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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Taking time for Solace

First of all, I'd like to say thank you to each of you who left such encouraging comments yesterday and also thank you to those of you who are still stopping by to read my drivel. You have no idea how much I appreciate it and even though I can probably only put names to about 30 or so of you guys, I know you're out there and you're reading. (Site Meter tells me you are!)


I've been working on Solace more and since the weather cooled off yesterday and it's been raining off and on since yesterday morning, it's a very welcome project to spread over my lap. I'm almost 2/3 of the way through with it (I know that because I bought 12 balls of yarn for it and I'm almost through ball number 8 - sometimes knitting is obvious that way) and it's big enough to keep me warm while I knit on it. As long as the weather stays cool, that will be a good thing.

By the way, I've been trying to help Finn work through some dog behavior issues lately and I've been reading Cesar Millan's books. If you have a dog, I really recommend that you read these. I didn't really grow up with a dog and honestly I have no idea what's going on in his head (especially compared to the way I can read Ramius - I did grow up with cats), and I think that's a big part of what's going on, but I feel like I'm starting to understand him better thanks to these books. I've still got a long way to go, but at least we've started the journey. (Wow, I do sound a bit like a fortune cookie today, don't I?)

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Blogger rabbitIng said...

wow! what a lovely name for something to knit when things are a bit uppy-downy - solace. ;)

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Even though I almost never comment, I definitely keep reading!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Carissa said...

The Solace looks great, and I love the color! I'm sure that it will be appreciated as it gets cooler (finally) here!

10:51 AM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

Having a puppy / dog sometimes is difficult - even nearly perfect dogs act up sometimes and you have to know what's in their heads to understand how to make them behave better.

Glad you are "back" - I just hope you won't have to give up your mystery shaw - Joy's is so lovely that I'm looking forward to her doing another one next year (and maybe I'll get one someday from her!) ...


11:18 AM  
Blogger Liz said...


i just wanted to step out of the shadows for a moment and say hello. I really enjoy your blog- you always are so calm and practical compared to me, and are very inspiring in your project choices.

thank you.


11:56 AM  
Blogger Bridget said...

I enjoy reading, regardless of what is going on. A lot of your projects blow me away.

And Ramius and Finn always give me a reason to smile ...

12:28 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Solace looks great! I love it when the knits and the seasons work so nicely together. Also love when the knitty math is so easy to figure out. :)

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Solace is beautiful. You are too! Do what you have to for yourself. We'll be here lurking away!

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Fran said...

I want to recommend Cesar Millan's Dog Whisperer programs to you. I watched the first season on DVD from my local library and learned a lot - and I've had dogs for years. I've been struggling with my Australian Shepherd who is willful and headstrong and who bullies my Border Collie - Millan's examples of calm assertive posture and behavior (human) helped me and I'm happier and so are my dogs. Good luck - and keep knitting!

1:18 PM  
Blogger purlgirl said...

Melanie, I am so relieved to find out you are human after all. I just discovered all the knitting blogs this summer (yours was the first) and I keep telling my husband that you can't be real. No young mother and wife can do all the talented and creative things you do in your knitting and spinning and mothering and still write a blog every day. I was feeling very inadequate in the fiber world because I (like many others) balance a very busy life and although knitting and fiber are very important and fulfilling to me, they often have to take a back seat to life's obligations--and opportunities.

I greatly admire your ability to blog about your days in such an interesting and humorous way. You have inspired me in many ways--as well as having opened the door for me to the cyber world of knitting blogs. (I can't believe how I've sucked in!)

Thank you spending your time with us and sharing your days.

2:02 PM  
Blogger errs said...

There are better resources out there for dog training and dog behavior. This DVD is by 2 of the absolute BEST dog people out there: http://dogwise.com/ItemDetails.cfm?ID=DTB966.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh Solace is so lovely. Thanks for showing it.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

I love the way your Solace looks. Mine is looser and the side panels aren't as well defined. Makes me want to get home to my needles. I'm finishing some "second socks" before I get back to my shawl knitting.

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Sharon T said...

Even though Finn looks like an adult, he's still a puppy inside. My retrievers (not Goldens) don't seem to grow up until they're 2 or so. You can't go wrong with Cesar Millan's theory or program. Finn will thank you.

Your Solace looks so wonderful as a throw, I might have to put that into the line-up. Glad to know you are back, thank you for continuing to blog when you are able.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Musta Koyra said...

Re: Dog training : the books by Stanley Coren - ("How dogs think" and "How to speak dog" ) are excellent and approachable. Suggest plenty of exercise, then some more for good luck

Good luck! Have fun.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Knit'inCrazee.... said...

Wow! That is BEAUTIFUL! Is the pattern available?? What was the yarn that you used!

I love reading your blog and read it every afternoon as soon as I get home from work!

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Cathy in Va. said...

I didn't know anything about MS3, just found you through a blog ring, and ever since have enjoyed seeing what you have to share about your knitting, spinning, and pets. (And Cesar Millan is very good.) Even when things are slow, I always check, because your posts are lovely. Thanks!

7:04 PM  
Blogger Marianne said...

Oh definitely, I love Cesar Millan, watch his shows on the NG channel... he's wonderful, and I loves me those dogs!
Solace is beautiful.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Gail R said...

I like that Solace pattern - I think I really like it!

I love to read your blog - it's on my list of daily look ats.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

I should read that book. My little gals are so naughty sometimes! They love to bark at visitors. They are not mad, they think it is funny and it drives me crazy! I need all the help I can get!
Solace is beautiful by the way. The picture is lovely!

9:15 PM  
Blogger Barbara-Kay said...

It seems strange to me that seasons effect knitting behavior. Here, in sub-tropical Louisiana, seasons come and go, but the A/C is constant. We just knit on.

Oh, and my Siamese say "who knows what a dawg is thinking. Do they think?" Play nice, Meezers!

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like Solace in the green, it's looking great! Ijust finished my 9th pattern repeat on Mom's Solace so I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I've never read any of Cesar Milan's books, but I've watched his TV show a lot. I've even tried some of the things he recommends and they work! Hang in there with Finn, I'm sure you'll get the issues worked out.

8:43 AM  
Blogger alison holley said...

Hi Melanie,

Your version of Solace looks different from your mom's. Did you make any pattern changes?


1:37 PM  
Anonymous Judy G. said...

I have a good dog (Attie) and a bad dog (Wallace). As far as I can figure out, the difference is that Attie used to be a person, so there's something going on in that lovely Golden Retriever head. Wallace, however, is on his way up the reincarnation ladder, which explains the blank look behind his beady Sheltie eyes. I love them both to pieces.

4:33 PM  

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