....and we were, yesterday, right?
A short while ago, Jennifer A. from Toronto wrote and said she had inherited a bunch of yarn from her grandma, and she has no real interest in knitting it. She'd like to see it knit up into warm things for Dulaan, so she was wondering if I'd be interested in taking it for my Dulaan knitting. Of course I said yes, and told Jen that I could also pass any surplus around through the blog. Well, this is not quite like Ryan's avalanche of yarn, but it still qualifies as an AVALANCHE. I could knit this from now to eternity and still not be done! If anyone is interested in helping me knit this up into warm things for Dulaan or other charity knitting projects, please let me know and I'll send it your way. There are acrylics and wools and wool blends in a wide range of colors and cream. There are a lot of baby colors in acrylic, so if you have a preemie charity or such that requires washable yarn, this is the stuff for you. Just let me know if you're interested.
Notice that bag almost in the center of the photograph? It's a bag of healthy treats for Vinnie. He was thrilled. He took one in his mouth when I offered it to him with a look that said, "Pour moi!? Really?!" I tried hard to get a picture of him with one of them in his mouth, but I couldn't manage. His reaction, though, was precious. We both thank you, Jennifer. I promise to incorporate the yarn into my Dulaan knitting.
As a matter of fact, look at the wicked cute hat I've already made from your yarn.
It took me all of two and a half hours the other night, using this free pattern and size US 11/8mm DPNs. (You may have to register to look at the free Lion Brand patterns. It's the Ear Flap Hat for Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, and it's a great pattern. There is a crocheted version, but I followed the directions for the knitted one. It's adorable.) I'm going to use this pattern often in the future, using 100% wool yarns. Love those earflaps.
And then I took more of your yarn and some lovely soft bright yellow Lovikka yarn, and I used it to soften the edges of some gold
razor wire Lopi yarn to make a scarf to complement the hat. Cuteness. Wait, something is missing.
Vincent update: Vincent seems to be doing very well. The Bravo raw-food diet, this supplement, plus cod liver oil, and canned pumpkin (which I learned from the internet is excellent for adding fiber to the diet) -- and milk thistle capsules for his liver -- seem to be keeping him comfortable, perky and happy (dare I hope "healthy"?) for the time being. He does not like his new doggy sling, though. I take it as a good sign that he is well enough to assert himself in this way. :)
Coincidentally, in my deposition the day before yesterday, both the deponent and one of the lawyers said they just, within the last month or so, have gone through exactly the same thing with their dogs. Both of their dogs did not make it -- one withered away; the other didn't make it through the surgery. In my mind, the evidence is mounting that it is those nasty drugs they encourage us to put on our pets in the spring that is causing this. Both of those dogs were also 10 years old. It can't be simple coincidence that all these dogs are getting critically ill, and so rapidly, at the same time of year. To my mind the one common denominator is those nasty, horrible drugs. I am starting to get livid about this. But of course they will deny it left, right, and center. The "they" I refer to is the pharmaceutical and mainstream medical establishment. Ergh.