My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Still Knitting a Rainbow

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:

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.


  1. What a beautiful fountain! I know my cat would just rather play with the waterfall than actually do any real drinking. 🙂 The Rainbow Coat is absolutely beautiful, & I think it’ll be magnificent when it’s finished!

  2. Shirley Gallagher says:

    Your sweater is just beautiful, I love the way the colors are developing with the pattern. Lucy and her magic fountain, priceless.

  3. My cats would love that since they prefer to play with water than drink it. Wonder if the hubster could make one for me. The coat is gorgeous, by the way.

  4. Wow- that’s a fancy water bowl. That lucky cat!
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  5. That’s a beautiful fountain! I had a plastic one for my Sophia, which had a rounded dome at the top. She really loved it and it helped her drink a lot more water. Whenever we would take the fountain apart for cleaning, she would sit nearby and watch, very concerned! I’m going to bookmark that fountain page, I think I’d like to get one of those ceramic ones for my next cat.

  6. Maybe not exciting blog posts for you, I’m not the only one who enjoys watching such a beautiful color pattern grow. Of course Princess Lucy deserves a fountain bowl upgrade! And she is just as intrigued as all the people who have mini indoor fountains, there is just something about watching even a small fountain. Although the sound of running water inside always makes me want to check if someone left a faucet on…..

  7. I always knew Lucy was a cat of intelligence and discernment.

    MY cat Dot, on the other hand, is a few brain cells short of being interesting to zombies. I got her one of those two-tier ceramic fountains, and the noise of the falling water scares her so badly that she won’t even stay in the same room with it. I had to take out the inner piece with the spouts, so now water recirculates by burbling out the top more or less soundlessly. She’s not afraid to be in the same room anymore, but still won’t drink from it.

    The box it came in, otoh, is her favorite new toy. :/
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  8. Love the coat and love the fountain! Lucy is, of course, brilliant and discerning in her taste and water always tastes better in the wild…..

  9. I am just going to say ditto and ditto. We obviously have exquisite taste, just like you and Lucy

  10. Twill be an amazing coat. Thx for sharing the fountain too!

  11. I really love the rainbow colourway and pattern, it’s very inspiring!

    Lucy is one lucky cat and she’s worth it 🙂

  12. Zoe isn’t all that interested in her (plastic) drinking fountain. She does drink from it, but she’d rather sit in the tub and have me turn the tap on to a trickle. Maybe she’s waiting for a ceramic one! Lucy’s is pretty. Your coat is simply beautiful.

  13. Your coat is coming along beautifully; it will be stunning when finished. Your color selection is gorgeous too!
    Love the story about Lucy and her lovely water fountain. Always love stories about Lucy added to your newsletter/blog!

  14. Of course, the very elegant Miss Lucy deserves a very elegant watering hole! The rainbow coat is stunning!

  15. Lucy w/ her new drinking fountain … very cool!

  16. love your coat! And Lucy looks quite the huntress crouched down by the fountain!

  17. You might want to check on the safety of copper in Lucy’s new fountain. My friend’s cat died from what was thought to be copper poisoning from a decorative table-top fountain…not a kitty water fountain, but a decorative fountain that the puss drank from. Just a thought… 🙁

  18. GeniaKnitz says:

    Please don’t let Miss Lucy tell my cats about that beautiful fountain, or we might have two stubborn males refusing to drink from their Drinkwell!

  19. The cutest blog post ever! Lucy is all perky and excited! The idea of a Cat Fountain is genius. Your Rainbow Coat is beautiful 🙂

  20. Beautiful coat!

    Lucy is such lucky girl to have such a thoughtful Person~I would also like to say, I was a little surprised by the copper….I would worry, especially if it comes from China….do the care, girls.
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  21. Lovely fountain – but I know what would happen if I got one. The fountain would be empty and the water would be all over the floor. I had one of those water dishes with the plastic bottle that looks just like an office water cooler, and the floor was always wet around it – one day I caught a cat with her front paw in the bottle up to the elbow and I knew why.
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  22. Lucy the lioness deserves nothing but the best. Your rainbow coat is beautiful, love the colors.

  23. Your coat’s lovely, such bright colors will brighten any chilly day. I’m fascinated by steeking, have reviewed Kate Davies’ posts about it many times — I want her Rams & Yows throw!
    Goodness, Miss Lucy’s a lucky feline! I’d have to move mountains (ok, maybe just the fridge..) to find room for such a nice fountain, then there’d likely be a fight over it. For some unknown reason, Miss Hinky has decided she’d like to be picked up more often (TomTom cries to be carried! Is she jealous?), just what I need: more white cat hair all over me.
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  24. hawknitr13 says:

    your coat is simply gorgeous!!! and i love the leaf water dish!!
    ^)^ linda

  25. Catherine S. says:

    This neutrals-loving grrrrrrl is in love with your rainbow coat, Wendy. Are you just enjoying the heck out of watching the colors emerge and blend? And j’adore the kitty fountain! Now if someone could make a litter box that blends in with my décor …

  26. I’m not sure if Saru-chan would like a bowl like that or not. She seems to have fairly plebeian tastes and doesn’t really like running water.
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  27. I love your fountain …I have the plastic version for my kitties.
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