Short & sweet

A year ago, yesterday, we brought this guy home. Spark was a little damp & a lot bouncy back then.

Apricot and cream Double Doodle 14 month old dog looking up while sitting on a white ceramic tile floor.
Eager to eat the treat in my hand

It was an inspired decision helped by my Mom (thanks, Mom). The main pros for this Double Doodle dandy were correctly plotted. Ancillary pros (size of the Best Bud, whoa shedding) were slightly incorrect.

Tuxedo domestic short hair cat Melvin resting head on cake of handspun turquoise Southdown/Silk yarn by irieknit in cloth Stitched by Jessa Lu project bag with paw outstretched beside laptop keyboard
Mel cat is just fine after all

We underestimated a few things – sorry, Melvin, and boy does this breed need its chew time.

Etch-a-Sketch with column of three Bla words, framed and with stars and one crown stamped for decoration by a child
Ty shares his thoughts, also yesterday

Never in a million years did we foresee the pandemic or that public school would be accessible from our couch. It does sometimes get a little wordy as Ty was quietly sharing in a long morning Math class.

Today, I can hear that and give ourselves a break.

In-progress queue

Melvin is hugging a Stitched by JessaLu project bag with the start of a handspun sock (yesterday had its good points). This is the Southdown/Silk spindle-spun that I shared in this summer’s post here.

On 2.25 mm needles I knit stockinette in the round at 8 stitches per inch. Thanks to the same ennui that Ty expressed + his dentist visit, yesterday, we are at a fresh k1, p1 sock cuff of 1.75″ long. It’s shiny and happy knitting.

Other FOs-to-be include my Columbia second mitt, dishcloths against anxiety, and the kitchen towel warp that I have finished threading but need to tie-on next. There is also the spinning.

When not working the queue, swallowing objections to curriculum, making nice with the housework, I get to help Spark rid himself of undercoat & get pulled more than I like on walks. Yay, Spark & yay, a day off of academic pressures we didn’t need to be quite that boring.

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Lara is a spinner, knitter, natural dyer, parent abandoning a certain fear of weaving. Jamaican-Canadian; she/her in the Greater Toronto Area; we have a Jellicle cat, Melvin & a Double Doodle, Spark. A spindle is usually close to hand!

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