Monthly Archives: August 2010

Winners!!! and Dog Q&A

After randomly picking the winners and contacting all of them, I thought it would take a few days to hear back from everyone. Wrong! Everyone was so excited to have won that I received responses from all six winners within 10 hours of sending the email. I love it when people are as excited as I am so I already had the yarn out the door and on its way to the new owners by the next day. I hope it all arrived safe and sound and congrats to all the winners! Here’s the list:

1st – Katie – Fiberphile Super Squish Sock in Pacifica AND the Interweave Knits Fall 2009 magazine
2nd – Rachelle – Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Scarlet
3rd – Yarn Dancer – Sundara FSM in Cactus Flower
4th – Candance – Zen Yarn Garden in Lemon Drop
5th – Tamsin – Liberty’s Yarn Jabbersocky in Lucy
6th – Ikkinlala (Nicole) – Colinette Jitterbug in Marble

I hope you all enjoy the yarn and that you get it soon! πŸ™‚

I also chose some of the questions asked to answer here. I’ll do some today and some later so we can space them out a bit, so if I didn’t answer your question today, don’t worry, I’ll do it soon! πŸ™‚

Kubrick and Hitchcock would like to first say that they aren’t sure if I was able to translate for them perfectly when needed, but I promise I did try my best! Woof!

Question: What breed of dogs are Kubrick and Hitchcock?

Kubrick and Hitchcock are Havanese! And no that is *not* a designer breed… Havanese originally hail from Cuba (get it Havana, Cuba = Havanese) and they are actually the national dog of Cuba. We’ve seen quite a few Cuban-inspired named Havs but we went the American route with the boys’ names… I mean they were born and raised here! πŸ˜‰

Question: What are their favorite toys?

Kubrick has two toys that are his favorites, though they are both balls – he loves playing with balls! – one of them is his cow ball. He knows it by name and will search for it in the toy box if you ask him to find it! In the picture below, you can see him having a Stare Off with the cow… I still haven’t figured out who won, though!

Dog vs. Cow: Stare Off!

The second is his soccer ball. Kubrick goes crazy for it, but Daddy doesn’t much enjoy hearing him squeak it as loud as he can (which Kubrick will do right in the middle of movies) so he only gets it when we can stand it. It is, however, one of his all-time favorite toys… here he is showing his brother the ball when Hitchcock first came to live with us!

Doting brother

Hitchcock’s favorite toy is a little mouse. No squeaker, nothing special about it, but he does love that thing! He tosses it up in the air and then catches it when it comes down – I think he tells himself the mouse is trying to get away from him or something. πŸ˜‰ The funny part is he got the thing at the vet’s office last Christmas and he really hates going to see the vet… even if his favorite toy came from there!

Hitch's mouse

Question: What’s your favorite outdoor activity in the winter?

Kubrick’s favorite activity any time is chasing and playing with doggy friends. He’ll do that with or without snow on the ground! πŸ˜‰

Snowday Fun

Apart from playing with his brother, Hitchcock’s favorite activity is eating snow. He just doesn’t like to admit it!

Snowday Fun

Question: Who’s pack leader?

Definitely Kubrick. Hitchcock listens to whatever his brother has to say… or else!

Ack! Help!

But Hitch knows that means he can count on his big brother to protect him when he’s feeling scared.

Safety Zone

Question: How do you guys like going to the bathroom outside & up so high?

Well I have to admit they were very nervous at first, but once Kubrick did it, Hitchcock had no problems following suit. They love hanging out out there now! It’s one of their favorite spots. πŸ˜€

Question: How do you not chew up all the shoes in the house??

Kubrick never had any interest in shoes, but Hitchcock says it was very hard because mommy was so mean to him whenever he tried to do it… he’d be happily chewing and then I’d swoop down with a toy or a chew (like Merrick Flossies) and give that to him instead saying good boy. Hitchcock said that wasn’t nice of me but now he knows that he is allowed to chew on his toys and on yummy Flossies but is NOT allowed to chew on anything else in the house. Don’t tell him I said so, but I think he’s quite happy with the outcome. πŸ˜‰

Tastes Good

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Dog Days of Summer Giveaway

Yes, there is a Giveaway at the bottom of this post!

Gorgeous boy

So we’re officially in the Dog Days of summer! I always liked the wording of these hottest days of the season, although I always thought it was pretty ironic that they were named that as I have never heard of any dogs that actually liked the heat! And before anyone asks, yes I do in fact know why it’s called Dog Days.

My dogs definitely do not enjoy the heat all that much… they’d much rather hang out in the A/C during the hottest days. And we sort of are house-bound for now as poor little Hitchcock had an anal gland issue and had to go through surgery on Monday! It was a minor surgery and he’s recovering very well, but it does mean that we’re stuck indoors until he recovers. So that means lots of hugs and kisses from mom,

Hanging out with mom

Hanging out with mom

playing with some toys (or in Hitchcock’s case just laying on the toys!),

Hitchcock and his toys

getting some chest rubs (Kubrick’s favorite!)

Kubrick loves chest rubs!

that hit the right spot.

Kubrick loves chest rubs!

Of course this means kissing mommy as a thank you!

Kubrick loves chest rubs!

So in honor of my two favorite dogs, I’m officially naming this giveaway the Dog Days of Summer! Unofficially, of course, this giveaway is my moving giveaway. These are the yarns that I’ve had around on my destash page for a while and no one has claimed them. These are yarns that, though very pretty, just don’t fit in my cabinet anymore and thus must go on living their lives elsewhere. They are all very nice, well behaved and housebroken to boot. What more can we ask for? Without further ado, here are the six (yes I said SIX!) skeins up for grabs:

Colinette Jitterbug in Marble
Colinette Jitterbug

Fiberphile Super Squish Sock in Pacifica
Fiberphile Super Squish Sock

Liberty’s Yarn Jabbersocky in Lucy
Liberty's Yarn Lucy

Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Scarlet
Madelinetosh Sock

Sundara Yarn Fingering Silky Merino in Cactus Flower
Sundara Fingering Silky Merino

Zen Yarn Garden in Lemon Drop (this is a 100% SW Merino)
Zen yarn Garden

In addition one of the six winners will also get a copy of the Fall 2009 issue of Interweave Knits magazine. It’s an issue I have two copies of, so I’d like to see it go to someone who can use it!

So how does this work? You have until Monday, August 9 to put in a comment on this post. And because this is for the dogs, if you have a question that you have been dying to ask about the dogs (or a question for them – I will translate as best I can), you can include that in your comment too. Just for fun. πŸ˜‰ Also in the comment, please state your top 3 wanted skeins in order of preference. This will help me when assigning skeins to winners. After the contest is over, I will use a random number generator to pick 6 winners. This makes it more fun because there are greater chances of winning! Oh and this contest is open to any and everyone who wants to join (no matter where in the world you live). The skein might take a while to get to you if you’re far away from NYC (yes, I will probably use cheap-o shipping) but I’ll ship out to those of you outside of North America, so comment away!

In addition, for a second chance to win, blog about this post in your own blog then come back here leaving a *second* comment telling me you did so and you have another chance right there. Just like that!

Good luck to all of you and remember to stay cool! πŸ˜‰

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