A Bit Of Crochet

Mrs P, you mentioned adolescence (sorry but I couldn’t reply to your comment for some reason?!). Scampi is definitely showing adolescent behaviour – I feel like I’m constantly having an argument with him! lol. And the amount of fur he’s shedding is unbelievable, I’ve had to retire my faithful Henry vacuum cleaner and buy a Dyson Animal πŸ˜€

The second Scampi Blanket is finished. It IS straight, I promise – I had to fling it down and take the photo quickly, no time to be fussy when little paws are heading your way, lol. I put it on his seat and was thanked with a lick to my right eye, then he dragged the blanket onto the floor and sat on his seat without it πŸ˜€

New blanket

There’s a yarn bomb happening here, it’s at the Kingsholm Stadium and timed to coincide with the rugby world cup. I don’t know all the details yet, all I know is it has a garden theme. So I’ve been hooking mini flowers for a garland

Flowers

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Wednesday, 3rd June 2015 at 12:35 pm 2 comments

Still Exhausted!

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post! I also haven’t read anyone else’s posts, though it’s not through lack of trying. I have kept up with a forum I’ve used for years – I sneak on there first thing in the morning, while the house is quiet and Scampi Dog is still dozing. Once everyone’s gone off to work, I do a bit of housework, walk the dog, more housework, play with the dog, then he lies down for a sleep. I make a coffee and just as I sit down to drink it and log in here, he’s up again πŸ˜€

Dog training was two steps forwards and one step back for a while, which I expected, then a local cat decided to spend most of her time in next door’s front garden, in full view of my hall window. Scampi kicks off when he sees any cat, but he really hates this one and stands at the window and barks and barks and barks……. He forgets everything he’s been taught when he spots this cat and he’s wound up for hours afterwards, he spends the rest of the day going to the window to see if the cat’s there. It’s like all that training hasn’t happened. I can’t block his access to this window (I can to every other window in the house – why did that cat have to choose THAT spot?!) so I’ve been trying to train him to stay away. Fail. I’ve taken the easy, lazy way out I’m afraid – I’ve taped material to the window frame. That’ll do til I can sort out something permanent. I had no idea that hearing constant barking, then the constant tellings off, could leave me so tired πŸ˜€

The view from the window has been blocked for two days and I have peace! The window looks awful but I don’t care πŸ˜€ We had a routine going before Cat Stress, hopefully I can get back to it now. I will have time to sit and read my book, do a bit of crochet and flit about on the internet. I found more bits of yarn, added them to my Bits Basket and made a blanket for Scampi. It’s meant to be – and is mostly! – a semi-circle, it’s the first one I’ve made and I must’ve miscounted the stitches slighty, the straight edge isn’t πŸ˜€ Trying to get him to sit still and pose is impossible so I’ve quickly snapped these two photos

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I’ve still got lots of bits left, so I started this (for the dog, again!) but had to abandon it while the Cat Stress took over. I’ll get back to it later today. Just as I took this photo, he grabbed the yarn and made off with it, a second later and the blanket was ruffled and I’d have only managed to capture about a quarter of it, lol

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Wednesday, 27th May 2015 at 12:54 pm 11 comments

Exhausted!

I’m completely worn out! I knew what to expect when Scampi moved in and pretty much everything was put on hold while he learned to trust us. Knowing what to expect and knowing how it will feel are two completely different things – I’ve had two babies so I know this but I was still surprised πŸ˜€ As his confidence grew, he didn’t feel the need to be my shadow quite so much, but all this meant was that I had time to eat and do a bit of housework in peace πŸ˜€ Now, he’ll happily lie in the sun in the garden while I get on with things. Occasionally he pops in and checks I’m still around, then wanders off to chew a stick or find his ball so we can play. He also gives me a look which says β€œDon’t you DARE shut the back door while I’m out here” πŸ˜€ We have a routine now, and I have time to pick up my crochet hook and make something.

Sleeping

So, I DID pick up my favourite hook – I’ve had it for years and I have no idea where it came from. It’s just always been in my sewing box, unused. It says size 3.50 but I have a set of newer hooks – it’s a bit bigger than the 3.50 and smaller than the 4.0. So we’ll just call it 3.75 πŸ˜€ The basket of bits has been brought back out and put on the coffee table. The hook has been placed in the basket. And that’s as far as I’ve got.

Yarn basket

Thursday, 23rd April 2015 at 6:01 pm 7 comments

Blogs And Dogs

I want to catch up with blogs and write a few posts (I’ve scribbled titles down to remind myself of what I want to say, lol) but Scampi has other plans for me. If he could talk, this is what he’d say –
β€œLook look look! I’ve peed for you – all over your carpet!”
β€œLook look look! I’ve peed on the bottom shelf, all over some DVDs!”
β€œPlay with me!”
β€œRub my belly!”
β€œThis training thing is hard work, I need a day off. Today, I will ignore everything you say. I’ll even ignore the treats in your pocket – you know, the ones I get when I listen to you – and I’ll stand at the window and bark at cars for two solid hours. OK?”

Crocheting with a dog in the house is interesting! Until two weeks ago, I had a small chest of drawers for yarn, plus there was a basket or box under the coffee table, a couple tucked beside the sofa, one under a chair and a variety of bits lying around. Whatever I was working on was on the arm of the sofa, with a trail of yarn leading to the floor.

Not anymore πŸ˜€ As much yarn as possible has been squished into the drawers, some is still in boxes and stacked on top of the tumble dryer in a small cupboard off the hallway (the space I laughingly call The Utility Room) and my basket of bits is balanced on top.

Scampi has a choice of three blankets but he keeps trying to steal the first ripple I made. Obviously I needed to make him one of his own. I picked some balls of yarn from the stash and asked him what he thought, but he assumed they were toys so I had to choose for him – hope he’s happy with the colours πŸ˜€

Scampi blanket

Tuesday, 7th April 2015 at 12:04 pm 7 comments

Meet Scampi

We met Scampi and decided he was ours πŸ˜€ He was a six month old bundle of nerves on the friday, by sunday he was like a different dog – the rescue centre had worked wonders with him. It was going to be at least three weeks – and lots of visits from us – before we could bring him home, they wanted to spend more time working with him. But each time we visited, his confidence had grown and two weeks later he was home with us!

I usually link photos to a larger image, but this one is from Scampi’s info page at Teckels Animal Sanctuaries so I’ve linked it to their website

Scampi Teckels

The home check was the one thing I worried about – what would happen when he spotted the chickens? The manager of the rescue centre had spent a lot of time with him, so she was the person to bring him round. There was lots of interest from him (while the girls sped off towards the other end of the run!) and while he stood up and leant on the fence, he didn’t bark, growl or try to attack. We were shown what to do if he does get carried away, but the manager was happy that he’d be OK. Scampi is happy too, his chicken training involves treats and a squeaky toy πŸ˜€

We’ve taken lots of photos but the little man doesn’t sit still for long, most are blurry action shots! Between us, we’ve managed just one clear picture πŸ˜€

Scampi

Sunday, 22nd March 2015 at 6:54 am 8 comments

Growing

So far, we have spindly broad beans – I’ve moved them into the greenhouse where they’re starting to look a bit more sturdy

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Spindly tomatoes, they were struggling to get enough daylight so they’re now under artificial lights

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Endless chilli plants – these are Mr MB’s new obsession project, I know nothing about them at all and don’t get involved!

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Chitting potatoes

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Parsley, chives and basil

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Good old mustard and cress!

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We’ve re-used old plastic spoons, cocktail sticks and duct tape (OK – the tape was new!) as labels

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The bird table was blown over in the wind and the roof got broken. We carried on using it as it is, somehow three of the chickens managed to squeeze on there at once and steal the bird food. One liked it so much she used it instead of her nesting box πŸ˜€

Egg

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Wednesday, 18th March 2015 at 5:23 pm 4 comments

Waiting For Teal – Part 2

When ordering important things like yarn, remember to press the submit/confirm button after you’ve entered all your details. Because if you don’t, your order will not arrive, no matter how patiently you wait πŸ˜€

I need teal for ripply cushion covers

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granny square cushion covers

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the border for the Christmas ripple

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and the granny square blanket

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I’ve been through the order process again and clicked ALL the buttons, my yarn is on it’s way πŸ˜€

Saturday, 21st February 2015 at 11:59 am 3 comments

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