Monthly Archives: April 2013

On puppies and yarn


I currently live in a house with 5 Smooth Fox Terrier puppies. I came to my notice a couple of years ago that terriers like to kill wool yarn. 5 terrier puppies REALLY like to kill yarn. 400+ yards of superwash merino sock yarn wrapped from one end of the house to the other. I was not pleased. Usually I make sure that my yarn is put away before the puppies come out, but in the chaos of kids and toys and bedtime last night I couldn’t find it. Where ever it was, ( under the couch, I’m thinking) the puppies found it.

I try to remain calm about these sorts of things, but this project was kind of special. Whenever i travel I like to pick up yarn or some other project to remember the trip by. When I went to Seattle in early March I had bought that yarn. I fell in love with a crochet scarf at the Ben Franklin Crafts store I went in to. The pattern was a house pattern using a specific rainbow striped Mary Maxim sock yarn. I was really excited and I bought the yarn and got the pattern. When I got home I couldn’t find the pattern and I freaked out. I looked everywhere online but it was no where to be found. I remembered the basics of it (sc3, chain 7, skip 7, sc3)  but It wasn’t working out quite right. Eventually I found the pattern and scanned it into my computer in case i lost it again. I was on the third row of the pattern of the lengthwise scarf when the puppies hit.

My yarn shop doesn’t carry this particular yarn. Mary Maxim was out of the color. No one else online had that color.

Needless to say, I’m a little irked.

P.S. I did find one ball available through Amazon




Okay, one more thing. Where do all the boogers come from? Seriously  I have always wondered that, how big are a person’s sinuses? Can my child’s entire face be full of boogers?

I have discovered a wonderful thing called Boogie Wipes  If you’ve never used them, I suggest you try them. They are saline wipes for noses and they are great, especially when you need to clean off the crusty ones. They also keep Bitty’s nose from getting too raw from wiping.

Do not leave them where the child can get them though. Bitty pulled them out all over the living room and now I have a canister of dog hair covered boogie wipes.

Shhhhhh, it’s sleeping


Day 2. It snowed today. WTF? I thought spring had finally come to Minnesota. Apparently not. My poor sick Bitty it sleeping so I thought I would try this blog thing again. Today I finished up my squares for the CAL I am doing. A CAL is a crochet along, for those who don’t know.

Here they are. I found the CAL on I have no idea of that will create a link or not. The idea is to make 99 8″ squares that will equal a queen size afghan when completed. She is posting 3 granny square patterns a week. I’m not sure why the picture cut off the end ones. I blame my phone. Anyway  as some of you might know, I LOVE granny squares. I will make almost anything with granny squares, or granny circles. I love crochet in general and I have way too much yarn. I also knit, but right now I’m on a crochet kick. Part of the reason for this is that I can crochet much faster than I knit. I will post some more pics of other things I’ve made later, as I’m sure anyone who bothers to read this will be dying to see my creations.

I love the idea of making an afghan. This is the third one I am currently working on. Two of them I an doing through the best yarn shop in the world, What in Yarnation in Cannon Falls One of these is knit and the other is crochet. I need a knit or crochet along in order to stay motivated. I am, however, two blocks behind on my knit one. The good thing is that we meet every month forever so it might just take me 18 months instead of 12! I am a block ahead on the crochet one though, go figure! I did mention that I crochet faster than I knit. Did you know that 1 row of double crochet equals 4 rows of knit? And that crochet takes 1/3 more yarn than knit?

Well, I’m going to see if I can get anything else done while the little one sleeps.



In the beginning


I am sitting here with my sick daughter asleep on my lap and Baby Signing Time playing in the background  I am typing this with my left hand because Bitty is sleeping on my right.  In my sleep-deprived state I decided to start a blog.It’s not as if I don’t have other things to do, I have a list: finish job application, write article critique for stats, finish knitting scarf for work, work on a crochet project.

Bitty is 13 months old. She has a cold. She can’t sleep because she can’t breathe and starts coughing. I haven’t slept much the last three nights and it has definitely effected my cognitive processing. I’m not sure what the purpose of this blog is, it may end up being mostly late night ramblings.

I really have no idea what I am doing with this…