I love Kizzie

I was sitting, reading my book, when Kizzie wandered over and did that thing. She reached and pressed her head onto my chest. A big hug. A melt in the heart moment. I leaned towards her to nuzzle and inhaled …  stinky sheep!

Last week I collected a bag of fleece, freshly shorn and donated to me by a local smallholder. I won’t have time to process it for a few weeks, so stashed it in my studio. 

Sigh. She really reeks

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And so to bed

The hooligans now have the whole of the downstairs of the house to roam in at night. So where does Kizzie decide to sleep? In Murphy’ bed!  Poor Murph tried to get in too, but then sighed and slept on the floor next to his bed.

There are two sofas, multiple rugs and Kizzie’s bed. I feel sorry for him sometimes.


This pic is four years old

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The girl grew bone

12 week check up at the hospital today.  X Rays showed Kizzie has grown bone where she should and is now at the exact stage of recovery that she should be.  We have been discharged by the surgeons.  No off lead walks or going upstairs for 4 more weeks, but we are to increase the amount of walks back to her normal range.

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Another little wrap


Rohrspatz Wollmeise 100% pure wool ‘nautical miles’ I used 100gms from a 150gm hank so lots left to crochet the edges (once I learn how)

I used my new blockers (knit pro via Amazon) for the first time. 

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WOOF

One O’clock in the morning. WOOF Woof woofwoofwoofWOOFwoof  woof …….woof

Someone got up to see what was getting Murphy excited. Two ducks waddling up the drive! 

Someone put their glasses on, thinking they must be mistaken, expecting to see pigeons, but no, it was definately two ducks and they shouldn’t be there. 

WOOF

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Jagged edge wrap

 

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CAR = Carriage on right, CAL = Carriage on left

HP = Holding position, WP = Working position

K = Knit

***Cast on 87 Stitches with waste yarn starting at far left hand side of needle bed. Knit a few rows and then one row with ravel cord.  E-wrap cast on over ravel cord.  CAR Row counter to 000.  THEN

Version one

Set carriage to Hold

***Knit 2 rows.

Place 2 stitches at left into hp, K one row. Pull left hand needle to hp, knit one row CAR***

REPEAT until only 3 needles in WP  

Cast on 14 stitches at right (using latch tool), Place these and all remaining stitches EXCEPT for the 14 at the far left into wp 

When all needles have a stitch on them, set the carriage to K and knit 2 rows at loosest tension across all needles.  Latch tool cast off.

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Version Two – this has small lace holes at the beginning of each triangle piece

Set carriage to Hold

***Knit 2 rows.

Place 2 stitches at left into hp, K one row. Transfer left hand stitch to needle at right, leave in wp, but pull empty needle to HP. K one row CAR***

REPEAT until only 3 needles in WP 

Cast on 14 stitches at right (using latch tool), Place these and all remaining stitches EXCEPT for the 14 at the far left into wp

When all needles have a stitch on them, set the carriage to N and knit 2 rows at loosest tension across all needles.  Latch tool cast off

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Version Three – This has large lace holes at the beginning of each triangle piece

Set carriage to Hold

***Knit 2 rows.

Place 2 stitches at left into hp, K one row. Transfer left hand stitch to needle at right, leave in wp, but pull empty needle to HP making sure that the needle goes under the yarn. There will be two needles with one stitch on and one empty needle  K one row CAR***

REPEAT until only 3 needles in WP 

Cast on 14 stitches at right (using latch tool), Place these and all remaining stitches EXCEPT for the 14 at the far left into wp

When all needles have a stitch on them, set the carriage to N and knit 2 rows at loosest tension across all needles.  Latch tool cast off.

 

****this pattern is adapted from one written by ‘Monadelphus’ via Ravelry

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Proud moment

I am quite proud of this, I only unpicked once.

I would love to claim I spun or dyed the yarn, but I did neither. This was machine knit from one 100gm ball of ‘Opal, Blutenpracht, col 9113’ 75% wool, 25% polyamide, 4ply sock yarn. I did have to go faster on the last few rows…

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Brain fart

Halfway through plying two large bobbins I realised I had my wheel on the largest ratio!!! Duh. Huge sigh. Rude word. Had I switched to the smaller whorl, it would have been half the work. 400 metres of Shetland, 140 gms. It is now washed and hanging straight, so not unhappy, just…….sigh

The yarn was spun from rolags made on my blending board, navy Shetland with bits of coloured Corriedale and Shetland thrown in for depth.

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TV

Kizzie ignores the tv. Murphy loves watching. His favourite programme is ‘Vet on the Hill’. I don’t know whether he has a crush on the Aussie vet, but he just sits watching with his toy in his mouth, possibly drooling.

Kizzie doesn’t watch tv. She likes her chew, especially as it is safe in her crate where Murphy can’t get it.

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Post op

We took Kizzie to Cambridge today for her six week post op check up. She is doing ok but not healing as well as she should be 😦

We can organise hydrotherapy and she can have longer walks, but is 100% banned from climbing onto furniture or going upstairs, so gets to stay in her crate for a few more weeks 😦

We go back in six weeks for more x rays. I will have everything crossed that she has better results then.

Kizzie has been a star throughout, accepting her limitations with such good grace. She is also enjoying her fresh fish suppers 🙂

Murphy is a superstar too. Anyone would think there is an invisible gate on the stairs, he refuses to come upstairs, clearly preferring to stay with Kiz. He still barges past her at the door though!

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