Monday, December 31, 2012
So in lieu of a sentimental journey through the year, I thought I'd share some of my favorite completed knitting projects from the year.
I had fun making this blanket for Carey for her birthday in March. Despite the fact that it was stockinette stitch, which is usually boring, the multiple color changes kept it interesting because I was always excited to see what the next color was going to look like with what I had done so far.
My oldest niece Madelyn had her first communion this year, and I made her veil. This was my first real attempt at some sort of design, although in this case "design" meant pulling pieces from other patterns and stitch books and working out the stitch count. Still, I was pleased with the result, and more importantly, so was my sister-in-law.
I've made sweaters before, but never for someone else. This year I made a sweater for my college roommate, based on measurements that I took when I saw her in the spring. She came to visit a month or so ago and I finally gave it to her, and it fit!
I made a bunch of shawls this year. I blogged about one of my favorites earlier this year here. I won't go into details on all of them, but here they are in all their glory.
I had a little fun with my yarn this year as well. Dr. Who fans may recognize these next two. I crocheted an Ood mask for a coworker of Rob's for Halloween, and knit a Dalek for Rob for Christmas.
So that's a summary of 2012 in knitting. I'm declaring 2013 the Year of Knitting Socks, so stay tuned!
Friday, December 21, 2012
It's the 21st of December and so far the world hasn't ended yet.
We've made it to our daughter's house and tomorrow morning, way too early, we fly out to Texas to visit our son and meet our granddaughter for the first time.
Probably no more posts until after the holidays. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!
Monday, December 10, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Today Sheila Boneham introduced us to her dog Lily and gave us a demonstration of dog tracking.
As you can see, Lily is an adorable yellow lab. She was so excited to track the scent that one of our members had laid down earlier. She was even more excited when she found the same member in his hiding spot, as that meant she was then able to get all the love and attention that the entire group was waiting to give her.
After the demonstration, Sheila talked to us about how tracking dogs are trained and some of the differences in training between law enforcement tracking dogs and Lily, who is trained primarily for tracking competitions. It was interesting to find out that any dog can be trained to track, as it's an innate ability that all dogs use. It's just a matter of training them to follow the one scent you want them to find.
Another bit of trivia I didn't know (not that I know anything about dogs and tracking to begin with) is that dogs cannot pant while they're tracking. Panting is how dogs cool themselves off, so it's more risky to the dog to track in hotter weather. This also makes it riskier for dogs that have the more compressed nasal passages, such as pugs, to do tracking.
All in all an educational way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and I got my doggie fix as well!