Last week seems to have been the longest of my life. I got back from our trade show, excited about all the new amazing yarns that we ordered for the fall, only to find out that little Heinz had been limping all weekend and was running a huge fever. Our first vet felt that it was bone cancer. The oncologist felt that it could be a cyst but that we should amputate his leg, as it would resolve both a cyst and bone cancer (yikes!). The surgeon that we met with on Saturday also felt that it was just a cyst and that treating it with the doggie version of ibuprofen for now seemed perfectly reasonable. We went through the emotional ride of thinking that we would be putting the dog to sleep, to wondering if we could possibly amputate his leg, to finding out that a little drug for a few weeks might just do the trick. We will know more in a month, when we take x-rays again, but for now, Heinz is happy and out of pain and running around like usual.
In all of our time at the vet’s offices, I was able to knit away on the Callie Bib Tee. I have made some modifications, which you can see in the back section. I expanded the lace section to 3.5″ and used a contrast color for it. I added waist shaping and extended the length of the back to around 15.5-16″ from the underarm. It will have more of a tunic length. I started a sleeve last night, which will also have a longer lace section. I decided that if I don’t knit the sleeves before the front, the project may never be finished. If you haven’t joined in the knitalong yet, now worries! There is still plenty of time. Although I have made this more of a winter sweater, the project is really designed to be a summer top, worked in Blue Sky Skinny Dyed Cotton. I can help you get started Thursday evening!
If you haven’t been by the shop in the last week, you may not have seen the new window. Kel created this adorable “hand painted yarn” window, with our little girl hard at work painting yarns. We still have spots in our yarn dye studio, which would give you the opportunity to paint your own yarns. Also, two new yarn tastings will be open for registration today…so keep an eye on the site and your email.