So ... further to last weeks post I can now say quite definitely that puppies and crochet do not mix.
I'm not sure if it's that the blanket I'm working on is Weimeraner colour and that Otto therefore thinks its a mass of puppies waiting for a giant bundle - but that certainly seems to me to be his thought process as he just kind of leaps at me whenever I try and sneak on to the sofa,
blanket and hook in hand.
There then follows quite a bit of tussling with me hanging on dearly to the last stitch so as not to see my work unravelling before my eyes whilst a fair amount of yelling follows to attract the attention of anyone near enough to unlock one small puppy jaw from the wool
- so much easier said than done !
I am tantalisingly close to finishing it now so it's all a little frustrating really.
I have to admit to having sneaked upstairs a couple of times this weekend when no one was looking, taking my crochet with me, and very quietly closing the bedroom door behind me.
I even have the wool for the border all ready and waiting.
I decided to go with Sirdar's Snuggly Baby Bamboo, as I think this will add a good contrast in
texture to the slightly fluffy grey wool.
Its a really lovely yarn, smooth to work with and giving a very slight sheen to the end product.
I have linked the wool to Blacksheep Wools as that is where I bought it from with a very lovely £25.00 voucher sent to me for being their July Blogger of The Month !
I was so happy to have been chosen - a bit of a squeal moment really.
If you get a chance pop over and take a peek.
In light of the fact that sitting down activities have pretty much gone out of the window for
the time being I have had no excuse but to get some much needed jobs done instead.
I'm sure I'm not alone in this ... but we have soooo many apples this year !
And as the birds have been merrily knocking them off the tree and pecking away
at them it would seem they are ripe and good to pick already.
We don't have many trees,
just a sort of trellis of 2 or 3 outside our back door, but the boughs are full to bursting,
so Saturday morning was spent peeling, chopping and slicing.
I decided to freeze the slices uncooked as I figured this way I can still use them for
lots of different things.
I read a top tip about spreading them on a tray and freezing the slices for a couple of
hours before putting them in bags as this allows the slices to all stay separate and
not clump together in a great big solid mass.
Needless to say not all of the apples made it to the freezer - as having had the help of my
other half in all of the peeling, chopping and slicing work a very nasty crime may
have been committed had I not delivered an apple crumble at the end of the day.
Obviously it has been quite essential that in between all boring jobs lots of time is spent puppy hugging, and as this little spot outside the kitchen seems to be one of his favourite places a fair amount of time has been spent here.
Its certainly been very interesting to see the house from lots of down on the floor angles,
and I have to say I'm really quite liking my kitchen from here !
I'm thinking that my next little crafty make might just be a crate cover.
Lilou absolutely loved her crate when she was little and seemed to love it being
enclosed and a bit hidden away.
We are working with Otto to get him to love his crate as much ( least said on that the better ! )
and as his is a little open and exposed maybe a cover is just what's needed.
I made this one for Megs dog Minky a few months ago,
and now I'm wishing I'd taken the trouble to write down what I did !
Oh well, I shall just have to go and sit and think about it for a bit ...
... whilst puppy cuddling at the same time of course !