Friday, 5 February 2016

In Situ...

 
 
Well, my latest blanket is in situ down in my studio...ready to keep my warm on colder days. I must day it's very soft and warm, I'm going to be very toasty down there. I've got my new project lined up, it was going to be another Sunbust blanket but I won't have enough wool, so I will have to think again.
 
The first week of February is zipping by. I'm slowly beginning to emerge from my bug induced hibernation, a little bit of time with friends has been enjoyed this week, and it will continue over the weekend too.
 
There's some good news on the garden plans too. After some discussion with Mr Landscape Man, we've come up with a bit of a plan, I've had to compromise a lot (used to that one!) but I will get my steps after all. We were hoping to get the lower part of our garden levelled and chipped, but it's just too expensive, so maybe that will get done another time.
 
Over the last week I've had a few slips down the hill, a combination of wet weather and little paws have made the bank pretty slippy. Luckily it's meant nothing more than a muddy backside, and a racing heart, but it's made me realise just how important those steps and path are. Well if I want to be avoiding accident and emergency that is!
 
Has anyone any tips on pet smells? Otto can be a bit stinky, he gets a bath every week or so, but I don't want to bath him too often as I'm sure it's not good for his coat and skin. Can anyone reccommend a natural way to control his doggy odour? Thank you!
 
 
Have a great weekend folks,
 
 
 
Amanda :) xxx
 
 

 

 

 

36 comments:

  1. BRAVO ! It's lovely, and looks so comfy ! The best thing to cuddle under, in those wintery days, and it suits your sofa perfecly well :))

    In stitches,
    Nadine

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  2. Good Morning Amanda, I love your cosy blanket and the colours are fabulous. I have returned to crocheting after a 25 year absence... a long time isn't it, but I discovered quilting and that took over. I remember a lot, but as with all things, there are a few things I have forgotten, so I am on a learning curve.
    Could you tell me how you crocheted your blanket together. It looks like a crochet chord, but I'm not sure how you achieved it. I would love to know as I love the raised effect. If you have five minutes to spare would you mind popping over to Ivy, Phyllis and Me! to let me know.
    Much appreciated.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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    1. Hi Daphane, well done on picking up the hook again! I crochet the squares wrong sides together, it makes a little ridge which I rather like :) xxx

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  3. Love the blanket it is very pretty.
    Might be best if you ask at the vets about doggy baths
    Julie xxxxxx

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  4. The blanket is so lovely and bright, your cat always looks so cosy at the end of your post. Have a nice weekendxx

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    1. Minnie always knows how to get cosy! ;) xxx

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  5. So glad that you didn't hurt yourself when you slipped! The blanket looks so cosy, just right to snuggle under and crochet :-)

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    1. I've been very Lucy, to say how many falls I have I've bounced well! ;) xxx

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  6. I'm glad you've been feeling a bit better and that you've had some time with friends. The blanket is gorgeous, I love the texture, it will be great to snuggle under on a chilly day. Might be needed over the weekend having looked at the forecast! Go careful in that garden, I'm glad you're getting some steps. CJ xx

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    1. Yes, I think it's going to be a bit bleak this weekend...always sunny in the studio though! ;) xxx

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  7. be careful in the garden.Imagine hurting yourself and not being able to crochet.My dread!

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  8. Those steps sound like a necessity, not a nice to have so if you can I think you need to go for them, even if there are other things to be done another time. Your blanket is fabulous!!! I love it!!! xx

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    1. They are a priority Amy, if I'm to continue to garden! ;) xxx

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  9. Do be careful in your garden. I had a spectacular banana skin fall on mud on Christmas Eve. It happened so fast I fortunately didn't have time to stick out an arm to save myself. Cracked my head against the kerbside and amazingly didn't have a broken bone and very little bruising. Considering I am on Warfarin that was amazing! However, as a result I am paranoid about falling, being ultra careful on slopes and stairs.

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    1. Hi Linda, yes it can make you feel quite vulnerable, I don't go anywhere new by myself anymore, I even only walk Otto nearby my house. Continues falls, even the thought of them, as an unseen consequence. Glad you are ok, take care :) xxx

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  10. so good to read you are able to get your steps after all, was a bit concerned for you on the slope.
    Blanket looks good and I expect you will be snuggling under it at times.
    Sorry cannot help re odours do not have a dog

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    1. It can be a nightmare especially in the winter...I used to run the girls up and down it when they were little :( xxx

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  11. Lovely blanket. Looking forward to seeing the garden improvements.
    I think it might be worthwhile speaking to your vet. We have a small dog and don't have to bath her very often, usually only as the result of rolling in something unpleasant! If the odour is that bad that you're bathing almost weekly and it's still not enough then maybe there's something going on. Maybe a change of food or something equally simple might be the answer.

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    1. Hello Mandy, I don't think actually he's got a problem, I think it's more our sensitive noses! ;) xxx

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  12. Love the blanket! You can buy deodorant sprays designed for dogs to keep the smells at bay between baths as well as dry dog shampoo.

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    1. Thanks...I've been doing a bit of research on those :) xxx

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    2. I cannot seem to leave you a direct comment. technology and me - blah! Anyway, love this blanket, you are so talented. And your Minnie, I had forgotten that you also have a Minnie, it is the nickname we use for Mrs Black, as her first name is Minerva. Be careful, very slippy in gardens just now. x

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    3. Hi...she's an adorable cat, always snuggled up somewhere, knows all the best spots :) xxx

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  13. Ooooo your blanket is fab! So squashy and cosy looking, and I just love the colours :)
    Take care in that slippery mud won't you!
    Jillxo

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    1. Thank you Jill, I'm really pleased how it's turned out! :) xxx

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  14. Hi Amanda, I'm so glad you can go ahead with the steps. The blanket looks really stunning and I love those paler colours in the basket.

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    1. Thank you Alison, those new colours are delicious aren't they! :) xxx

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  15. Love the blanket, so colourful and cosy. Glad you are feeling better and take care in the garden until you get those steps. Hx

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    1. Lots of rain to come this week, might make that slope into a slide! ;) xxx

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  16. I am happy that you feel a little better and...brava, brava, brava ( clap, clap, clap ;-))) ) with your blanket!
    Have a nice week,
    Miriam

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  17. Your finished blanket looks so lovely in your studio, so colourful and warm! I'm glad you have been able to get some of your landscaping done, do take care,it is so easy to slip with everything being so damp. Sarah x

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    1. Can't wait to get it done Sarah, we had so much rain yesterday it's like a mud bath outside! :) xxx

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