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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Dog in the Dog-House

I was up early this morning - well before 7 :o ! Spot had a good play in the garden - we even played fetch for a while. Then I went to work........ and when I returned my sock blanket + three balls of yarn and the current "patch" were on the floor, spread around in a somewhat alarming fashion (I have to admit I did shout just a little!) Luckily it is knit in Opal sock yarn so is totally machine washable (in fact I think the opal washes up really nice and soft) and she didn't do any damage - obviously just wanted to spread it out and see how I was doing! My current square is in opal zebra, and she must have had a bit of a tussle with that as the outside of the ball of yarn is covered in hair, but amazingly not a single stitch is dropped off the needles - so I guess all that gun-dog training of not destroying stuff when she brings it to me must have paid off a little. Luckily that was a full ball as I haven't knit the socks yet (sorry Terri!!) so i can re-start the square using the middle of the ball and use the outside for socks for me. grrrrrr

In other animal news, the bloomin chicken house is covered in red-mite. They weren't there the other day - well not that I could see anyway - but today it is pretty infested. - The birds have been off the lay lately, but I also think they're moulting (although now I realise they could be loosing feathers due to scratching from the mites) so we'll have to see what the outcome is. The hen house has been thoroughly cleaned and Mr Noo is bringing a blowtorch with him tomorrow (- watch out Guildford!!) Hopefully it's been caught in time not to have caused them too much stress or illness...... Poultry shield and Diatom are also on their way for some weekend activity!

As you have probably seen, I've added a magictaxi search box to the top of my blog. This is the company that I have been working for........ it's one of those strange dilemmas:- I find it slightly immoral to build a business on the premise of giving 50% of your revenue to charity. Without the charities there would be no reason to use the search engine (or any of the other products), and consequently there would be no business (!) and the company is getting the other 50%., so the company is using other people (the charities) to sell their own product.......but, it is money to charity for something we all do all day, every day which is better than it going to no-one or google/yahoo/lycos etc etc etc...... so there you are, I've put it up there and I'll leave it to your conscience to decide whether to use it!!! You can also download a toolbar or add magictaxi to your search providers. All the info is at (some of it is on the magicaloffices link at the bottom of the page)

Monday, August 20, 2007

Finally the Musckat cardi - Plus next on the agenda

Finally....................... I've posted this on the forum and on Ravelry, but not here.... so here it is:
DROPS 101-22, knitted in Muskat colour 09. Exactly as pattern!

Next I'm going to do this:-
Yet another DROPS pattern (they appeal to my blonde nature) This one is DROPS 70-17 and is knit in Karisma Superwash, which is a 100% superwash wool, which is so lovely and soft when it's been washed. I have a pair of slouch socks made in it, and I will actually find things to wash with them so that they get done quickly and i can get them back on! I'm going to modify this pattern a bit though as I'm looking for a "Sunday Cardi" if you know what I mean. I'm going to knit it all in one colour, which is cream (I think I should have chosen grey now, but it's bought and I'm sure I'll like it - and at least it won't show the dog hairs) I'm also going to make it a wee bit smaller. The smallest size has a chest of 41", and as I'm only 35" (if I breathe in really hard and puff it all out as best i can) 41" is going to be a bit too baggy, so I'm aiming for around 38 - 39"! I might also make it just a tiny bit longer, maybe just an inch or so! The yarn should be here on Thursday, so it'll be on the needles by next weekend ready for the two hours in front of the tv watching the F1 GP!