I Spoke Too Soon

Charlie is almost 2 and I’ve been saying for the past 6 months or so that he’s finally outgrown the annoying parts of the puppy stage and turning into a dog.  

I’d like to retract those comments.

When I opened the door to check on him this morning I heard a scurrying and was met with this face:

The victim:

My hyacinths; my favourite spring flower.

**sigh**

Who’s Training Who?

A week or so ago I started letting Charlie out without tying him, just for short periods to get him used to be off line but staying in the yard. I took this sweet photo of him late this afternoon:

Doesn’t he look innocent just sitting watching the world go by?

Then, I realized what he was doing; he’s waiting a few minutes to bark to come in because when he comes in he gets a reward (treat) for coming. We’ve now done this 5 times in 2 hours.  And right now?


Yup, he’s waiting on the next one.

 
I’m guessing to train a dog you should be smarter than him… **sigh** …got to run, there’s his bark to come in.

Royale Treatment

Sunday night I cast on a sock before I had finished the first.  I told myself it was because I was traveling this week, but secretly I’d received new Knitter’s Pride Royale needles and was anxious to try them out. 


I had some interchangables I’d tried and really liked so I was anxious to try the double points. The first few rounds before  left home I was less than impressed. The yarn didn’t slide as easily as I liked. I almost hauled out my old faithful metal DPNs but decided I’d use them for a day meeting to at least give them a legitimate try.

I’m really glad I did. While not as slidy as my metal DPNs, they make up for it in their lighter weight without the bendy-ness of lighter metals.  So far I haven’t noticed a catch in the join between the wood and metal tips. I’m not sure they’ll move up to a “favourite” category (though they might by the end of the sock) but I’m definitely not switching back when I get home tonight.