Knitting, Dogs and Life on the High Plains

Sunday, July 30, 2006
Name That Puppy

I am 99% sure that Sam's name is going to be WhiteStar's You Send Me.

The girl? Not so sure.

What should I name the girl puppy?
WhiteStar What's Love Got To Do With It - "Tina"
WhiteStar's Unchained Melody - "Zara"
WhiteStar At The Copacabana - "Lola"
Free polls from

Anne at 7:51 PM        

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Oh. My. God.

Are these not the most Most Gorgeous Puppy Pictures ever????

World class (although he won't admit it) photographer Scott Vail has taken beautiful pictures of my last three litters (as well as my favorite picture of Pumpkin) But I didn't think Sam and Tina would have a chance to sit for him.

Well Scott was at the Denver Samoyed Association picnic today and he can never resist a cute puppy. Here's what happened....



Sam and Tina

All pictures in todays post copyright Scott Vail.

Anne at 8:07 PM        

Friday, July 28, 2006
Mystery Stole 2

Okay, REALLY tired of the paisley designs. NOT a paisley fan.

The center of this was so cool looking, but now, three weeks of nothing but a paisley as the clue. Yuck.

Guess this is the chance you take when you decide to "knit a mystery".

Do I go on hoping clues 5 and 6 will actually be as interesting and attractive as Clue 1 was?

Yeah, I do seem to be in a bitchy mood this week don't I?

I am liking this though.

Anne at 6:53 AM        

Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Rest in Peace Lace for All Seasons

So Wendy and Snow deleted the Lace for All Seasons Yahoo group yesterday.

Can't say I blame them.

When Wendy started the list last summer (then called Summer of Lace) it was a really good place to be. But over recent months it had deteriorated (as most knitting lists seem to do) into a endless collection of complaints, pet stories and other off topic subjects with the occasional piece of x-rated spam thrown in for good measure.

I don't understand why people join what are supposedly topic oriented lists and then can't seem to get why some of us would like to stay on topic. If I want to read about the cute things the pets do, I'll join a pet list (actually I do belong to 4 Samoyed lists). If I want a chatty knit list I'll join one (actually I do belong to one I rather like:) ) But if I join a KAL, or a supposedly on topic list, I want it to be on topic!

For those with A-List blogs the lists are probably of little importance. If Grumperina or the Harlot need an opinion or have a question on a pattern, they can post it on their blog and will get dozens (or in the case of the Harlot, hundreds) of comments in reponse. If I get two I'm overjoyed. So the networking of a list is important to B-List bloggers.

I won't miss Lace for All Seasons, it had gotten so that I rarely read it any more as the garbage was too much to wade thru. Ditto for Laceknitters. And the poor Mystery Stole2 KAL is in danger of going there too.

Someone needs to create an on topic lace list.

Anne at 7:53 AM        

Tuesday, July 25, 2006
What Is This.....

.... and why are there so many of them in my yard this year. And yes that is about a life size picture. It's huge!!

Anne at 2:56 PM        

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Why Are people So Rude??

Is my time less valuable then theirs?

A couple was coming up to Denver from Albuquerque to see a litter of puppies that is several weeks younger than mine. When they found out that Tina was still available, they asked if they could come see her. The plan was:

They would drive to Denver on Friday.

Visit the younger puppies early Saturday morning.

If they decided to take one of those puppies they would call me and tell me they were not coming.

Otherwise, they would call me and tell me about what time to expect them.

Get the picture? In either case they were supposed to CALL ME.

I cancelled plans with two sets of friends, which I didn't mind doing, assuming I'd either have these people visiting Tina, or I'd know they were not coming and could get out of the house by noon and still get stuff done.

Well here it 3:00 PM and like a dummy I sat around and waited. I didn't have fun with my friends, I didn't get my grocery shopping done and I didn't get to the bank like I needed to.

Yes, I'm annoyed.

And yes, I know the blog is having problems... specifically the server on my ISP where I host my pictures is apparently down. I've called them twice, no idea when they will be back online...

Anne at 3:00 PM        

Friday, July 21, 2006
There Has Been Knitting.....

Socks were finished....

Socks were started....

More socks were started....

A corset was resurrected....

A blanket/pillow was begun....

A mysterious stole was started...

And a shawl grew....

And the whole time, puppies were watched....

Anne at 1:01 PM        

Thursday, July 13, 2006
5 Things.....

5 things in my closet:

baseball jerseys

5 things in my fridge:

hearts of palm

5 things in my car:

dog kennels
grooming table
dog bowls
fold up chair
cattle dryer

5 things in my purse:

cell phone
life drive
yup, that's it. I travel light.

Anne at 6:21 AM        

Thursday, July 06, 2006
One Up, One Down

Anne at 6:05 PM        

getting a dog?
Read this first!!

on the needles
30. Fletcher
Noro Transitions

29. Rosedale
Patons SWS

28. Forecast
Cascade Quatro

27. Lady Eleanor (again)
Patons SWS

26. Marble Shawl Collar Sweater
Karabella Marble

25. Serrano
Dale Baby Ull

24. Tamarah
Artyarns Regal Silk, Silk Mohair

23. Apricot(Plum) Jacket
DB Cashmerino Chunky

22. Rusted Root
BS Cotton Fleece

21. Not So Shrunken Cardigan
Lavold Sily Wool

20. Sizzle
Nashua Kim

19. Hanging Garden Stole
KP Alpaca Cloud

18. Log Cabin Blanket
Cascade Pima Tencel

17. Mystery Stole 2
Crazy Monkey Lace

16. Petticoat Sallops
Opal Petticoat

15. CeCe
Lambspun Silk

14. Hyrna Herborgar
Silk for Life

13. Sea Foam Shawl
LaLana Phat Silk

12. Diamond Fantasy Shawl
CTH Possum Lace

11. Evergreen Cardi

10. Mystery Shawl 3

9. Jaywalkers
LL Shepherd Sock

8. Pi @ Sunrise Shawl
Crazy Monkey Lace

7. Follow the Leader Aran
BS Naturespun Worsted

6. Peacock Feathers lace

5. Kiri Shawl
Rowan Kidsilk Haze

4. Sampler Shawl
Starmore Campion

3. Highland Triangle Shawl
America's Alpaca

2. Leaf Lace Shawl
Misti Alpaca Lace

1. Total Maze Cardigan
Araucania Nature Wool


finished in 2006
1/21 - Shadow of Love Socks
1/31 - Pineapple Jacket
2/5 - Smokin' Blueberry Socks
2/7 - Angora Fingerless Mitts
3/9 - Neopolitan Socks
3/18 - Summer Scallop Socks
3/30 - Spectrum: Red & Pink
4/2 - Felted Clogs
4/15 - Violets by the River
5/3 - Felted Hedgehog
5/6 - Felted B-4 Bag
6/15 - Pomatomus Socks
7/1 - Snapdragon Socks
9/11 - Simple Knitted Bodice
9/13 - White,Biscuit,Cream Shawl
9/14 - Something Lilac
10/4 - Cabbage Rose Socks
10/29 - Neck Warmer
11/15 - Lady Eleanor


finished in 2005
1/21 - Seascape Shawl
2/12 - Wool Peddler's Shawl
3/21 - Fir Cone Square Shawl
3/25 - Misty Garden Scarf
4/7 - Obi
4/30 - Truly Tasha's Shawl
5/19 - Ivy
6/19 - Tasha II Shawl
7/13 - Cherry Blossom Shawl
7/26 - Mom's Birthday Shawl
8/9 - Birch Shawl
8/28 - Mystery Shawl
10/4 - Herbal Remedy
10/5 - Rosy Fingered Dawn
11/18 - Mystery Shawl 2
12/6 - Ostrich Plumes Triangle
12/26 - In The Dark Socks
12/29 - Red, Red, RED! Scarf


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