Monday, 9 December 2013

Husbands, tea towels and dogs

What is it about DH that he can't tell a dish cloth from a tea towel. I mean one is at least 4X bigger than the other. He has done dishes in his life so knows dish clothes are used to wash dishes and wipe counters while tea towels are used to dry dishes. But at home if he spills something he wipes it up with the TEA TOWEL......... part of my Birthday present from DD#1 was a lovely WHITE tea towel with Christmas embroidery on it. Like a fool I put it out in the kitchen to show it off. Last night HEwas making a snack and spilt BEET JUICE. ............. Can you guess what happened next........ YES HE WIPED IT UP WITH THE NEW WHITE TOWEL. Yes he is still in the land of the living but only because my car is broken and I have no way to dispose of the body ............well not really but he is at the top of my "shit list". My dear son-in-law Aaronis taking Cory to Mexico for her 40th Birthday. We get to take care of Doozer who is a very round, white Chihuahua who has spent the last hour whining at the door. He finally came and sat in my lap .........until Jill came by just now and he is at the door whining again. Aaaaaaauuuuuuuggghhhh. To top things off Jill is looking after Kujo who is a chihuahua crossed with a boston terrier. So when jill and Elizabeth come to visit in the morning we will have 4 dogs. I may lose my mind over the next week. Elizabeth tries to pick the dogs up by holding them around the neck so is not real popular with anyone when she does that. If she is not doing that they are all playing dog tag which involves a lot of running, chasing and laughter.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Knitting needles

I know you aren't going to believe this but I don't have enough knitting needles ................ Yes you did read that correctly. I really don't have enough. This year for the first time in eons I am not knitting for my family, except the DGD of course. I planned to knit one of the Advent Shawls so last night I found the yarn in my stash, yes I went stash diving and found just what I wanted. Not only did I find what I wanted, it was the yarn recommended by the designer. So what does all this babbling have to do with not enough needles. I needed size 2.75 or 3.0 in a 16 inch length. I don't have any, I cut down the cable of one of my bamboo circulars but the yarn wouldn't slide on the cable so that was an exercise in futility. So maybe today I will go buy one 16 inch 2.75 circle knitting needle. Yes I know I can use a bigger needle and keep pulling a loop of the cable but that drives me crazy and I am crazy enough as it is. I am also knitting an afghan. The pattern is one I borrowed from Gail. She had bought this lovely kit that had all different kinds of yarn in it to do the afghan. I went through my stash months and months and months ago, started the afghan and then left it sitting in a basket that Elizabeth tended to sit on. The afghan is now half done and I am really pleased with it. I got up this morning, cleaned up the kitchen and did the dishes. The hot water loosens up my hands and takes some of the soreness out .............. Meanwhile in the Living room (think scary music here) , Priscilla is checking out all the yarn for the Advent Shawl, labels included. Go in the living room with my first cup of coffee and pick up all the yarn and labels, put them back in the "Dottie Knitting bag", sit down and a bird flies into the room. Yes that's right a BIRD. I think it walked in through the open dog door. Oh darn that was one of the things I meant to get yesterday, a new dog door. Anyway I opened the front door and it did fly out. Oh yes I found some rubber boots that fit me .......... Hurrah. The only thing that could be better about them is they could be clear to show off my socks. Need to go check on my Dragons.