It seems that summer is finally in Ireland, after a very chilly and wet June (and a bonus cold for me, because who doesn’t want to get back to working full time with a runny nose and a fever, right?!). It’s a bit warmer and more sunny, and only rains on some days, which is a huge progress in comparison to June. Days are busy, I’m starting to feel more secure in my new duties at work, and everything is going fine – well, almost everything. Ciri has a minor inflammation in her eye (second time now), and following the vet’s advice, I keep applying chamomile extract twice a day on her eye area – just have to be careful not to let her swallow it as it may be toxic for cats when ingested. I really don’t want to bring her to the vet because those visits are extremely stressful for her and I’m worried she might get another stress-related UTI, so I’m happy to see that a chamomile home remedy seems to be doing the job. Even though she hates the application and I’m pretty sure she’s never going to trust me again!
My most recent knitting project has been the Kalaloch Pullover from the summer issue of Interweave Knits. I knew I wanted to knit it even before I received my issue of Interweave Knits, as soon as I saw the photos on Ravelry. I love this very oversized, relaxed sweater so much! But since it’s so oversized (I’m knitting size 48” whereas I normally wear 36” or 38”), and knitted with fingering yarn, it’s going to take forever to finish it. It took me days to knit the first 15 cm of plain stockinette stitch, and it’s definitely going to slow down even more when I get to the textured part… but before I get to it, I’m taking a forced break, because I broke my needle knitting it. Turns out that a wooden needle which is only 3 mm wide is just not very durable. Luckily it wasn’t a part of my new set, so all I had to do was order a new one online (and it’s aluminum this time) and wait for it to arrive.
It might be Spring already(and surprisingly, even the weather seems to confirm it these days!), but I have a lot of beautiful wool yarn in my stash and many sweaters lined up in my knitting queue. Sweaters and shawls. I need to refresh my wardrobe when it comes to sweaters anyways, and I guess if I do it now, it means I’ll be prepared when it gets colder again in the Fall, right?
This is going to be a photo glimpse into life of cats who happen to share a home with a yarn-obsessed person. Cats LOVE yarn, and they never miss an opportunity to steal and ruin play with it. Usually when I finish a project, I keep tiny scraps of yarn only to give it to my cats as a toy, and I’m sure that most crafty cat people do the same 😉
I’ve been away from blogging for a while recently. My first blogiversary is approaching and I’ve been trying to figure out what do I want from my blog. You see, when I first started blogging, it was just to write about crochet and I seriously wanted to try writing amigurumi patterns and to publish them here. But then I started knitting and I am constantly thinking about new things to try, and somehow the initial idea for this blog just ceased to exist. And I’m not really sure where to go now? I enjoy writing about my projects, as much as I love visiting the blogs of other crocheters and knitters and reading about their latest projects and ideas. So I decided to just leave the blog as it is and keep it as my crafty diary. It’s actually quite awesome to look back and read about my first knitting attempts and see all the progress I’ve already made!
However I decided to rename the blog. I’m the worst with titles, and “Kat’s Crochet and Knitting” sounded like a name of a small countryside Bed & Breakfast rather than a title of a blog. My new title is “Cats and Threads” – and while it probably sounds equally strange, I just want to focus on my favourite things here. Sure, there are also other things I love, like reading, hiking, video games or kayaking… but my cats and my yarn, knitting, crochet and sometimes sewing (hence “threads” and not “yarn”) are what I deal with everyday and what always brings me joy. So no worries, this Crazy Cat Lady is still going to focus on her crafts, but she wants to acknowledge her other source of joy too 🙂
I’ve been feeling bad for the last couple of days, with swollen joints and energy-draining fatigue. Luckily, as I wrote in my previous post, I don’t have to work now, so I can allow myself to spend a few days snuggled up on the coach, with Stella on my lap, a mug of green tea, a book and some yarny project in my hands (not necessarily all at once of course).
Stella is my best medicine. She is such a loving, affectionate cat with the best purr ever! Every now and then she looks at me and very gently touches my face with her paw, as if trying to say “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine!”.
Ciri, her younger sister, is not affectionate at all, but she makes me laugh with all the mischievous things she does. I really can’t imagine my home without them!
I am working on the warm alpaca/ wool blend throw/ blanket for my Mum. I decided to use simple, basic granny squares, as my Mum likes rather geometric shapes, and I think these warm colours will look great in her bedroom. If I could start over with different yarn, I’d only change this grey-ish dark beige, probably to some bright warm brown or terracotta. Other than that, I’m quite happy with this project and it’s not as boring as I thought it would be.
I also decided that this drawer organizer is much more comfortable than any typical craft/ knitting bag I could find (I try to ignore its colour too), and it helps me secure my work from ever-present cat hair. Well, except that I’m not the only one in the house who is happy to use it…