Monday, August 30, 2004

Rainy days and Mondays

This Monday started pretty rainy and yucky but has steadily improved. It began with me finding my Corgi, Mavis, had an upset stomach last night. Poor baby. She was just laying on the floor when I found her and wouldn't get up. I thought that she was dead. But she just had a rough night. I had to clean her up and have been forcing her to drink water every 30 minutes or so in order to rehydrate her. I'm keeping my eye on her but she's also a pro at milking you for attention so its hard to tell if she's faking it or not. I gave her some bits of hamburger and rice (good for upset doggy stomachs) and she eagerly wolfed that down. We'll see how she's doing later this week. I hope that the rest of the week gets better for all of us.

Sorry that my blog post for Friday was late arriving. Blogger wouldn't cooperate with me. Nor would Knitter's Review. I'm starting to get a complex. I haven't been able to post to either for days because they wouldn't let me log in. Hmpf! I guess I'm nobody :(

On the knitting front, as you can see from the picture, I'm rolling through Rogue. The main body is almost finished and (deep breath) I'm going to start on the neck cables next. What you can't see in the picture is the frogging that was done on Rogue this weekend. Remember when I was whining about the boring rows of cabling? Well, I didn't really have to do them. The instructions in question appeared in section three (the pocket part and also an OPTIONAL section) AND were repeated in section four. Since I knit the optional section, I knit these rows twice. However when I measured the piece (with my new sheepie tape measure), it was way off. I went back through the Rogue-a-long archives and low and behold, others had experienced the same confusion. The good thing is, I thought that I was going to run out of yarn for my project before all of this frogging occured so now my mind is at ease :) Knit-a-longs are certainly a good thing.

So now I'm back on track with Rogue and I'm almost to the (gulp) neck cables. It seems from the RAL archives that some people had trouble with this area too so I'm going to make note of a frog back row just in case. I also plan to knit both of the sleeves at the same time as someone suggested so that I can be sure that they're the same length, etc. I'm looking forward to finishing this project though I'll be sad because its so much fun.

Also on the knitting front, I'm hoping to make a prayer shawl for the grandmother of our dear California friends. While they were vacationing with us back in July, they got word that their granddaddy had taken ill. When they returned home, they found out that he has a brain tumor and has less than two months to live :( I'm so sad for them. He is a wonderful and sweet person. He has lived a long 80+ years though and has an incredible family to show for it. I want to show my long distance support for the family but just don't know what to do. I've kept them in my prayers but truly feel that something like a prayer shawl might comfort Grandmommy in the days ahead. I've never knit one (and appreciate any guidance that anyone can provide)but am using this prayer shawl ministry website as a resource. I'm not a deeply religious person but I am a deeply spiritual person and feel that this might be the best way to offer my support and love for Grandmommy.

My California friend, Adri, has just taken up knitting and I'm hoping to spoil her with goodies in the near future. If anyone knows of knitting groups in Santa Clarita or San Fernando CA, please let me know so that I can hook her up. Well, back to work. TTFN


Elisa said...

I hope that Mavis is feeling better today. It's so scary when our furry friends get ill.

I think the prayer shawl sounds like a great idea (I am working on an small afghan for my G'pa in California right now, too, as he has terminal lung cancer). I am sure your friend and your friend's Grandmommy will love the shawl.

Rogue is really looking pretty terrific and I sympathize with your recent trip to the frog pond!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment - btw, the sleeve is going with me to the dentist today!

Amanda said...

I hope your puppy is feeling better soon...

Have you read the posts on KR about using ravel cord or some floss as a 'life line' while knitting? It may make that neck part go a little easier. Pick a rown thread the floss and then you are able to frog back to that row safely. I always feel like I am going to miss something when I frog...

h said...

I promise to wait for reveal day...I thought I missed it! :)hugs for mavis!