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Poor Lily! & Poor Stevie

You have probably heard some awful stories this week about people falling into freezing water, mainly ponds and some poor families who have lost both children and pets to hypothermia. We have a sad tale of our own, but luckily with a happy ending.

Yesterday we were walking around a local fishing lake/pond and giving it a wide berth as it is deep in places and although the ice looks thick, there was a thaw going on at the edges. There was also a fair amount of debris around the edges and a dog might not know what is land and what is water. However, that was not our problem. Around one of the edges the path goes over some banks with a small bridge. The banks are not terribly steep however Lily went too near the edge and lost her footing and slipped into the pond with an almight splash and then floundered around trying to stand on the debris or walk on water (she has never been swimming before).

She was in difficulty as the wool lined coat she was wearing was absorbing a lot of water and she wasn't going anywhere near a bank to be able to get out. We were worried she was going to get hypothermia however without any discussion within seconds Steve had gone to help her and just dived into the water regardless for his own safety. What a hero, he did get water right up to his neck and swam Lily to the bank and hoisted her out.

Then there was soggy walk to the car followed by blasts from the heaters and we were home within a short drive. Steve was fine, Lily got away with a few bruises and scratches. Dizzy was a complete anti-hero, he saw the two of them splashing in the freezing water and though, I'm not having any of that and started to sprint backwards pulling me on his lead. He loves a bit of self preservation and wanted to be as far away from cold water as possible!

Here is little Lillipegs snoozing in her blankets, without a care in the World. She would expect nothing less from her Royal subjects and she already assumed her Daddy was a hero.

New Hat Pattern

On a more positive note, I have finished a bit of knitting I can show to people. I made The Biggie Rib Super Bulky Slouch Beanie in a men's size to fit Steve. This is the ideal yarn for it really and it slouches beautifully but isn't too in your face like the pink version. Many thanks to Noblin Knits who tech checked it for me, and to ButteflySparkle Torya Williams who test knitted one of the sizes.

It is a very simple pattern, but we have worked out some neat decreases so that the K1, p1 Rib doesn't look messy in this super size. It is also very modern shape, and it helps sometimes for someone else to advise where to put the crown on a slouch hat. That is me modelling it from not a very brave position, but I thought I would at least show a partial pic of me seeing as Woolly Wormhead has been so brave with her own pics recently.

You can download it from here for £1.00 using PayPal or other forms of payment


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