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.
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.
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.
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 🙂