>Dogs & more

>Oscar has been with us for just over two weeks now & is doing VERY well.

Airedale puppy
Oscar

He loves our walks in the morning & I take them out for an hour before I go to work to get the ‘bounce’ out of them & then another half an hour at least when I get home mid afternoon. He’s very happy on the lead now & loves to strut his stuff:

Airedale puppy
Oscar

He started at the Dog Training Club that I used to teach at many years ago (before DD was born) last Monday & found it very exciting. It’s taught at an equestrian centre so an added advantage is that he’ll get used to horses but at the moment he’s keen on eating their droppings on the floor!

Airedale puppy
Oscar

Annie is getting used to him but often gets fed up with his needle sharp teeth & disciplines him for being a pain.

Airedale puppy & adult
Oscar & Annie

He’s still not that keen on the crate but bedtime is easy & we’re still working on the crate during the day. He barks when I go out in the morning but I’m sure he crashes soon after as he’s tired after his walk & has a full belly. The house is definitely quiet when I return until he hears the key in the lock!

Airedale puppy
Oscar

All this dog walking leads nicely onto something else I’ve been meaning to share for a while. For too many years now I’ve been overweight. Knitting wise this has meant that I tend to knit socks & other small ‘accessories’ as I wasn’t happy with my size & don’t want to waste yarn on a larger size that I don’t intend to be for long.

However in September I plucked up the courage & joined a local Slimming World group. So far I have lost just over 2 1/2 stone which has led to a 7″ loss on my waist & 4 3/4″ from my bust. I’m feeling a lot better & am now having to buy new clothes as my old ones are falling off me but still have a long way to go to get to my target weight. Which is where being a knitter comes in. I’ve decided to treat myself to a special pattern when I get to my target & want to make Debbie Bliss’s Scoop Neck Cardigan in Noro Silk Garden (Ravelry link) in the same colourway as my Lady Eleanor. Does anybody have a copy that they’re happy to part with or know of a shop that still has it in stock? I’ve hit a brick wall so far but still have a long way to go weight wise so I’ve got a bit of time. I’ve also been having fun over the past few months matching up my stash to patterns for cardigans & jumpers & that is probably the biggest incentive of all!