Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My dogs are a rare breed, might even be related to fainting goats!


There was a hint of how special they are very early on.

As soon as I sit down at my desk, my dogs behave like fainting goats, falling down on their pillow beds (or under my desk), snoring away.
The same thing can not be said when I sit down to spin. Why is that? They think spinning time is excellent time for having to pee, poop, play with toys, which for sure roll under the sofa, and find other ways to annoy me.
Happy sleeping under the desk-2

Well, since they wont let me spin in peace, I'll write a blog post. I've still not picked up my knitting needles. They've become quite cold. I should say, even with interference of the puppers, my spinning wheels are starting to smoke now!

My hand(s) are not hurting much, unless I've just spun for, well, a long time, but that's not unusual. I kind of lost my knitting mojo with this forced break. Might be that I don't want to knit on my two WIP's (socks and mittens). It might come back, if I allow myself to cast on something new - probably. Right now I'm all nuts about a spinning project I've started April 2009. I'd like to finish this first, then we'll see where we go from there. The result of this spinning project will be ready Friday in a week. For this week I've already finished a new yarn. :o)

But I've withheld this scarf I made last year. I can't believe I started it at the beginning of July, and finished it in October!!!
I'm talking about the Lily of the Valley scarf by Nancy Bush:

Lily of the Valley scarf-11.5 inches by 47 inches-7

I've dyed the yarn myself. I was trying to find the right shade of grey, none of the three skeins I dyed came close though, but that was O.K.

Lily of the Valley scarf-11.5 inches by 47 inches-1
I don't know why it took me so long to finish it. Must be that something shiny was distracting me, or simply other projects, but I'm thinking shiny. I have to admit I like knitting nubbs.
Lily of the Valley scarf-11.5 inches by 47 inches-2
specs:
pattern: Lily of the Valley Scarf by Nancy Bush, from her book "Knitted Lace of Estonia" (must be my fourth project from this book)
yarn: Knit Picks Bare, Merino Silk, 100g, 440yds, 1 skein
needle: 3.25mm
size after blocking: 11.5" x 47" - I wish I had had a second skein, because even blocked this is a small one, but still larger than in the book as I recall. It's just about right to wear it under a coat, crossed in front. Oh well, the stitch pattern did get a bit tedious.
start-finish: July 5th - October 23, 2009

Lily of the Valley scarf-11.5 inches by 47 inches-4

Boy, I wish you could SMELL just how relaxed the pups are right now. Must be the cooked celery root, they had as a treat today.

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25 comments:

Kathy... said...

Lovely, absolutely LOVELY scarf. Somehow I failed to get that book, and I keep seeing projects from it. I must correct that situation

I know exactly what you mean about the "lazy smell". Sofee smells like Frito Corn chips. It's amazing but totally true!

Ann said...

How beautiful!
The scarf, the finish and the color!

Susan said...

Beautiful scarf!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

gorgeous scarf! At least the pups keep you company... even if they don't smell so great....

Virginia said...

One of my favorite things is when dogs lie down by picking up all their feet at once. That cracks me up. :)

Bea said...

der Schal ist sehr schön geworden. Jetzt hab ich auch nachgeschlagen, was "mojo" heißt...

Zum Färben eines bestimmten Farbtons: Wenn du ein Grafikprogramm auf Deinem Rechner hast, dann schau mal nach, ob du ein Bild in YMCK-Farben anzeigen kannst. Wenn ja, dann kannst du die gewünschte Farbe mit dem Pipettenwerkzeug aufgreifen und die die Farbzusammenstellung in Prozent der Druckfarben anzeigen lassen. Bei Kammzügen wird das zwar immer noch schwierig, weil zumindest ich mit der Farbe meist nicht bis ganz ins Innere des Kammzugs vordringe, aber man bekommt doch zumindest ein wenig Ahnung, mit welchen Farben man die gewünschte Farbe erreicht.

Liebe Grüße,
die Bea
die die Farbe Deines Schals sehr schön findet.

2paw said...

I know what you mean, when I am on the phone, Gilly is so naughty!! She knows I am talking and don't want to stop. They can fall asleep at the drop of a hat.
Glad your hand is feeling better!!! Beautiful scarf!!
Biko and Happy look very calm and sleepy!!!

wolltrunken said...

Was fuer ein absolut wunderbarer Schal! Am liebsten wuerde ich sofort anfangen, den auch zu stricken.

Liebe Gruesse

von Birgit

RC said...

Beee youuuu teee ful scarf!
cooked celery root? really? hhmm will have to give that one a try

lexa said...

My dogs usually do that to me, too!

SockPixie said...

First, the scarf is gorgeous. I love the tone of grey you dyed.
About dogs and spinning, my chihuahua, Valentine, thinks that the best place to be when I spin is right against the treddle getting her thighs massaged as I spin.

Rachel said...

Wow! That scarf is GORGEOUS! Love the color!

knottygnome said...

it's very pretty. i love how your dyeing really works with the pattern.

how did you like the bare merino/silk? does it wear well?

GoldenTracks said...

My dogs must share the fainting goats DNA as well. :-)
Love the scarf! THe color choice is really pretty.

Toby said...

I had a good laugh about how you described Biko and Happy. :)

The scarf is lovely, very classic in that color.

pat said...

Your scarf is soooo pretty - I have yet to knit a pattern from the book (bought it the day it came out!) I'm getting some cashmere/silk fiber in the mail this week (Spirit Trails) and I'm thinking I may try to spin lace wt. and make something from Estonia!

Sharon V said...

Your scarf is lovely and I love that book. I'm going to get back to it one of these days.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Awww. They just want your attention when you are soooo concentrating hard on something other than them :D

Your new scarf is exquisite. The color is "to dye" for ;)

Ann said...

The scarf is gorgeous & the color too. I have the same book but have not knitted anything from it.

Michelle said...

The doggie smell is hilarious! Definitely follow what your instincts want to work on. Nothing kills the joy of knitting like making something you don't want to.

hakucho said...

I love the look of the nubbs on your scarf. Such a pretty scarf...lovely color :)

T-Mom said...

*beautiful* scarf!

And how much has that baby boy of yours grown! :)

dillpickle said...

It's a beautiful scarf! It gives me hope that I might finish mine one day...! The sheen of the yarn is just lovely. Ahhhh.

kitkatknit said...

My "little" Juneau may be related to fainting goats to if it also includes not allowing me time to spin. Sigh...

La Cabeza Grande said...

I'm glad you're taking care of your hands, though I do understand about "breaks" affecting your mojo.

BTW, your pups look adorable. Hope Biko stays well.