Only Child

I’m actually not much in a mood to do a Dogs on Thursday post today.  However, I know from grievings past that going through the motions of normalcy works, so here you go.

The Princess of Joy, Missy Moo, Missy Sissy, Gretchen-Danica-Diana is doing just fine on her own.  She’s being very attentive to her people, especially me, and she’s trying so hard to be a REALLY good girl.  She also wishes those of you to the west would turn fans our way or something, because suddenly, my devil may care girl is too prissy to stay outside to do her business.  The pup who loved playing in the rain and snow, the girl who thinks yard sprinklers are toys, won’t pooo with the wet stuff falling from the sky.  If you don’t know where we live, we’re about 30 hour into the remnants of Hurricane Faye dumping much-needed rain on us, with another 30+ hours to go.  Something’s going to have to give soon, and I hope it does indeed happen outside.

Oh, and in what is probably the last post on Mugsy’s site, I put up some information on spinal cord strokes.

Now, moving on to an FO report.  Yes, I have more than a handful of works in progress, including one shawl I’d really, REALLY like to finish by September 8th, but I just couldn’t pick any of them up since Saturday.  However, this very silly project called to me, and it helped me get back into the rhythm of knitting.

Pattern:  This Beer’s for Her (Ravelry link)   I called it Beer for my horses holder, with a nod to a song that always makes me happy, and makes me want a beer.  While it works, there HAS to be an easier way to get very similar results… one ruffle is cast on, knitted, put on waste thread, then later picked up and knitted into the body, and then you pick up and knit the bottom.  Using dishcloth cotton on #3 dpns was HARD on my hands, so something different will have to happen if/when I make another.  (Yeah, that’s a legit beer in there, but I didn’t drink it last night.)

Yarn:  Peaches & Creme Ombres, in Newport.  (Funny that, considering that a couple of days before I scooped up this yarn for this project, I’d ordered a Namaste Newport…)  Lovely colors, and the pooling doesn’t bother me, but DANG cotton is hard on the hands!  Those of you who crank out cloths all the time, how do you do it?

Needles:  #3 Knitpicks Metal dpns.  Rock-solid functionality.  What else needs to be said?

Verdict:  I’d like to knit more.  They’re cute, and could be a very quick knit if some of you will tell me how to make cotton knittable.  I probably will go up a needle size on the next one, not because this is too tight on the bottle – it’s snug, but I didn’t have to battle to get it on – but because that has to help, right?

29 comments on “Only Child

  1. CathyT says:

    I love it – actually – them! Sissy Prissy Girl is very photogenic and lovely; and the bottle cozy is mucho cute too. Yes, please work on the pattern and make it more fun to knit – then pass it along to the rest of us who wanna knit it, but will wait patiently for you to ‘fix’ it!! LOL –

  2. Robin in VA says:

    Bless her heart…what a sad face.

    If it’s any consolation…my Mom’s bassett, Dolly, won’t poo in the rain either! Maybe it’s because they are so low to the ground?!

  3. Nancy says:

    Please tell sweet Sissy I’ll gladly take some of her wet stuff falling from the sky. We need some rain here at the beach. It’s staying away. Things are starting to look crispy. I know…be careful what you ask for, right? I can’t make my ankle bend properly to let me run through the rain, so I just get soaked.
    I love the cozy, and that song is a favorite too. Now it’s buzzing through my head. That “Newport” colorway matches both of my Newports, from the looks of it. Nice! Can’t wait to hear what you think of your new bag. As for the dishcloth cotton…you know I have issues, both with the tightness on smaller needles and the moisture being sucked out of my hands. Instead of DPNs…could you use 2 circulars? worsted on #3 indeed sounds painful.

  4. Nancy says:

    oh yeah…so glad you got a little knitting mo-jo back!

  5. AlisonH says:

    Cotton is very knittable–if you can get someone else to knit it.

  6. MrPuffy says:

    Sissy looks a little sad. It will get better.

    I love country music too….

  7. Sarah says:

    Aww. Sissy is such a cute little girl! My trick is to take an umbrella with you and put it over her while she goes outside… It might help… 🙂 Sending hugs to you… in the rain!!!

  8. km says:

    The poodle I grew up with needed to be taken out with a golf umbrella. Her brother was teacup sized and paper trained so he just used that during a rain.

    When I knit cotton cloths, they’re my back up project. Usually left in the car, so I’m not knitting forever to have sore hands. But, cloths are on 6’s for me and I’m a loose knitter. That was a cute project though. Not any beer in this house though.

    There will be a new normal. That’s what I’m working through. Though so many times I wish I could just go back for a few more days with those that are in heaven.

  9. Dianne says:

    Lovely picture of sweet Missy Sissy. Give her lots of hugs and scratches and belly rubs from me. Hugs to you and the Knight, too. I’ve been thinking of you all this week.

  10. CindyCindy says:

    I just heard about the Mugs. I’m so so sorry for your loss. He was such a joy to read about on DOT. He will be missed. Give Sissy an extra hug for me.

  11. Grace says:

    first I adore Sissy, she looks so regal lounging there, and the beer cosy is too cute, I myself can not knit cotton on metal needles, when I discovered wood things fell into place and I became a cotton lover, don’t know if that helps but that would be my suggestion

    “One Scotch, One Bourbon, one Beer” George Thorogood

  12. Those ears! I just wanna pet the softness of them. I’ve never heard of knitting kitchen cotton on anything as small as 3’s. I don’t find it hard to handle at all on 6’s or 7’s. (some use 8’s even)

  13. gaylen says:

    I think the beer cozy is perfect and the name is fitting. Do you every have “beer for your dogs?” I love TK.

    Sissy is a doll.

    I don’t have the answer for working with cotton. I have never had my hands hurt when knitting. Other than cotton, do you know what is different about it that makes them hurt? g

  14. Anita says:

    What a sweet face there! Give miss Sissy a kiss for me! 🙂
    (velvet ears…. ever watch Dukes of Hazard? SNOL)

    We just have to figure out how to do that cozy on larger needles! Cotton doesn’t seem to bother me, but I’ve never tried to knit it on size 3’s either….

  15. anniebananie says:

    Sounds like you need to take Sissy out with the umbrella. Yes, we do need the rain, but I do feel for Sissy.

    I’m not really sure about that cozy… 🙂

  16. Peggy says:

    Oh Chan…she’s such a doll and such a sad face!She looks very content! I hope she can hold out or the rains give you a break! We’ve had downpours but get breaks when I send them all out then they all have to be coaxed in so they don’t get caught inthe next downpour. Definitely do not want messes indoors…I rent! Mine are so thankful to be in out of the heat, too…in the room with air now…being in front of a fan won’t do…Be thankful for your Princess, she understands and sympathizes with you! Dogs are very perceptive of your sad feelings! Hope you can grieve and find comfort in good memories of Mugsy! I read over at the other site. We just don’t know when our friends have such sufferings! Hope you get some sunshine without the heat!

  17. Kathy says:

    Miss Sissy is very photogenic and a good model:) She is a good dog in spite of not wanting to get her prissy feet wet.

    Knitting cotton with size 3 needles sounds like hand hurting in a big way. .

  18. Marjie says:

    She’s a pretty pup!

  19. fireflynights says:

    Great photo of Sissy. Glad she’s doing okay.

    The beer cozy is a fun idea. I can see the menfolk rolling their eyes already.

    Your former Namaste Laguna has been doing duty as a Mary Kay bag. It actually holds more than I want to carry including a ring binder of info. Sure wish the thing could hold its shape though. Kind of flops over like a drunk when I set it down. Hope you like your Newport.

  20. nichole says:

    Hugs to Sissy… and you!

    I was wondering about the way that pattern was written with the waste yarn and picking up and all that… fussy?

  21. Paula says:

    Oh what a sweet face Sissy Has!
    Cyber hugs to you and Sissy and the knight!

    We have rain today here too and what is it with bassets and not going poo in the rain?
    Elise used to love the rain and snow when she was a wee pup but as soon as she was 6 months old or there about, shae has an aversion to pooing in the rain.
    She will hold it and hold it and whine to go then whine to come in whitout going and then if it is still raining she will go on the patio where the rain is not.
    After listening to other basset parents I am sure this is an all around basset quirk!

  22. StarSpry says:

    Such a cute picture of Sissy!

    Your beer cozy is really cute. I haven’t knit with cotton much, so I hope you get some good tips so it won’t hurt your hands as much next time.

    Good luck with the lace project!!!

  23. carol says:

    I was so sorry to hear about your dog. It’s never easy losing someone or thing we love

  24. Leslie says:

    Very sorry to hear about Mugsy.

  25. Mary says:

    Aw, what a big girl! She does look sad too…big hugs to al and extra lovin for Sissy!

    Good luck with the lace project and I think your beer cozie is just too cute!!

    Sending our hot temps to help dry ya out out there! I’d be glad to see this heat go!! 🙂

    Love ya’s!!!

  26. Serendipity says:

    Sorry to hear about Mugsy. Keeping you in my thoughts. Missy Sissy is such a sweetie.

  27. Kim says:

    What a cute pic of Sissy! She is a pretty girl and I’m sure she just wants to make her people happy. For your sake I hope the ‘giving’ is outside too. Wilbur is my ‘prissy boy’ and wouldn’t walk in the grass at the track yesterday to do his business because it was wet..argh.

    Love the beer for my horses holder. Too cute!!

  28. Alison says:

    I know how Sissy feels, we haven’t had a dry weekend for 8 weeks and while I know we need the stuff, enough is enough.

  29. Anne says:

    Use softer cotton dorkums. 😛 Dishcloth cotton is rougher than most, but there are some cottons that would work and be just as absorbent and gorgeous that aren’t as rough on the hands. Not that even P&C or S&C bug me, but that’s just me – and I knit about 10 times tighter than you lol

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