Lucy is staying with me while her mom is away this week. If you’re part of the minority who thinks there’s too much feline content here, and that WendyKnits should be all knitting all the time, don’t go away just yet – there is knitting content today – just scroll down a bit.
I feel like someone with the bumper sticker “Ask Me About My Kitty.”
Here’s one of my favorite pictures of Lucy – from last July (2003) when she last stayed at my place. A natural-born retriever, she loves to chase thrown paper balls or balled-up napkins and bring them back. She’s a kitty on a mission.
And here is Lucy relaxing at my place this week.
I recently picked up a copy of zoologist Desmond Morris’ (out of print) book “Cat Watching.” Although I disagree with some of his theories, I do agree with his assertion that domestic cats need to satisfy their hunting instinct. And that’s exactly what Lucy does by chasing and retrieving paper balls.
Just a bit about me. I’m in the independent testing group (software testing, that is) for a small federal agency. Here’s where I work.
Here’s where I live.
And here’s my ex-cat Loretta, who would be nearly 30 years old if she were still alive. No, she’s not stuffed! That’s just her posing, circa 1978.
And for something totally absurd, here’s the price reduction on a half gallon of ice cream, spotted at my local stupidmarket. Yeah, I think I’ll buy a new Ferrari with the savings.
My website (such as it is) can be found here. The guys on the front page are my brothers.
Knitting content? Well, here it is. Wendy taught me some basic knitting in July, and I finished a 22″ square blanket which – as she mentioned on August 3 – we sent to Critter Knitters.
Here’s a close-up of SBSP with the WIP.
The blanket was created from Plymouth Encore Colorspun Chunky Bulky Knitting Weight yarn – 75% acrylic, 25% wool, color 7128 (“Santa Fe Print”), using a 26″ Crystal Palace #10 bamboo circular needle. It took about 2 1/4 100-gram skeins (143 yards each). Yeah, that’s way more than enough info!
Whoops, not quite enough info – here’s a very interesting page showing some of the steps involved in the manufacture of Crystal Palace (single pointed) needles (which some of you have recently indicated have had some quality problems).
Lovely variegated yarn, that Colorspun Chunky Santa Fe, eh? I hope the colors don’t upset the poor animal that ends up with it. And speaking of the ability of cats & dogs to distinguish colors, check out the Cecil Adams 1987 article on the subject here.
I’m currently working on a scarf… er, muffler for myself, and here’s a close-up.
This one is being done with Brunswick Just Sheep 100% wool, color 60 (Shale) using a 26″ Crystal Palace #8 bamboo circular needle.
I hope everyone in the Richmond area (Lindsey Brooke, etc.) is okay. That part of Virginia got hit yesterday with over 10″ of rain from tropical storm Gaston.
Tune in tomorrow for yet another guest blogger – one who has known Wendy way longer than I have.