Tuesday, November 5, 2013

First Dog Sweater

With my first dog sweater all finished and sewn up I was ready to try it on a dog - any dog - and since
I was at my mom's house first her Lhasa - Tig - got to wear it first.
He didn't seam to mind it one bit.

Once back at home Wookie tried it on.  He was happy as can be with his new sweater.
It kept him warm all day and just in time for the Michigan vs. Michigan State game.

It wasn't quite as long as it should have been.  I ran out of yarn, so decided to finish it at its current length.
Next sweater will be more to his measurements.  It worked up very quickly, so he is going to have a whole bunch of sweaters in no time!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Knitting for the Pooch

I am now the very proud owner of a wonderful Shih-Poo, named Wookie.  I adopted him in May from Top Dog Rescue Group, which is the same group that I adopted my last 2 dogs from. 

 I didn't take long for him to fit right in with the family.  He has even been  successful at getting our old girl, Fly Girl, up and moving again. 

 My little man has single coat fur, which lacks the undercoat most dogs have. Due to this he gets very cold easily.  I decided that I was going to try my hand a knitting a few sweaters for him.  To start I am going to try the pattern Penny

Penny is a simple sweater with a ribbed body, and garter stitch front panel. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

NOT AGAIN!?!?!?!

2012 was an historically awful for my feet.  When we were down in Islamorada for my brother's wedding I severely injured my left foot.  I made the horrid (and dangerous) mistake of jumping in one of the pools without fully realizing how deep it was.  When I hit the bottom my knees were locked and I took quite a jolt.  
At the time I didn't realize that I had hurt myself, but over the subsequent weeks my foot began to hurt more and more.  In the end it turned out I had a 2.5 centimeter longitudinal tear in my peroneus brevis tendon and traumatic pantar faciatis.  To make a long story short, in the early summer I spent 6 weeks in a hard cast and 2 weeks in a boot.  When that didn't work I had surgery in October and then spent 5 weeks in a hard cast and 4 weeks in a boot.  I also spent a total of 8 weeks in physical therapy.

Now here I am, a year later, and my poor left foot is finally doing great.  I have started really trying to exercise regularly.  Turns out I overdid it a bit.  I appears that 3 weeks ago during one of my workout I worked a little to long and a little to hard.  After suffering through some fairly intense pain I decided to go the my trusty podiatrist.  
She believes that I now have a stress fracture in at least one, if not two, of the metatarsals in my RIGHT foot. 

I am back wearing that darn boot! 
The MRI is scheduled for Friday to verify and then I will learn how long I have to wear this stupid  thing!

Friday, August 30, 2013


Ugh, I have been missing from here from way to long. 
I think it is about time to make a blogish come back.
Things have been moving along in the M household. 
Ran is headed into 3rd grade next week.

Marcus has kept busy with his painting business.

I celebrated my 18th year working at the US Army Corps of Engineers this summer.
I spent a large portion of last year in a cast after tearing up my ankle in Florida.

We got a new pooch - Wookie.  He is a year old Shih-poo.

 Over the Christmas holiday's my mom taught me the awesome skill of knitting. 
I have done very little sewing since then.  My yarn collection has increased and the projects keep on coming.  Knitting is my new addiction! 
I hope to be able to stay on top of things a little better this year.  Hopefully I will find some time to fill everyone in on the activities of our family.