Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Captured! The grey streak!

Hi folks! I finally got a couple of pictures of Mittens, our elusive little grey streak. The bathroom window is one of her favorite spots.

Got Cleo too.

The other pic of Cleo is just her rump as she is face down in the food bowl, so I will spare you. She is quite the chow hound!

Finished the left front of the Enchanted Forest cardigan.

Thanks to my friend Lois I learned how to short row the armhole and neck shaping so there is no stair-stepping, just a nice, smooth curve. I wish this color wasn't so hard to photograph accurately because it's really neat looking. Here's a detail shot.

If you click on the picture you can see the detail better. That's it for now!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

A Different Plan?

Hi Folks. Hard to believe it's August already. A book I'm reading says that maybe time seems to go slow when you're young because it's a large percentage of of your life so far. when we are older a year seems to fly because it's a small percentage of your life. I don't know what it is but the older I get the faster time goes! Anyone remember that old song, "Stop the World! I Want to Get Off!!!" Where's the slow button?

When Blackie died I told Alex I didn't ever want to adopt an adult kitty again, just a kitten, and not for a long time to come. Well, seems God had a different plan for me. Alex's best friend Diets lives in a Senior complex near us and he had been feeding a stray kiitty for a couple of weeks. When a neighbor said she was going to call animal control and have the cat taken to the pound, well Deits called us! Alex had to talk me into it. Quite a switch!

She's a black tabby, like Blackie was. Maybe a year old, very skinny, not shy, very affectionate and beautiful. She has a very long body and big feet to grow into. The first night I stayed up with her all night. Why? Because the male kitties in the household were fascinated with her. She was very comfy in my room, sleeping in the blue basket Blackie used to use. But if she wanted to get up and have a drink of water or a bite to eat or use the box she was confronted with a male admirer or 2. So I stayed up to run interference for her.

That's Merlin adoring her from afar.

She's not crazy about the attention but she was patient.

We needed a good name for her, so, after a couple days of observation, named her Cleo (patra). For her long, sinuous body and her beautiful markings, especially around her eyes. And, she already answers to her name! We hope she is fixed but can't tell just yet. Time will tell! For now she is doing a lot of eating and sleeping and lapping up lots of affection. She doesn't run and hide when the doorbell rings. She is cautiously getting along with everyone, has a sweet voice, purrs easily and has a playful side. She is lovely! Blackie would have loved her.

Those first 2 log cabin blocks I knitted? Didn't like that rust color in there at all. So I frogged them and added a few new colors to the pool and knitted 6 more.

What do you think? I like them. And they are addictive! But I have set them aside to start my Christmas knitting. Here's how they looked before I put them away. The turquoise is waste yarn keeping all the edge stitches live.

I started the Enchanted Forest cardigan from the New Vogue Knitting magazine. My husband is crazy for trees so I thought this would be nice for him. He can wear it to Bonsai meetings and Master Gardener things with my Mom. This is the left front so far. Not much to see yet. If you click on the picture you can see the detail better.

So, that's all for now. Back to knitting!