dogsI worked out today that there are 15 weeks before my big show.

That’s okay I thought, I can still get it all done… but then I factored in nursery hours and school holidays etc and counted how many actual childfree mornings I had left between here and then.

48 or 144 hours to be precise.

And then I picked Joe up from school and found out that his teacher is going on strike on Thursday.

Thus effortlessly reducing my 144 childfree hours to 140…

Ho, hum. The joys of being a full time mother.

Despite the schools holidays and the decorating I have managed to start this.

What can I say? After this, a dog blanket seemed the logical next step for me.

I watched a little bit of this years’ Crufts and was pleased to find a list of all the ‘best in show’ winners’ kennel names on the internet.

Some of those names are just amazing.

The dogs on my blanket are all pedigree breeds and where possible have been named after an actual Crufts winner.

I am embroidering them in a variegated sock yarn.

Which is proving to be such a good idea as it is masses cheaper than using a tapestry or embroidery thread and is working just as well for me.

However, I’m not entirely convinced about this design yet, I think it is lacking a little something.

I have been spending a lot of time wondering what though.

Any thoughts or ideas you may have will be gratefully received. You could save me a lot of time…



7 Responses to “48”

  1. Nanette Says:
    April 22nd, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Everything you do is so amazing to me. You will get it all done and be a great mom at the same time.

  2. Judith S Says:
    April 23rd, 2008 at 11:58 am

    I love all things dog, my son and his girlfriend bought a beautiful 7 week old lab puppy yesterday and have called her Ruby, which made me think perhaps one of the dogs on your blanket could be in a strong single colour like ruby red, just a thought.I am sure the NEC will be a big success for you.

  3. Dad Says:
    April 23rd, 2008 at 2:30 pm


  4. francesca Says:
    April 24th, 2008 at 6:34 am

    i love this janet. and thank goodness you chose the kennel names and not the ridiculous ones like Lady Fufu Peacock of Moldavia…or something.

  5. tracy x Says:
    April 24th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    has it got a whippet on it?
    if not – then that is what is missing!!
    love the blanket x
    t x

  6. melissa Says:
    April 24th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    oh- that’s fantastic! i can’t wait to see the whole thing.

  7. mary burns Says:
    April 24th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    it looks beautiful to me…i just love dogs. what are you going to use as a border? I could see a deep red or striking red…paired with a gold (civil war gold color)? It’s beautifully stitched. Hugs Mary

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