Thursday, 28 June 2007

Babies crochet boleros finished at last

I have been a busy person during the last couple of weeks so not much crochet done but I have finally finished the two baby crochet boleros for the step great grand daughters and have almost finished the second knitted bolero for the elder one.

I have had to clear the loft and it's amazing how much junk I had accumulated up there. I think every cardboard box from every electrical appliance ever bought over the last 20yrs was up there. I also had to clear and move all the old fibre glass lagging and that was an very mucky task that took me such a long time on my own most of the time. I did have some help from my ex husband for an hour or so which I did welcome as it is so hard lugging bags down from the loft on my own. I have now washed about 40 stuffed teddies etc that were bagged up and they are clean and waiting for sorting to go to the charity shop if they will have them.

The whole house has been so messy with dust settling for days so crochet and knit has been a bit difficult as I felt so dirty most of the time and so didn't want to work with white and cream yarn! I gave my new bathroom a baptism of dirt. I have never had to scrub a bath after I got out of it before!

I am now waiting for the loft to get boarded and then I can sort the stuff out and re-bag it so it can eventually go back up there. I am not letting the loft get so messy again as it was so hard to clear it out. Everything now will be in plastic storage boxes and sealed bags. I am also going to sort out the stash of yarn and get some proper storage for that instead of tucked around the house in various bags in various cupboards.

The next thing will be a new garage roof and doors and then I will have a dry secure storage area for lawn mower and strimmer and somewhere to re-pot the plants when it is raining. They have been sadly neglected for a week or so as I can only do so much work in one day due to the back problems I have. I am going to get storage units and perhaps a table and chair so I can re-pot in a less painful position.

Monday, 11 June 2007

Dog Paw Trauma

Not much crochet done since my last post. I got a message that my services were no longer required to make christening crochet boleros for the step great grand daughters but as that was after I had already gone and bought the yarn then I will make them anyway. No doubt they won't get worn as they don't come from Baby Gap but they will be part of my christening gift along with the knitted boleros I have already made the one for Emily (pictured) and half way through her big sister's.

The dog paw trauma happened on Saturday. One minute Buster was happily chasing and skidding down a hillside after his stick and the next he was yelping and bleeding. He has managed to tear the claw out of his right hind foot. As a novice dog owner I was fairly traumatised myself as I had to limp him home and then bathe his foot to clean it and try to stop the bleeding. I have been searching through web sites to make sure I am treating him correctly. He seems to be responding to TLC but still feeling sorry for himself but can't understand why I won't take him for a walk. I have tried bandaging him (he pulled it off) and I even knitted a bootee and lined it with gauze and threaded it over his paw and tied it on but he remained unimpressed and refused to wear it even though I had tastefully made it in dark grey and knitted it on 4 needles so to eliminate uncomfy seams. The claw seams to be healing slowly without infection which I am truly grateful for so maybe tomorrow I will risk his walk. I am scared of him getting dirt in the wound until it scabs over. He still managed to jump on the chair this morning to bark at the postman even though he cried for a couple of minutes as he must have hurt the claw.

I told my son (Buster's previous owner) about the accident and how Buster was feeling sorry for himself and he said oh then there are 2 hypochondriacs living in your house now. I was upset to say the least as I wonder is that how he sees me and my back problems? I would not wish this awful pain on anyone but I wish he could have it for one day and then perhaps he would realise how little I actually do complain about it. Other than my constant pain I am very healthy for my age.

Friday, 1 June 2007

Knit and crochet blogs

I spend at least half an hour every day following blogs and it seems to be that most are from the US. I have never managed to successfully search on this blog site for anyone else who knits and crochets so if anyone does read this and can tell me a better way of finding other blogs other than trying Google and Yahoo 360 search please let me know. Perhaps I have my settings wrong on this blog and so no one can actually read it.

Not much crochet done this week but I have knitted a cream bolero for the youngest step great grand daughter and will start on the 2nd one for her older sister if I can get another ball of yarn as the 100grams I have will not be enough for her size. I have got the white 4ply to crochet boleros for the christening in July but have yet to start as they want me to copy a bolero she already has so it will be a bit of pattern drafting before I can start them

Yesterday we had a water main burst in the street and there was no warning given that they would shut off the water so I had no water for a few hours. It was raining fairly steadily all through the day so I was tempted at one point to stand outside with a jug and collect some rain water to boil for a coffee! It didn't bother the dog though. He still wanted to go for his walk even though it was thundering and lightening. I went but I wasn't as keen especially in the wooded area!