This is Thursday. No, today is Monday; this...the cat...is Thursday! Isn't she (yes, one of the uncommon orange female cats) wonderful? Her nickname is the 'Purrminator' because she purrs that loud! Thursday gets groomed every three months or so, because she won't let me comb her (ie. I get bitten) and she has a little difficulty keeping all her, umm, bits, clean and tidy when there is all that fur to deal with. How much fur you may ask? See her tail? The pom-pom on the end is how long her fur can get. Why the pom-pom, may be your next question? Truth be told, it's not a 'pom-pom' (that would be too much like a poodle, and a poodle we are not!) it is what defines her 'do' as The Lion Cut!
Thursday is a bit of a strange duck, doesn't want to be combed (by me anyway), but enjoys the whole grooming, which includes manicure, pedicure wash and well, no blow drying necessary, experience! She comes home all light and frisky!!
She likes it!
Her sister? Friday?
I tried it once when I was going to be away for 6 weeks and didn't want to leave all the hair issues for my husband to deal with. Friday, however, enjoys the whole combing process and thinks she possesses her own natural beauty and therefore, does not require a team of any kind to maintain her beauty.
Before I had kids I spent a lot of time loving my cats and now with this quiet time that I'm experiencing I can once again enjoy that simpler time...
Along with leaving comments on other blogs, I am also, in turn, inviting viewers to share in my blog. The blogs I visit are primarily knitting based and I don't seem to get as much knitting on here (or done) as I'd like.
I want to change that!
So today I went out and...
bought another book! (sorry, turn your head again....stupid!---ME; NOT YOU!!)
I have all the Harlot books and this one has already made it to the New York Times Best Seller List...and I will tell anybody who will listen that a knitting book has made it to the New York Times Best Seller List! I just think that is awesome.
Back in September I wrote about, and showed a few pictures, of the KW Knitters Fair.
Often times I purchase yarn, well, for a number of reasons that non-knitters can just never understand! Some reasons transcend various shopping venues; eg. "It was on sale", just about everybody has used that one (even old yucky boyfriends should be able to understand that). Some of my more enlightened knitting friends understand when I say, "it spoke to me; it said, take me home with you", they understand this because they hear the yarn speak as well (your secret is safe with me; we stick together and nobody can put us away!) A non-knitter will ask, "do you need it?" and my reply is "No. Why do you ask? What does that possibly have to do with anything? I don't have that colour." (they need to invent some new colours---it's getting pretty saturated around here) "I don't have yarn from that country. I'm not hurting anybody. It's the last one there; somebody else will buy it if I don't!!!" (Like that explains it all!!) "It makes me happy!" (I personally LOVE that reason) "TOUCH IT!!!" (surely then, they will understand)
Where the non-knitter, or even the 'attempting to be helpful knitter' may indeed stump me is when they ask, "So, what ya' gonna make with it?"
----awkward silence----followed by goofy looking face----and then, the perfect answer....
"Did you touch it? It's silk? And it's only $X!!!" (say this convincingly and they'll believe it's a bargain, whatever you say!)
So, while at the fair I bought some silk.
I have silk in the stash. I have plenty of the beautiful colourway shown here (or you know, in the same family). I even have yarn from the country where the sheep were grown, sheered and yarn later spun. It wasn't necessarily on sale (don't like to admit that one!) I believe the yarn DID speak to me, although it was difficult to really concentrate, what with all the yarn fumes and all. So why did I buy it?
I liked the name.
The name of the yarn, rather the name of the yarn colourway, spoke to me. The name of the colourway reminded me of my daughter.
This is not the first time that the name of a yarn and/or colourway and/or pattern has found its way to my home (nor the last, I expect) and no, I didn't know what I was going to make with it.
The story does not end there! I was looking for...I don't know, something knitting related...and came across a magazine that I had taken with me during the summer to read and well, I guess it never officially got unpacked (hangs head in shame), and there it was. The perfect sweater for the 'had to have it yarn', and what made it the perfect sweater for the had to have it yarn?
Meant to be...
Further reinforced by the fact that it was the same weight of yarn called for in the pattern (Love that!)
Meant to be...
Needed two more skeins. Emailed Yarns Plus; Yarns Plus emailed back.
Yes, they have two more skeins --- and only two more skeins; in that colourway; in that dye lot.
Meant to be...
Called the nice man at Yarns Plus; he's a little taken with how this is all working out and will get the yarn in the mail for me tomorrow (love getting yarn in the mail!).
It really looks like it's all working out the way it is Meant to be...
Now, all I have to do is REALLY knit it!! Really!! With needles and pictures to show you and events to wear it to and buttons to pick out; just KNIT IT!!!
Right after I finish this sock...(can't show you; it's a surprise!)