Saturday, September 18, 2010

Three Lucky Dawgs

I've dug up pictures of my three yahoodlers tonight, not just because I think they're so darn cute — which they are, natch! — but because I just learned about a promotion by Pedigree® dog food, an Adoption Drive, that expires Sept. 19, which is tomorrow.

There is an ongoing campaign on Facebook: Get a dog a free bowl of food by clicking here.

But that isn't the end of it. If you happen to have a blog — better done than mine, I hope! — please launch a quick post before midnight tomorrow (Sunday) and mention this effort. Your reward? Pedigree® says it will donate a 20-lb. bag of food to a shelter. Enter the link to your blog post here to get it done.

I would like to juice up the challenge: When you're running your errands, any time in the next several days, buy a bag of pet food — dog or cat — and drop it off at your local shelter or rescue organization. Doesn't have to be the fancy stuff. Shelter animals are notoriously grateful for whatever kindness they receive.

And then go home and give your pets an extra squeeze — because they're some of the lucky dawgs.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Seriously Orange

Monday, September 13, 2010

Signs of Fall

I know when autumn is coming because this tree always announces the news. Sometimes it's the middle of August; this year, it held off until the first of September:

I know when autumn is coming because a pair of fingerless mittens becomes my project de rigueur. This year, it's times two.

Top, pattern and yarn, Blue Sky's brushed Suri, purchased here. This pair is finished and already with its new owner.

Bottom, Frog Tree's alpaca worsted, which I found on sale here. It appears to have been discontinued, so if yer interested, buy now, buy often. The pattern is from the book and is, so far, smartly done. Perhaps this pair will stay closer to home.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Couple of Takes on the Day

As far as I know, our local fire department didn't get much attention from the media today, but they were a class act, unlike some others this week— cough that fruit loop in Florida cough. There was nothing ostentatious, no phony piety, no reporters camped out. The crew simply parked one of their trucks on the highway bridge, manned it all day (as in from early in the morning) and flew the flag from their cherry picker, which was fully extended. Whose motives were more genuine?

I don't always care for The Onion, but it clearly has some highly placed sources: They reprinted an interview with God, and wrangled an update on the hijackers. Searingly brilliant.

Of course, the sacrifice that began nine years ago is nowhere near finished. That is what I think we should remember. I wish I could say it as wonderfully as this clip does:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Off to School ... and Back to School

Ours was but one of countless families who've gotten a fresh serving of bittersweet in the past few weeks. Sending a kid off to college is not for the feint of heart. So much pride. Anticipation. Bubbles of worry. That little voice that promises they'll be fine. And then, what can you do but step aside (and take Dad by the ear because, yes, really. We have to leave now). But first, one more photo!

This is the first time in 13 years that the girls were not together for the annual First Day of School pictures. But, while we left a freshman at the University of Dayton, we had a sophomore ready for her second year at the high school:

There's a new rhythm, a new normal. Welcome September. Here's to a good year.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

An FO, a new UFO. Ee-i-ee-i-o

It took way longer than it should have — darn those interruptions —

but here it is, at (very) long last. The Isager sugar jacket. Knit exactly as instructed in the book, except for starting the sleeve increases an inch sooner:

There is a ton of knitting in it, but it should be — except for overly busy people such as the person at the keyboard — a fairly quick project. The short-row shaping at the shoulders and in the collar is very smart, as is the way the increases are worked in the sleeve. A word of caution to the large-boned: apparently Danish women are toothpicks. Just sayin'. Anyway, the object is over at the shop, if you're curious.

I'm glad that I made that sweater and I'm glad it's finished — it feels like a logjam has broken. Or at least a log has been removed. It isn't like there aren't any other UFOs on the shelf. Just to be sure, however, I took this from the stash pile:

and moved it the UFO pile. It's Theresa Gaffey's Seaweed Stole, made with Louet's Kidlin lace weight. As with many things, it isn't difficult, the key is to *pay attention and count.* Repeat between *.

Some thoughtful soul (Laurie, was that you?) left this book on my chair at work the other day. There are several projects that I really like, and am nursing a small crush on the scarf by Jared Flood, who also did the photography for the book. At last, I have the perfect reason to get a little something from Beaverslide Dry Goods. I've been wanting to try their yarn for ages.

Yes, really. Don't give me that look.
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