.......and pretty maids all in a row........
Breeze had her babies Friday evening. Thankfully she was a good girl and had them reasonably early in the evening and birthed them very quickly. Why was I thankful?? Because I was sick as a dog (no pun intended) during the whelping. My husband had been sick a few nights earlier with a 12 hour bug and given that I don't usually get sick, I was hopeful that it would skip right over me.......but you know how that goes. Yup....2 hours before Breeze got down to business, I started feeling queasy and in between puppy number 3 and 4, you guessed it.....not pretty.
Sadly one of the little ones wasn't able to stay with us. It always breaks my heart to lose one during a birthing, but I am thankful that we are left with 3 healthy, quiet little girls. So now we are a house of 7 puppies. As you can see from this picture, Bliss's babies are growing in leaps and bounds and thankfully are starting to quiet down. Life will be crazy......busy.......but fun.!
The Preemie Project
A few weeks ago, I discovered Tracy's blog. Tracy has dedicated a lot of time to The Preemie Project. Given that I had done quite a bit of knitting for charity last year, I had taken a bit of a break from it, but after reading about this organization and seeing all of the sweet baby hats, I quickly became interested Visiting Jean's blog and reading of her contest, gave me the little push I needed to get going. I searched thru my stash as I have pretty much been housebound these days, to see if I could find anything appropriate. Wool is not allowed. With a little bit of cotton and a few hours last night, this little hat came off of the needles. Given that I am up most all of the night these days, I am hoping to finish one hat every other night, thru the end of February.
Chasing the Winter Blah's Away
I don't know how it is where you live, but here, this winter has just not been a real winter to speak of. Late March is always my least favorite time of the year. Muddy, dirty melting snow and raw days. Somehow this entire winter has felt like March and it has been getting me a wee bit down, so I thought that perhaps some bright colors would help chase some of those blah's away. Even though I still have a brown NE sock to finish, this cheery blend of Opal Magic yarn has been quietly smiling in the corner of my office and knew it was just the thing to pick up my spirits a bit, and I was right.......it makes me smile!
The cauldron has been working overtime as well........can you sense a change there as well. Normally I like quiet colors, but the dreary winter days are calling for splashes of color. This blend of electric green's and blues were fun to work on yesterday, as we waited for the Superbowl to start. It is another angoraless blend of merino roving. It has been fun trying to stretch myself out of my usual color-zone
A finished Object and Something Yummy
I worked fervently at getting Shedir finished and off the needles, so that I could get it into the mail for my daughter, before Winter is over. Hannah is happy to model the top of it for you. Happy because you don't have to see her face...lol.
I have mixed feelings about this knit. It comes out a tad on the longish side when finished. I was afraid to skip a repeat as I used a thinner yarn and smaller needle, than what was called for, but in retrospect, I probably could have. Ash has long thick, thick hair, so I am sure that it will fit her fine, but I hate feeling not completely happy with something when I am done. I was tempted to rip it back, but this is a fiddly pattern that is very hard on your wrists with all of the cabling, so I left well enough alone, given that I am mentally and physically exhausted right now.
Speaking of being exhausted, let me tell you just how pleasantly surprised and happy to find a little package from Vermont Nutless Chocolates this weekend. After 2 weeks of virtually no sleep to speak of, the caffeine and sugar in this yummy package of candy is helping me cope a little better ;-)).
Thank you Norma for making me smile and helping me stay awake. ;-)