Isn't my mug absolutely lovely. And my mug pug too! They were both in my stocking for Christmas along with lots of other lovely goodies.
So it has been a week and we are slowly recovering, but the key word is slowly. Almost everything we do had a dog related aspect to it in some way and it is so hard not to remember. We have done all the "right things" as much as we can, packed away all the bowls and towels spare leads and harnesses, so now we just have gaps where all his things used to be. Yesterday I had to change the angle of the ironing board when I was doing the ironing because I always used to glance up and look out of the window to see where Phaolin was and what he was up to. Every time it rains (which is a lot here right now) I have stop myself going to the back door to call him in. Coming home from the knitting circle there was no big white furry presence waiting for me in the yard. For over twenty years we have always had at least one dog in the house and now it feels very big and empty and for some reason, very cold. But we are recovering and we will get used to gaps and the spaces and the habits will change over time I guess.
I didn't have the heart to carry on with all my crochet blankets over the Christmas period so I went back to knitting socks, courtesy of the Winwick Mum Sockalong Facebook Group I had over thirty balls of sock yarn in my yarn stash so I hunted a few out and bought myself some Addi circular sock needles to try out. I've always used DPNS before so this was a whole new experience, also the pattern was for top down and I have usually preferred toe up. I decided to avoid single sock syndrome by knitting the two socks at the same time and put a lot of effort into matching up the pattern.
The yarn is "Tonks" from Opal yarns Harry Potter range and I have to admit I am very very pleased with the way these have come out.
So it has been a sad and quiet start to 2016 and I have to believe things can only get better from here. Off to finish the second sock now, then I can start wearing them.