Wednesday, February 8, 2012

What a week !

It feels like ages since I last blogged. Actually the past few days have been very stressful and sadly, yesterday we had to say goodbye to one of our little doggies, Xander. I don't want to dwell on the details as its way too upsetting. He was 11 years old which is a good age for a Japanese Chin and he only suffered for a few days before we had to make that awful decision.
Aust. Ch. Siatori Xanadu (Xander)

I knitted like a maniac to keep my mind occupied and made hats numbers 19-22 so I'm almost halfway through my personal challenge.

Last night I knitted a dog blanket (for charity) using two strands of 8ply and a strand of that feather yarn, on big needles. I haven't taken a photo of it so can't show you. Its very thick and soft though so hopefully it will provide warmth and comfort to a shelter dog.

I was watching an informal chat between Drew Emborsky and Michael Sellick on YouTube tonight. They were at the Craft and Hobby Association Winter Conference and Trade Show and were discussing and sharing their crochet experiences. Drew made an interesting comment - he said that a recent study revealed that crocheters were very 'giving' people and 98% of things they make are given away. What do you think about that?

The crochet sock book I told you about in a recent post arrived today so I'm going to have a fiddle tomorrow. There is only one pattern using sock yarn - the rest are 8ply/DK, however I think it would be easy to make a few modifications. I might start off with an 8ply pair as a sort of trial run.

Have a good day.


  1. I think 'crafters' are a generous group in general
    Great work with the beanies. 'Crafting' can be very helpful in times of stress

  2. I understand your stress ...
    The little beanies are beautiful, and yes I do agree that we give away most of what we make.. It makes it all worth while don't you think??

  3. So sorry to hear about your dog. I'm sending my thoughts your way.

    I agree that crocheters are quite giving in general.

    The hats look great! Congratulations on all of your progress towards your challenge.

  4. sorry to hear about Xander Dorothy, pets become such a part of your life and are missed so much when they are gone. Love the hats and can just imagine them on the babies, they must look so cute,, :)

  5. Oh Dorothy! I am so sorry to hear about your little Zander. I know losing a dog is devastating. Hugs to you.

  6. Xander...sorry, I spelled that wrong.

  7. Hello Dorothy and thank you for agreeing with me about the name of The Sunroom's new blanket! I'm terribly sorry about your little dog,Xander. What a stressful time for you but you're doing a great job with all your beautiful little hats.Have a good week.

  8. I'm sure Xander had a good well loved life. What dog can ask for more?


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