My poor Milo has a cold. I guess I left the window open for too long on Sunday, and it got a little chilly in the house. Milo was honking a dog cough by suppertime. He's getting better; but the honk soon turned into a flemmy sort of wheeze. Poor Milo. Everytime he get's into a coughing fit, Daisey is so concerned, dropping everything that she is doing to make sure Milo is okay.

Now his cough has surpressed into the occassional tickle in his throat. He seems much better. He must have gotten some much needed sleep yesterday while I was at work. I made sure he was tucked warmly in a blanket before I left.


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This is my first attempt at decorating a cake. I think I did okay. I acquired an old superman wilton cake pan that was from the late 70's and just had to try my hand at decorating. Lucky for me, the instructions are at the Wilton website.


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DIY afghan hook.

I'm working on a doggy sweater for Daisey right now. According to the book, it's like finger knitting or something, but I can't fit that many stitches on my little hands. After some examination, I concluded that a afghan hook would be most advantagous for this particular project.

I'm using the Patons Upcountry for the sweater, which I really really like, and am really really disappointed that it is discontinued. Anyways, because of the bulkiness of the yarn, I figured a good size of hook would be a size 15/P. I don't think there is such thing as a size P afghan hook. I have a size J. Tried with that one. The stitches were way to tight and the fabric ended up being very stiff. I tried with just a size P crochet hook. The stitches don't fit. They fall off the ends.

So, last night I ponder on how I'm going to make myself a size P afghan hook. I thought about cutting the end of a crochet hook and crazy gluing it onto a size 15 knitting needle...that seemed to be the best solution.

Then, I got it! I'll take my size 15 needle, roast it over the hot stove like a rottiserie, just to be the plastic of the needle pliable, and mold accordingly. I thought of this at 10pm last night. I had to try it. Turn on the stove and hovered over it like I was roasting a marshmallow.

I was waiting for something to go wrong -- melt the plastic all over my nice ceramic stove, catch the plastic on fire, expose myself and my family to toxic fumes from the heating of the plastic. Or what if it didnt work?

About 3-4 minutes into the roasting, I give the tip of the needle a bend. It was finally starting to go. Soon, I was able to heat/mold the needle into what I wanted, and got myself a size P/15 afghan hook! Used it right away. Quite happy with the result. YAY!

There will be some pictures soon.

Now I just need to get my hands on more Upcountry...somehow.


Crafters United

I donated a sweater to the cause. You can see it at Etsy here.

The proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross for the Katrina Relief. They have already raised over $17,000 and it's only been about week!


Happy Birthday Big Boy!

It's somebody's happy birthday today. He's 3 years old. I think it's 21 in dog years. He's old enough to go to Vegas now. *tear* My little boy is all grown up.

Milo @ 2 months (the first night we got him)

the big boy now.

We celebrated with some doggy cupcakes. Milo and Daisey had the time of their lives. I couldn't get a picture of Milo with his cupcake in time:

Happy Birthday Milo!



This post is going to have several topics which I have managed to avoid the past couple of weeks:

1. Crafting/ Shop stuff.
2. Gas Prices.
3. Weekend Bdays Celebrations

So, here we go:

1. Crafting

After a little bit of a crafty hiatus. I feel that I am motivated enough to get the ball rolling again. (I hope)

I got some(4 to be exact) lovely japanese craft-make-doggy-costume/clothes-book for my birthday, and I am aching to make some stuff for the doggies. I'm hoping to get some dog costumes out there for the halloweening.

I did finish that one-skien-wonder. I actually finished it not long after I had posted it. I'm just alittle slow with the postings on the internets.

I'm also going to venture into the land of armwarmers. My bro's gf had requested a pair and I had never made them before. I basically measured my hands (we have the same sized hands-- how convient!) and tried to figure out how many rows and stitches according to the gauge of the yarn. So basically, it ended up being a tube with a thumb hole. But it turned out well, and I'm thinking of making more of the site and perhaps a pair for myself.

Which brings me to...

2. Gas Prices

The pair for myself is because they would make good knitting gloves in the out of doors as fall/autumn is now quickly approaching. With gas prices over $1/L and threatening to be $1.20/L, I think I might be starting to take the bus to the office. There's no way I should be paying that much for gas and than another $4-$6 for parking per day depending where I can find parking. It must be the bus. I think.

3. Weekend Birthday Celebrations

Now, I say 'celebrations' because it wasn't just my birthday. Officially, the party was for TD, who's actual bday was last Saturday. Mine had already past and there's something about not celebrating a birthday after the actual birthday because of bad luck.

We had a big bbq, I made some ricekrispie maki/sushi, monkey pops, and candy apples. I am obsessed with making candy apples. They are so easy/fun to make. Too bad I don't like to eat them.

We also had the obligatory burgers and hotdogs, and I cheated and ordered 100 sticks each of chicken and beef satay with peanut sauce. SO GOOD!

I almost forgot! We also rented a jumpy gym in the shape of a boxing ring, and for a little extra, we were able to rent giant boxing gloves as well. That was fun. The poor kids in the neighborhood were so envious! haha.