Polly over at Knit Me For a Loop has challenged me to be her partner on a very exciting venture. We are going to participate in TKGA Master Hand Knitting Program©.
This is something I’ve wanted to achieve for over a year and never prioritized. I’ve already acquired the instructions and started reviewing to ensure I understand the entire course. We’ll start sometime in the next month or so after we’ve had the time to physically and mentally prepare.
We will have to knit 17 swatches of various stitches and one project. I’m under the impression that Knit Picks® Bare yarn line is acceptable to use for this program. It appears I can knit the mittens in color so I plan on using colors I’d wear for the project piece. I haven’t decided and won’t finalize my choices until I review the yarn guidelines of course.
I’m embarrassed to say that I still don’t have updated pictures of the shawl in progress just yet, but hopefully later this week I’ll take a few and post again next weekend.
I do have a bit of news. My mom needed to find a home for her Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, Bubba. She pulled this dog from the mother and I nursed him back to health after a big parvo scare. We lost one puppy in the litter to the disease and saved two. The remaining pups had already been sold. He has always been my big puppy. For record purposes, he was born March 25, 2011.
NBK’s BOCEPHUS “Bubba” (FG’s Adonis x FG’s Raven)
NBK’s INDIGO “Indie” (FG’s Adonis x FG’s Raven)
Saturday morning, my mother drove up with Bubba and goodies in tow. We’d planned on taking him last weekend but things didn’t work out as planned. A few hundred dollars later to buy all the food and collars and other items we needed to prepare our house for him and he is happily settled.
We still have to schedule a vet visit for him to be checked out. Thankfully we have one around the corner so traveling is easy. I’ve also been advised that he gets his annual shots in January, so that is something we need to do for sure. He has also been on heartworm medication for a year in addition to flea/tick drops monthly. He has been extremely well taken care of provided for and so we’re very thankful to not only have a loveable and well trained dog but a healthy one.
He has taken to our various lizards and snakes. He sniffs around the bottom of their stands and is barely of a height to reach them unless he puts his paws up. He hasn’t bothered them thus far and I don’t anticipate any issues. We have him setup with his kennel in the spare bedroom, complete with a nightlight.
Our plan is to block that room with a baby gate and allow him to sleep in there, kennel door open, at night. I wouldn’t mind him sleeping in our room if I could ensure he stays away from the laundry. He will be kenneled while we’re at work. I’ll walk him in the AM and DH will walk him in the PM. In the evenings I like to sit outside and relax, so we put an anchor into the ground that allows us to tie him out with a 25 foot lead since we don’t have a fenced yard. This way he can play and roam safely and I don’t have to worry about him chasing a duck across the lake!
I’ll take pictures of my ventures this week and post them with a quick caption. I need to take more pictures and I might as well blog here with them because I’m not much of a facebook user.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a great week everyone!