Tuesday, July 10, 2007


I'm just checking in to let you know that I'm beginning twelve days of running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I'll be checking email except from the 15th-18th, but I don't know that blogging will happen much.

Why do I swap, and crazier still, co-host swaps? So I can meet people like Paula! I do believe that particular photo she's using as her logo is of my Fred's uncle, who was the Hush Puppy model about 10 years ago. I love it! (And why didn't I think of that? Mugsy's literally got his back to me. Guess I should have been Crup Knitter instead of KnitTea, huh?)

In sock news, I have begun Sockza sock #1! (aka: SoS pair #2!) I won't be showing photos, just in case, because I do want to surprise my pal. I can proudly announce that the yarn was wound with my birthday swift and ball winder, by - get this, Anne! - my husband! He finds it all very interesting. It appeals to his inner mechanical nerd, I guess? I then had to weigh it, so - wise man, that one - I can confirm that this yarn I've not used before will indeed make two socks for my pal. I got lucky and got a pal with little feet, so I'm sure it won't be a problem, but... he's thinking like a knitter, yes?

Now, back to that crup thing. I hear some of you asking, "What's a crup?" Well, in honor of the cinematic event, the debut of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I'm tempted to have a contest, but as it would be a month or so before you got a prize, I won't. I'll just tell you.

Are there HP fans out there who don't know? Giggles... Don't be embarassed. Even folks on my HP forums often ask. This, my friends, is a crup:

See the forked tail? That's the only way you can tell a crup from a Muggle Jack Russell Terrier. Those of you who own crups know that sometimes, wizards dock the crups' tails short so you can't see the fork, but trust me, you *KNOW* if you own a crup.

Still unsure? Well, let me see if Mugsy - a pure-bred crup - can help. Is your JRT just, well, not as compliant as others you know? Do you brag that his disobedience is actually a sign of his superior intelligence? Does he train YOU? If so, you too probably have a crup. Please refer to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for more information.

Yep. That's our crup, preparing to launch himself into HIS hot tub. Don't worry animal lovers; we changed chemicals three times until hubby found one that is safe for human and animal consumption; the sales rep drank a big ol' glass right from the display for him, and he was sold. That's the other test; crups won't allowed themselves to be owned by ordinary folks. They seek out those owners with just enough magical ability to appreciate them, which in Muggle talk means spoil them rotten.

PS - Cass, the photos are for you, and anyone else who loves photo-rich posts!


Cass said...

SQUEAL!!! Dog photos are ALMOST as good as yarn photos! Cute cute cute!!! And I totally know what a crup is. Can we just skip the contest and go right to my prize?

Where ya goin?

Virtuous said...

I guess you are going on vacation?? Thanks for the fair warning!

Oh that is so wild having hubby wind the yarn for you! :oD

Sounds like I will need a digi scale too. I will have to get your specs soon so I will know what to look for on ebay :op

Devonshire said...

I guess I am just a regular muggle after all...I didn't know there even was a crup. Yours is way too cute and I love the shot of him jumping into the hot tub. Have a great time on vacation/conference.

Miss our daily chats already.....

vegasangelbrat said...

yep, me too Devon...I thought I was having yahoo problems again..lol Have a great conference Chan and love the doggie pic's..always do..Thanks for the Crup lesson too :) I had heard the word, just not sure what it meant.

Paula said...

Can the world be any smaller?
I just love that the dog in my logo is Fred's Uncle!
What a hoot! I have to go tell Elise about that.
I have loved the Hush Puppy logos since I was a small child wearing Hush Puppies! (I still wear that brand actually.)
Anyway. Out of all the Hush Puppy dog pictures that dog was my very favorite!!!
I am just in awe that he was your Basset's (who is quite handsome too.) relation.

Oh dear! I am still laughing my butt off over the Crup photos and information!
What a clever imagination!
We love all fantastic beasts in our house. I often say that one of our cats is related to Hagars Fantastic beasts class book.
I will definitely keep a look out for the Crup dogs when I go see Harry Potter tomorrow.
My Son went to see it yesterday and I have been walking around with my hands over my ears until I finely get to see it.