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Doily, cats and colorful blanket

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My doily is a long-term, ongoing project that I take out from its project bag from time to time, crochet a few rounds and put it away for days again. It’s quite nice to have such a project whenever I need a change – crocheting with thread and small hooks really feels different than most of my other projects.

So far I made the first section of pineapples and I’m about to start another one. There are three such sections in total, each of them bigger than the previous one. I’ve only completed a little over forty rounds, while the whole pattern has more than a hundred and each round takes longer than the one before! So yes, it’s definitely going to be a “forever” lasting project, but I don’t mind – I’m enjoying it.

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My other project is the garter stitch multicoloured lap blanket in Drops Fabel. It’s a very enjoyable knit, as easy as it gets, and as predicted watching all the colour changes makes me feel happy. Seriously, it’s amazing how much colours can influence the mood! I’m quite close to the end, trying to decide what edging to add – knitted or crocheted. I feel like crocheted edging is a little more “sturdy” which would be a good thing, since all this garter stitch makes the fabric very stretchy.

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In non-yarny news (and warning here: it’s all about cats and diseases!), my poor Stella is sick again. Actually right now she is fine, but she’s been diagnosed with a chronic condition called eosinophilic granuloma. It’s a conditions caused most often by allergic reaction and hypersensitivity of cat’s immune system – and her immune system certainly isn’t too good. If you read the link above, you will see that there are in fact three different conditions being diagnosed as eosinophilic granuloma, and the only good thing is that Stella has the milder form. Still, if it’s not treated, it can easily lead to erosion and lesions in and around her mouth, so we have to be very careful.

She woke up on Saturday with her lower lip and chin very bright pink and swollen, so we took her to our veterinary clinic immediately (I’m blessing the lucky day when I found a clinic with regular monthly payments plan that allows us to book unlimited free visits and when I insured my cats – the prices of veterinary care are insane!). I was actually already pretty sure what it was (some cat rescue experience helps) and the vet confirmed it. So she got the first steroid injection which has to be repeated in two weeks, two or three times in total. And then, because this is not something that can be cured completely, we will have to be super careful and repeat the treatment whenever there’s a flare-up.

The good thing: the injection helped immediately, next morning she looked almost normal, and two days later – like a perfectly healthy kitty. The bad thing: ideally we should eliminate the reason for the reaction, but I just can’t see how: she’s already eating single protein food due to food sensitivities, she doesn’t have any new treats or toys, she eats from ceramic bowls (apparently plastic bowls are a common reason for this reaction), and she’s an indoor cat so insect bites are not very likely.

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My brave little patient a few days before she got sick

Well, seems that her health problems are not going to end easily, so we have to deal with it. We now started supplementing her with L-lysine to help her combat the cat flu virus better, and I found some articles about Zyrtec (over-the-counter allergy med) proving to be an effective treatment for eosinophilic granuloma in cats – and with less and milder side effects than steroid shots. I’m going to discuss it with our vet when we go for a check up and blood tests.

Alright, now that I’m done ranting I have one last thing that I’d like to share – Nika’s new photo taken by my nephew in Poland. I just think she’s too adorable not to share 🙂

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Boo!

21 thoughts on “Doily, cats and colorful blanket

  1. Your Stella is such a pretty lass. I hope she has minimal flare ups.

    Your doily is lovely. My mom did crochet with well nigh invisible thread, I wish I had some of the pieces to cherish now. She used to make a mixture of sugar and water to starch them.

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    1. I chose thicker thread for this doily but I made one with really thin thread and it was so challenging! Such a shame you don’t have these treasures, but at least you keep them in your memories.
      In my family I remember my aunt using a mixture of potato starch and water for doilies and all sorts of other stuff, never heard of the water method. I’d probably be scared that it might attract ants!
      And thank you, I just feel so bad for Stella because she constantly has to battle some health problems and all the vet visits are such a huge stress for her. That’s what happens for cats that start their lives as strays, starving and being vulnerable to all kind of nasty viruses and bacteria – I’ve had a cat like that in the past, rescued when he was close to starvation death, and he was never as strong and healthy as my other cats. But he still lived 13 years with good veterinary care so there’s hope 🙂

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      1. I follow the blog of a gentleman from Sweden who is an avid knitter. He even did some knitware for a royal baby! Get out that crochet hook, Marc-Andre. 😊

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  2. I’m so sorry to hear about Stella’s health problems. Thank goodness she has you to take care of her! Your doily is crazy beautiful–way beyond my crochet skills, for sure. I can’t wait to see it once it’s finished. I’m the same way with color. I think it’s one reason I like knitting with Nora so much. And Nika!!!!! SO cute!!! 🙂

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    1. Noro yarns have the most amazing colours, I don’t know how they do it but knitting with them feels like heaven! Plus that variegated texture, I just love them so much!
      And thank you for all your nice comments 🙂

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  3. Glad to hear that the steroid injection worked, and hope the supplements and medicine help.
    I love the doily – a forever project indeed, and one that I can’t imagine I’d have the patience for. 🙂 Kudos to you! Looking forward to seeing the lap blanket in its entirety.
    (Nika is just adorable.)

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      1. That’s because I can see that there’s less and less to stitch now, unlike the doily with ever-increasing rounds. 😀 An outside-in approach to the doily might probably be a better bait for me; I’ve never seen one constructed that way, though.

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  4. I really empathise with your problems with Stella. Hopefully the Zyrtec will help. Bless her little kitty heart.
    I like your garter stitch blanket, full of such cheerful colors. Crochet with such small thread can be a mammoth undertaking. “Ongoing project” indeed!

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  5. Awww !!! A D O R A B L E !! Nika’s cuteness made me laugh out loud…
    I’ve fallen in love with the art of lace doilies only recently having felt like I needed a change of pace. I totally agree with you, working with small hooks and thin thread really feels quite relaxing in its own way. It’s such fun and even more so to see the lovely result ! I’m looking forward to seeing your doily in its full size beauty 🙂
    Sending all my love to Stella hoping she gets better with proper care ♡

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    1. Thank you! I generally don’t really enjoy using bulky yarns and prefer thinner ones, but crochet thread is a completely different thing and very enjoyable on its own 🙂

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    1. Nika is an unknown mix of breeds, she looks a bit like a wannabe-minidoberman 🙂 It’s a very popular type of mixed breed dog in Poland. Only her face reminds a dachshund, but not her body- she has long legs and is very deep chested 🙂

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