Dogs on Thursday & A Quick FO

I haven’t participated in Dogs on Thursday in a while, so certainly it is overdue. I thought I would share how Jackson and Lorelai currently interact (with some commentary)

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This is one of Jackson’s best tricks – we call it “The Squirrel” because how he sits upright with his itty bitty paws. Lorelai frequently walks about carrying her little snack cup (by Munchkin, more on them later). She has learned that if she holds something in her hand out and up infront of Jackson he’ll sit up and try to get it. Goldfish, cheese, bits of eggos, whatever.

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This picture shows that my kids are about the same “height”. Jackson is very gentle in getting the food from Lorelai. Sometimes she lets go, sometimes he gets to sniff the food and then she takes it back (and I ignore the dog slobber on her snacks).

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The bigger issue now is that I want her to actually give the snack or whatever to Jackson – if he sits and behaves he has earned the treat. She’ll even hold her empty hand out and up to get jackson to sit (sometimes he pays attention and doesn’t bother if he knows she doesn’t have anything). We working on (and will be for a long time I am certain) not teasing the dog.

He’s a good sport. Like always.

In knitting, I used part of one of the mini-sample skeins from the PhatFiber box to knit a Tea cup handle sweater. Because I can. The yarn is a sport-weight BFL, color “Sugar Lips” from Sweet Pea Fibers. (OMG, love her etsy shop! when I learn to spin more consistently, I want!!)
I think I have enough left over for a second one – and I also think that it will take me longer to sew on buttons than it did to actually knit it!
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Back to Munchkin for a moment. They are my new favorite company. The snack cup is fantastic (way better than the gerber one, don’t waste your money.) Recently I bought one of their flip straw cups – it just makes life easier to get Lorelai to use straws (and she does just fine with them). The colors are great, and the cups are BPA-free (important).

Well, I wanted to buy more of these – like a 2 pack I see of all the other brands, but couldn’t find them – not at Target / online / wherever. So I was hunting around online for something else that might be suitable and everything it seems is covered with Dora or Diego, the Disney Princesses, Sesame Street, Elmo or SpongeBob. Now. I have nothing truly against any of these brands, I really don’t. I am not going to keep any of those things from the Lorax intentionally, but right now – all she needs is the cup with the straw. She doesn’t care right now if it’s blue or pink or yellow with purple polka dots. Then I came across the dwink juice box holder and I got really annoyed. What’s worse – character branded marketing or terrible spelling? I want to write a letter of complaint to that company.

I held off settling for any of the character items and was thinking about investing in the more expensive “Green” options and then I found it. A 4 pack – two sports bottle, 2 flip straw cups, all the Munchkin brand and BJ’s wholesale club. Perfect. The cups are all interchangeable. Bright colors. Lorelai picked the blue-green-purple pack, even better. Okay, end of silly rant.

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Awesome (1000000+)

Last week I received several great packages in the mail.
First off:
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I treated myself to the Ravelry mug. Dan rolled his eyes when he saw it, even after I tried to explain the awesomeness of the “disagree” when it’s empty and “Agree” when it’s full of coffee. I even offered to share the mug with him. He said this was just more reason to keep on planning my “knittervention” (We’ve been watching “Intervention” lately.) Whatever. I like the mug, just wish it was a little bit larger.

Secondly:
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(excuse the iphone lo-quality photos) I got a PhatFiber box. There are fantastic samples – the fudge was fantastic! I pulled out my drop spindle and started playing with some roving I had to get more practice before I try it on some of the fiber samples I received. There are also several great yarn samples as well. I’m sure i’ll gush more about those as I get to them.

Over the weekend I finally finished my iPhone Mitts. The yarn is “Bekka” from Ruby Sapphire. Love love love. I really like how the stripes start out wide and then become narrower towards the finger tips. I made mine 13″ long, and the thumbs are ~2.5″ – I was getting tired of knitting a big ribbed tube, and I can still fold them over just fine. Jackson makes for a great model.
Dachshund for scale
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So that’s 220 yards knit up which is 0.125 miles in the Sock Marathon.

I still have quite a bit of the yarn left over, so I’m thinking (in terms of convenience) of casting on for a pair of anklets. I think I would have enough for that and it would be sort of “springy” and possibly get me back into sock knitting.