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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Can I get a "Woo" and a "Hoo?"

I realize that its a terrible picture, (its dark and rainy here today) but I finished the sleeves for Order and Chaos! I've got to do some repinning before I block them - I just pinned them out quickly so I could get a picture, and then all I have to do is sew the whole sweater together and do the front and neck band. I've now moved my goal for finishing this sweater to Sunday. I'll do the neck band while the sleeves block and then finish sewing it all together and steam block the band if it needs it. When I first started knitting I thought blocking was a silly waste of time that got in the way of finishing up a project. I changed my mind after knitting something in cotton for the first time. Then, when I realized how much better the pieces went together and how much quicker the sewing up was, I realized I was wrong. Now I almost always block the pieces of a sweater before sewing them up.

Cindy of the comments yesterday suggested that don't let Finn play when we take him outside and that was actually something that we were doing (the vet suggested that we only go outside to do his business when we were potty training him, so he would know what outside was for). I've also learned that when I take him out and he starts playing tug of war with his leash, he isn't going to do anything, so we go right back inside. Yesterday afternoon was actually pretty good - for some reason he stayed awake most of the afternoon (he usually sleeps after our big walk) so by the time evening rolled around he curled up on his throw pillow (we'll be getting him a dog bed for Christmas) and fell asleep. That's how I finished up the sleeves. He's got a funny little smile right now - he's been getting his big dog teeth lately (he's been getting them for about 3 or 4 weeks now - I've never seen a dog take this long to get his teeth in. Our previous Golden, Bear, cut his big dog teeth in about 4 days - all of them.) He finally lost his upper canines and you can just barely see the tips of the big dog canines, but he still has baby canines in his lower jaw. I think these are his last baby teeth, but they look so tiny compared to his big dog teeth!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOO HOO!! I can't wait to see this sweater finished and modeled! Finn is a Golden Retriever and you must never loose sight of that. I have Jack's baby teeth, but Stephen either ate his, or we just never found them. Either is possible with that one!

We had a vet that told us that most large breed dogs take the turn to maturity about age 2. Then he looked at us and said, "But some dogs are just high spirited." We knew we had one of those in Jack. Jack really started to calm down about age 4 and Stephen has made big strides between 3 and 4.

It sounds like a long time, but it will be past before you know it! Hang in there and just try to think of all the cute things he does! And please send us some canine eye candy! Mindy

10:32 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Double WHOO HOO!Can't wait to see it all finished up ;)

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm jealous! I won't get to my sleeves till next week sometime. But hopefully will have lots of time off work to knit!'

Great sweater!

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

You definitely get a Woo Hoo on the sleeves! On the Finn issue, when ours were pups it was usually the middle of the night when they just had to go outside...then would roll in the cool grass and sigh contentedly. Something you might try is to have a very special toy that he only gets after Caleb's bedtime; maybe that would distract him. Good luck!

8:11 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

Woo hoo! I'm looking forward to seeing the completed sweater, as I have the book and have been admiring it there.

1:15 PM  

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