I have a bit more than two-thirds done on this piece:
However, knitting time is minimal. When I am given a choice of working on knitting or having a happy purring kitty who wants to sit in my lap while I pet him . . . happy purring kitty wins out every time!
Still, I hope to have this piece done this weekend. Then all that remains are the shoulder strap pieces and the collar, so I see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The past week or so it has been cool enough in the mornings that I have needed something. I have been wearing my Not-Viajante, which is a very handy, versatile garment. This differs from Viajante in that I increased on both sides to make it wider across the shoulders faster. My Viajante is a lot skinnier at the top so in bunches up more around the neck.
Anyway, I am hoping it won’t be too much longer before this poncho will be the perfect outwear for my morning commute. I do plan to write up the pattern. I am finding it an enjoyable knit, and some of you may as well. Besides, if the government shuts down next Tuesday and I am out of a job temporarily, I need to sell patterns to support myself, right?
In a comment on my last blog post, Debbie asked how Loki was doing with letting me touch his floofy paws.
When I first got him, he would not allow me to touch his paws, much less clip his claws, so I had to take him to the vet for his mani-pedi. And I have been making a point of gently fondling his paws as much as possible since he came to live with me.
I am pleased to report that recently, with the help of the King of All Remote Controls, I was able to execute a partial claw clip! Loki got a little squirmy before we could finish so I thought it best to end on a high note and finish the job later.
The King of All Remote Controls held Loki gently on his side on a towel-covered table, grasping him by the scruff of the neck while I extended a paw and clipped the claws. This is how the vet techs did it when I took him in and I was amazed when I saw how quiet he was — no crying or struggling. So we replicated this at home. We had some initial fumbling while we got into position, and then it took me a while to find each transparent little claw in all that floof, so it’s no wonder Loki got squirmy before we were done. But other than that, it went very well. No crying (from either the cat or the humans) and no hard feelings when we released him.