Today its so hot here Biscuit and I went out VERY early to water some plants and to let him run around a little before we had to hibernate in front of the fans. Right after we came in Biscuit got into my yarn and proceeded to spread it all over the house (no I didn't take a picture of that mess). I saw a thing on TV, Its Me Or The Dog where the girl had a dog that continued to get into things. The dog trainer had them pick up the dog immediately when he did the thing and put him in the garage. Well, My garage is too far from the house so I picked him up, told him no and put him in his crate (I know, I know---he'll hate the crate because of it but he already does...) So I let him out when he settled down and he got the yarn again. Back to the crate with a NO. The next time I let him out he didn't go near the yarn. I did as the TV trainer did, put it down where he could easily get to it. He didn't come near it. I was totally impressed.
So anyway, after he came back in the house from another romp he was totally hot and so was I. He laid down on his starfish pillow and hasn't gotten up since. Half of him is off the pillow, not because he doesn't fit on it but because the floor is cool <G> Notice his pot of toys? The little pup is obviously very spoiled but oh well!
I don't want to start anything now other than rewind my yarn so I got out my new book, The Friday Night Knit Club. I didn't take a lot of time to read but the introduction sounds like its going to be good, here's what it says: The Gathering. Choosing your wool is dizzying with potential: The waves of colors and textures tempt with visions of a sweater or cap (and all the accompanying compliments you hope to receive) but don't reveal the hard work required to get there. Patience and attention to detail make all the difference. Also willingness. Challenge keeps it interesting, but don't select a pattern that is too far beyond you. Always select the best yarn you can afford. And use the type of needle that feels best in your hand; I always used bamboo. Even now, it still seems unbelievable to me that by pulling together a motley collection--the soft yarn, the sharp needles, the scripted pattern, the smooching hook, the intangibles of creativity, humanity, and imagination--you can create something that will hold a piece of your soul. But you can.
I think we all agree, the same holds true for knitting machine projects.