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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Order and Chaos - Still Knitting on Really Big Needles

As you can see, I've gotten a bit farther on the sleeves for Order and Chaos. I've only got about 5 or 6 inches to go (I think - I didn't measure this morning when I got the picture) and only 3 more increases left. Once I finish these, they're off to block and I can sew the fronts and back together at the shoulders and work the neckband. I would love to have this sweater done by Thanksgiving and I think I probably can, if certain blonde puppy type people will let me work on it. Finn is definitely a teenager now - in every sense of the word. His latest trick is to bark at me every 10 minutes in the evening after Caleb goes to bed. Finn has two different ways to tell us he needs to go to the bathroom: if I'm standing up and doing stuff, he will start downstairs and wait at the landing until I see him before he goes all the way down and sits by the door (I love this one), the other way he tells us he needs to go out is if I'm sitting down he barks at me and jumps at me and makes a nuisance of himself (not so fond of this technique). It used to be that in the evening he would go out just after Caleb goes to sleep, then Finn would make a nest and either sleep or chew on a toy until he got sleepy and then go to sleep. Now he wants to go outside every 10 minutes. He doesn't have to go to the bathroom everytime, he just wants to play with his leash, eat leaves, bark at the neighbors, and try to turn me into a frozen Mom-cicle. He's figured out (like Caleb has) that when you say you have to go to the bathroom, we're pretty much going to let you go. No one wants to clean up after him, so we give him the benefit of the doubt. Do any dog people have suggestions or is this just part of the joy of teenage dogs? How much longer will he be a teenage dog? Will it quit after he's neutered? If this is going to last for 2 more years, please lie to me and tell me it will be over soon.

On a completely non dog related topic, someone asked if I would give difficulty ratings to my patterns so that newer lace knitters would know what to expect. I'm going to mess around with the Patterns For Sale page and I need to get my Mom a Patterns For Sale page too, so I'll try to figure out a difficulty rating for them when I do that. In the meantime, I would say that Scheherazade and Moon Dance are the easiest patterns and Leda's Dream is a little more difficult, but its not too hard either. Does this help?


Blogger Christine said...

Ok, but remember you asked me to do this.....

"Melanie, it will all be over soon. Finn will stop being a hyper teenage yellow furball and calm down."

Oh yeah, and Ramius will sprout wings;)

11:54 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

On the Finn front, do you let him play at all when he goes out? If so, stop that immediately unless he goes pee. If he cries to go out, wait just a minute or two. If he keeps it up, of course you have to take him out. They manipulate us in so many ways. It's hard. Mine is 8 and he still is way ahead of me alot of the time.

4:28 PM  

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