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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to tell you about my latest crochet project. A week or so before Christmas I was perusing the internet and discovered a beautiful crochet blanket by a designer I have admired.

Kaleidoscope Blanket – Tequila Sunrise Colorway
picture courtesy of Catherine’s Crochet Corner

Catherine is a designer in the UK and this is the first time she is releasing a pattern through a crochet-a-long (we will get parts of the pattern every 2 weeks). This is a very challenging pattern with color work (using more than one color at a time) and dimensional stitches. She designed it in three different colorways and I’m doing the Tequila Sunrise you see above.

That’s a lot of yarn mom.

The yarn the pattern was designed for is Stylecraft Special DK which is very popular in the UK but not readily available in the US. A couple of sources from the UK were offering the yarn in kits with enough yarn for the entire project. I ordered mine one week before Christmas and was pleasantly surprised to have it arrive the day after Christmas.

Part 1 squares – 24 out of 36 needed for the blanket.

The first part of the pattern was released on January 3rd for the square you see above. It is a well written pattern but lately I’ve found it easier to use a crochet chart when working a pattern. A Facebook group was set up to bring anyone who is working on this blanket together and to offer support if you were having difficulty with something. There were a few posts asking if anyone had created a chart so I thought I would give it a try.

Chart for Part 1

After I posted the chart to the Facebook group there was a lot of positive reaction. The next day I was contacted by the group administrators and asked if I wouldn’t mind making charts for all the parts of the pattern. Of course I said yes. I was sent advance copies of the upcoming patterns so I could have the chart ready when it was released to everyone.

These don’t smell like they would taste good.

The second part of the pattern was released and this time it’s for a triangle shape.

One triangle out of 28

Chart for Part 2

I did one of the triangles before I made the chart so I would know how it went together. There is no real rush to complete all the parts before the next pattern is released but I’m trying to keep up.

No wonder you haven’t done any blog posts lately.

Walter is right that I’ve been a bit preoccupied with making charts and squares lately. I’m much faster making each square than I was at first. I only have a dozen squares left to do and then I can work on the triangles. It will be fun to see how this all comes together. I’m amazed how anyone can come up with a pattern with so many pieces that work so well together. Stay tuned for more updates.


You should stop by the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to see some of the other projects people have posted.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here.

Did you miss me?

We know we’ve been MIA and some of that has to do with our crappy rainy weather. Until a couple of days ago our temps had been above freezing and our backyard was a muddy mess. Needless to say we weren’t spending much time outside but that changed when we finally got some snow to play in and a sunny day.

I love sticking my head into the fluffy snow.

That snow is tasty too!

We had lots of fun playing in the lovely fluffy snow and will show you more of it soon.

I like to clean my nose off…

…while I’m walking.

We hope our snow sticks around for a while so we can enjoy more time playing outside. Our pawrents are still surprised how energetic a couple of 7 year old pups can be. We think it’s because we keep each other young by still enjoying playing with each other. Have a happy Tongue Out Tuesday everyone!

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. We are ringing in the new year by showing off all the Christmas cards we received this yea.

Thanks for joining me in our final card count picture Millie.
It’s great to see all the cards from friends near and far.

Of course the good news is we kicked butt on our pawrents in the card count contest.

The final card count is:

Millie & Walter

28 Snail Mail cards

13 e-cards

Total Card Count – 41

Mom & Dad

13 Snail Mail cards

1 e-card

Total Card Count – 14

Here is a closer look at all our cards.

We want to thank all our friends and family for sending all these cards. It’s always fun to see them in our mail during the holiday season.

Here’s hoping you all have a great New Year and New Decade!

We’re joining Comedy Plus for their Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here. We wanted to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas (or Happy Holiday if you don’t celebrate that one).

Here is our Christmas card for anyone that didn’t receive one in the mail.

Christmas Card Front

Christmas Card Back

We hope Santa Paws brought you everything on your list. Check back later in the week for our final card display and totals. We are beating the pants off our pawrents, but that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

Merry Christmas!

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. Remember when I told you “It’s all good.” Well it got even better just after I told you that. We got a message from the dental vet that the pathology report came back saying the margins were clean and all the tumor was removed!

Thanks for all your POTP that helped me get well.

We’ve also got good news about all the holiday cards we’ve gotten.

Here is a close up of the cards we’ve received up to this past Monday.

Don’t worry if you’ve sent us a card and you don’t see it. This picture was taken a couple of days ago and we’ve received more cards since then.

Of course the good news is we are still kicking butt on our pawrents in the card count contest.

The current card count is:

Millie & Walter

20 Snail Mail cards

9 e-cards

Total Card Count – 29

Mom & Dad

8 Snail Mail cards

1 e-card

Total Card Count – 9

We’re so happy for my good test results and for all our friends around the world.

I’m joining Comedy Plus for their Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

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Hi everyone. It’s Millie and Walter here. The weather has been pretty miserable around here lately and we haven’t been able to get out and play much. Instead we do a lot of napping.

It’s nice that dad puts this blankie on the bed for us.
Then why is he always trying to stick his toes under it?

The truth is dad puts this blanket on the bed to keep his feet warm. Everyone knows if you put a blanket down a dog will lay on it. Sort of how kitties behave when they see a piece of paper laying around. They can’t help but lay on it.

We’re just warming it up for him.
Dad can tuck his toes in under my butt to keep his feet warm.

Dad doesn’t seem to appreciate the service we are doing to make his blanket even warmer for his toes and sometimes kicks us off. We don’t really mind much because as soon as he is in place we will snuggle up against his feet anyways.

We’re joining The Cat on My Head for their Selfie Sunday blog hop.

You should check out the hop to see some of the other selfies. Thanks for stopping by.

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here again. Sorry we haven’t been posting much but since my surgery we’ve been keeping things pretty quiet to make sure I healed properly. Today I saw our vet for a post op check up and she thought everything is looking good.

My new portrait has a permanent snaggletooth.

The vet said she could still see some sutures that haven’t dissolved completely so Millie & I are still restricted from any wrestling and bitey face but I can go back to eating my normal kibble. As you can see from the picture above my lower canine tooth now likes to hang outside my upper lip but hopefully that won’t be a problem later too. I’m thankful that all that vet stuff should be behind me for a while. All of the support from my Blogville friends has helped too.

Mom finally got our decorations up and we are starting to get some cards in. So far we are kicking butt on the card count with our pawrents.

Most of these cards are for Millie & I

The current card count is:

Millie & Walter

6 Snail Mail cards

5 e-cards

Total Card Count – 11

Mom & Dad

2 cards

We do have a bit of a mystery that my mom thinks she has figured out. We received a card with no return address and the signature didn’t have any names on it.

The inside of our mystery card. Who could those portraits be of?

The only other clue we had was the post office cancellation. After some Googling our mom figured out that the card was mailed in northern Virginia. The only problem with that is we don’t have anybody on our list from that area. After reading some of our friends blogs recently our mom says a light bulb went on in her head when she remembered that the Downunder Daisy crew’s mom had recently been on vacation visiting family in Virginia. She probably wanted to save some time (for delivery) and some money by posting them while she was here. We definitely think one of the portraits drawn on the card looked like a Scottie and now we think the other dog pictured is Roxy. So we are asking what you think or if Bella, Roxy and Dui can confirm our suspicions.

We sure are thankful for all our friends that send us cards by mail and email. It’s especially nice to get some from our pals that haven’t been blogging recently too.

We are joining Brian for the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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