David and I are both sick in bed with the Worst Cold Ever (seriously, I haven't coughed like this since pneumonia in eighth grade), and we're desperately in need of being entertained. As such, I decided to see if y'all are interested in a little yarn giveaway:
That is, from left to right, a skein of Schaefer Anne sock yarn in an oceanic blue/green colorway, split into two balls but otherwise untouched; a skein of Louet MerLin (a luscious merino/linen blend) in sky blue, and two skeins of Misti Alpaca laceweight in a lovely feminine pink. This is all stuff that I bought or traded for specific projects which then went in another direction, so I figure somebody else should enjoy it. Leave the winning comment and I'll gladly ship it anywhere in the world. And how to win my fabulous prize?
This is our dachshund, Mr. Bingley. (As you can see, he hates the rain. We are not normally the kind of people to put clothes on our pets.) We adopted him from a rescue four months ago, and he has a number of strange habits left over from his previous life as a Dog of Mystery. Specifically, he totally freaks out - it's unclear whether in a happy or a disturbed way - when we mention certain words and phrases. He starts jumping around, running about the house, climbing on us, wagging his entire body and sometimes frantically barking and licking. There are probably more words that have this effect on him, but there are the ones we've discovered so far, in the process of saying them quite calmly in normal conversation:
- Andre the Giant
So here is the contest: who can come up with the best story about what happened to Mr. Bingley that makes him react so outrageously to this set of words? Were his previous owners lovers of Dungeons and Dragons, who objected to Teutonic peoples and mixed up apple juice from a can? Did his habit of peeing in the house inspire them to tell him that "wizzing" was "gross"? You be the judge! The best story that brings together our dog's five neurosis triggers will get the lot of yarn. And even if you think your story is silly, please comment. I hardly ever admit to getting bored, but being this sick is just plain dull. I'll decide on a winner when I'm well again.