A Dog Rug

For a very small dog. Think chihuahua.

Jake’s head might fit on it, but nothing else.

Unfortunately, the rug is starting to get too big to fit in my knitting bag. It is also getting too warm to lay on my lap while knitting.

Tonight I took it to my neighbor’s house only to have Elly pull the live stitches off the needles. Then, she proceeded to stab the needles into the rug, informing me that she was knitting and helping me. It was very cute.  But, as you can guess, not a lot of knitting takes place when she is around.

Thus lately, I have only worked on it while at McDonald’s thanks to Elly being preoccupied and to the AC keeping me cool.

Lots for Elly and Jake at Local Yard Sales

On Saturday, friends were hosting a multi family yard sale. Despite thinking they were a bit crazy or just glutton for punishment (I prefer the lazy technique of donating all unwanted items to Purple Heart and taking the tax write-off at the end of the year), I strapped Elly into her bike trailer and headed over to find some treasures. One person’s trash is another man’s treasure, you know.

I found many treasures, but they all were for Elly and Jake save one.

For Elly, I bought a baseball toy, a Diego game set and a toy chest. You can never have too many toy chests.

My friend tried to warn me about this toy chest. She mentioned that her daughter liked to climb inside and would always fall on her head when trying to get out. I must admit that I dismissed her warning. So stupid.
The first thing Elly wanted to do with the toy chest was climb inside and play with her baby dolls.

For Jake, I bought a book filled with dog treat recipes, doggie cookie cutters, a brush and a basket to put it all in.

And the one item I bought for myself, a crocheted shawl. It’s purely for decoration as the design is so open and the yarn seems to be rayon. Yet, I think it will be fun to wear a shawl off-season.

This entire outfit was purchased at our local consignment store or local yard sale. I decided if the clothes at Evergreen Consignment were good enough for my only daughter, they were good enough for me too. I may never go back to buying clothes at department stores, except for special occasions. It’s so much cheaper and the quality is just as good. Of course if I ever get more time to sew, I may never buy special occasion clothes either.

Getting Serious About Knitting

My goal is to complete the hexagon blanket in 3 weeks. Well, just the knitting portion; I’m giving myself a whole month to seam all the hexagonal pieces together.

I have 2 1/3 hexagons left to knit. The dwindling supply of yarn had me feeling anxious, so I took a road trip yesterday with Elly and my neighbor to my LYS, Yarn Gallery. While Elly snuggled with the resident dog, the owner found yarn to match my dye lot. What luck!

To aid me in my knitting goal, I’ll be joining Cheryl Marie of CherylMarieKnits.com in a Knitting Marathon on April 25th. I won’t be dedicating as many hours to knitting as Cheryl Marie because I’ll have Elly by my side, but I hope to make a serious dent in the remaining hexagons all the same. Elly should enjoy her movie time if nothing else.

If you have any unfinished knitting projects that you too are desperate to finish, you should join us!

Toy Envy

Last Saturday, we attended a birthday party for Penny, who was turning 2. Elly had a wonderful time being around so many kids her age, yammering to anybody who would listen, and playing with Penny’s toys. She particularly liked Penny’s toy laptop and her water table.

Although Elly still has an “out of sight – out of mind” mentality at her age, her Mommy does not. Heck, I was just as amazed as Elly was with Penny’s water table. I had to buy one!

As soon as it arrived, I put it together, threw Elly into her new bathing suit, and invited our neighbor Irene over. Both Elly and Irene had a great time playing with the water table.

Even Jake approved; it’s the perfect height for lapping up a drink of water.