Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Another one done!

My Lace Wings shawl, using one skein of Handmaiden's Sea Silk in the most delectable shade of brown:

blocking as we speak...

  • Pattern: Lace Wings Shawl
  • Yarn: Handmaiden Sea Cell
  • Started: August 27, 2006
  • Finished: September 12, 2006

I used Soak rather than the standard Eucalan (Aquae scent - just edible), and I got to use my new blocking wires, which got me to wondering about a few things:

* why was it so hard for me to remove the instructions that came with the wires from the tube? It took me almost 15 minutes - no kids, much cussing - until I resorted to tiny tweezers to pull the damned thing out, all ripped to bits.

* why was it that after I blocked it out that I found the other set of blocking wires, purchased years ago but presumed missing after a couple of moves?

* and finally, where am I going to wear this gorgeous thing? I am not very shawl-y by nature, nor am I typically lacy - any wardrobe suggestions?

Dog Philosophy

And today, some thoughts on why I love dogs so very much. A friend of mine had to put one of hers down today after an unprovoked attack on another friend, and it just got me to thinking...

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.-Anonymous

Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. -Ann Landers

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.-Will Rogers

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.-Ben Williams

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. -Josh Billings

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.-Andy Rooney

We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made.-M. Acklam

Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, Who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.-Sigmund Freud

I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. -Rita Rudner

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, And to turn around three times before lying down.-Robert Benchley

Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.-Franklin P. Jones

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known Will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.-James Thurber

If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise. -Unknown

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money.-Joe Weinstein

Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul, Chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!-Anne Tyler

Women and cats will do as they please, And men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.-Robert A. Heinlein

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; That is the principal difference between a dog and a man.-Mark Twain

You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!'- Dave Barry

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. -Roger Caras

If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket And then give him only two of them.-Phil Pastoret

My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am (My personal favourite, and, I think, my new credo).

Next OTN: my nieces' Wonderful Wallabies - just cast on the first, in Paton's Decor (my SIL is not a fan of handwashing), Rich Taupe. Think I'll alternate days between them, and maybe be able to make myself a fall-ish cardigan in between... (see? there's that unfounded, unrealistic optimism again, that always ends up biting me in the ass...)


Elaine said...

What a beautiful shawl - and I loved all the dog quotes!!

CanarySanctuary said...

I love your shawl too. Might I ask, as a newbie to reading your blog, where you got the pattern? I have two, count em, TWO skeins of Sea Silk that are crying out to be knit, and this looks like a lovely project to complete.

Tanya said...

oh, to be so lucky to have 2 skeins of sea silk!
WOW, you knit that fast! I thought a shawl with delicate lace like that would take longer. What size skein did you use? I noticed at the store they have 2 sizes...
I love my dogs, more than probably many people. They are so loyal and follow me around constantly, smiling at me every chance they get. How could you not love that?!

Miss Scarlett said...

Wow your shawl is incredible! Seriously gorgeous.

I love those dog quotes. Kira just cheered me up a bunch. She went for a ride with my mom and came home sooo excited. She tucks her tail under and runs like a madwoman.

That always makes me laugh.

I am impressed by your speed Deirdre - I think those hoodies will be done in no time.

canknitian said...

It's so true about dogs. I spent the day yesterday with my Dad and his lady friend, and during our adventures we spent some time at my aunt and uncle's. My cousin arrived and his THREE dogs poured out of the truck. I spent some time wandering the yard and garden with them, rolling and patting and scratching them...and it was some of the best therapy I could ever ask for.

Thanks for your warm comment on my post and the changes happening in my life. I so appreciate hearing from you.


And I LOVE your shawl. Such a beauty!