My current work in progress:

1. "T-Rex," designed by Rebecca Danger, knit from Blue moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in the "Lucky" colorway on U.S. size 3 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Lucy Fur!

lucy102703 Lucy Fur!

Several comments yesterday about my fluffy little girl, Lucy.

Lucy is getting her winter coat and looks gorgeous. Her fur is very soft and thick and fluffy. The breed standard for Ragdolls describes them as having “bunny fur” and that’s a very good description. It also is non-matting. We brush Lucy twice a week to keep her looking her loveliest.

The other thing about Ragdolls is that they don’t really shed — I think “molting” is a better description of what Lucy does. When she came to live with me in May, I believe she was in mid-molt. As it were.

But right now when I brush her, there is very little if any fur in her brush. When she sits in my lap before I leave for work in the morning, she leaves no cat hairs on me whatsoever. Even when I’m wearing black!

So I think it would take me quite a while to gather enough fiber to spin. Besides, I don’t spin, and don’t plan on learning.

Why, you ask?

My home is already jam-packed with yarn. I don’t need another fiber obsession. I don’t have room for all the unspun wool.

So for the forseeable future, Lucy’s fur will be for her to wear and for me to enjoy when I pick her up and snuggle with her.

By the way, there was a question in the comments asking how I keep Lucy from chasing my yarn. She never has, really. She’s content to sleep in my lap while I knit. I don’t leave my knitting where she can get at it when I’m not around, and I also make a point to not dangle my working yarn in fron of her in what she might consider an enticing manner.

All in all, she’s a good girl!

Amphora!

Yes, Amphora is next in the pipeline. Here’s a photo of the yarns for it:

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Only four colors.

Another Crazed Week

That’s what it’s shaping up to be — a week of working through lunch and working late. So not much time for blog reading or email answering. Again.

PiS

Watch this space tomorrow, as Wendy attempts to document the creation of the i-cord neck.

Comments

  1. Hey, I didn’t realize Lucy was a Ragdoll! How cute. My Nicky has “bunny fur” too, but he’s more of a russian blue with the wrong eyecolor. (in fact, his nickname is “The Bunny”!) and his hair is just too short to spin, and a little bit waxy-feeling too.
    (Also, he and Boo are on Science Diet Senior, and it has actually pretty much reversed his heart murmur. His vet says that the new formula is currently the best cat food on the market for senior cats, which obviously excludes Lucy. I don’t know if this vet has seen Artemis, though; it looks pretty good. But I don’t want to switch the boys’ food again, esp since they’ve been doing so well on their current diet.)

    Amphora is really quite stylish, and it looks like it’s doing the max with those four colors. I’ll be keenly following your progress! (well, I move into the new house day after tomorrow. a townhouse. then i have to wait for phone service. so i’ll be, like, keenly following your progress after i have internet access again. you may have finished it by then!)

  2. I love the amphora colours–it doesn’t look like only four in the picture. I can’t wait to see this one created. Hope the work week doesn’t get you down (I’m working on a deadline too). Why can’t we be independently wealthy eh?

  3. I chuckled at the “fear of spinning” b/c I know that if I ever got near an Ashford, I would be a lost soul! I was the same way about bridge. When I went to college, all of the women played bridge at all hours of the day and night. It was perpetual. I knew if I ever joined in, I would never make it through my schooling. Too addicting. I only have room for one – knitting.

  4. four colours, yet four glorious ones at that!
    THe second skein is making me crave fresh concord grpae juice shaken up so the foam on top is just that lovely shade of skein number two!

  5. I covet the blue Amphora colorway. I’ll be drooling over it while you knit it.

  6. Wendy, I have the same feelings about spinning. Yes, it looks fun, but I have so little time to devote to knitting these days… if I took up spinning, too, it would take me YEARS to finish anything! If I win the lottery, I’ll buy myself a nice wheel and take lessons. But until then I’m perfectly happy buying yarn.

  7. Wendy,

    If you change your mind, send a bag of some of the Ketzela’s fur and I’ll see what mess I end up with. deb

  8. DO NOT POST ANY MORE PICTURES! I wasn’t terrribly attracted to Amphora until I saw the yarn and colours.

    I was distinctly uninterested in stranded colour knitting until I started reading your blog last year. You’ve unleashed for me a revived interest in knitting, and a real appreciation of Fair Isle, in particular. Thanks, but puleez, my pocketbook is begging, no more temptation.

  9. Glad to know that Lucy’s a Ragdoll; I sort of assumed that she was a Himi with an unusually pretty face. (Personal preference, I don’t really like the pushed-in Persian look). I’ve got a bunch of kitties, all orphans of one kind or another. The only one I’ve raised from babyhood has always eaten Science Diet, and is very glossy and muscular. For my money the “premium” catfood is well worth it. BTW I have a Lucy-cat too, long story there, but we got her from ragged starveling to bushy-tailed on the good stuff. Only wish I’d known about Artemis!

  10. Glad to know that Lucy’s a Ragdoll; I sort of assumed that she was a Himi with an unusually pretty face. (Personal preference, I don’t really like the pushed-in Persian look). I’ve got a bunch of kitties, all orphans of one kind or another. The only one I’ve raised from babyhood has always eaten Science Diet, and is very glossy and muscular. For my money the “premium” catfood is well worth it. BTW I have a Lucy-cat too, long story there, but we got her from ragged starveling to bushy-tailed on the good stuff. Only wish I’d known about Artemis!

  11. I also consider myself “spinning resistant” so was amused to see your comments saying basically the same thing. I can’t do nearly all the knitting I want to do without adding something else into the mix.

  12. Lucy is such a sweetie and no shedding to boot! Gotta love her even more…. Mags sheds like crazy, even when she has her winter coat (though not that much). Her fur is about three times more dense than Sam’s.

    I don’t spin either… too much temptation (though I did break down and buy a drop spindle and did have a fleece of blue faced leicester in a basket). Actually, Mags fur was spun by a friend mix with alpaca in the same tone. Softest stuff….

  13. Karen in MN says:

    I love the colors for Amphora. Do they have names?

  14. Add me to the list of those who won’t dare try spinning for fear I’d never have time for knitting! I know a few gals who spin and they really love it…I’m afraid I would too and then when would I ever knit up all the yarn I have now? When they try to get me started on it I say I’m waiting until after retirement…only 5 years now.

    I have to thank you, Wendy, for introducing me to Marina…I fell in love with her when you were working on her and have now received my kit from Virtual Yarns. Not sure when I’ll start on it, though…

  15. Joan S in Reno says:

    I have not knitted FI yet and I would love to knit Amphora (only four colors), but I am only 34 inches around the bust (if I stick my chest out). Wouldn’t 103 cm (40.5 in) be too large for me? I imagine it is written at such a small gauge that I would get carpal tunnel syndrome if I tried smaller needles. I would also probably like to have it shorter. Should I just pick out another, more suitable pattern?

    Thanks, Wendy, or whoever answers.

  16. Wow, the yarn looks delicious running free on your carpet. Can’t wait to see the progress photos! Lucy is beautiful as always.

  17. I couldn’t believe I looked you up on the site and hardly recognized you….you got your hair cut. I liked it long…oh well, we all have to change. I like to get something different once in a while too.

    I noticed you do like the Starmore designs. Do you find them hard to do? (more time consuming or difficult than others?)

    What do you do with all the sweaters you make? I usually wear all of mine. Make people jealous – wishing they could knit (ha, ha).

    Great sight, I love to look at your finished work and it amazes me how fast you do it. At first I thought it was done on a machine – you go so fast.

    Sharyn