So . . . would anyone like to hazard a guess on how long it takes to go from this:

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To this?

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Not as long as you might think – about half an hour. It never amazes me at how much less time it takes to frog something than to knit it in the first place. I decided last night that this wasn’t coming out as lovely as I hoped. Certainly not enough to justify the terminally boring knit. I’ve never been reluctant to cut my losses in knitting, so out it came. And I’ve ordered the pattern for this. I’ve heard good reports on the Fiddlesticks patterns, and this looks intriguing. Of course, it has bobbles – in this case “nupps” – so I may be kicking myself down the road, but isn’t it pretty?

However, until the pattern comes it leaves me wondering what to do. I may need to start a small lace scarf to preserve my sanity. It’s way too hot to knit on the two Norwegian sweaters. Yesterday Seattle set a record high of 87 degrees. It was probably cooler here, but not by much! That may not seem hot to those in other climates (especially with our lack of humidity), but we Pacific Northwesterners are real heat wimps! We can take any kind of wet the weather sends our way – clouds, drizzle, rain, sleet, hail, snow – but we melt in the heat. In our defense, although most businesses are air conditioned, few homes are. The saving grace is that it cools off in the evening. And no matter how hot, our bedroom seems to stay relatively cool.

Hester is glad she got rid of most of her winter coat before this heat wave. We were warned that Corgis shed, but I don’t think anything could have prepared us for this:

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We were getting as least twice that much every day! I’m surprised she’s not bald. I was a little alarmed when we came back from England – she looked so skinny – but realized it was mostly the lack of her heavy coat. At least she likes being brushed. When she sees us pick up the brush or shedding comb, she comes running over and plops down on the floor and closes her eyes in bliss. In fact, it’s funny to watch the two dogs try to push their way in front of each other to get brushed. Sure makes grooming easy! Well, it’s 5:45 a.m and I’ve been up for almost an hour. I still can’t manage to sleep any later in the morning. Maybe it’s my imagination, but it seems as if jet lag gets harder to adjust to as you get older. Just don’t call me at 7:00 p.m. tonight – I’ll probably be in bed!

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  1. I can’t believe you frogged that whole thing! Good for you, though, if you hated it. I just bought several Fiddlesticks patterns, but not the one with the nupps.
    I know what you mean about the heat. I tolerate cool rainy weather much better. Our bedroom doesn’t stay cool, and I have been known to sleep out in the hammock on those really hot nights. I’m sure the neighbors think I’m batty.

  2. I know what you meen about it getting hot. I live in the PNW, too. On the Oregon Coast in fact, and we had 91 degrees on Wednesday! Can you beleive it! Our dog is also shedding a lot, but not quite that much. Good luck on the new pattern. 😉

  3. I’m working on a shawl that uses a “Lily of the Valley” lace panel with either bobbles or nups (not sure what the difference is) – it looks very similar to your upcoming shawl. This calls for k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 in the back of one stitch.. .then on the purl side P5 together. My first attempt at this was comical… there was NO way my size 6 needle was going to fit into all those stiches and yo’s. I finally grabbed a size 1 needle to manuever this P5 tog. It slides quite nicely into all those stitches, and once I’ve pulled the yarn through I place that stitch back on my larger needle and continue on. Its a bit fiddly to have to grab that smaller needle every time I need to P5 tog but the bobbles/nups are beautiful and well worth it!! That is a lovely shawl photo.. good luck with it!

  4. My best friend and I call those “Corgi feathers” because they look like little bits of down floating around the house. I posted pictures of her Corgi on Sunday–it was his birthday, and he’s Chappy’s best friend!

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