Thursday, December 16, 2010

My baby is missing her mom

Well, for the first time in her life, Ginger is away from Bulbul and for the first week, she didn't like it one bit and most times this is how I found her...

With no Bulbul to trouble, she stuck to me ALL THE TIME. In fact she wouldn't go out for walks if I was not there beside her. Even now, her bed is right next to mine and every 5 min or so she raises her head to check if I'l still here. My mom says, when she can't find me, there's an extensive search launched in the house and when she doesn't find me, she sits on the terrace looking at the road waiting....

It is just so endearing. But was thinking, if ever I had a human doing this to me, even if it were my own child, I'll probably label them clingy and just simply run away!! But this mutt, she's my baby!! In fact, my mom was so surprised to see me care for her the way I do. Knowing how I am, zero patience and irritable, it is actually surprising even to me that I have stood at one spot for 45 min, while potty training her, and cleaning after her, whenever she had an accident at home, and not shouting at her!! Well, I must admit though, I did hit her and shouted at her when she was young. I'm not too proud of the fact. And yes I did lose my cool many times. But she never lost her trust in me. Even after being hit, whenever I called, she used to come right back. Contrary to what dog trainers tell you - 'A dog once hit will be scared of you and not come back to you' Not that I am advocating hitting a dog. Quite the contrary. The dog just learns to be scared, nothing else, she doesn't learn what you want her to. I have had more success training her by just waving a piece of meat in front of her nose and repeating what I want her to do, than I ever had by shouting.
And she's such a sweetheart. When I wake up in the morning, she is just so happy to see me up! And when I come back home, even if I'm out for just a minute, I get such a royal welcome!!! And she always looks at me for approval whenever someone wants her to do something, and whenever she's scared, she comes to me for comfort.
Suffice to say, I became a mother long before I could have kids. All through the trials and tribulations of life, through my unemployment, infertility, fights, I was never down for more than a minute, because she'd then come and nuzzle me out of depression and we'd then be out for a walk, even if it were 12 at noon. She's my personal pick me up... my first child, even though I didn't give birth to her, even though she's not human... But right now, she's missing her buddy... her mom... And two mutt look just so good together...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Knitting patterns

I have been looking for easy to read patterns that are free and not too complicated for a beginner. So here are a few sites I found brimming with patterns.
1. Lion brand Yarn website: This I like the most. The patterns are easy to understand, and achievable. Only thing is gauge, as I mentioned in an earlier post. But I guess any pattern will have the same problem...
2. Ravelry : Full of users' contributed patterns, but because of this reason, there's no standard and as a beginner I ended up looking for abbreviations and standard with every pattern I picked up, and eventually put down...
3. Berroco: Has the most glamorous looking patterns, I haven't used any of them though, coz I found them a little hard... I guess I need some more practice before I graduate to them.
4. Bernat: Again, no idea how good the patterns are, the pictures a really good though!!
5. Coats and Clarks: These are amazing amazing patterns. (सुन्दर सुन्दर ;))...
Hope you like them...

Knitting: Lesson learnt

 I have recently started knitting, and I learnt how to read patterns. Here is what I succeeded in making...  Although I am yet to figure out how to bind off so that the rib remains straight, but this turned out fine. I mean I like it... And the colour is actually a very soft violet, but I don't know why my camera couldn't catch that color. Hmm... next skill to acquire is photography!!
Here's the pattern if anyone's interested....
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90591AD.html?noImages=

Now the fun part....
Every knitting pattern says 'be sure to check gauge' in big bold letters,and I always thought it's one of those useless instructions that every know-it-all gives just to show how important they are. And the result....

I ended up with booties which won't even fit a preemie. 3"X2"...
I don't know what I'll use them for... ,

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Long long long time....

It's been a very long time since I blogged. Not that I didn't have anything to write about. In fact, I have so much to share that I was exasperated by the sheer volume of information....
Hmm... where do I start? Ever since I wrote last, I have been on family way. And whatever anyone tells you about joys of being pregnant, don't believe them, not one bit. Apart from morning sickness, there's plenty more that women don't disclose. I discovered the 'joys' of a reduced bladder size, mood swings, cramps, ah and the dreaded bed rest. And more permanently, stretch marks, and tell tale marks of papules on my neck, that have made sure I don't wear anything beyond a high neck for a long long time. I wonder when these marks will fade....
For all those who say all this is worth it, well, I don't know about that. I look at my mom, and how I keep arguing with her, I don't think I'd like to have a child like me....and if I ever end up with one, I don't think we'll be able to survive one another. And if both of them are like me, God save my DH!!! Well, time clear things for us.
But one good thing that'll come out of this is that my life can finally proceed. It's been a long long suspension... Everything had to be postponed for the treatment, and then the expected pregnancy, which seemed to evade me. Not that I was disheartened or something, it's just inconvenient and irritating.... But well, now that's past.
Come January, there's a new phase on the cards, which my mom and a lot of others, have been scaring me about... I don't know how I'll handle two kids, a short temper, and my fixation with sleep... crazy, crazy crazy...
Only time will tell....
Till then, here's what I had been working on, and have since finished...
My SIL gifted me the kit, and it became a life saver, with this piece, I had less time to think about all the negative stuff....
And here's one more blanket I have finished. The yarn courtesy masi. It was really sweet of her to just give that to me!! And it looked a little bland so I crocheted a little border around, and added a few flowers. Here's the tutorial I used.