Saturday, July 26, 2008


Too funny not to share! Actually worn by a co-worker.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


I know I haven't had a new shirt in quite some time. And this one comes care of a co-worker. When I saw it I had to share it.


Monday, July 21, 2008


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I'm so proud!!!

Friday, July 18, 2008



My 6 skeins of Wollmeise came in today.  That's right I said six skeins.  I went a little crazy on Wollmeise's update on the fourth of July.

Unfortunately, I couldn't get a good picture.  I don't have the best camera, and the lighting sucked this morning.

If you were wondering why there are only 5 skeins in the picture, it's because one skein was purchased for a good friends birthday coming up.  And as soon as I picked them up I called her and drove out to drop it off.  She loved it.

Now I'm just waiting for the other two skeins I ordered to come in.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Two days of 30 minutes + morning walks. One vet visit, including a shot. 1 hour of play time. And now it's sleepy land or bust. I love watching Harley sleep. He looks so cute.

We have also gone two days with no accidents in the house. I think I must be doing a much better job. I can only hope I don't slip up. Wish me luck.

Have a great Tuesday.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Well, not really.  Harley and I took a walk this morning that actually lasted almost half an hour.  I know that doesn't sound like much.  But for a couch potato like me, that's a huge accomplishment.  I'm so proud of both of us.  I just wish there was a way for me to have gotten it on film so I could share it with anyone who was interested.

Off to eat breakfast, shower and get ready for a puppy shopping trip.  I'm still trying to find a good, safe, comfortable, and fashionable harness for the little guy.  Wish me luck!

Have a great day.

Friday, July 11, 2008


I honestly don't know.  Isn't that a said thing to admit?  I've been working with Harley for over two weeks, and he still refuses to come when I call.  He runs just outside my reach when I try to pick him up.  And he is having accidents minutes after we come back in from our walks (where he does go potty).  I have no idea what I'm doing wrong.  I've followed the instructions I was given by my puppy training teacher.  And it just doesn't seem to be working for me.

Yesterday Harley gave me a scare, and everyone in the vet office a laugh.  Actually they were laughing at me.  Harley was doing his usual bump and grind with the blue bear and suddenly he yelped.  I ran over to him and to my surprise there was something protruding from his privates.  As I had no idea what it was, I freaked, grabbed him up, hopped in my car and drove to the vet.  By the time we got there, what ever it was has withdrawn.  Luckily for me a very nice vet happened to be walking through the waiting area.  And as is always the case with Harley she stopped to pet and admire him.  I told her what I saw and she, with the slightest of giggles informed me that what I saw was his private part.  She said he probably got himself so excited that he got stuck.  I told her I had no idea his private extended and withdrew with his excitement level.  She said that's exactly how it worked.  To which I replied, "I not had any boys in my house in a long time, so I had no idea!"  Needless to say I was so embarrassed.  But the family at the counter got a good laugh.  So home we went.  And I immediately took away anything I had ever seen him having fun with, for fear of a re-occurrence.

Afterwards I felt like such a smuck.  But I got myself together, packed up some knitting and headed out to S n B with the girls.  Where I re-told the story at least twice.

Yesterday I finished my first "Nanner" sock,by the lovely Wendy of Wendy Knits made available for her friends in the Plurk community.  For those who don't know, Plurk is an on-line social networking community.
I must say, I love Plurk.  It's a total time drain, but I love it.  It has allows me to learn more people I only knew from their blogs.  And it gives me an outlet for when I don't have a full blog post.

This morning I decided to start a pair of socks using one of the sock blanks from Knit Picks I dyed last week with Miss J..
I think Harley was drawn to the smell of Kool Aid.
I had read a lot of conflicting opinions of the blanks, but decided to give them a chance.  I have to say, I like them so far.  Dying them was a lot of fun, and the kinks have not caused any issues for me, yet.  First chance I get, I've got to get more and dye them up as gifts for friends.

I hope you all have a nice weekend.  I'm off to do some more knitting.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Harley's Playtime

Harley went into full fledged play mode the other day. Luckily I was able to get my hands on my camera and record it. As you can see, he is attacking one of his favorite toys, which he does alot. We went back and forth with it. And I kept tossing it back into his bed, but he kept pulling it out and attacking it. Ten minutes after this video he was fast asleep next to me.

Forgive the back round noise. I was watching The Cosby Show.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Viva Chihuahuas!

I think Harley will really like this movie.

Sunday, July 06, 2008


Today was my first attempt at dyeing.  A week ago I purchased several sock blanks from Knit Picks and have been dying to dye them.  When I mentioned it on my blog my friend Jae kindly offered to help me with my first attempt at hand dyeing.  I knew I didn't want to use acid dyes.  I was more interested in trying my hand at Kool Aide dyeing.  And she had most of what I would have needed to try my hand at it.  What a friend!  So off I went to her house this morning for my first attempt at hand dyeing sock blanks.

When I got there we set up and jumped in almost right away. What fun it was to have someone to help talk me through it. It was a lot easier than I thought. But having someone there who knew what they are doing, made me much more comfortable.  

The set-up appeared very simply.  Put down plastic to protect your surfaces, wet blank, put Kool Aide in containers and get ready to dye your blank.  

I decided to do a very simply stripe for my first attempt.  I used grape, cherry, and lemon/lime.  Before anyone I know has a heart attack, I knew lemon lime would be green, but I thought I was just going to use it for really small stripes.  It didn't quite turn out that way, but I still love it.  

Not to bad for my first attempt.  At least I think it's not so bad.  Sorry for the pics.  I'm not a photographer, but any stretch of the imagination.  So this is the best I could do.

Jae decided to "tie dye" the skein I gave her.  And it came out fabulous.  I can't wait to see what it looks like knit up.

I think I'm going to have to try this technique myself.

So after several hours we ended up with four hand dyed sock blanks.  And the memory of a very fun day with a good friend.

More photo in my Flickr.

Friday, July 04, 2008

It Really Is Summertime

A little old school for the 4th!




I hope everyone has a fun and safe day!


Thursday, July 03, 2008

Harley's Version of Fetch

Harley's idea of fetch is not what you would expect. But he's so cute, I can't bring myself to tell him he's not playing it right.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


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That's right!  I've got company coming again.  This weekend my sister and her husband are passing through for a few hours on their way to pick up their nieces and nephews.  And the beginning of August my parents are coming in for three weeks.  One week we are all going to spend with my sister in Wisconsin.  Needless to say, I'm kicking it into over-drive and re-arranging the house for company.

Right now, I'm pulling up the carpet in the spare bedroom.  It's something I should have done years ago.  But I just hadn't felt like it.  (laziness I guess)  But I'm buckling down, and at least getting it started while I'm off.

During the house work, attempts to train Harley and myself, and play dates with friends, I have gotten a little knitting done.  Not much, just a little.  Since I discovered Plurk a week or so ago.  I also discovered the Nanner pattern.  Which I think is definitely going to be one of my new favorite sock patterns.  Unfortunately, I didn't have any banana colored yarn.  But after some suggestions on the part of other Plurkers, I cast on with some yarn I had in my stash (STR - FooFoo colorway).  And this is what I have so far.

It's a really fun and easy pattern.  And it's coming along nicely.  I would like to have been further along, but with Harley in the house, and preparing for company, I don't get much knitting done.

It's time for me to get back to work.  But I think I'm going to knit a row or two before I do.  Have a great day!

Happy knitting, and blogging.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008


I got my second order from Knitpicks today.  I got more sock blanks to dye.  And I wanted to try their new "Kettle Dyed" yarn.  I got the worsted weight in Soot (which is shades of gray), and sock weights in Eggplant and Gold.  I think I'm going to use the gold to make myself another pair of Nanner socks.

For those of you who have not already heard about Plurk, I say check it out.  I'm addicted to the instant communication.  And all the wonderful people there.  If you decide to join, make sure you friend me, over there I'm known as Harleys Mom.

Got to go take Harley for a run around the yard before I put him to bed.  Have a great evening everyone.