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20. October 2010 09:27
by Jobo

The King of his Castle...

20. October 2010 09:27 by Jobo | 1 Comments

bunny castle king

Finally, after about a month of languishing, the Bunny Castle is complete... and the king is all moved in!  As you can see he is quite comfortable and settling in just fine :)

bunny castle

The Castle itself is made up of generic branded "Neat Idea Cubes"... which are basically 14x14 inch wire grid panels that we lashed together with electrical ties (they were originally intended as shelving units)  and the shelves were custom made by Marky especially for the Ruttiger-FuzzyButt! 

We originally thought the ramp in the back would need some carpet on it, but he seems to navigate both up and down without any problems.  Watching the "down" strategy is the most hilarious thing ever... he stands at the top and puts his front paws just over the lip of the ramp... then its BUNNYSLIDE away... and he slides down the ramp like a child on a playground slide.  He looks so darned pleased with himself too... it's priceless!

As for the wooden shelves... we chose untreated pine so that it would be safe for him to nibble if the idea struck him... but I wasn't sure if he would make messes in this new cage.  In the old one, there was a wire bottom and any messes fell through.  Well, since Ruttiger moved in on Sunday he has had ZERO wet messes outside his box (great... now I jinxxed it, didn't I?)  and he hasn't really made much mess with hay or woodchips either.  The plastic mat base is easy to sweep up, and I can clean out the bottom in less than 5 minutes.  I bet if there were wet messes it would be easier to just lift the cage off to the side and hose off the mat, but it hasn't come to this drastic an action yet, so who knows.

Either way... the King likes his Castle!  and thanks his loyal subjects (namely Daddy) for the lovely new home :)

28. October 2009 08:00
by Jobo

A Chilly October morning…

28. October 2009 08:00 by Jobo | 2 Comments

I’ve heard folks ask… who actually wears homemade socks anyways… and every time I hear it I shake my head a little…


I work in a building that was not designed to be a cubicle workspace.  It is often really cold here, and I freeze my butt off many days (and it isn’t even really winter yet)  My workspace has been nicknamed “the cube-sickle” because of it's temperature-challenged ways... it is conveniently located in prime territory directly between the photocopy machine, and the air circulation vent in the ceiling.  I actually keep a little space heater under my desk to avoid nose-icicles and frozen fingers.  But I don’t need to worry about my feet… the wool socks are pretty efficient insulators, and cute to boot!  (get it… to “boot”?  bad footwear jokes… sigh)

So Who wears homemade socks?  ME.

I think I may be the kind of person who wears fingerless mitts indoors too.  Ask me again in January when it’s cold everywhere ;)

27. June 2009 13:39
by Jobo

Mitten Progress...

27. June 2009 13:39 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I have Dad's Mittens mostly done, but haven't had a chance to photograph them on a model yet.  As a tease... I'll post what I have so far.  Overall I am very pleased with the end result on these... though they could probably use a good blocking just to smooth out any bumpy or wrinkly bits.

I'm not usually a "marker" girl either... but I found that working on the thumb gusset increases in this case because of the soft blended colour that I had a hard time seeing how many rows back since inc stitches.  I guess it's nice to have some in the house, but loops of another colour of yarn would suffice really.  I got a bunch of these beaded stitch markers in a grab bag - basically 25 of them in varied colours, none matching. 

My spinning seems pretty even overall, and I haven't been able to notice any thin or thicker bits in my finished knit fabric.  These will be nice and warm, and will get warmer with wear as the whole thing felts together

Now I just need to block... and find a mitten hand model... and take some more pics before I give these away.  I know I had said they would be for christmas... but I have a feeling I won't be able to keep a lid on it for that long.  (as per usual with me and homemade gifts)


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