Look at this very cute apron:
Now before all you sewers (??) get up in arms and rejoicing, I DID NOT sew that. My mom made it for me (thanks, Mom!) and didn’t it turn out just so cute?! On our shopping day last week she wanted to pop into this quilting store. I saw an abundance of beautiful fabrics and colours, but the one table display that caught my eye was one with these “one yard apron” kits. Their display model was made with a bright yellow rooster material with black with white polka dot trim. So we made a deal – she’d buy and sew the apron and I will reciprocate with some computer tutoring. She just dropped it off this a.m. and I LOVE IT!
I finished the mini-Clapotis last night:
I am pretty pleased with how this turned out, except for one thing. The two balls of yarn were different, even though they were the same dye lot.
That is not to say they were completely different colours, but the dye saturation was much greater on the second ball. I was really enjoying the beautiful bright turquoise, sandy peach and darker blue on the first ball, but the second one was so dark and muddy in comparison. You can really notice it when the scarf is laid out flat.
I need to steam block it to finish it off – I think it will block out about 24″ wide and maybe 66 to 72″ long. The fabric really is lovely – drapey and soft and very scrunchable. I’ll put up more pics once it’s blocked.
The past few days Apollo has had some problems with the laminate flooring in the house. When we first moved in, he was very cautious when walking on the floor and did have a few episodes where he simply just lost his footing and fell over (from a standstill …) but his confidence grew and the floors were no problem at all. In fact he handles the stairs better than Sabrina, probably because he’s more deliberate and less spazzy going up and down them. Anyway, a few days ago, he fell over at the feeding tables. In reflection, I believe Sabrina probably hip-checked him, he lost his balance and down he went. If I don’t stand between them, she’ll eat some of her food, then go over to his table and push him out of the way and eat his food. So I usually stand there until he decides to walk away, at which time she’ll go to his dish and he’ll go to hers.
So the poor boy lost his footing and got all skittish again about the floors. It happened a few more times over the next days. At first we thought it might have been his hip bothering him, but I watched him closely and he was walking really weirdly because he was afraid of slipping on the floor. That in itself was making him slip. And out in the yard and on our walks he bounces along like a puppy.
The big fella decided for the long weekend we’d have a “slumber party” set up in the living room, so he brought up the family room dog beds and laid them out:
Apollo made his way onto the “safety” of the bed area:
When we were out yesterday picking up a few things, we got a 4 x 6′ carpet to put at the feeding station so Apollo will feel secure there, and we also got a hallway runner so he can walk without fear of falling. He’s already become more confident again, so I think he’ll get over his concerns in a few more days.
In other knitting news, I decided to rip out the Regia Germany socks I’d started a while ago. I’m going to cast on again and probably try the No Purl Monkey Socks as I think that stitch pattern would lend itself well to such broad stripes. I’m looking forward to doing some more involved sock patterns after the delight that was the Harris Tweed ones.