Thursday, July 31, 2008

Special Request DOT

I have a special request this week dear reader. I am attempting to gather stories about adopted or rescued animals, doesn't have to be just dogs. I am looking for first hand accounts. Perhaps you have a pet you adopted from a shelter or rescue group or you work with animals in some way that you would have knowledge of a heart warming, or maybe not so heart warming but would shed light on the importance of responsible pet ownership etc.

I would like to collect the stories and publish a small book. I have already received a few stories from fellow Basset owners, but am looking for all types of dogs, cats, horses, rabbits you name it.

My goal is to get the book published and then donate the money to a rescue organization, although to be honest I am still researching which one(s). I am naturally drawn to Basset Hound rescue but I am thinking that a non-breed specific would be best based on the variety of stories I hope to receive.

Please email me your story to my email address over there to the right.
millyATstitchesandstoriesDOTcom.

As inspiration, here is a brief history of Molly. We adopted her from the local SPCA, she was so small she was in the puppy room. She was turned in because she suffered from motion sickness in the car. Which was true she did.
I took her home and to our vet and she was approximately six months or older. But she was so small, our vet said she wouldn't get more than 40lbs.
Well, 11 years later she is a happy healthy, 75lbs, loves to ride in cars and is a certified therapy dog.

So put on those thinking caps and get those creative juices flowing, and lets raise some money for help fight homelessness among all those four leggers who can't help themselves!

Thank you.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Can I Wine for a Moment?

Yesterday the hubby and I visited a unique local shop. I've driven past it so many times without knowing the fun to be had inside. It looks like a nice little bistro and wine shop at first glance, but then once your greeted by the owners (two of the nicest people you will ever meet) you find out they make wine there as well AND... you can make your own if you wish! They have us a tour of the wine making facility, we had a little wine tasting and then decided we want to make our own, so they set us up. We mixed the ingredient into the fermentation bucket, stirred it, tested it and sealed it up. This week while we are going about our daily routine it will be fermenting and next Saturday we go back for the racking, transferring the wine from the fermentation bucket to the carboy. Then we have to wait for about 6 weeks for it to be ready for bottling. Then we get to have a little bottling party and bottle it ourselves, cork it, label it and shrink wrap it and take it home!
The owners took pictures of the process yesterday (I had forgotten my camera) but I don't have the pics yet.

Our neighbors recently returned from a cruise to Bermuda and brought us this....
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Yum!

The garden is green, but no other colors, I have tons of tomatoes but none of them have turned red, the peppers are green and I think just about ready to picking.
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And then there is this, have you ever seen anything like this on a jasmine vine before?
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There is this little bean plant growing next to it I wonder if there has been hanky panky in the garden.
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In knitting news, I'm working on the petticoat socks and one more round to go and I will be ready to move on from leg to heal here.

Lily wants a pair for this winter. Actually she is the official quality control officer around here she must inspect any and everything that is baked, created, painted or built around here. She approves.
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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Gettin' a Grip in the Garden

My neighbors are on a little vacation this week and so I am tending their garden as well as mine. We both have several cucumber plants and one thing I enjoy about cucumber plants is the way they reach out and grab onto things as they grow.

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I don't know how well you can see it in this first picture, but it has reached over and wrapped itself around a hot pepper. I guess cucumbers like to spice things up once in a while. (Neighbors garden)

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You can tell these photos were taken of my garden as I have the little fence around them to keep the girls out of there.

I haven't harvested any cucumbers from our vines yet. My neighbor has though. My hot peppers are quite prolific and I noticed one this morning was blushing at having her picture taken so early in the morning.
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In knitting news, I am nearly finished with my scarf project. It is turning out nicely and I can't wait to block it. It is from my Weekend Knitting book by Melanie Falick, it is the lopi lace scarf. And the yarn I am using is Caron, the colorway is Bone. It is so smooshy soft.
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I haven't done any spinning yet this weekend, and I need to do some of that as well. I am in the middle of spinning up some coopworth and I have visions of loveliness in my head for that. I need to get it done because I have some silk and cotton I want to ply as well.

So much yarn so little time....

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Before and After DOT

Molly agreed to pose for the Dogs on Thursday photo shoot this week.
We haven't had a horribly hot summer, but it has been hot enough and Molly was starting to look a little miserable. She wouldn't want to play outside and would run in and lay down in front of the fan.
So I decided a hair cut maybe in order to help her out a little.

Molly before....
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Molly after.....

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now before you accuse me of having no clipping skills she looks a little mottled because a) I sprayed her off with the garden hose to get rid of any loose hairs before she went back in the house and b) she had a very Chow undercoat and it is while and orange and sticks out in all directions. It smooths out in a day or so. I didn't want to clip her too short because I don't want her to get sun burned either. She is much happier now and runs and plays in the back yard like her normal self.
But is still happy to lay in front of a cool fan when she comes in.

In knitting news, I am close to finishing my scarf and will need to decide on the next project. Any thoughts, I'd like to make an interesting hat to go with it something with YO's .

Happy Knitting.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Always Keep Your Promises

As promised here is an FO picture of my socks. These socks were made from the left over yarn from the socks I made the hubby. I used the Lion Brand Sock Yarn and had enough yarn from two balls to make two pairs of socks. Now, my pair are ankle socks so the leg portion is only 4.5 inches. I used a basic toe up design with stockinette stitch for the foot. And then ribbed design from More Sensational Socks for the cuff. I think they turned out rather well.

Socks just hanging around...
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I am also on track this month with my goals. I have started a scarf destined to be a Christmas gift for someone, from some yarn I had in my stash. It was reclaimed from a shawl project and I have lost the tag for it so I'm sure what it is exactly. It is very soft and a worsted weight.

Other activities this week have included tending to the garden. I have several beds around the yard either raised or with little fences to keep the dogs out. The hot peppers are doing great! I have had several peppers already from them, so much so I had to give some away. I am drying several now that will be made into a salsa sauce or chutney of some kind once I have some ripe tomatoes.

Some like it hot...
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Speaking of tomatoes, they are doing good too, and I have several just waiting to get big and ripe.

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And the cucumbers are taking a stroll around the garden.
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We have had lots of rain lately and that is helping everything, but we need more really, a second fire has broken out in the Great Dismal Swamp and they are still trying to get the first one out. The peat in the swamp is burning and they can't get that out. They are pumping water in from a nearby lake, dropping water from the air, but nothing is working. I am concerned for the Swamp itself, it is a beautiful place, but I'm worried about the animals there are a lot of black bears that live in there, and that is where the stray ones that come from other areas and get into the residential areas are relocated to. They are going to have to flee to someplace. It is also is home to the largest stand of long leaf pines left here. They used to cover this area, but they have all be cut down or died. So if anyone has got too much rain, please send it this way!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

I Blame the Fumes

Fiber Fumes. I haven't posted much this week because I have been spinning and knitting and maybe a little motorcycle riding. I finished my slouchy socks and started a lacy scarf that will be a Christmas present. I promise to post some pictures this weekend.
But you know how it is, not enough hours in a day sometimes.
But, I'm here and enjoying smooshy yummy yarn. I will share with you.

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

And the Walls Wallpaper Come Tumbling Down

Well, what does one do with a three day weekend? Home projects of course! Today, I worked on getting more bathroom wallpaper off the wall. Tedious, is not the word, whew. But, much progress was made.
But, as with any hard job, you need a break and so at much encouragement from the hubby,(he could probably read the look in my eye that said, a sledge hammer would be a more efficient way to bring down this wallpaper), I went to Colonial Fiber Arts for a bit of Sunday Spinning. But much to my surprise and pleasure, Nettie wasn't spinning today she was trying to load one of her larger cotton looms for weaving and lucky for me needed some help. So I spent the afternoon as a cotton loom apprentice. And while no actual weaving was done today we did load 11 yards of cotton twist onto that bad boy and let me tell you that is some hard work! Constant combing and untangling and rolling. Whew. Good times.
No other potential spinners came in today so it was just Nettie and I and in between her customers and tourist coming in and out of the shop we had a blast, not that some of the customers and tourist weren't a blast, many of them were very interested in what we were doing and watched and asked questions. Some were not so impressed. But, that is okay too.
Before I left though I bought a hemp backpack shopping bag and a small basket handwoven in Guana with elephant grass and goat skin handle.
Nettie does business with a co-op there and sells the ladies baskets for them here.
They are truly beautiful works of art and completely functional!
I plan to put roving in mine!

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Are't the colors amazing. They have some that are much larger too. I would like to get one of those, but as with everything else where to put it? This one is easily carried and can be tucked away on a shelf without too much trouble. I think I will probably use the hemp back for knitting projects as well.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and if you had a three day weekend for the Fourth, I'm sorry tomorrow is Monday. :-(

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Surprise! TaDa!

I have a brand new shiny toy! A 2008 Suzuki Boulevard S40! Oh I love it! I had an old '83 Suzuki 650GS and that thing was a clunker and a little difficult for someone as vertically challenged as myself to ride. But this new one, is sweet and the seat height is perfect! I was a little nervous about riding it home, because it has been at least a year since I sold my old bike and I have not done much riding since. But it took about five minutes and it was like I had been riding it everyday!

Here is a picture of the old bike "The beast"
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It was a good first bike because frankly if can ride this you can ride anything. It was a seat height of 27 or 28 inches my feet never hit the ground flat it was top heavy and weighed about 500lbs.

Now the new bike, it is also a 650cc like the Beast but the packaging is so much better.
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And a front view
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I have a few accessories planned for her, some saddle bags, a windshield, engine case guard and light visors. She is running a little rough right now, only had 7/10 of a mile on her when I picked her up tonight so she needs some breaking in. I'm thinking maybe a sissy bar on the back so I have something to strap the spinning wheel to! What do you think?
I need a name for her, any thoughts?
I'm thinking about a name that bike contest but I have to think of a good prize and right now I can't think of anything. So just any thoughts you have on the subject would be appreciated at this point. LOL.

Hey Knat, what do you think?

Happy Knitting Everyone!