Friday, July 25, 2008

those fuzzy jackets

When I last wrote, I was hinting that something enchanted would come home with me from the yarn and spinning store. I was sorely tempted by a spinning wheel, but I held strong and came home without it. I have been interested in the new "Mach 1" wheels; I love the treadling motions of this wheel but hold out hope that something that costs several hundred dollars be slightly better made..and come with actual written instructions? Also (a big point) I already have FOUR spinning wheels!

I was jostled into realizing that we are being visited by both my father-in-law and my parents this week. Things needed some serious tidying up. In fact, I believe everyone's office needs an overhaul every five years or so, right? This is my desk with my new flat screen monitor...after cleaning. It was so clean that I couldn't work there (I'd never make it as one of those bank managers with the empty desks) so it is already somewhat less clean.

My knitting worklife has involved ripping up a bedsheet...I did that right after cleaning my office so I could stop feeling quite so restrained and proper. This ball looks small. The "yarn" is actually a 2" strip. I'm knitting with size #19 needles. Yup, I can take a knitting adventure without leaving home, let me tell you!

Again, to get away from the cleaning frenzy, I did some cooking. Here's a hazelnut apple chocolate chip cake, straight out of the oven. The yellow photo? My homemade lemon curd, complete corns to match. Actually, these were grown out at the university's farm research site and they are a bit too big to be called baby corn. One of the biologists suggested calling it "late adolescent" corn. How about college student corn? Anyway, it's ours to be eaten when I come up with something suitably exotic for it.

The blur of cleaning aside, things haven't been all that stimulating over here. Well, except for...the fuzzy coat! I ordered a merino/ecofur dog coat for Sally our shorthaired pointer dog. (we got parkas, didn't she need something for Canadian winter? All she has now is one hand-me-down sweater I cut down for her.) Ecofur, by the way, is short hand for Australian Brushtail Possum. This invasive species is overrunning New Zealand and destroying the native Kiwi habitat. The solution is a "harvest of the invasive animals," in which the fur from these possums is used with wool to make a luxury fabric. I ordered this fancy coat, which comes complete with a turtleneck with a hole for the leash and velcro closures that go around the chest. It fits Sally, who tolerated the modelling session.

Harry (our long haired, setter mix dog) was primping and preening to try this thing on. He sat on my foot. He pranced around. He looked jealously at Sally and barked for his turn. It seemed ridiculous, because he has plenty of fur....but I let him try it on too. He did his burlesque impression, his drama queen pose, and beamed at me. (I'm so sorry I don't have a photo of this one!)

When the professor got home, I redid the modelling session with Sally to show him the new clothes...and Harry again became a celebrity model wannabe. The professor laughed. I laughed. Then I went upstairs to my outrageously clean desk and ordered Harry his own coat. How can one live without one's own Merino/ecofur fuzzy coat, I ask you? It's so hard to be a dog around here...


Blogger Mary G said...

First, the lemon curd and the cake look gorgeous -- do you want to share the recipes? My dh, when a grad student down at LSU, existed on quail as he was testing those -- I think I prefer the "adolescent corn"!

What are you knitting with the bedsheets?

Hope all is well .... has the prof decided to stay in KY or are y'all moving? We're settling into Virginia quite well (brought oldest daughter with us for her last year at home).

Keep up the knittin'!

July 25, 2008 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger SueJ said...

I need to see photos of dogs in coats! Moss doesn't have one, but cam close once after a very cold and wet walk in the hills!

July 26, 2008 at 3:54 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Mary, the knitting is top secret! Sorry about's hopefully going to turn into a design. I've emailed you privately about moving--yes, we are still moving..check back to earlier in the month to read more about Winnipeg!

July 26, 2008 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger ilana said...

i too want to see the photos of dogs in sweaters- and i think i might want to order one for pickle. let me know where you got them? thanks.

July 26, 2008 at 8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I once had a friend's seeing-eye dog get intensely interested and on his feet wuffing at my knitting--baby alpaca, and he wanted his nose in it Right NOW!

I decided distracting a blind person's dog was probably a really bad idea and got it away from him fast.

July 26, 2008 at 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joanne, thanks so much for the plug! I'd come over here to find one of your canning posts to link to, and look what I found. Yours is the only knitting blog that I read. Of course, I don't knit, which may be one factor. :)

July 30, 2008 at 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a Mach 1 for sale with 3 bobbins - I didn't realize I would take it so many places to spin and it's just too heavy for me to be lifting into and out of the car (degenerative neck disease). If you're interested you can email me at (I live in Bowling Green, too.)

August 12, 2008 at 3:17 PM  

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