Friday, March 10, 2017

FMM - Knitting and Pets

I've been knitting pretty steadily on my throw made from...well, it was leftover sock yarn, but I broke into my yet-to-be-knit sock yarn to add some more colors, so we'll just call it my Potluck Throw from here on.  I'm taking progress pictures as I go, and have better success with them some days more than others:
I told him not to touch it...so he put his paw on the edge.
Pretend yawn forced him to put two paws on the throw...
Mr. Innocent:  Throw?  What throw??
 
Just tinking 'bout life...
 I tink dis throw is mine, dat's what I tink.
 
Sigh.  I know it's going to be covered in pet fur eventually, but I was hoping to wait until I was actually using the throw to have an animal laying on top of it.  I guess Kip decided he didn't want to wait.

And then, when I finally disturbed him and took the throw so I could knit on it?  Kip found the next best thing:
My tray of yarn.  Give him an inch, and look what happens!

When I'm knitting something that's a gift, I don't let Kip near the yarn, but in this instance, it's OK since the throw is for me.  Still, he sure seems to think all the yarn belongs to him now!  

Here's another picture of the throw, taken when Kip was outside:
No Kip, but of course Paco had to run over when I started taking pictures!

I need to spend some time weaving in the ends or else I'm going to hate myself when it's finished...a few minutes every couple of nights to keep up with that task will pay off in the end.  And I'm hoping to get to a yarn shop next month to buy a couple of skeins of a solid color yarn for the edging - I'm thinking charcoal gray, but we'll see what is available.  

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Speaking of pets, Paco lost quite a bit of weight when he was sick, so we decided to supplement his dry food with some canned dog food.  It worked out to feed him the canned stuff, which he loves, in the evening.  What I didn't anticipate was the food coma that it would put him in - it's just like when you feed a baby and they drop off to sleep - Paco barely makes it to the couch before he is OUT for the night:
We feed him around 6:30 but it's still light out.  No matter - for Paco, it's light's OUT.
Another night, another food coma.

The extra calories in the canned food are helping, as he's looking much less bony.  I guess if there's one thing I know how to do, be it for human or canine, it's how to put on weight.  At least Paco needed to gain it; our poor dachshund, Jackie, spent most of her life on a diet and much like her human mother (me), she had a hell of a time getting the scale to budge. 
Jackie and Pumpkin - my favorite picture of them. 

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Have a great weekend - I'm going to run my legs off and then spend the rest of it lazing around - living life at both ends of the extreme, that's me!

19 comments:

  1. I LOVE that picture of chubby Jackie and Pumpkin! So stinkin' cute.

    The throw is really coming together - can't wait to see the finished product. Of course Kip needs to lay on it. Don't cats need to lay on whatever piece of cloth is put down? As well as cardboard, paper bags, etc., etc.

    I wonder if Paco's food has extra carbohydrates? That's usually what puts me in a food coma. Helen out!

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    1. I miss my little redheads so much!

      You are right about cats finding things to lay on, or in...bags, boxes, it's all bedding when it comes to cats!

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  2. OMG, I love that last picture! When we switched up Ed's dog food he hated it, but if I mixed it with 1/4 can of canned dog food and added a bit of beef broth (10 cans for $1 at my dollar store!) he ate it like nobody's business!

    My goal is to run 1.5 miles without stopping tomorrow - wish me luck! Have fun with your run!

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    1. Dogs sure do like anything besides dry food, that's for sure! Good luck with your run tomorrow. :)

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  3. LOL at Kip with the throw! And then on the yarn! Looks like Kip's throw is coming along nicely :)

    Heidi lapses into the same food coma after she eats, especially when we give her a little wet food or put some broth on her food. It's exhausting.

    Have a good run tomorrow!

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    1. Kip's throw. Sigh...I think that is what it's becoming.

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  4. Jackie!!!!! You know I have my eye out for a little red dachshund (future, NOT now :) )

    That series of pictures with Kip is hilarious. Its like he's acting or something!

    And, the throw--gorgeous. I like your charcoal gray idea. I think it will make your bright colors pop even more.

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    1. There is no way the Queen would permit a red dachshund into her realm, but yes...in the future, you NEED one. :)

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  5. We are having a hard time trying to get Baylee to gain weight to. Her vet put her on a low protein diet for 2 years now and now the cardiologist says she needs different food. It's confusing when 2 different Dr.have different opinions.

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    1. We are feeding Paco Wellness Core (with gravy) canned food and it is helping him gain weight...it must be hard with two different vets for Baylee. Sometimes you just have to try what feels right to you, I think.

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  6. That is one awesome looking throw...it's looking amazing!!!

    The pic of the cat yawning to me looks like a car roaring!!!!

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    1. I thought it looked like he was roaring, too! :)

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  7. Awww, the Kip series <3 Def weave in some of those ends now!

    I never would have thought about that with the wet food! I am happy it's helping him gain though. Will he be eating it a bit longer? We had to start giving wet food to Data few years ago, because it has higher amounts of protein. He LOVES it.

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    1. I think we'll keep him on the canned food for a while - he loves it so, and so far he's not getting fat.

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  8. I pretty much need Paco's food for a bedtime snack. I am not sleeping well at all these days!

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    1. We all could use that nice food coma to fall asleep (and stay asleep)! I just can't use the calories that come with it. :(

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  9. Kip in the yarn basket saying, "teach her to take me off the throw". :D

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  10. Oh Kip is so great, slowly making his move to lay on the throw. It's like Bella. She can lay on our new couch but only on the plaid. Yesterday evening first it was just a paw that wasn't on the plaid, a few minutes later her head LOL.

    We had it the other way: Bella had to lose weight. She always gets fresh food on weekdays and dry food over the weekend.

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  11. Catch up time! OMG...I LOVE the knitting project, and I LOVE your pets!!! Such characters!!!

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