Once upon a time there was a hat that needed to be knitted—a cute little hat with bobbles. They were cute little bobbles that looked like berries in a pie. They were the dickens to knit!! They were the kind of knitting project that makes one say words one would not ordinarily utter on a bet!! Difficult little bobbles. Horrible little bobbles. Hate the little bobbles!!
I have made this hat before and I remembered that the bobbles were no fun but I didn’t remember, until I was in the jungle of bobbleland, that I had to frog the last berry hat at least once, and that I had to find an easier way than the pattern described. Oh but I remembered very fast when I started knitting the stinking little bobbles. And then I frogged!
Now I am sailing along making one cute little berry after another, but I will never enjoy making them because they hurt my hands. If you decide to make this hat for a baby in your life you might want to search Google or Bing for “how to knit a bobble.” You will find several videos outlining a much easier method than given in the pattern. A problem for me was that the pattern calls for purling the bobbles, making it additionally hard to achieve the required yarn-overs and knit together(s). The video methods are based on knit stitches and that makes all the difference.
On top of crazy-making bobbles our little Max started limping and holding up his left front paw. When I looked at it I discovered that it was swollen two or three times the normal size. Long story short—he had surgery on the paw and is wearing the “cone of shame” and a huge bandage. Here he is sleeping off the effects of surgery:
When we revisited the vet yesterday he said there was no progress even though he had packed it with steroids and we are giving him antibiotics. If it doesn’t improve a lot by Saturday they will have to do more surgery to explore the reason for the swelling. The poor little guy is being so good! I am exhausted because I am sleeping with him to try to keep him quiet. Whenever he moves I jump.
Macy is being Nurse-doggie and giving him lots of sloppy kisses. All prayers, healing thoughts and crossed pet paws are appreciated.
Life is good!