All Around the Mulberry Bush…

Okay, Sissy’s no monkey, my yarn’s hardly a weasel, and the coffee table isn’t even wooden, but it’s either laugh, cry, or have myself committed, because when one repeats an action destined for disaster over and over, it’s insanity. 

See the depth of the “wrapped” section, around the commercially wound skein?  See the hook, so deeply shoved under all of that yarn?  THAT is what three times around my coffee table looks like when re-wound, in a fashion.  I thought Sissy was with me in the kitchen, but I guess she got tired of hearing, “No.  Get down.  Sissy, no” as she tried to stand on the dishwasher door, so she could pre-wash the dishes on the bottom rack.  Sure, it’s cute now, when she only weighs about 20 lbs., but do you want to chip in for the new dishwasher when her full-grown 45 lb. self snaps the door off its hinges?

Quiet isn’t a good thing with awake toddlers or puppies.  Sigh.  The one thing  I will say is that crochet seems a little sturdier for puppy gallops with yarn.  The hook holds up to her teeth better than my circular needle cables too.  Guess I won’t be ordering a wooden or bamboo hook to try for a while.  Not a stitch dropped, thank goodness, because you wouldn’t believe how hard it is for me to count to 102 with the initial chain.  Seriously.  That dark yarn, and I still have no eye for those little chainermuhdoodles…  Go ahead.  Laugh.  Snort, shake your head.  Calculus and trig I can do, but counting is painful.  The first of my Etsy friends who stops laughing long enough to make me crochet stitch markers AND includes the remedial guide on their use will be paid in gold, yarn, or something fantastic.  I have yarn ADD, and I live with a puppy with ADD, so don’t laugh unless you are laughing WITH me.

It’s no wonder the girl does what she pleases.  She – and her Dadaw – think she’s a celebrity AND a princess.  Please, don’t y’all tell him about doggles.  I’m afraid he’d buy her a pair, and this is a man with skills; he somehow used “peer pressure” to lure his then 84 year old grandfather into buying a pair of BLUE – electric, cobalt blue – DESIGNER sunglasses at the beach one year.  I wish I’d gotten a photo of the two idiots in their matching, designer shades.  Oh, and in case you’re wondering, neither of the spendthrifts ever wore them again after that week.  And you were wondering how I got away with building a stash without borders in just one year?? 

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go do lots more FDDC, SC, BDDC, SC… before I forget how to do the BDDC again.  Oh – thanks to Firefly and the others who explained to pick up both loops.  I do like the way it looks, and perhaps it will withstand the wild woman’s wear and tear for a while.

14 comments on “All Around the Mulberry Bush…

  1. Monnibo says:

    Once you’ve got the hang of crochet, will you teach me how? I’m really interested in it.

  2. Amanda says:

    This post cracked me up… Yes, quiet is definitely NOT a good thing with puppies or toddlers!

  3. Robin in VA says:

    “Life’s so bright…gotta wear shades!”

    Sissy…you are just TOO cool!

  4. gaylen says:

    We used to give Abby boxes to destroy so she would stay in the kitchen with me. It worked great until she ate the outgoing bills one day!

    As for crochet stitch markers – try those little plastic clippy ones that you wrap around a stitch, they should work just fine. g

  5. Ana says:

    Loved this post. I could just picture the mayham. Sissy makes me glad that I don’t have any pets. That’s not true! I love reading the adventures of Sissy.

  6. fireflynights says:

    Those little plastic clippy things (locking stitch markers) come in very handy for crocheting. But, be careful using them around Sissy. No telling what kind of damage the sharp points could do if she eats them. Sounds like something Mosby would do. Anything that hits the floor is fair game to him.

    I’ll have to send you the pattern for the narrow scalloped scarf that was one of my recent projects. Directions begin: Chain 203…. If that’s not bad enough, I didn’t like the way the colors lined up in the first one I made so I made it again in a solid color. Chain 203, again….

    Love the shades. Sissy is ready for Hollywood.

  7. Barbara says:

    Sadie used to do the “race around with yarn” trick all the time when she was a puppy. Simon would never start it on his own, but sometimes she could convince him to join in. Guess who climb onto our bed to “help” me with my first pair of socks and broke/chewed a #3 DP in half? She doesn’t do it so much now that she is ten, but I still can’t leave my knitting out for her to find though. She will unzip knitting bags and backpacks to get to yarn if she feels in the mood. Nothing is safe from a Basset with their mind set to get into something. They aren’t dumb, no matter what non-basset owners think!

  8. Bubblesknits says:

    LOL So maybe a plastic bin with a lid is in order for WIP’s? And I love the shades. 🙂

  9. Blanche says:

    That Sissy is one cute pup! Makes me miss my pups at home! And I agree with the locking stitch markers or split loop ones. I haven’t used stitch markers on a crochet project yet. I just count the stitches, which is not that easy!

  10. nichole says:

    Oh but she IS a star… esp in those shades!
    Our kids do that prerinse cycle as well… I’ve found its just easier to give the dishes to them BEFORE putting in the dishwasher… its easier than not.

  11. Nancy says:

    OH NO! LOL, my friend’s cockapoo had those goggles for riding in the convertible…he looked hysterical!

  12. Anita says:

    He he!! Love the photo of Sissy in shades!!! 🙂

    I’ve got crochet markers!! Which ones do you want, beaded or a clay critter? Just let me know, they’re on me! I feel for your pain! :O

  13. MrPuffy says:

    Definately laughing with you. Love the shades – such a cool look!

  14. StarSpry says:

    Sissy would look so cute in Doggles!!! 😀

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