On Wednesday afternoons we go to dog school. The kids and I drive south of town and meet with an amazing dog trainer. For the last 15 minutes of the lesson my friend comes with her dog and we train together.

Puppies are a lot of work, but I think she is worth it.

Mud Run

Audrey and I did a Girl Scout Mud Run on Saturday. It was gloriously muddy. Mud is slippery. I fell down a lot. I slid down a muddy hill into a mud pit, and I went under. I have found mud in all sorts of places. It was awesome. If you get a chance to run a mud run, I highly recommend you run it.

My Grandmother’s Loom

I don’t remember much about my grandmother. One of my strongest memories is her sewing basket beside her chair. It was always filled with small squares she wove on a small loom. My sister recently gave me our grandmother’s loom. Her craft room loss was my yarn room gain.

The loom is a Weave-It, a popular pin loom from the 1940s and 50s. After googling directions I got to work. I love weaving the small squares.

I plan on sewing the squares together to make a blanket. You don’t need much yarn per square, so I’m going to start a woven scrap yarn blanket.

This is the kind of weaving for me. It’s small. It’s fast. It was free. Audrey is already asking for a loom, so I might be buying another loom on ebay for her birthday next month.

I hope you are all doing well!

Sock It To Me Monday

I have a tube sock on the needles for Audrey. It is currently on hold while I wait for a new needle.

We got a puppy. Her name is Bramble and she is a blue healer mix. She is three months old, adorable, and a constant reminder of why I like to adopt older dogs. She likes to eat yarn, needles, the kids toys, Elliot’s shorts, and shoes.

Summer Silence

Whelp. It has been one hell of a summer. In July we had to put Wrigley down and my mom was in a horrible car accident – on the same day. The next day I broke my toe.

Other than the crap, I went to the state fair and the kids spent the week at Kirsten Camp. The kids have been agreeing to longer hikes. I went back to the Girl Scout camp I worked at in college for an adult camp with my good friend from working at camp in 97, 98, and 99. It was amazing. Neither of us are strong kayakers. We found a popcorn maker on the curb. We spent time with family and framily. The kids got balloon animals at the State Fair kickoff. We went to the local alpaca farm. Audrey went to horse camp. Elliot and I checked out trains. Audrey went to the little red schoolhouse camp (that kid loves history).

I’ve been knitting and spinning, but not much. I hope to get back to that. I think the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival might kick start my mojo.