The Cat Knits...

A singular forum to discuss knitting as craft, therapy, and way of life (with or without the benefit of cats).

Monday, May 16, 2011

Jane followed the rules

We have basic rules for a reason. Case in point, the lovely start to my Jane Eyre Mie Shawl (Filocana) now only exists as this lonely picture. I--at least!--knew that I needed 2 skeins to complete the project, but in my haste? enthusiasm? rush? to start it, I forgot the basic rule of knitting with both skeins at the same time to avoid problems with color and pattern mismatches. I swear to you that the lovely skeins of Malabrigo looked identical, but when knitted, they behaved quite differently. One skein is rather heavy on the green and dark brown palette and forms quasi-stripes! The other skein does not. Alas! I am now beginning again and alternating the skeins, which presents other problems to solve, but the final effect should be a shawl that is more integrated. Yes, we have rules for a reason.... Jane knew that, huh?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Six Million Dollar Cat

Thought I should let you know that Panda had a rough patch about a month ago. She was barfing up nothing several times a day. After her triple mastectomy last winter, we feared the worse, but it turned out to be an "easy fix." Leave her favorite food (happily, kibble) out all night so that she can graze. Since then, she's been fine. What a relief! We also restarted her hyperthyroid meds and switched to a higher calorie cat food. She's actually become a little pain-in-the-rear. I had forgotten how loud and vocal she can be when she doesn't get what she wants when she wants it. Ah, but when she's sleeping...what a little angel.