Knittin' mittens for ma kittens!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Not a lot of knitting, but a whole lot of cute!

Knitting has been very sporadic over the last couple of weeks. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for me, in both my personal and my professional life. Professionally, it was my first experience working Commencement weekend at the university. It was, to put it plainly, a balls-out, no-holds-barred, all-hands-on-deck academic extravaganza. All weekend long we had events--class reunions, faculty lectures, parties for the senior class, awards ceremonies, all in addition to the graduation procession on Monday morning. It was exhilarating but also incredibly exhausting. Even after taking Tuesday off, I'm so ready for the weekend it's not even funny.

The Lotus Blossom Shawl is on the final ten rows or so...ten loooong rows, including a bobble bind-off that should be heaps of fun. I've been working on it on my lunch hours, but since I've had few of those in the last week, there's been hardly any progress to speak of. I may take it home this weekend to try to get some of it done, but as you will soon understand, that may prove difficult.

I didn't mention it here at the time, but I lost my kitty to cancer in early April. Her name was Ripley, and she was a sweet, sassy kitty who was with my family for about nine years--seven of them outdoors, living with my parents and protecting her turf, and two with me, living the spoiled life of an apartment cat. She was beautiful.


The loss was very hard, but I tried to think of it the way animals do--death is a part of life, it's nothing to be afraid of, and the loss of one kitty will always open the door to another. And indeed it did--about two weeks later, I went to a rescue shelter called PAWS Atlanta and met this little boy:

Throw it again, ma...

His name is Buster, and he's about 2 years old. He was scheduled to be put down at a local animal control facility, and was rescued by PAWS the same day that I had my dear Ripley put to sleep. So it feels like it was meant to be. He is a joy to have in my life...a crazy, energetic bundle of joy. He is extremely friendly and sociable, loves to play--he will even play fetch with you--and sits outside the shower when you're inside, waiting for you to come out.

Now, there was an incident with the yarn stash the morning of Commencement: I woke up at 4:00 am to go to work and finding a pile of sock yarn, hopelessly tangled and lying in a heap on the living room floor. Thankfully it was not yarn that I was particularly attached to...a couple of skeins of Koigu, and half a skein of Socks that Rock that had been wound into a center-pull cake. But it was still aggravating, and it really opened my eyes to the fact that Buster was getting lonely, he was getting bored, and he needed to have a companion.

Enter the kitten.


That's right, I caved. All my bravado about not wanting to get a kitten because they were just too much of a handful was pretty much nullified once I realized how frisky Buster really was, despite being an "adult," and I decided that he needed someone around to help him work out his energy, to mature him a bit, and to keep him company while I'm at work. So this little seven-week-old fella was brought home, also from PAWS, and I'm very happy to say that they are well on their way to being best friends.


The kitten (who is as yet unnamed) has a real affinity for both my pattern basket and ball bands. Buster loves watching him, pouncing on and wrestling him, and then giving him a bath afterwards.

My other project, a stash-buster for all the leftover Lamb's Pride Bulky I have from the Fairly Easy Fair Isle, is a Kitty Pi...I really, really hope I can get a cute picture of the two of them curled up in it together once it's finished!

So yes, I've had my hands full, and not with knitting! But I did manage to cast on last night for a simple ribbed sock in the Socks that Rock Rolling Stone colorway. I'm using the Norwegian Purl method, and though it's a bit fiddly, I have to say I can manage it much more easily than trying to do all that purling my normal continental style. No moving the yarn to the front for 1x1 ribbing makes me a happy girl! And I do hope to manage to sneak in a few rows of the Lotus Blossom, probably while the boys are napping. I went ahead and ordered a kit for the Peacock Feathers Shawl, which seems to be a good next step after the Lotus Blossom.

Hopefully there will be more knitting progress for my next post...certainly there will be more cute kitten pictures!


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