I am still happily knitting along on my Rainbow Coat, but a long term project like this does not make for particularly exciting blog posts, I’m afraid.
Here is the front:
Compare it to the photo of the front in Sunday’s blog post and you can see that I have made some progress.
As I have mentioned before, the front has two steeks: one for the side seams, and one for the front opening. So when I finish the knitting and cut them, I’ll have two side fronts.
A Present For Lucy
Last spring I bought a Drinkwell Pet Fountain for Lucy to encourage her to drink more water. (It seems to have done the trick — the water level goes down quite dramatically.) However, the bowl of the fountain recently developed a small leak, so I needed to replace it.
Rather than replace it with another plastic fountain, I opted for something a bit more elegant: a handmade ceramic fountain from CatFountains.
The one I purchased is a lovely variegated blue (to match Miss Lucy’s eyes, of course) and I added an optional copper pipe waterfall. Like the previous fountain I had, this accommodates a carbon filter, so Lucy always has nice clean water.
The capacity is 6 cups (48 ounces) — a lot less than the 168 ounce capacity of her previous fountain. But I have no problem refilling it more frequently and this fountain is much prettier!
As soon as I placed it on the kitchen floor, Lucy got very excited and insisted on drinking from it, even though I hadn’t put it in its proper place yet. Silly girl!
She seems to be fascinated by it — much more so than she was with her old fountain. But then, I always knew she was a kitty with refined tastes.
I think Lucy pretends that she is a mighty lioness heading down to the waterhole for refreshment after a hunt when she drinks from her fountain.
ETA: for those of you expressing concerns about the use of copper pipe, this statement is on the seller’s Etsy site:
We sometimes get questions about the use of copper in our fountains – is it safe? Not only is it safe, it is beneficial. Copper as a delivery material for water actually inhibits bacterial growth and does not corrode. When we attach a ‘waterflower’ or ‘waterleaf’ to a copper stem only lead-free solder is used. These fountains are designed to help you maintain your cats’ health while giving you something enjoyable to see and hear. See this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antimicrobial_properties_of_copper
This is the same pipe that is used for plumbing in upscale homes. I do, of course, always check out thoroughly anything that my little princess comes in contact with.