Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Mishmash

Did you know that MINI cars naturally gravitate toward each other?  It's most noticeable in parking lots:
The one on the left is a Clubman - biggest of the Minis.

I especially like it when I come out of wherever I've been to find that The Duchess has a new friend - it seems to be an unspoken rule that Minis park together.

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Paco has been a lucky dog lately, because I have been buying him dog cookies from the Farmer's Market.  He LOVES these, and goes insane over them - way more than with the cookies I usually get from Petco.  I ended up having to put them in a mason jar because when I left them in the paper bag that they came in (you fill the bag with whatever cookies you want at the market), he would not stop standing up on his hind legs and trying to get them off of the counter.  Here he is, patiently waiting for the OK to eat his beloved cookie (this one is made with fresh blueberries and rice flour):
Focusing on the cookie...
Focusing on me...waiting for the "OK"
Ahh yes.  Cookie is MINE!
Paco sent a cookie care package to Abby and Koda...I bet you could have rung their doorbell and they wouldn't have stopped staring at the cookies in their mom's hand!

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I don't think I've ever, in the 10 years we've had him, seen Kip look cuter:
That was one sleepy kitty!

Well, as long as I'm showing the other two, I better give Henry equal time:
He likes to shut out the world when he sleeps.

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Quick knitting update:  I've been on a sock roll.  Made one, then I found some really interesting yarn and started looking for patterns for it.  Found a different way to do a toe-up sock, so I decided to try it with some other yarn that I've had for a while (not bought for socks, but I had enough to make a pair)...which means that I'm in the process of making three pairs of socks.  Unfortunately, two of them needed the same size needles, so I don't have a matching pair of socks yet.  But here's one that I finished:
Yarn is Adriafil Knitcol, colorway is Kandinsky Phantasy.  Pattern is Toe-Up Socks using German Short Rows by Staci Perry (but I used the Fish Lips Kiss Heel).

Doing the German short rows was a fascinating way to make the toe, but I'm not convinced it's THE toe for me...it feels a little hole-y on one side.  We'll see.  The yarn is 100% wool, with not much in the way of stretch.  After I blocked the first sock, I felt better about it fitting me, but for my next project with this pattern, I'll cast on more stitches and make it a little bit bigger.

Have a great weekend!

27 comments:

  1. Did you know that 100% wool wicks? You could wear those as running socks!

    Thanks for all the pet photos - now I want a kitty :)

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    1. Wool might wick, but I can't imagine wearing these as running socks...

      Don't get a kitty! Shall I deter you by telling you about all the cat barf Jeff had to clean up yesterday morning? Kip is bulimic, we swear - he comes in, gorges himself, and then promptly throws up. Lovely.

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    2. Maybe in the winter? LOL! Oh, you had to go and remind me of hairballs and cat puke, thanks. Or I should say, Mr. Helen thanks you.

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    3. Or two kitties Helen. You know what they say, two hairballs are no harder to clean up than one.

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  2. You almost make me want to try sock
    knitting and some day I shall but not
    now. Right now I am working on my
    own little cardigan first attempt at
    a cardigan and not a pull over
    got the back done and
    now I am working on a front panel
    slow going lots of stockinette stich.
    You know what I'll be working on
    for a while! Have a great weekend.

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    1. Sounds like you are rolling along with your cardigan! :)

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  3. Lovely happy colors for the sock!

    All your babies are so cute and adorable and Bella is a bit jealous of the delicious cookies you bought for Paco :)

    Have a good weekend sweety.

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    1. Do you have dog bakeries in Holland? Bella needs a special treat! ;)

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    2. I believe there are but Bella is already rotten spoiled. She gets fresh meat for dinner like every week a piece of salmon.

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  4. Those socks are adorable ( as are your pets)!

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  5. love the socks..can't believe that it took you so long to try. now you're a pro. I make mine the same each time. Have never tried toe first.

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    1. Socks really intimidated me! They are still challenging, but You Tube videos help immensely. Plus I am comfortable tinking back to correct a mistake now...I even dropped a stitch when I started the heel on this sock and was able to fix it - go me!

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  6. Kandinsky socks! Isn't that something! You have now surpassed me and are doing things I've never done, and things I don't even know about in knitting.

    That Clubman looks massive next to the Petite Duchess!

    And Paco is such a good boy. Things wrapped in paper--Sophie found the M&M's in my purse yesterday :)

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    1. I am on a sock roll, that's for sure! But I wouldn't be knitting at all had it not been for you teaching me how, so you can still claim credit for all of this. :)

      The Clubman IS big! They call it a Mini SUV.

      Good sniffer on Sophie...but then, dachshunds are very good at finding every crumb. After being used to that with Jackie, we are still shocked when Paco will not notice food on the floor.

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  7. I'm a sucker for pet photos. They are an adorable brood.

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    1. Thank you! We think so, but like babies, pets are pretty cute when they're asleep.

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  8. I love when the kitties cover their eyes - so cute!

    Clubman seems a little neanderthal of a name for a mini cooper. :D

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    1. You have a good point with that Clubman name...

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  9. The socks are fabulous! Also - I love the cute photos of all your fur babies. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Love the socks, and SOOO love your animals!!!

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  11. Those socks are amazing!! You've really gotten the hang of them, Shelley :-)

    And I'm with Mr. Helen - no thanks to hairballs and catpuke :-(

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  12. I think MINIS just put smiles on people's faces, in general :). Kids always wave to us (both hubby and I drive Countrymans since he works for BMW...a new MINI every six months!!) and we're always like, "Do we know them? Oh...it's cuz of the MINI!" Lol

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    1. You are so lucky to get new MINIs like that! LOL on the Mini wave...

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  13. The car thing is too funny hehe :)
    Have a great weekend!

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