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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Taking some time

I spent the weekend relaxing after finishing up Flamenco last week.  Thanks so much for all the comments and complements on my new design!  Finishing the pattern turned out to be a bit of a battle since I started it on the PC, then moved it to the Mac and I was working in Open Office which I've never used before.  Then there was a moment Friday morning where I couldn't get the file uploaded to the file delivery service, but my tech help stepped in and saved the day.  The next pattern will be written exclusively on the Mac, but I've just purchased Knit Visualizer software, so I'll be learning that.  

One thing I think this new software does is translate from charts to written out directions.  This means that even though I design and think in charts, those of you who can't or don't like charts will be able to work future designs because they'll be written out also.  Fingers are crossed that I can actually learn how to use the new software.

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I haven't done very much knitting over the past few days, but I did get back to spinning on my second bobbin of merino and silk.  I'm probably 2/3 of the way through this bobbin.  Caleb finishes Second Grade next week so we're all running around here like chickens with our heads cut off.  I'm bouncing back and forth to his school for all the end of year activities and trying to get a few things taken care of on my own before summer starts so he doesn't have to come with me.  This has meant that my knitting time is random, scattered, or non existent so I'm only going to be blogging sporadically this week and next.  There's just no way I can keep up with blog fodder at the moment.  Once he's out of school, things will settle down a bit and I'll resume my normal blogging.

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In the meantime, I give you a breakfast miracle - Finn and Ramius eating together.  Finn has a big dog feeder so he doesn't have to smush himself into his shoulders to eat off the floor and we've put Ramius' food and water underneath it.  It took some training to get to this point because Ramius has food out 24/7 and one of the first things we taught Finn when he came home with us was not to eat Ramius' food.  When he was about a year and a half we put Ramius' food and water underneath the big dog feeder and Finn was so concerned about going near Ramius' food that he wouldn't get a drink out of his own bowl.  We taught him that it was OK for him to mess with the bowls on top of the feeder as long as he didn't mess with Ramius' stuff underneath the feeder.  (Finn only has food in his bowl at breakfast and dinner.)  Since Finn came to live with us at 9 weeks old, he's only eaten Ramius' food 2 or 3 times total!  (Pretty impressive as he thinks with his stomach.)  The other morning Ramius came in and started eating just as I was about to feed Finn.  We have trained Finn to lie down and stay at feeding time so we don't have the typical bouncy, bouncy, crazy dog routine that most dogs do when they're being fed or Ramius would have run off.  Once the food is in Finn's bowl and he has relaxed, then we release him from the "Stay" and he gobbles down his meal.  This particular time, Ramius stuck around while Finn slurped up his breakfast and I realized I should get the camera.  Enjoy my two fuzzies together - it doesn't happen often!  I'll blog again when I have something to share.

4 Comments:

Blogger PogKnits said...

I'd love to hear your thoughts on Open Office - my dd is thinking about downloading it. Would you consider doing a non-kniiting content post to review it? I'm sure many would find it useful

9:05 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

We've trained our stomach-led lab that he can't start eating until we give him the 'okay' command. It just takes that little bit of stress out of feeding time...doesn't it? (It also has helped control the "if it's on the floor it's mine" mentality. If the kids drop something on the floor, he looks to us for permission before he wolfs it down. (At least most of the time he does! lol)
I love the pics and stories about Finn and Ramius!

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, Melanie -

You have two remarkable pets! Pls keep us posted on their activities!

bty:
Love your new Flamenco design...

Best,
A

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Kati said...

I love the photo of Ramius & Finn. Clever eating arrangement!

9:34 PM  

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