Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Keeping Busy

I can finally show you the wall hanging I created for my daughter.  Her request was for blues and a snowman.  Some of the snowflakes I crocheted last winter were incorporated in the design.

Corey's Wall Hanging

I haven't been doing much sewing lately.  Since I got Bailey, I've had to sew in the livingroom, cut in the bedroom and iron in the hallway.  There are a couple gates to climb over to go from room to room.  But all that will change soon.  I put my name on the list for a two bedroom apartment just before Christmas.  I wanted either a first or second floor and the apartment had to have sunshine.  That severely limited the qualifying apartments because most of the two bedrooms face the woods without sun.  Only 5 apartments fit the criteria.  But guess what......one became available and on top of that, it's the only apartment in the complex that has a washer and dryer.  Woo Hoo!  I move in the weekend of Feb 16.  I'll be glad when it's over.  I hate packing and moving.  I wish I could just close my eyes and be there.

In the mean time, I've finished two more pairs of socks.

I've been busily putting together a large kit for doing hexies.  I'll be away babysitting grandchildren for about 10 days and will need something to keep my hands busy.

Bailey went for his first haircut yesterday.  I had intended to keep him in fairly full coat because I love the fluffy look of it but it takes time to brush him everyday and it's not practical for taking a walk each day.  He really needs the exercise to burn off some of his energy.  Here's the before and after:

Bailey before

Bailey after

Bailey after

It'll take me a few days to get used to it but I think I'll like it in the long run.

I probably won't be blogging much over the next few weeks what with babysitting and moving but I'll catch up with you after.

Hope you have a good day.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Youse not fat, youse fluffy!

Bailey just awakened from a nap

I found some scrap yarn and knit a new pair of socks for myself.  I experimented with using two strands as reinforcement for the heels.

I bought some cotton yarn for weaving and had intended to weave a couple of cotton hand towels.  But I changed my mind midstream and have decided to work the piece into a vest.  It's still in the planning stage.  I had a really tough time keeping the tension even.  I wanted a really tight weave so I used four strands as one, two white, two blue.  That may have been the reason for the tension problems.  It did make for a rather interesting weave pattern.

Here's a close up of the weaving.

I've also finished a winter wall hanging for my daughter but I can't show the whole thing yet.  Here's a sneak peek.

Hope you have a good day.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Did you ever have a bad idea?

We've had some snow lately and very cold temperatures so I haven't been taking Bailey for his walks.  But this morning it's sunny and not too cold so we dressed up and went outside.  Just for fun, I let Bailey step into some of the fluffy snow to see his reaction.  It wasn't until I picked him up to go inside that I realized his beard, feet and belly were covered in salt and sand.  Did you see that coming?  Duh.  Needless to say, Bailey didn't like having a bath or being dried and brushed out.  And I wasn't crazy about having to sweep and mop the kitchen floor.  I guess I'll have to think twice about walking in winter.  10 minute walk, 45 minute clean up.

As I write, Bailey is sprawled out on the floor, snoozing but here are some photos after his bath.  He was a little wild.

Hope you have a good day.