Archive for February, 2008

Sock Club

February 29, 2008
Yesterday, we had a nice long walk, but today it was too cold and windy to go very far. When I got to end of the street, the wind got worse and I headed home. Doug said he was going to walk on, but he was back about five minutes later. On the way out, we noticed a package in the mailbox. I think he just wanted to see what was in the package. Well, it was for me. I had joined a four times a year sock club which is about all the socks I care to knit in a year.

The yarn feels wonderfully soft. It’s merino with some bamboo and nylon. I could make a whole sweater in this stuff. I like the pattern, too. I got it from TheKnitter.com. Now, the problem is—Should this be my next project? I am almost finished the mittens and I have started on the second glove. And I still have one other thing to make. The baby quilt will be finished this evening and I should have a picture tomorrow.

If Zip lets me.

See that little path in my yard? My cats did that the first time it snowed and it’s still there! How could such cute little kitties do such a thing?

Don’t believe anything she says.

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Ode to Hooter

February 27, 2008

I had this cat that liked to test gravity. Everything was fair game. She would slowly nudge stuff over the side, watch it fall and find something else to move. We learned to keep things like sugar and spices in very heavy containers. She also did not believe in walking across the floor when there were chairs, tables, counter tops, refrigerators, tops of wall cabinets, and curtail rods to test. And that’s only the kitchen. She never ate on the floor with the rest of the cats and she drank milk out of a cup, never a bowl. If the cup was too small or didn’t have much in it, she would stick her paw in it and lick it off. Needless to say, we didn’t let our cups out of our site. We learned a lot from this cat. She had us well trained. She had eight children, all of which had something strange about them. We still have one—Elvis. He’s a good old boy. He doesn’t believe is overexerting himself so there’s no telling how long he’ll last.

Yeah! I’m a little melancholy today. I think I’ll be hitting the animal shelters soon.

One Glove is Done

February 26, 2008

I’m working on the second mitten.

I have been looking at quilt patterns. I want to cover my dining room table with a quilted top to help protect it from the cats, especially Zip. He is always in trouble with his “Gotta love me” attitude. I have several ideas, but I need to finish the baby quilt first. I still haven’t put the binding on. I have the fabric. It will either be reds, whites and blacks or pinks and greens. I think I’ll drag out the fabric tomorrow and lay it all out. I am also debating on whether some applique would be good or bad. I really enjoy applique, but maybe not with cats running across it.

I was thinking about making one of these for my Sacred Wiener Dog.

Cats Make Me Crazy

February 26, 2008
Maude decided to checkĀ out things on top of the bookcase in the family room this morning.

From there, it was just a short hop to the mantel.

At this point, I had to put the camera down and grab her. Knocking down my little snowman candle holders was the next thing on her agenda.

Blog Reading is Evil

February 25, 2008
I was happily reading blogs this morning. I was minding my own business. I was just looking at what other knitters were making when it I saw it. It was something that I had never seen before. Can this be possible? I am too old for something NEW AND WONDERFUL. Be still my beating heart! Fortunately, I have a good heart. And, of course, my favorite store had it. RATS! And it was less than $80. HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY! I think. And I am not telling. You will have to wait and see. But, this may be the big thing that I have been wanting to make.

We had a very nice walk this morning. It was cold, but sunny. The horses all came over looking for treats. We give them what the owners recommend and only one per horse per day. Gus loves them, too. Doug always has some little pieces in his pocket for him. The blackbirds have been passing through for the last week or so. There are so many that they sound like the wind when they pass over.

Gus likes to scare the geese. They are guarding the island so they are always around now.

Finger

February 24, 2008
Have I given you the finger lately?

How do you like this one? I did this this morning before breakfast. Fun yarn will do that to you. Aching knees woke me up early today. It was very cloudy all day and raw. Everything stayed wet. I didn’t go very far on my walk.

I worked on the mittens, too.

I bought some books this afternoon and fabric, thread and a shirt pattern on line. I had been waiting to do this so that they would come in the next two weeks. We learned that our mail-person is paid on the number of items she delivers over the next two weeks. We think this bites so we deliberately waited to order stuff.

The quilting is almost done. Then I have to try to even the thing out and put on the dreaded binding. At least Zip isn’t helping this time.

Stupid Freezing Rain!

February 22, 2008
I want to go out tonight. I need to go tonight. Paul is obviously ready to go. He e-mailed us about two hours ago. He always drives and he has that big truck where there is plenty of room in the back seat. What do I want? Seafood, I think. But, there’s that Mexican place and that Italian place down in Delmar. I need to tell them about Myuushi. This isn’t going to be easy.

Ellen sent me her picture in the hat she made with my pattern. Looking good!

I found some flannel that matches the baby quilt. I thought that I would put a border all around it and applique some of the extra animals on it. I have to finish the quilt first if Zip will let me.

He was so bad yesterday that even Elvis hollered at him. And Elvis is the coolest cat in the world and don’t let Zip tell you otherwise.

Yeah. It’s that kind of a day.

Goodbye Myuushi

February 22, 2008

At first, I wasn’t going to mention it.

My Myuushi died this morning. He went down to the basement, laid down on the pile of dirty clothes and died.

Let me tell you about Myuushi…..

We always put hard food and plenty in the back room on our garage when we go on vacation. My daughter came by and fed the cats. If any got out, they had a place to go and eat and drink. We also did this in the winter because strange cats would wander in and out at times.

Nine and a half years ago, when we drove home, a tiny kitten darted into the cat hole in the garage. We tried the rest of the day to corner him. I went to the kennel to pick up King. When I got back, the dog scared the kitten again. Late Sunday night, we finally found him. He was very sick was a nasty cut in his neck. I called the emergency vet and took him in. I didn’t think that I would ever see him again, but we brought him home around midnight. At first, we called him Lucky because he was lucky to be alive. My son was 13 at that time and started calling him Myuushi and that stuck. Even the spelling was his doing. He was also known as Football and Rolly. He was very short and round. Even his tail was short. Try and catch him and all you got was the tip of his tail.

Myuushi’s parents were probably feral. He had several of the traits. He loved the basement, the third floor, the garage and the night. He loved to hide. We would be looking for something and find him curled up in the oddest places. Many times one of us would say, “Guess where I found Myuushi today.” I was very worried about him when we moved to Delaware. He loved the basement here. Doug had built shelves and moved a lot of things into the basement before the big move. And that’s where The Myuush stayed for the first several weeks. If we left food down there, we never would have seen him. Plus, there is a furness room with a half door and a sand floor that is even better.

Myuushi wound up really liking it here. He actually went out during the day and interacted much more with our other pets. He was a happy boy. He had a good life.

It’s Snowing

February 21, 2008
Snow started to fall about two hours ago. Maude and Zip went out and played on the deck for a while. Now, they are both asleep. It’s a typical light snow with less than an inch so far–just the right amount for silly kitties. Gus thinks they are nuts. He goes out and barks at them. They run by and swat him on the legs. He just mumbles and comes back in.

I got a nice note from Ellen in Salt Lake City. She made my entrelac hat pattern. Here’s a picture.

She had nothing but good things to say about my pattern. I’m so happy!

I have finished the thumb increases on the first glove and I’m ready to start the main part of the second mitten. I want to get these done as quickly as possible so I can make something BIG.

I really should spend more time on sprucing up my blog. I look at other blogs and see all kinds of things that I could do, but once I am done with my blog , I’m ready to get up and do something else. One of these days I’ll make myself do it.

I’m Home Again

February 20, 2008
And happy to be here. It’s too noisy there. My son was glad I was there for moral support. I drove him there, went to McDonald’s and had some coffee, then picked him up when he was finished. He looked a lot better when he got done. We had pizza. Then I came home. And now, I am going to bed.