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Yarn Rascal and I each had a fun filled productive weekend in our own dysfunctional special ways. I finished knitting another stranded hat and the 3 year socks. Yarn Rascal held his 3 favorite toys hostage and methodically destroyed customized them one by one in front of me while I was knitting. The Skipper ignored both of us and watched every sports event on television. It’s his way of dealing with our madness. But the Golden Paw Award goes to Yarn Rascal, who truly outdid himself.

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Saturday found me determined to finish the hat.

another hat

I used Cascade 220 in Silver Grey and Sapphire. I had been eyeing those colors along with five others for a blanket design and wanted to see how they played together. I like the muted look, which is what I’m looking for in the blanket design and I like it in the hat too. The hat is from Charlene Schurch’s book Hats On. It’s really a great book and if you’re into making hats you should check it out.

Yarn Rascal did his best to derail the finishing. Since it was stranded I was working from two balls of yarn at once and this seemed to push him over the edge. He has an uncanny knack of identifying the worst moment to jump in my lap. Maybe it’s the slight hesitation I make with the yarn, maybe it’s the worried expression on my face when I realize the stranded pattern I’m knitting is not the stranded pattern in the directions for that round, which then makes me wonder what round am I really on and the next thing I know Yarn Rascal is in my lap, bamboo dpns in his mouth and all four paws and body are miraculously entangled in the yarn. The more I try to untangle him the more snarled he becomes, so I have to proceed slowly.

First it’s best to beg coax him into letting go of the needles tightly clamped in his jaw while secretly and slowly untangling the yarn from one paw. If I am lucky, he’ll let me continue in my failure to release the needles from his mouth and I may get a second leg separated from the yarn. Rarely do we get farther than this. A squiggle and a scramble and he’s enmeshed himself in the yarn once again. Only now he’s laying on his back in my arms like a baby, staring up at me with those soft, dewy eyes that say “I know I’m wrong, I just can’t help it.” I coo at him. I am putty in his paws. I am a total sucker for that little face.

One of his favorite toys is by my foot. Clumps of white fluff litter the floor. Mr. Care Bear has had it’s stomach ripped open and the stuffing pulled out of him. End of putty in his paws. Now I am all business because I am hoping he didn’t eat any of the stuffing. Thirty minutes later, the dog is separated from the yarn, live stitches have slipped off the needles and are freely hanging in the air, the yarn is tangled up on itself, the stuffing from Mr. Care Bear has been picked up and trashed.

This is Mr. Care Bear after his emergency appendectomy.

Mr. Care Bear after the operation. Notice his ears have been chewed off. Rascal did that while I was working on the baby carrier.

Mr. Care Bear after the operation. Notice his ears have been chewed off. Rascal did that while I was working on the baby carrier.

Sunday morning finds me knitting the final decreasing rounds on the hat. It’s a moment in the project when I really must pay attention to what I am doing. I cannot be disturbed. However, I don’t make this announcement. My strategy is to fly under Yarn Rascal’s radar. If I don’t project angst and worry, if I don’t make any sudden moves, if I don’t breath for the next 20 minutes I will finish the hat without interference. Yarn Rascal has Mr. Dragon in his mouth and is watching me. I pretend that I am not sitting on a keg of dynamite that is about to explode.

Twenty minutes later the hat is finished and so is Mr. Dragon.

Notice all the spiny things have been eaten away.  This is part of Rascal customization process. It also gets him a visit to the vet for stomach troubles.

Notice all the spiny things have been eaten away. This is part of Rascal customization process. It also gets him a visit to the vet for stomach troubles.

Mr. Dragon’s wings are partially detached from his body. Mr. Dragon is Yarn Rascal’s absolute favorite toy so I take it to the toy hospital (the kitchen table) and sew the wings back on. Yarn Rascal stares at the procedure the whole time, worried that his best friend might not make it. His little face, so filled with concern, just kills me.

Sunday evening, I finished the socks. Yes, the three-years-in-the-making socks are finally done. The yarn I used was Jill Draper Makes Stuff Splendor in the amethyst colorway. She has since changed her sock yarn. I loved the Splendor, but haven’t had the chance to try her new stuff. It wasn’t a smooth dash to the finish line.

Three years later these socks are done. Unblocked, hastily photographed, but done.

Three years later these socks are done. Unblocked, hastily photographed, but done.

Mr. Platypus was the sacrificial toy for finishing the socks.

He ate the mouth away from Mr. Platypus.

He ate the mouth away from Mr. Platypus.

Eating away Mr. Platypus’ mouth may or may not mean a trip to the vet today. We are on stomach watch.

rascal watching toys

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