Photo courtesy of Amanda Herbert Photography
If you’ve noticed a paucity of blog posts recently, this will be why. Meet Ella. She’s a four month old miniature schnauzer and we’ve been living together for six days now. Oh my goodness, it’s love – on both sides!
I have plenty of vacation time over Christmas for us to bond. She’s had such a lot to get to grips with already! A strange new home, and meeting new friends – including a visit from Huggie Does Homespun, who has designed an AMAZING fabric print, following a course at Central Saint Martins – check out the design here. Swoon. In silk? Yes, please!
Ella has also had a health check at the vet, a visit from the dog walker, and dealt with the oh-so-hard task of night time separation. She’s shown nothing but grace and love in the face of these demands, along with the occasional accident. I can’t get over how quickly she learns! Oh no, I’ve become one of those people who crows that her offspring is a genius. Except Ella isn’t a child, is she? She’s a dog. A dog, Karen, remember that…
The past six days have really taught me the importance of Calm Love. I try hard not to squeal, fuss, or suffocate with attention. I’ve also learnt not to throw a bouncy toy in the direction of an ironing board with hot iron resting atop. Jeez, that was an interesting near heart attack!
You’ll be glad to read that I’ve already experimented with some sewing cutting out with a puppy in the room. I was all braced for chaos. Not a bit of it. Ella’s general approach to sewing is to watch from a safe distance, with a raised, hairy eyebrow. Why do you keep swearing? How come you sing off tune to the radio? What’s with all the clicking of the fingers? (I’ve realised I click my fingers incessantly to pretty much any song that comes on the radio. Not good, when you want a dog to nap.)
Don’t worry, this won’t become a dog blog. But it might become a knitting dog blog. I thought she looked guilty in this photo, but my friends’ concensus is that she looks defiant. What do you think…?
Ball of wool? What ball of wool?