This morning’s sunrise:
I blame the Sky Queen for my sudden interest in taking photos of the sky.
I liked Mary’s suggestion of the name “Skye” for my new sweater, so Skye it is! But thanks to all of you for your suggestions — they were all fun and very creative!
I’ve made some nice progress on Skye — here she is.
I really love knitting with Calmer — it is close to being a perfect yarn for me. As much as I love wool, and as much as I love fair isles and arans, they are not really practical for wearing, when I get right down to it.
I spend my days in an office, so my poor fair isles and arans get very little wear, as it’s too warm for them most of the time. But I’m not a fan of acrylic yarn, and I really don’t like knitting with cotton, either. But Calmer is a joy to knit. It’s soft and squishy and sproingy. Ahhhhhhh . . . even the name makes me happy. Seriously, it’s hard to be anxious or angst-ridden when one is knitting with something called Calmer.
Other Yummy Yarn
Yep, Calmer is right up there. But so are wool/silk blends, like Alchemy Synchronicity, which I just used for my Hourglass Sweater.And you know what else is really really nice?
Cashmere/silk blends. Pardon me while I pause to drool.
This is Filatura Di Crosa Trilly Cashmere Blend — I got 10 skeins of it (146 yards/skein, dk weight) on eBay. Paid less than half retail price, thank you very much.
I’m having fun dreaming about what it will become!
Help the Kitties!
A note from Ginger:
I am the cat adoption coordinator for my local animal shelter — Trenton Animal Control Bureau. As you can imagine, being in an urban area, we have way too many cats and kittens breeding, being abandoned and abused. More than we can find homes for. I have four sick kittens recuperating at my house now on antibiotics in addition to my 4 permanent cats from the shelter.
I was just wondering if you might list my information as a place to donate catnip toys to? I am planning to make some and take a basket with me on Saturdays and Sundays to adoption day at Petco and sell them for donations. We will probably “donate” one or two to a cat or kitten in a display cage as well. All the money will go to the care of the cats and kittens we are trying to get adopted. We have an account at a local vet office (who discounts for us) to get medical care. All of our food and litter is donated by Petco (they give us broken boxes and bags), so 100% of the money goes either to the Vet or for cleaning supplies for the cages.
Beauty Tips from Lucy
Jaimie L. asked:
I wondered what type of brush you use on Lucy. Do you use a wire slicker or a nylon one?
Lucy gets groomed with two brushes. First, this one:
She loves this brush, particularly when it is being wielded by The King of All Remote Controls.
After that brush, she gets a once-over with this one:
And after that, a bit of a lie-down is always good. Preferably in the middle of my knitting.