I can't quite believe I posted only once in October -- but there it is: almost a month ago. It would appear that my longing to "make" or -- more honestly -- "do" All The Things was made manifest, and I simply got down to it!
I'm continuing to make order out of chaos, to be sure. "Making" is the only way I can keep my sanity while the world goes to Hell in a hand-basket, and closer to home, my kittens continue to need a watchful eye lest they dismantle most of what surrounds them!Here's this week's Life with Kittens report:
- This week they discovered how to remove the plunger-style plug from the bathroom sink. My solution? Keep a small amount of water in that sink at all times, as they need their paws to do that trick and, being felines, wet paws are definitely not on!
- This week they figured out how to get past the barrier and slip underneath the closed door to the sewing studio, where Miss Pookie-cat has her 'nest' in one of my fabric baskets (not fabric I use for my work, of course!) She will put up with their being in the same room -- as long as they're quiet. They love to sit in a basket in front of the south-facing window and watch the birds, or nap in the late fall sunshine. In the end, there's been nothing for it but to keep that door open.
- This week they've turned into thieves. They knocked my (closed) rotary cutter from my cutting surface to the floor and hid it under a set of rolling drawers. My favourite seam-ripper and my favourite thread have disappeared, as has a tube of face make-up that was sitting on the counter next to the bathroom sink. They also love to steal Pookie's food when she's outside -- so I've had to put it in a drawer in the room to keep that from happening.
- This week they figured out how to open a clear plastic box of sewing pins, so I've had to put elastic around it -- in both directions -- to keep them from spilling pins everywhere and -- heaven forbid! -- swalling one!
- Despite all precautions, I had to construct a "wall" around my houseplants and cover my over-wintering geraniums with one of those little 'green-houses' you can buy at nurseries and the hardware store:
- And yes, the hanging plants have had to be entwined as high up as I could put them to keep their vines from being played with!
- And their fascination with water means that they also couldn't keep away from the operation of the small humidifier I use in the winter. As one of my FB friends pointed out, clearly they're mist-ified by it! 😆
|Pattern: 'Scraptastic Hat'|
Designer: Jane Tanner
Modification: mock cable rib
Yarn: elann.com Peruvian Baby Cashmere
Designer: Alison Green
Yarn: Michel and CIA Luxury Collection Baby* Silk
*Baby alpaca, that is!
|Pattern: Woodpile Socks|
Designer: Bethany Hill
Yarn: Estelle Yarns Highland Alpaca Fine
|Pattern: Caribou Mountains Hat|
Designer: Kalea Turner-Beckman
Yarn: Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Aran
While I didn't start the Lunenberg Pullover I mentioned in my last post, I did cast on another pullover -- the Cilin Sweater, which I found in the Fall 2023 issue of Interweave Knits. I'd completely frogged a cardigan that had languished for years, and am using the yarn for this pullover instead. I'm not very far along -- it starts with a front panel of cables -- but I've loved every stitch!
And yes, I've done even more since this photo was taken!