Just a quick break from PupWatch 2009 to announce contest winners of our new audiobook. I’m so heartened by the notes we’ve been getting from people who’ve listened to it. At the time, I just thought of the recording sessions as a lark for us; it hardly occurred to me that anybody would listen to the thing!
Anyhoo, many people got one (or both) of the right answers:
The project I am working on is a version of either the Gwithian Beach Blanket from Indigo Knits by Jane and Patrick Gottelier, or the more serene, but still super-swatchy, Sennen Cove Blanket by Jane Gottelier, which appeared in Issue 7 of the British knitting monthly, The Knitter.
The first-in-time correct guesser was Alexandra, and the randomly-chosen correct guesser was Susan. Send me your snail mails, please, and your chatty CDs will be in the mail to you, pronto.
The contest did not ask people to speculate about my reasons for making this blanket, but I’ll be glad to share them. I’ve wanted to make it since the Indigo Knits book came out, because of its pure coolness. I think I like the Sennen Cove version even better, because of its 3 dimensionality more than anything. (It looks like something a puppy would really enjoy chewing on, you know?) But what got me to actually start knitting those huge swatches was a thread in Ravelry harrumphing about why anyone would ever knit a blanket with uneven edges. Got my dander up! It’s knitting people! We can do it the way we like it! No sacred cows! Inventiveness for its own sake! All those other things I like! And the third, and probably most important reason I am making it, is, as it usually is with me, one photograph:
This photo has it all: it cracks me up, it inspires me. I want to be those kids listening to their denim-clad i-Pods on their crazy denim patch blanket. I must have it, and I will have it.
People have been kindly inquiring about the status of Our Olive. Thank you! Olive is doing well. In four short days she has gotten so familiar with her surroundings, and the buttons that are available to be pushed in all three of her housemates, that she’s pretty much running things. In the Department of Wee-Wee Pads, she is Gifted and Talented, and I am Relieved and Grateful. In other areas, however, Olive is more of a Special Needs student, e.g., she needs to be under constant visual surveillance. The vet has given her a clean bill of health, and me some excellent tips on getting her to stop crying from 3 to 5 a.m. Tuff love, and shades of the Ferber Method. There is a thunder of paws-on-carpet that we have not heard here since Joseph was the heavyweight crawling champion of NYC. All in all, a fabulous experience so far. The dog people talk to me now! Easiest clique to get into, ever!
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