Category Archives: cat(s)

Deal with the world the way it is, not the way you wish it was. ~ John Chambers

I have new things to blog about! (Finally.)

There is new yarn (it was a gift so my 2010 yarn diet remains intact).

Mountain Colors close up

Melody close up

I finished a pair of socks last night.

Socks

Complete details (and more pictures) are on Ravelry.

My workplace shuts down for 10 days at the end of the year so I’ve been spending a lot of time hanging out with my furry family.

I’ve found out just how much time Sadie spends sleeping on the couch.

Sadie

Sadie

Sadie

Sadie

To be fair, we are back to our regular walking/park activities (7 weeks after my ankle injury) so Sadie is getting a lot of exercise.

It’s been very mild here so Luka has to cool down when we return home from our walks.

Luka

Here he poses with his new stuffed cow.

Luka likes the stuffed cow

And, I caught him sleeping with his tongue sticking out.

Luka sleeping with his tongue hanging out

Finally, there is something else that’s new around here.

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I would love to do a proper introduction, but the poor guy doesn’t have a name.

Ever since Parker died 3 years ago I’ve thought about getting another cat. I didn’t know how Romeo would react, though, and didn’t want to tick him off.

About 6 months ago I decided that Romeo would be okay with it and started making periodic visits to the Humane Society. Until last week, no one caught my eye. Last week this face caught my eye and (most important) he meowed at me each time I walked past him.

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The new guy is around 3 years old and he was a stray. He has claws and this has been rather startling for the dogs.

Sadie approached the new cat like she approaches Romeo (slowly, with her tail wagging). However, she didn’t get the head nuzzle she was expecting. She got swatted across the face. If a dog can give a “what the hell?” look I believe that’s what she gave me when she ran to my side.

While Sadie is keeping her distance from the new guy, Luka is a slow learner. Here he is a few nights ago (moments before being swatted across the face):

Moments before Luka got swatted

The swat sent him looking for cover:

Luka got swatted by the cat and retreated to his crate

A short time later the cat went into Luka’s crate and chased him out. An hour or so later they declared a truce.

Luka shares his crate

If I don’t come up with a name soon this cat is going to start answering to Orange Cat. Anyone have any cool cat names to share? I’m leaning towards a couple of names but don’t know if they fit him.

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Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air… ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yesterday dawned sunny, but very cold and very windy.

Cold day

I almost wimped out on the park, but I couldn’t deprive Sadie of the highlight of her week.  I bundled up and off we went.

On the way to the park we drove by what I call the spaceship house.

Spaceship house

I don’t know the story behind the spaceship, but I laugh every time I see it.

Sadie was more independent this week.   She led the way on walking path.

Sadie

She urged me to walk faster.

Sadie wants me to walk faster

She explored the fields.

Sniff patrol

She took off through the woods.

Sadie explores

She came to get me when I dawdled behind her.

Happy Sadie

She enjoyed drinking the ice cold stream water.

Sadie in water

And she relaxed in the cold water (brrrr).

Chilling

She barked with joy.

Barking

Seeing Sadie having so much fun made me forget the cold.   Almost.

Sadie

I’m making great progress on the Grape Ape socks.

socks

Romeo has been helping me knit them.

Romeo bats the yarn

My yarn

Romeo

Finally, a picture of Sadie. The dog takes napping seriously.

Snoozing

New Year’s eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights. ~Hamilton Wright Mabie

I said this about last year, but I can’t believe I’m already looking back on 2009. It was another fast year and another year full of knitting.

I finished a sweater this year:

Cozy new sweater

Sadly, I haven’t worn it because the yarn grew a lot and it’s just too big. At some point I plan on ripping it out and using the yarn for a different sweater. (I adore this shade of green.)

I knit a blanket for a friend’s baby:

Close up

I knit a dog walking hat for a friend’s husband:

Hat

2009 was mostly the year of socks. I spent the first half of the year unemployed and I spent most of that time (when I wasn’t job hunting) knitting socks:

I have more socks on the needles.

This pair is almost finished:

Socks

I’m anxious to finish these socks because I love the color:

Socks

I’m also anxious to finish these socks because I love this pattern and this yarn:

Finished sock

I started this scarf and hope to finish it by next winter (I’m back to being obsessed with socks so it’s taken a back seat):

Scarf

I started out the new year with my 365 project and the intent to document the year by posting one picture every day. I lasted 139 days before my camera broke. When the camera was repaired I had lost interest in the project. So, 2009 taught me that I’m not as interested in photography as I thought I was. I do like to take pictures, but (if forced to make a choice) I would rather do other things.

When I did my end-of-the-year post on 12/31/08, I had one big wish for 2009: to get through the year without any of my pets dying. I’m happy to say that my wish came true.

Sadie has lost 18 lbs. since I adopted her and has discovered that she loves to run:

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Sadie hauls butt at the dog park

Kishka spent a lot of time this year doing the things that she loves most.

Rolling in the grass:

Kishka mid roll

Keeping the tennis ball away from Sadie:

Kishka looks behind her

And digging holes (note the dirty nose):

Kishka with a dirty nose

What did Romeo do this year? He bossed around his sisters and surveyed his kingdom.

Romeo

I’ll end this post (and this year) with one of my very favorite pictures. It was taken in the car on the way home from the dog park. They were both exhausted.

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Day 129: Sunbeam nap.

Day 101: Sadie runs.

Day 90: Romeo.

Day 56: Mr. Blue Eyes.

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine. ~ Lord Byron

Hey, look!  This post has words!

I’m one month into my 365 project, so I figured it was time for some reflection

Wow.  This is hard.  I didn’t expect the 365 project to be easy, but I also didn’t expect to have days where I wander around the house in the late evening desperately looking for a subject to photograph.   Thankfully, this hasn’t happened too often and I’ve had just as many days where I have to choose my photo of the day out of five or six great pictures.

Throughout January I spent some time thinking about just what I want to get out of this project.  My main goal is to document my life.  It’s already working.  When I look back on the January pictures I am reminded of some ordinary days that would otherwise be forgotten.  That alone makes this project worthwhile.

This project also has me looking at the world differently.  I’m noticing light and shadow more than I ever have.  I also spend my time at red lights looking all around me instead of staring blankly at the car in front of me.

I’m grateful that so many of you have stuck around while I take this blog in a new direction.   Thank you.

On to usual blog topics…

I posted a picture of my finished Kermit Sweater on January 10.   Here are some more pictures:

I’m pretty happy with how this sweater turned out.  I could easily have gone down to the next size.  The sweater is huge.  I like my sweaters a bit baggy, but this is pushing it.  I intended for this to be a casual sweater (for knocking around the house or to wear while running errands) so I’m not too disappointed.  I’m thinking about shortening it a few inches, though.  The Cascade 220 grew a lot (lengthwise) when it was soaked.

As always, details are on my Ravelry page.

My current WIP is a lovely pair of pink socks:

Unlike the rest of the country, we’ve had a pretty mild winter in my neck of the woods.  So when the world froze over earlier this week, I had to get outside and capture it:

I always have a tough time getting nice pictures of Romeo, so I was thrilled with this one:

I’ve also been taking an obnoxious number of dog pictures:

Maybe next year I should post a dog picture a day.  I don’t think I’d have a problem doing that!

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things. ~ John Burroughs

Is it just me or did 2008 just fly by?  It seems like I was just posting my farewell to 2007 and it’s already time to bid 2008 goodbye.

All in all, 2008 was a pretty good year (for both knitting and my life in general).

I finally found my sock mojo:

And, I developed some sweater mojo:

I should be finishing another sweater soon:

I knit a bunch of wash/dishcloths:

And, I knit something I needed:

The highlight of 2008 was definitely finding Sadie.  She is such a joy to have around and I firmly believe that she was destined to be my dog.

Unfortunately, I did experience heartbreak again this year.  I had to say goodbye to my beloved Samantha.    My big wish for 2009 is to get through the year without any of my pets dying.   (It’s been a rough couple of years.)

Since I detail all of my projects on Ravelry, I’ve decided to do something different with this blog (well, at least for 2009).   For the next 365 days, I am going to take one picture a day and post it here.    I’ve decided I want to challenge myself to look more closely at the world around me and also to document each day in my life.    I have no idea what I’ll find to photograph each day, but I’ll figure it out.  I also want to experiment with Picnik and discover more of their editing tools (I tend to use the same ones over and over).      I’ll still do knitting posts from time to time, but for the most part this blog is going to become a picture blog.

Happy New Year!

Don’t you wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence? There’s one marked ‘Brightness,’ but it doesn’t work. ~ Gallagher

I think this is the longest I’ve gone without blogging since I started this thing.  Since I’m documenting the heck out of my knitting projects over at Ravelry, I haven’t felt the need to blog my knitting details here anymore.

I’m considering changing the focus of this blog for 2009.  I enjoy blogging (and looking back on old blog posts – they always jog a lot of memories), but there’s no need to repeat what I post on Ravelry, so this blog may evolve from being a knitting blog to being something else.

Speaking of knitting, there has been a lot of it!

The arrival of snow motivated me to knit a Dog Walking Hat:

The hat is AMAZING.  I knit it out of Cascade 220 (both regular and Superwash) and it’s like a furnace on my head.   I love it!

Changing up how I knit socks (from top down on dpn’s to toe up on Magic Loop) inspired me and I knocked off five pairs of socks.

This is my first pair of toe up/Magic Loop socks:

The next pair is knit out of my new favorite sock yarn, Kaleidoscope Superwash Sock Yarn from Blue Ridge Yarns:

This pair is knit out of Opal’s Harry Potter line in the Hedwig colorway:

I do love these socks, but calling this a Hedwig colorway is bullshit.  I’ve read all the books and seen all the movies and I don’t recall a blue/green owl making an appearance.

Like many sock knitters, I joined the sock blank dyeing craze.   This blank:

Turned into these socks:

And finally, these socks were knit from one of the first balls of sock yarn I ever purchased (at least three years ago):

The sock obsession soon morphed into sweater knitting.  I’ve never been a sweater knitter, but now I’m obsessed.

Baby sweater for my best friend’s newborn son:

Around this time last year I started a Central Park Hoodie.   It knit up quickly, but then I got distracted (and frustrated with how to knit the collar and buttonbands).  I picked it up again last week and it’s finally finished.  And it fits!   (This is the first sweater I’ve ever knit for me, so I was afraid it wouldn’t fit.)

Here are the bones of my Weekend Sweater.  It’s blocking now and I hope to sew it this weekend.

I’ll be swatching for my next sweater tonight.   The yarn is waiting for me:

Details for all of the knits can be found on my Ravelry page.

My furry family has all been doing well.   Here’s Romeo watching  the dogs:

Kishka and Sadie’s relationship continues to flourish:

The three of us did a lot of hiking this fall:

Sadie especially loves chilling out in the stream:

Colorado scenery never ceases to amaze me, even after living here for 11 years.

Here’s an early morning shot of Pikes Peak:

And some high country shots from my trip to Vail in October:

I can’t really explain it, but this is one of my favorite ‘scenery’ pictures that I’ve taken this year:

And this picture is one of my favorite critter pictures I’ve taken this year:

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