Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Feeling calmer.

So calm that I had to...

Yep. Trek's new pattern, Pilchard Socks, was just too tempting. I had a couple balls of very-variegated Cascade Fixation, a gift from my Secret Pal Melinda last year. This pattern seemed perfect for the yarn. I cast on yesterday; I'm at about double this length now and really enjoying it.

Thank you all for your good wishes for our cat. Laila is doing okay in her isolation ward. Mostly, she's sleeping. Apparently she's one of the calmest cats in there. When I watch through the webcam, I see other cats mewing or pacing, and Laila curled up and snoozing or occasionally stretching. I think that it's kind of a predator response to simply conserve energy until opportunities present themselves.

Here she is in Kitty Radiation Jail:

I just got to watch her use her litterbox, which is not normally so exciting.

I have been knitting up a storm — lots of nervous energy. On Saturday, I started the darling Very Berry T-shirt from the latest MagKnits, for my niece's 2nd birthday (in July). I finished it last night, and could have easily finished it Sunday if I hadn't been too lazy to kitchener. You have to kitchener the underarms, but I did my best kitchenering ever and I'm really pleased with the result. Is this darn cute or what?

I used US #4 Inox circ and dpns, and bits of the "Cora" 60% cotton/40% acrylic yarn I got in a deStash from Grumperina. Grumperina said she didn't like knitting with the yarn, but liked the results. I tried it for a mitered square blanket, and realized, once again, that I just do NOT like garter stitch, and I get bored with squares. I varied my stripe widths, and despite the approximately 289,394,302 ends I had to weave in, I really enjoyed knitting this. The pattern is fabulous. I made the size 2, and I hope it fits!

I finished the Air Bear sometime last week (10.5 Addi circs, Berroco Air yarn, 1 skein). I realize he looks somewhat worried. I think he reflects my mood of the time!


trek said...

Woo hoo and very cool colors!

Redheadskydiver said...

The sweater and the bear are both darling. Hope kitty is feeling better soon.

Earin Marybird said...

How nice that you can see Laila via a webcam. When can she come home? (I think you mentioned this in a previous blog but I have limited brain capacity.) You bear does look concerned. It's funny how things like that happen. I have a theory that the first photograph you have taken with your new partner sums up the relationship. Go back and look! More good thoughts being sent to Laila!

April said...

That sweater is beyond cute, you did a fantastic job! And I love love love the little bear.

I'll reserve comment on the socks since we all know how I feel about Cascade Fixation *puke*. =)

Anonymous said...

I love the little sweater; it's absolutely adorable. I also love the little bear; he's so sweet. Do you think his expression will change when Laila comes home? ;-)

Anonymous said...

chuckles at "I just got to watch her use her litterbox"

The sweater is really cute, as is the bear :) You're so talented with knitting needles and yarn!



Best wishes to Laila. And can you take me with to Australia?

Melinda said...

Yay for Laila doing okay! And I agree that your bear looks concerned - it's the sidelong glance.

The socks look lovely, but I didn't send you the yarn. It must have been some OTHER secret pal :)