On the Throne

Oh please, people.  No potty photos here.  Goodness.  We’ve always politely called it the library…

That’s the not so little princess on her throne.  More precisely, that’s Sissy attempting to assert herself, as she claims my spot on the sofa, after dragging the throw pillows and the blanket (yes Pissy, the ERVFC throw, but we got two with the intent that one would be used and abused) around, and even moving the sofa cushions to suit her.  After all of that, she refused to look at the camera.  Diva?

Happy Dogs on Thursday, little Friday and whoohooo, Anita will be here this evening!  There’s one other little bit of DoT business.

Sorry about the glare, but I wanted you to see the pawprint there in the bottom of the black marble.  You see, that’s Sissy’s seal of approval, which withstood Hanna’s downpours to the extent you see there.

I needed Sissy’s approval, because there was a problem with the stone.  I was almost physically ill when I got the box from our mail carrier, because I knew it was too small.  The Knight made a mistake, and offered to re-order.  I tried not to show HOW upset I was, and suggested we take it outside and look at it before ordering another one, because honestly, what do you do with a spare gravestone?

They’re the same types of stones, same dealer, but clearly, the sizes are very different.  That’s not what I’d envisioned, but it seemed foolhardy to order another.  So, we took it to the garden and I set it in place, and stepped back, trying to like it.  Sissy trotted by, and I asked her what she thought.  She made a wide circle around the garden, and then hopped up in the raised garden and pranced right across the spot you see above, leaving a muddy, gravelly paw print on the stone.  I’m sure she scratched it a tiny bit, but that little sign let me sigh, laugh and tell the Knight to let it be.

Chief Pissy stopped by later the same afternoon.  I say this with love, but the man has more than a few OCD issues.  He rather candidly informed the Knight that it was lovely… and what was the problem?  Mugsy was a smaller dog, so why wouldn’t his stone be smaller?  That soothed me enough that when the Knight’s buddy, normally a very practical, reasonable man, announced that the stones should match, I was able to shrug, and share Sissy’s seal of approval story.  He then agreed that if Sissy thought it was right, it must be.

There’s a little FO report to do too.  VERY little FO.  As in, smaller than I meant for it to be…

The KDO hat:

Pattern:  Hot Head from Stitch ‘n Bitch.  I used the small instructions on a smaller needle to make a small child’s hat, and boy, I sure got a SMALL hat.  I made a few changes.


  1. I knitted in the round.  Why seam when you don’t have to?
  2. I started the decreases after 26 rounds, in keeping with the pattern’s other attempts at sizing. 
  3. I didn’t change colors.  I just used a happy yarn.  I don’t know whether it is self-striping or just has really long variegated runs.

Yarn:  I’ve already confessed that I used Bernat Softee Chunky in the circus colorway.  I maintain that there’s nothing wrong with a no-extra care needed yarn, especially when you have no idea who will receive the hat.  (And yes, you DO see Missy Sissy running at full tilt!)

Needles :  An unknown brand of #8, 24-inch bamboo circs.

Verdict:  Meh.  I’m disgusted with how small it is, but it was a very quick knit and will do its job for some very small child. 

I don’t know when I’ll post again, but rest assured it will include photos and a full report on KDO. Tomorrow, I’m only coming in to do payroll, and then Anita and I will do a few things around town, then head north to meet up with Michelle and Amanda for dinner and some shopping at the KDO marketplace.  We’ll travel home Saturday night, and then Anita will continue southward on Sunday…

What’s up for your weekend?

24 comments on “On the Throne

  1. StarSpry says:

    That’s a great picture of Sissy. She’s quite the Diva! I’m sorry Mugsy’s stone is smaller than Fred’s, but I’m glad Sissy gave you her approval. It looks nice in the garden 🙂

    I think the hat is adorable! I’m sure it will fit someone, and acrylic is the perfect yarn to use when you’re not sure who will end up with the item. Have fun with Anita and at KDO!!

  2. Mary says:

    Love the pic of Sissy, Lady looks like that quite a bit at times, she knows your watching her but she’s trying to ignore you…lol
    Am glad Sissy approved the stone!I think it looks great in the garden! With our temps getting some lower I can’t wait to get our memory garden going. Your inspires me for mine!

    Love the hat, just love those colors together!
    Enjoy Anita’s visit…BIG hugs to you all!!!

  3. I’m sure Mr. Mugsy, who never worried about size in life, will be more than happy with his “little” stone. And Sissy approves, so, yes, resistance IS futile! My weekend? Oh, just a little 3000 mile trip.

  4. gaylen says:

    While I probably would have felt like you did when I opened the box – I like it. I’m glad Sissy gave the stamp of approval. You also have Mugsy’s paw print . . .

    My weekend – nothing! Unless you count Poker going on here Saturday night. Have a great time. I can’t wait to see photos. g

  5. Anita says:

    The headstone for Mugsy is lovely, and if Sissy says that it’s a keeper then it must be. 🙂

    Be there soon!! 🙂

  6. Wendy says:

    I think the stones look lovely.

    Have a great time at KDO. It sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun.

    I’m head up to PA as well. My SIL is having a baby shower and I’m going to spend some time with that little man of mine.

    Have a great time with the gals.

  7. nichole says:

    Well, if the diva gives her approval… ?? They are very lovely stones!

    Have fun with Anita!

  8. Bubblesknits says:

    I’m in agreement with Chief Pissy. Mugsy was smaller than big ‘ole Fred, so it’s fitting that his gravestone is different. 🙂

    Can’t wait to see pictures from this weekend!

  9. Nancy says:

    If Sissy gave the paw of approval, it is all good.
    I hope you have a fun trip to KDO.

  10. MrPuffy says:

    Don’t give another thought to the size of the stone memorials. They look eclectic and I wouldn’t have noticed.

    Sissy moving in on your space – too funny!

  11. anniebananie says:

    If Sissy thinks the stone is perfect, than it is perfect.

    Enjoy your weekend and your week next week!

    Personally, I like the hat. I think it’s fun. And of course it will fit someone…

  12. AlisonH says:

    I love how Sissy saved the day. Perfect.

  13. CathyT says:

    I, like Mr. P, was thinking as I was reading your narration: well, Mugsy was a smaller fella than Fred, so why not a more diminutive stone? So, you see, great minds do think alike, right?!? Well, Sissy thinks so anyway. Have a great out of towner … we’ll miss you at the RCK workshops.

  14. Dianne says:

    Lovely stones, and who are we to question the Diva’s approval? She is such a sweetheart!

  15. Kenyetta says:

    The stones are beautiful!

  16. crimsonpurl says:

    The memorial is looking lovely Chan!

  17. Serendipity says:

    Sissy certainly look the picture of a diva there! The stones are lovely.

  18. Kathy says:

    Why should she look at the camera? She’s the one in control, you know. LOL
    If Sissy approves, then it’s a done deal:)
    What am I doing this weekend? Going to DD’s band performance and waiting for you and Anita to return with pics of all the goodies from KDO! Have Fun!

  19. CindyCindy says:

    OK. Let’s get something straight here. Sissy is not a diva. She is a Diva. She is not only spoiled, but entitled. And, she is every bit as special and wonderful as she thinks she is;-) I do so love Mugsy’s stone and am glad you’ve come to a bit of peace.

  20. Darcy Watts says:

    How beautiful a memorial.Hugs Darcy

  21. alison says:

    A sweet stone for a sweet dog, who wouldn’t have cared about the size. It looks different from the other and that’s probably a good thing, as they were different dogs. One day and one step at a time.

  22. Thanh says:

    Sissy looks like she is enjoying her “special” spot.
    A spare headstone might make a nice paperweight?
    Love the memorials.

  23. Mindy says:

    Sissy is getting big!

    It sounds like she was finding a little way to tell him hello and to tell you it was all ok.

    Who is Chief Pissy? That’s an interesting nickname.

  24. Miss Me says:

    Just getting caught up – the memorial is lovely. They were different dogs and deserve different stones. It’s lovely that you have the memorial garden for them.

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