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Jan 16 2018
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I'm pleased to report that Mum successfully finished the jumper she was knitting as a present in time.  It hasn't reached the recipient yet but that is beside the point.  Aunty Biscuit meanwhile continues to work on the jigsaw although she has also done a few lines of knitting on the intermittent jumper and has picked up a pencil and done a bit of sketching for the first time in several weeks.  Apparently she is pleased with her puffin but the pheasant looks alarmed, hhmm.

Aquick catch up

Dec 26 2017
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The big day is over and went very well.   Mum dealt with minor things like discarded wrapping paper, finding homes for the presents cooking dinner for herself and guests, serving it and clearing up afterwards and providing entertainment. I did the major thing of dealing with some of the left over turkey and dog friendly vegetables.  This takes great care and attention as Christmas can be a hazardous time as along with the obvious dangers like chocolate or alcohol there are things hidden salts and sugars to contend with.

Preparation is key

Dec 21 2017
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Well, we are gearing up for Christmas.  The food has all been bought, all cards that needed posting managed to be sent off yesterday (last day of posting). Harrier and I both have an assortment of christmas jumpers.  The majority of presents have been organised and wrapped with the odd exception,  This gives Mum a whole ten days to knit a jumper for her friends birthday.  Fortunately it is in super chunky so she should be ok.  Aunty Biscuits christmas preparations are going reasonably well by her standards.  The gift tags have gone missing (solution is to make some more).  The presents have been posted to Aunty Viv (two packages sent as one got missed out of the first one).  Current score is cellotape 2 Aunty Biscuit 0 (don't ask).  All she has to do now is write the christmas cards, work out which family members she has forgotten to buy for and wrap up most of the presents she has got.  She also has a couple of presents that Granny Bis ...

Wahoo

Dec 03 2017
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Good news,  It transpires that project x was indeed a dog jumper so I now have two Christmas jumpers Harrier has one.  Harriers is a checked one and mine is pink/purple with snowflakes on it.  Harrier also had a red and white Christmas one but mum said it fitted me better so I was given it.  Admittedly the colour scheme is not the most practical but it works really well I feel.

Project X

Nov 13 2017
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Aunty Biscuit is embarking on a new project X.  This has involved a tape measure and various anatomical dimensions being checked.  As it is approaching Christmas and I had hinted that I would rather like a square patterned dog coat that matches mums squared jumper I was a little hopeful.  I have my suspicions that...............

Picking up necks

Nov 05 2017
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Mum has been on a mending spree.  Two dog coats have been mended, one had been a victim of elastic failure the other was a velcro incident. I'm relieved that they are both back in service although one is Harriers its good to know I can borrow it if need be.  A further dog coat has been altered, even better as winter is approaching.  The jumper has now been cast off the needles so is now waiting for the neck to be picked up and knitted.  Picking up necks can be a bit of a tricky business as it needs to be done evenly across the various edges, apparently a good way of doing it is to pull new yarn through with a crochet hook (or tunisian crochet hook) and knitting it on as opposed to just sticking a needle into the flat stitch.  As the jumper is super chunky it is even more tricky as any little unevenness would be magnified, I will be keeping a sharp eye on this stage.

Picking up necks

Nov 05 2017
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Mum has been on a mending spree.  Two dog coats have been mended, one had been a victim of elastic failure the other was a velcro incident. I'm relieved that they are both back in service although one is Harriers its good to know I can borrow it if need be.  A further dog coat has been altered, even better as winter is approaching.  The jumper has now been cast off the needles so is now waiting for the neck to be picked up and knitted.  Picking up necks can be a bit of a tricky business as ............

Quarried wool

Oct 26 2017
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Mum had to go to a quarry to pick something unspecified but to do with drains at the weekend.  Aunty Biscuit went as navigator so on the first trip took a bag of yarn to trim to rugmaking length whilst travelling and waiting around.  Two trips were made.  On the second trip guess what Mum picked up off the quarry floor and handed to Aunty Biscuit with the comment "Yours I believe"?  I personally have never been to a quarry but I'm guessing its not the sort of place one would normally find a piece of rust coloured yarn or that the chances of finding a dropped piece of said yarn would be particularly high.

A lazy evening

Oct 16 2017
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It’s a bit breezy outside to say the least.  I have spent the evening curled up on the sofa supervising knitting and rugmaking, both of which are progressing steadily.  There is still no news on the missing 10mm needle front, but there hasn’t been any frenzied hunting all over the place either so I’m guessing it isn’t critical yet.  

A quick update

Oct 15 2017
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The front of the super chunky jumper has now been cast off and the first sleeve has been cast on, all 21 stitches.  That sounds a very small number to me.  Somewhere in the process a 10mm needle has gone missing.  This is not unusual this establishment and we confidently expect that it will be found at some point over the next decade or so.  Fortunately, there were two pairs being used so the loss hasn’t delayed progress.  I did wonder why this was the case but it seems that if things are being made in stripes doing the back and front at the same time gives a better idea of how much yarn is being used.