We don't do many formal photos of Pinniped and Cannoli. So this is one of the few opportunities to get a lot of nice, clear photos of the pigs. I like to save a few solo pictures in addition to the ones I use for the cards. These are my favorite.
I had given Pinniped and Cannoli bits of carrots and celery to keep them distracted while taking photos. I love the resulting open-mouth pictures. The look like they're singing or shocked. <gasp!>
I made Indian pudding for Thanksgiving this year. I had never made it before, but I was told that that's what we were bringing for dessert. It turned out delicious and I'll definitely be making it again.
I didn't have a recipe for the pudding, so I googled it and came across wildly differing ingredients and methods. Usually I can pick the top six recipes that come up in a search and at least three of them are very similar. Not the case with Indian pudding. I ended up using the basic recipe from Durgin Park, the spices and most of the cooking method from the Wayside Inn and filled in the rest from the other pages I read. Basically, you can make this any way you want and call it pudding. You wouldn't be wrong.
I discovered it can be overcooked, when I did my trial run. Not that overcooked is bad - but it ends up so firm you can slice it like bread (I tend to overcook my rice pudding, too. <sigh>). Second time I thought I had undercooked it, and it turned out to be done just right. Everyone enjoyed it.
I've been amused by the way the pellet bowl wanders around the cage. This phenomenon has only occurred since March, when we brought Cannoli home. In the beginning it moved only when no one was looking, however now-a-days it's obvious who's the culprit. The bowl ranges all around the cage since I fully fleeced the bottom level. I often find it, empty, under the hammock.
I caught some of the action the other morning. They do love their Timothy pellets, don't they? I'm happy that they don't fight over them, although I'm not sure if I'd call this sharing. On the other hand, they're guinea pigs. This is sharing at it's best!
I love how Noli pulls the bowl away from Pinniped and that doesn't seem to faze Pinni one little bit. She just follows the food dish, no matter how far away it goes.
I've worked with this pattern three times. I've made several modifications each time I sew it and not all of the notations made it into the margins of the original instructions. I'm tired of guessing what I did (or worse yet, pulling apart the seams on my carrier to see the layers). I'm documenting it this time around.
I make the carrier out of four layers of material: Inner fabric, Insul-bright, cotton batting and outer fabric. The original instructions say to start with 2/3 yard of each, but I have found that if the cotton or batting shrinks during the pre-wash or if the length of cloth was cut unevenly, it's not enough material to use as instructed. I've also discovered with the extra thickness I make, it needs to be cut slightly wider than the original instructions. I found 3/4 yard each worked well. The carrier also requires two 12" long 3/8" diameter dowels for the handles.
Cut one 41x11" piece of each of the four materials.
Cut one 27x13" piece of each of the four materials.
(Note to self: next time try 41x12" and 27x14")
The last time I bought hay I got a sample of bluegrass. It looked so green and beautiful, and yet Pinniped and Cannoli stuck their noses up at it. I gave it away at the Boston pignic.
Now that we're a Timothy-free household, Pinni and Noli have discovered that given the choices, bluegrass is pretty good! We were lucky that another guinea pig from the Boston Pignic, Mr. Cuddles, was willing to share his stash of bluegrass. I picked up the box a couple of weeks ago.
Initially Pinni and Noli dove into it. Now it gets spread about a bit, but no more than the Timothy hay. Pinni and Noli seem to like to play with it as much as eat it.
I think I'm slightly allergic to the bluegrass, too, but it is so much less dusty than the Timothy. My coughing has improved a lot in the last few weeks. So now I'm looking for a good home for about 30 lbs of 3rd cut KMS Timothy Hay that I purchased last March. Any takers? Pick-up would be easiest for me, but I'd be willing to ship it for the price of postage.
When I found Fading Charms I thought: I can do that. I finished the top in a little over two weeks. I love all the colors and I handled the randomness better than I thought (although there's a few pieces that irk me). My quilting friends urged me to do the background in white and I'm glad I listened to them. I plan to back and bind it with a pastel pink and green fabric. It should add some colors to the edge without drawing attention away from the rest of the quilt.
Usually I start a project and work on it until it's finished. This will be my first UFO (for my non-sewing readers - UnFinished Object) while I work on some other sewing projects (with deadlines). I'm hoping, if all goes well, to get back to this before the end of the year.