Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Because it's dark

 

It is so dark in the fall. There's about five minutes of daylight, and about umpty hours of total darkness, and everything in between is just a general dimness. You can't see what you're doing. You can't start a new project because all the yarn and fabric looks gray. Everything seems like it might just have to wait until the weekend, but weekends have become lazy, too. I keep thinking, "Yeah, I should do that," and then I don't, because it always feels like it's almost time for bed. It makes a person tend to put down her knitting and crawl lazily onto the couch beside the most pampered dog in the universe:

This little catdog, I swear. I am wrapped around her little paw. She mooches up, pushes all the pillows into a little nest beside my leg, gives a rattly sigh, and the next thing I know, I'm tucking a blanket under her chin, and telling her again what a good girl she is, how cute she is, how much I love her. Her head is like velvet.

When I am able to resist the lure of her lovely popcorn-scented feet and gentle snoring; when I am able to focus on something besides competetive baking shows on television, and then wanting to bake all the cookies, I knit a little. I'm working on Old Town by Carol Sunday, and it is the opposite of plain knitting. It is origami knitting. You cast on here, knit some, put some stitches aside for awhile, pick up some more stitches somewhere else. Turn and go sideways. It is bristling with markers, and it's one of those projects where you have to kind of spread out your notes and draw upon your knowledge and stuff. It is nice, though, to follow someone else's map for awhile, instead of doing my usual making it up as I go. It might be awhile before I make much progress. There is the cutest dog, snoring away on the couch right now.

 

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  1. She is a sweetie. I have two that are smaller than her but also want to cuddle and be covered and etc. Your knitting project looks like it will be beautiful.

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    1. A lapful of warm critters makes it hard to knit, but so worth it, right? :)

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  2. I would be distracted to with that adorable catdog snoring next to me and needing love.

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    1. I swear, she just looks at me like she wants a hug! Who am I to say no? :)

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  3. It does my heart good to know she is so well loved. I wish it were so for other animals. I am mostly a cat person but I do love dogs too and have doggie friends, but so many people seem to have them for reason only to shout, cower and bully them. Yet they will love you so and be your companion if you let them. Even at the vets with my sick cat I saw people hit their dogs on several occasions, so much shouting at them too and yanking on their leads. It made me shudder and feel afraid for them. Too many dog owners are controlling and nasty. I wish they could take lessons from you.
    Sara

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    1. Yes, I don't understand that either. Working with a dog, and reaching that place of mutual love and understanding with them is one of the most fun things I do.

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  4. What a great phrase, origami knitting! I am up to my eyes with Christmas gift knitting right now--fingerless mitts, hats and cowls. I love giving these gifts-and I love the feeling on Christmas evening, when all the feasting is done, when I pull out a project just for me!
    Catdog is adorable--our little Molly girl is just as spoiled and has a velvety head and the biggest most trusting brown eyes ever. I can never find it in me to scold her!
    Embrace the dark-before you know it, we will be in the thick of springtime lightness again!
    xoxoxo

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    1. You're right, we're almost to the Solstice, and spring must come. :)

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  5. I have a black cardigan I am knitting and I really NEED it for my winter wardrobe but I simply can not see it as I knit in the evenings so it is slow going. Your knit looks fresh and light. Jo x

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    1. I finally got a wide-spectrum light, or whatever they're called, just to see the stitches even in the daytime on my last black yarn knit. Good grief, it was terrible. :)

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  6. Pretty knitting. My Chloe is like your category...only much bigger! And I think her feet smell like corn chips! :-). I'm also with you on the dark days right now. I'm very ready for the days to begin getting longer.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Corn chips! Yes, that's it! Her feet smell like Fritos. :)

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  7. Excuse me? Somebody else who understands popcorn paws? I always say salty paws. Love them! LOL!!!
    Deb W

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  8. Is that yarn one of the ones you dyed this summer? Great color. My dogs don't have popcorn-smelling paws. What's Catdog's secret?

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    1. Nope, this yarn is Berroco Vintage DK, and this is the second thing it's tried to be. Hope it works this time.

      I'm not sure why her feet smell so wonderful--maybe it's just because she's young? I seem to recall my past dogs smelling great when young, and not so much later on. Of course, I even think her fur and breath smell good, so maybe I don't have an unbiased view here! :D

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  9. What a smoochee your baby is.. My best relationship ever was with a dog I had growing up. Nothing but a saint. She was a small, mixed breed with nothing but love inside. Have you tried using a spelunking head lamp? No joke. It's the bomb for poor lighting/dark days/making you feel invincible at whatever the crafting task. I use mine all the time. They are usually directional with ability to adjust brightness even. If you lived near, I'd kiss your dog, bake cookies with you, and buy you one. :)

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    1. I did try that, and it sort of squeezed my poor head a little too much. I'm thinking of getting one that hangs around the neck, aimed at my lap. I wonder if that would work?

      Oh, I do wish you lived near! That sounds lovely. :)

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  10. It does feel nigh on bedtime right around 5:15 in the evening! Good thing the solstice is coming.

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    1. Right on. Just a few more weeks, and then we're on the upswing again! :)

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  11. Yes, Kristen, the light at this time of the year does rely on more electricity indoors. Outdoors, as the sun begins to set, the light can be so, so beautiful. Great to admire, and no need to either read or knit in that light.

    Sleeping GoGo is sweet. Somehow, I avoided an afternoon nap today, but if that catdog had been beside me on the sofe...well, we'd both been snoring. Gently, of course. xo

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  12. It's definitely a time to light those candles and cuddle up warm...everything has a cosier feel. Before you know it Spring will be here and you will be missing the excuse to sit by the fire...enjoy. Barbara

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  13. Sounds like the perfect day to me. And I definitely want to come back as one of your pups in a future life!! : ) xo

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  14. This darkness has thrown me off kilter. Yesterday I thought about going to bed, looked at the clock and it was only 7:30! Your newest project is impressive, and a pretty color too!

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  15. I love your descriptions of your catdog. Sigh.

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  16. oh my gosh, you had me when you brought in that darling dog. But now, you too love the popcorn-smelling feet! Oh yes, that was one thing I always embraced about my dogs too. Oh how I miss them. Thank you for loving her popcorn smell. She's so lucky.

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  17. She is really sweetie! I'm a dog lover and I totally understand your love to this little cutie! Just only talking about autumn weather, makes me wanna go to my warm, soft bed and don't leave it forever.

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