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Friday, December 31, 2010

One Last Push

What you see above is what I've been working on the last couple of days - Babette squares. Right now, at 8:09 AM CST, I have 15 more of the smallest ones to make and then I've finished all the squares. Obviously there will be ends to weave in and then there will be the laying out and sewing together part of The Babette, but there are only 15 tiny squares to crochet! I started this project a year ago, on New Year's Eve and while I've definitely piddled around with it and ignored it for months on end, I would love to have the blocks all done by midnight tonight.

I also need to let you know that I've pulled one of the socks out of the Knit Something a Month Club and added an additional shawl/wrap type thing. The new addition will be January's project, so you'll see it next week. I'll be doing shawls in January and February, but then socks in March and they'll alternate for the rest of the year, ending with a shawl in December. Caleb put them in order for me and the project bags are numbered so I'm all ready to go.

Logan wants to share with everyone that he learned how the "Outside" bell works in 3 days. We finally found a bell for the back door (it's between the kitchen/breakfast area and family room so just sitting by the back door doesn't really tell us much - it's too high traffic right there), so we started ringing it every time we took him out and when we ring it, we say, "Outside." After the second day, Logan learned how to ring it, but he was only ringing it after I rang it, while I was getting on a jacket and Crocs to take him out. Then one day, he woke up from a nap, stretched and went to the door and rang the bell, then sat down by it. He only rings the bell if he needs to go outside and I'm sitting down, but he seems to understand when to ring the bell and hasn't given us any false alarms just to go out and play. He's a very smart little guy!

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's Eve and a fabulous 2011! See you next year (I've got some squares to crochet)!

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Anonymous Geri said...

Such a smart doggie! Can't wait to see what your projects will be for January. I've decided to follow suit and do socks and shawls(ettes) from my stash. I haven't done any organizing,but will do so tomorrow.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Tiny Tyrant said...

I love the Logan bell thing. I MUST figure out how to do that with my three.

Happy New Year!

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clever pup, and clever Mom, too. I've never heard of someone training a dog to alert them to "needs" with a bell, but it is SUCH a good idea. Now, if we could just get the 4-year-old grandson equally civilized.....

2:53 PM  
Blogger Laura47 said...

Aw, Logan is such a smart boy! I know he's going to be a wonderful member of the family.

And thanks for the reminder on the self-club. I need to sort out a dozen skeins for a pair of socks each month; I recently gave a bunch of my nicest personal pairs to my 90-year-old mother, so while her sock drawer is now brimming, mine is somewhat empty. And once you've gone handknitted, it's hard to go back!

Have a very Happy New Year, and I look forward to seeing lots of adorable Logan pictures in 2011!

3:32 PM  
Blogger PogKnits said...

Love the bell thing! We trained our pup to dingle too. Although she was afraid of the bell for the first week until I dipped it in pan juices from a roast! She got used to it by licking it for a week, then we started the training.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Susanne said...

"Outside" bell training is the best. I have done it with several dogs and my dear Springer spaniel was the quickest at figuring it all out. My dd has a golden though and he was pretty quick too at the bell training. Happy New Year and all the best to you and yours!

12:55 PM  
Anonymous mjm alicat's mom said...

My husband rigged up an electronic doorbell for our dog5 yrs ago. we were having a frustrating time housebreaking our new puppy because she doesn't bark to go out.it took a few days to teach her to alert us with her doggy bell but she soon got the hang of it. sometimes when we are somewhere without a bell she will emphatically put her down on whatever is near the back door and then patiantly look at me until I open the door.

1:51 PM  

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