Freia and the Knitwhit

A Blog about a Dog with some Knitting thrown in here and there

As the world turns.. and the cycle repeats once more October 20, 2008

Filed under: Chesapeake Bay Retriever,Knitting,knitwhits,Walking the Dog — knitwhits @ 5:48 pm

Have started on the new stuff for the next TNNA show, still trying to find my creative stride though. Tis’ the season, the work begins now to be ready for the upcoming show, if I can only get my mind in gear. Of course every time I say that I end up in some wild creative streak and I relax a bit, till that new idea is done and then I have doubts and feel that I need to be making more. As it is though I have about 5 or 6 new ideas in different stages. This one somersaulted over them all though, was started last week and completed last night. Now just have to write up the pattern from my notes.

This was great fun to do and though I only intended to do the scarf and beret (sorry, if I could get the picture to load I’d show you, but wordpress and I are fighting over this one for some reason – here’s the stitch pattern anyway, that’ll have to do you for now) , I got a bit of a wild hair to knit up a fun slouchy sweater too.. Maybe I’ll hit up the yarn company for the yarn for that one.. I mean, they did offer and all. Might as well save myself a penny or two.

The new problem I find I’m running into now is that I think I’m getting the beginnings of arthritis in one thumb. Hardly surprising with 35 years of knitting under my belt, and what with doing it for a living for the last 6 years, and off and on for another 15 before that. I’m torn between resting my hand, taking meds or just icing it when it gets bad. At the moment I’m just dealing with it, or maybe that’s called denial. It’s annoying is what it is.

Other stuff also going on – got a call on Friday morning from my freight company if my stuff was ready to go for Stitches East.. err.. sorry? Today? Like Now?  well.. no, it’s not. I thought they were scheduled for Monday. oops. Fortunately they were flexible enough to reschedule which allowed me the weekend to pack for the show.

Getting it all on the pallet is an exercise in puzzle-building – somehow I got it all on there – I dread to think how heavy it must be.. I’m reckoning about 600 lbs this time. If you’re reading this and you’re going to Stitches East, please stop by my booth and buy something so I don’t have to ship it all back with me!

Here’s Freia doing her favorite thing – guarding the “stuff”. Good dog!

She’s still on restriction, though as always, I appear to have the willpower of a gnat, I’ve started her on longer walks, just a bit and she’s doing fine. I also scheduled her for an appt with an orthopedic surgeon for a second opinion and maybe even surgery.. ugh.


Starting over.. again October 14, 2008

Filed under: Chesapeake Bay Retriever,Dog Training,Walking the Dog — knitwhits @ 7:28 pm

So we’re back to square one, or maybe square three, with Conservative Management for Freia’s torn ACL (CCL). She’d been doing well so I started upping her walks, but as I’ve done before, I pushed her too far, too soon. I let her play just ever so briefly with a neighbor’s dog and it was enough to aggravate her injury once more.

It’s so damn hard to know how much is too much as due to the nature of her injury she rarely shows any signs at all of pain or discomfort until it is really bad. I’m writing this post as a reminder to myself of when I can start to extend her walks again, slowly this time.. I figure starting from this past Monday for another 8 weeks of complete restriction puts me into the first week of December. I’ve really cut her back this time, and since she’s been so deprived anyway for the last few months, she’s not complaining too much. Today would then be Day 3 of 56 days.. ugh. Clearly I’m less disciplined than I thought.

To help us both, on the one brief walk that we do, I’m spending some time getting her to pull less and heel more, practising figure eights, getting her to pay attention to me as we walk. This way, if she does end up needing surgery, her walks will be more manageable, and besides, at her age, it’s about time she was a little more “mannered” when we are out and about.

I’m fairly sure there is some improvement as she is no longer grumpy with other dogs that she knows and the last day or so when she has sat down for a treat her right leg has, once again, been tucked in very straight. It doesn’t take much to show improvement, but it takes a lot to maintain that improved condition.

In the meantime I’m also researching surgical alternatives for her. My preference is for the least invasive option which in this case, for her size, would be the new Tightrope procedure. The trick is to find a local surgeon who has learned the technique, I’ve emailed the company that trains the surgeons but I’ve yet to hear back from them.

Hopefully by next spring she will be able to smother Bella with kisses at the park once more.


Happiness is a wall of new yarn October 10, 2008

Filed under: Knitting,knitwhits — knitwhits @ 11:32 am


A Rather Serious Hat October 1, 2008

Filed under: Knitting,Knitting Tips,knitwhits — knitwhits @ 8:50 pm

I’ve just posted a new kit colorway of the Flore Hat. A request I’ve heard many times is for a version for a boy. I pointed customers to the Peapod and Bluebell, but I think this new one, Buckeye, may fit the bill (or Bill) too.

I’ve been told the colors make it “serious looking”, hence the title of this post. Yes, I suppose knitting can be serious business after all.

Related to this I’ve added a clip to YouTube on how this hat is made. Check it out..

P.S. In the video I’m wearing the cable sweater that I wrote about in this post. I should probably write up that pattern too one of these days.