough to make full-length or maybe 3/4 length sleeves after all!

I should have realized that my funny neck wouldn't stand up like I imagined in such a soft yarn, it mostly just lays there. I'm actually OK with how it looks even though it's not what I intended, and I'm liking the style and fit of this pullover so far. I may have made the sleeves too wide and may end up doing some sort of a gathered-sleeve to take up some of the bulk, but I'm trying not to worry about it. For now it's just knit-knit-knit around and around until I have the desired length -- very soothing!

And because this picture kills me, here's Arnold passed out with his back paws sticking out:

How did he learn to be so damn cute?!?!?

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Posted on November 12, 2008 | 3 Comments

Happy to report that this little booger:

Is now going outside (without paper!) more often than inside! Yay! The amount of progress he's made in only one week is absolutely phenomenal, I could never have expected it! I'm so proud of him!

(btw, this picture was taken on October 29th, he looks a bunch older than this now . . . sigh, they grow up so fast!)

Posted in Arnold the dachshund, dachshund, puppy

Picture-heavy non-knitting post!

Posted on October 22, 2008 | 4 Comments

This and all cooking content has now moved to my cooking blog, A Chef’s Daughter.

Click here for the post: My first lasagna!

Posted in Arnold the dachshund, cooking, dachshund, lasagna

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