Category Archives: cats

The Scraps

This is my scrap drawer. (And bonus Rupert!) Not much, right? Yeah, until you open it and see what’s inside. See this?
That is every partial skein or leftover bit of yarn I’ve worked with. Ever. As you can see some of them are mostly full while some are not more than a few dozen yards.
Why have I kept them all? Because you never know. In addition to the obvious uses (darning, colorwork, scrap blankets) they’re perfect for when a pattern calls for you to put live stitches on waste yarn.
I’ll be honest, though, that’s not why I’ve kept them all. I’ve kept them because. Yeah, it doesn’t go any farther than that. I’ll do a purge of all the old stuff I’ll never use (which is a nice way to make room for new stuff that I WILL use) and get to the drawer and my brain does this:
What craft supplies do you hold onto for no apparent reason? Have an awesome pattern that I can use on any of the non-sockweight yarn? Let me know! 🙂
In other news the shawl is going swimmingly and I’m really loving the way the whole thing is coming out. I was afraid that with the short color repeats the lace would get lost, but it’s just not so! The sweater is also moving at a sweater-like pace, but I’m in a straight stitch patch which makes it perfect tv knitting! (Or, you know, death in WoW knitting. Not that I would do that, or anything.)
Rupert is currently informing me that he is starving and I’ve never fed him in his whole life, so I guess I’ll go take care of that before I pick the shawl back up. (These things don’t knit themselves, although sometimes I wish they would!)

Can’t Blog Cat Won’t Let Me

So, I was going to post today about the various methods to knit in the round in a small circumference (which I will totally do later this week!) but apparently the eldest of the feline overlords has declared today to be “Your Hands Are For Petting And Nothing Else Day” without notifying anybody.

I’m currently typing this with one hand (my right, which is luckily my dominant) hand. This is what I’m doing with the left.

Who could say no to this face? Well, me sometimes, but not right now. 

This is Shadow. He is the oldest of our kitties at 6 years old. My grumpy old man cat has finally forgiven me for adopting the kitten last year. I know I could kick him out of my lap, but it’s so hard when he’s purring and loving on me. 
This is the hazard of knitting with kittens. Not the stolen yarn. Not the attempts to eat projects both finished and in progress. It’s the moments when they determine they need all your attention. I’m ok with this, as these are the moments I will remember for always. 
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a cat to pet. ^_~

Yarn Snobs

Yarn snob – noun – someone who is insulting to others just because they choose to use a yarn that is inexpensive (i.e. acrylic)

Yarn snobs come in all shapes and sizes. And species. In fact, the biggest yarn snobs I personally know are my cats! I can make anything I want to out of acrylic or dishcloth cotton and the cats will ignore it. I can leave it laying on a table and nothing. The MINUTE I craft with animal fiber (and ESPECIALLY alpaca) the cats are SO INTERESTED in what I’m doing.

This is Rupert. Don’t let the look fool you, as he’s the biggest offender. (And please ignore the craft desk behind him. Remember the post on cleaning? Yeah, that was pre-cleaning)

Portrait of a yarn snob

So far in his 5 years on Earth this cat has eaten part of a 100% alpaca shawl, part of a wool cowl, and attempted to steal 3 DIFFERENT ENTIRE SKEINS of yarn. One of which was bigger than his head and he managed to nab off the desk in less than 30 seconds. The brat.
Don’t let yarn snobs make you feel bad. There is a time and a place for every yarn in existence. And the beauty of so many options is you never have to work with a yarn you don’t like! So enjoy your yarn choices and learn from my mistakes. Never leave alpaca or wool WIPs where your cats can eat them!