The dog is clean and soft and I can't smell him when he walks into the room now. He's so funny in the tub - he doesn't enjoy his bath but he suffers it with dignity, he just keeps up this soft, breathy grunting under his breath, like he's doing something that requires a lot of effort and is exhausting him, but he stands perfectly still and tolerates the whole nasty experience like the Very Good Boy he is. When he's done he races through the house, snorting and dancing with joy.
The laundry is almost all done - it must be all done and the laundry area must be vacated before Girl arrives, because let's get real here - she's not coming to see me, she's coming to see my fridge full of food and free washer and dryer.
The pond filter is clean for the moment, but this is spring and it will require daily cleaning for the next two weeks until I get ahead of the seasonal stuff that is the byproduct of a small, cheap pond setup. The fish are fine, it's just aesthetically unpleasing.
And I wound and cast on the Shimmer. It took 3 needle sizes to get what I wanted - I started big, kept downsizing, and now I'm on a 5. Larger than a 5 and the pattern was lost in the loops - and that is before blocking. I like Shimmer very much, but warning - it is loosely plied and a sharp needle point (sharper than I am using, unfortunately) would make it much easier to work with. It splits like a...it splits easily. My right hand is tingling with the time I put into it today. It is also heavenly soft and the colors are very rich. Great stuff for the price, definitely - much pricier yarn has worse splitting issues. I lost the light on the patio before I could take pictures, and photos with flash are just not worth the effort of picking up the camera.
Oddly, I can knit a Koigu sock forever and my hand/wrist never complain. Sock photos tomorrow too. It's heading down the foot to the toe. I'm still not a huge fan of the two circs method, but it's okay. I will quit saying it sucks. But I have no urge to retire the dpns.
Oh, and I'm looking at my stash today and thinking about how much I have the urge to make tot-sized clothing, and later I'm catching up on blogs, and blogger serendipity strikes again: The Dulaan Project. I started my day thinking I had this weird urge to start making little kid sized hats, and about 8 hours later, I hit Mossy Cottage Knits and saw the latest entry. I am a bad blog reader, I missed this earlier. But clearly this is the synchronicity of the blogworld at work again. I will cast on a bright cheery basic ribbed hat in nice Cascade 220 felting leftovers, and many more should follow. That's bedtime tv knitting. That and tropical sore bandages. I have 2-3/4 of those done. I can't even manage feather and fan when I'm tired, but I still like to feel the yarn and the needles, it lowers my blood pressure. So the Dulaan Project goes into the bedtime knitting program. I love the Blogworld.