I know......I promised I wouldn't overdue the puppy pictures......but I just couldn't resist. The puppies have occupied my waking hours, (which has been about 20 hours a day), so............they just happen to be the focus of my life currently.
Nestled in between the beanie bears for my grandchildren are the 2 sisters. Both are doing really well now. The little one is still very small, but she is a fighter and I am sure now that she will be fine.
It seems that I have been called to do a lot of knitting for special projects lately and it has been a joy to be able to pitch in and help these different organizations in a small way. The SHIPS project is a worthy one. It is people knitting hats and slippers for the Soldiers overseas. This hat that I just finished up was knit with some yarn that my Secret Pal 3, Erica, had sent to me. I used the Everyone's Favorite Hat pattern again
Wow......I LOVE this yarn. The funny part is, I would probably have never picked it out in a store, but it is fabulous to knit with. It is Lana Grossa, Royal Tweed. 100% Merino.......great stuff! There is enough left over that I think I will make a pair of fingerless mittens for me. I am thinking that I would love a sweater made with this yarn. Yum.....
I have one more hat for SHIPS to finish up before the SPA this weekend. One of the NETA members sent me this skein of Manos to make up a hat and OH MY!!! I always knew that I would love to work with Manos, but never dared to shell out the money for a sweater and then be disappointed. WELL........guess what, my next sweater is going to be made with this. (the gold yarn is going to be cloverleaf socks)
I have a icelandic sweater pattern that calls for lopi. I have never been a big fan of lopi, as I find it to be really scratchy.......but luckily, manos and lopi have the same gauge, so this is going to be my summer project. (it will take me that long to save up enough money to buy the manos..LOL)
So while I am saving my pennies, I am going to work on some bait bags for my dog showing friends. Actually I am going to start selling these at the shows. It will help to defray some of the costs of showing, like airfare and hotel rooms. I am hoping to attend our CKCSC,USA National Specialty, in May. It is being held in Charlotte, NC this year. My DH and I have not been on a vacation alone for a very long time, so I am hoping that somehow we might be able to sneak away for a few days and attend the show. I have never been to Charlotte........so, fingers are crossed that we will be able to get away.