WIP Wednesday #19

Hey Everyone,

I am joining Steph@Woolythyme , Ginny@Small Things , and TamisAmis for Yarn Along / WIP Wednesday today.  Please check out their blogs — they are great bloggers and prolific crafters to be sure…  I love sharing their links, but please do not come back and compare my photography to Ginny’s — she’s an excellent photographer.
First, I would like to mention that my friend Steph has lost her knitting mojo.   If you see it, please contact her at Woolthyme so that she may retrieve it.  🙂
It is WIP Wednesday, so let’s talk about socks.  I am still diligently working through my pair of boot socks.  The leg is complete and the heel is turned.  I am down to the arch of the foot on both socks and expect to finish them any day now.

On the literary front, I am still listening to Thunderhead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.  The book is a great story about an archaeologist’s desperate search for her father, closure, and fame while leading an expedition through a cursed Anasazi Indian tribe’s “holy land”.  It is a very compelling read, or listen as the case may be.

Well, it is mid February already.  To be honest I am not quite sure I was even aware we had rolled on in to February.  This is a good thing, as this month is my least favorite of the entire year.  Luckily for me, it is also the shortest.  True to form, it has been a dark, dank, dreary, month with a roller coaster of temperature changes and very little to look forward to.  Lots of … gray…

Roxie agrees with me…

🙂  Oh well.  It has also been a good month for yarn and knitting. I have spent inordinate amounts of time on Ravelry lately.  I believe that Cascade 220 Sport Wool yarn and Stephen West are working together with Clara Parkes to get me through the winter blues…

[Picture courtesy of Stephen West’s Westy’s Besties Kal.  Taken by Jared Flood]

If you haven’t discovered it yet, Stephen West is doing a new KAL.  Well, it is called a KAL but it is really more of a KAL booklet consisting of 12 patterns released over 5 weeks.  Westies Besties is the name and you can check it out here.  The patterns released so far have been true to the Westknits MO — they are fun to knit and handsome, bordering on manly, in example color selection and stitch patterning.  I am itching to get started on some of the patterns and have already ordered a treasure trove of Cascade 220 Sport do them in.  The photography is also worth mentioning.  Jared Flood photographed most of the items for Stephen in Iceland and so the scenery is as stunning as the patterns…

Clara Parkes is well underway with The Great White Bale — an adventure she is sharing with Bale members as she and they explore the creation of yarn on a small industrial scale.  Every two weeks we get a peek into the progress she is making as she has a 676 pound bale of excellent wool fiber milled, spun, and dyed.  Later in the process, explorer members like myself, will each get to test the different versions of the spun yarn and provide feedback on the pros and cons of each form of processing.  It is a fantastic and educational exercise in creating yarn!  Although the Explorer memberships have all been bought, there are still armchair memberships available if you would like to join us in following the process of making yarn!  You can check that out: here.

Well, that is all that I currently have in the works… 
Let me know what you are working on!  Leave a comment below…
Happy Knitting Everyone!

Happy Tails : Maci

This is Maci:

She is 6 months old, a beautiful black color, and full of energy and love.  She came to us through the Schnauzer Love Rescue society after being surrendered by an owner who could no longer take care of her.  She took to us and her new siblings (Roxie and Sasha) pretty quickly and was giving excellent hugs in no time…

She loves to run and play and jump.  Maci could jump 3 feet off the ground which is no small feet when you’re 12 inches tall.  She would greet us every time we came home like we had been away forever and although we only had her for 8 days, she had carved herself out a nice little niche in our family.

This past Saturday, however, we packed her up and drove with her to Corinth, MS to meet her new family. The hand-off was a sad affair.  Maci was scared of the parking lot and clung to us looking for reassurance.  I am always amazed at the emotion you can see in a schnauzer’s eyes — and I could see that she was scared and confused.  But she will be alright — her new family comprises two loving and well schooled schnauzer lovers and 3 brothers waiting at home for her.


We wish her well and miss her enthusiasm in our home…

Happy Tails: A tale of two tales…

Long long ago (like in May) our owners took us to the vet and asked that we be put down because they simply didn’t want us anymore.  That wonderful vet called the Schnauzer Love Rescue society and we were whisked away in secret on the puppy underground to a wonderful foster family in Memphis, TN.  They took us in and got us cleaned up, taught us manners for in the house and how to play and have fun.  Slowly we gained weight and our coats became healthy again.  Doodles lost her heartworms and Taz his… well, let’s just say his line ends with him.  We were wary at first having hopped around so much, but we eventually decided we could be at home here and love these people.

But then on Saturday we went for a car ride and met some nice new people.  They had a clean house and a fenced back yard and room in their hearts for two small miniature schnauzers.  Resolving ourselves to leave our foster family, we decided this morning that we will adopt these new people…  They need us, and we want to go where we are needed.  Our fosters will be sad to see us go after such a long time, but they will still have Sasha and Roxie to care for them so we’re not worried.

So congratulate us on our final move — because we have found a home!