Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
Come drifting home with broken masts and sails.
I will believe the Hand which never fails,
From seeming evil, worketh good for me.
And though I weep because those sails are tattered,
Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered:
I trust in Thee.
--Ann Kimmel

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail and the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold and there shall be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18

Monday, May 28, 2012

A Quest for Robin's Egg Blue

The weather has been fairly ghastly for Memorial Day weekend here--cold and intermittently rainy.  No cookouts here!

However, the upside is, we've had no company either and, as a result, I've been able to putter about doing projects of my own choosing without interruption.  It's been a poodle marathon!

A few weeks ago, I was asked by an Etsy customer in the U.K. to make a poodle toilet paper cozy in robin's egg blue.  I had already started (started being the operative word!) a grey and a white poodle,  but they were lying abandoned in my knitting project bag.  I figured it was the perfect time to tackle the lot of them and finish all of them in one go.

For me, making the poodle parts is nothing in comparison with putting those parts together.  It seems to take forever and it's tedious.  That's probably why the white and grey poodles were languishing neglected.  I just couldn't face the assembling process.  But, by doing them all at once, I've learned a few things, like better methods for attaching pom poms to ears, for instance.  Doing them assembly line fashion has definitely helped me develop some good new methods.

The question I have now is, which blue is closest to a true robin's egg blue?  I actually have a couple of robin's eggs and I compared them with my blues, and none match.  But then I see the eggs themselves are of different shades of blue. Maybe there is no one correct color match.  What do you think?
At any rate, I'm almost to the really fun part, which is figuring out how to individualize each poodle with ribbons, jewels, etc.  As soon as the glue on the eyes is dry, I can sew the heads to the bodies and start experimenting with them.

When I finally get these finished, I am going to launch into a totally new project, which is to try out my new patterns from Etsy shop Bonita Patterns.  I splurged and bought three from her over the weekend, all in crocodile stitch, and I can hardly wait to get started.  This will be my reward for finishing up five poodles.
I've got patterns for a shawl, a child's hood, and a slouchy beret.  Here designs are really nifty--check 'em out!  If I can learn to crochet this stuff, I'm sure you can:


This coming week I have really got to learn how to use pinterest and to do facebook and twitter.  The prospect is about as enticing as doing my income taxes. I bought a program to teach me the ropes, but I have barely been able to watch it. Yeccchhh.  I'd much rather someone just sat down beside me, set the whole thing up, and then taught me to use it, hands-on. I hate going through instructions! But if I want to sell on Etsy, I need to start using some kind of social network media. For your basic hermit, this is scary stuff. I look at facebook and I can't make heads or tails of it. Bizarre little snippets of information and remarks from all and sundry and none of it coherent.

Wish me luck!

P.S.  Peppy's doing nicely!  He goes out several times a day on his leash and walks about the yard.  A couple of times he's even tried to run--good thing I had him on the leash!

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