Friday, October 11, 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
|Delilah relaxing after Sunday morning cat nip|
|Always needs to be brushed.|
|Cranberry and gold is actually a good color combination|
|Springtime in the Fall.|
Saturday, August 31, 2013
I have put aside my secret afghan project and started knitting hats. The thrill, yes there is a thrill to knitting, of finishing a project in one evening has given me a second wind.
I have to go to the craft store today because I promised to knit a hat for a guy at work. He is a Steelers fan, and I need a yarn close to the Steelers yellow. Also, he wants earflaps, so I have to a free pattern for that.
One of the hats knitted up really big, because I used the wrong needles. I am going to buy some elastic thread and try to fix the brim. The hat could work as a slouchy hat if I could tighten the brim.
The other hats are nearly perfect and I will be gifting them to another co-worker.
I am finally unwinding after a very stressful two weeks at work. I really needed this three-day weekend.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
I am very far behind with my workload, and I probably should go into work this weekend to make a dent in the paperwork. However, I'm fairly confident that I will not be doing that. I plan to stay far away from the office because my anxiety is at a very high level; I'm hoping that by staying away from work, I will relax just a bit in an effort to give my attitude time to adjust to a more tolerable level.
On the kitty cat front, Monkey made it through her spaying surgery without any complications (thank goodness). I was in a panic over Monkey's refusal to keep her e-collar on. Mr. Grumpbump did not ease the situation as he sent me regular text updates of Monkey's paw caught in the collar or how she pulled it up into her mouth and was choking on it.
On my way home from work, I bought an inflatable e-collar. So we replaced the plastic one with the inflatable one and Monkey went to town again. Wiggling and pawing at it with no rest. I eventually took it off of her and tried to watch her. All night. I woke up every hour to look for her and check on her. My fear was that she would pick and lick at her incision area. Mr. Grumpbump and I even considered boarding her at the vet for the day, while we were at work. Believe me, it was all very dramatic and high tension over a tiny kitten's spaying surgery. We knew that we were making a big deal over it but we were very scared.
To Monkey's credit, she didn't really make any fuss over her incision. I ended up leaving her at the house, in our bedroom behind closed doors. I was nervous and I should have just had faith because Monkey was fine and is fine. She appears to be healing normally and really doesn't show any interest in messing with the suture area.
|One day post surgery wondering why all the fuss|
Nothing really stopped Monkey; she was her normal bouncy self just a day after and she was so happy to be back at home with her pals, Delilah and Macy. Macy and Monkey are so cute together; Monkey is definitely the annoying little sister to Macy's shy sensible nature. Monkey just wants to be around her big sister cat, you know?
|Went looking for cats and found this|
|Free of the cone!|
Monday, August 19, 2013
I am at the SPCA clinic. They just took Monkey kitten back. I have to wait and see that her pre-op blood test comes back clean to ensure she can tolerate anesthesia.
Both Monkey Cat and I were shaking. I will be so glad when 3 pm gets here and she can go home with Mr. Grumpbump.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
It was not what I exactly envisioned, but the graphic is eye-catching. It looks great in person and is lightweight enough for Florida. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn, an acrylic yarn but it feels pretty soft after a few washes.
For my next project, I want to make a Missoni-inspired chevron blanket. I found (and bought) this great pattern. KnitPicks is having a great sale on yarn and I found all the colors I wanted in their popular Wool of the Andes line. After I picked out all of my colors (and was so excited about the project), I realized that Wool of the Andes is not a superwash wool so it will felt if machine washed (agitated). Bummer. KnitPick's superwash merino wool is at least $1 to $1.50 more per skein. And now I'm venturing into a very expensive blanket. Whatever I decide on, I will need to buy online because I need so many different colors. I think I might be making a trip to Hobby Lobby soon. They are the only yarn store in my area with a large selection of yarn.
I recently bought some Lion Brand Heartland yarn (yes, it's 100% acrylic). I saw it at JoAnn's and I loved the colors and the feel is so soft and supple. I have decided to use it for a super-secret project. I can say that it will be a blanket, because that's all I'm knitting these days, and it will be a gift. I am super excited to get started on it.
Already on my needles is a stash-buster chevron blanket. The girls in my knitting group tell me it reminds them of Charlie Brown.
I have been so focused on knitting because my job has become so stressful during this month of July. I had to cover for several people on vacation and I am now behind on my regular work. I have developed a sever case of stiff neck along my right side. I feel broken down.
Monday, July 8, 2013
|Macy on our bed|
|Macy and Monkey|
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Inspiration is found with ripple and chevron patterns. So I bought some yarn (the first in a long time) and cast on this long-admired zig-zag blanket. I'm zooming through the project but I'm not sure of the color blocking yet so there are no pictures for the blog. I will knit more rows before I photograph as the colors are laid out in a really random design and I'm not sure a photo of it at this point will give a good impression. I'm really hoping that the more I knit, the more pleasing it will be to the eye.
Lucky for me, Mr. Grumpbump has an affinity for plants because I'm terrible at keeping those things alive. As a result, we have cultivated a mini-jungle on our pool patio.
|South end of pool|
|Directly behind house|
|Close up of Flowering Ginger plant|
|Close up of dwarf palm|
Kitten update. Monkey is over 4 months old now. She's a spaz and so entertaining. Macy likes her (to a point) and Delilah hates her (completely). I will have to post some videos of her harassment of Delilah and her playing with Mace.
|Our Monkey Girl|
Saturday, June 15, 2013
I tried and failed to start several projects, small ones so that I could feel accomplished quickly and get over my slump. I wanted to knit so badly, but I could not focus on any one pattern and have enough energy to go find some suitable yarn and needles. I had knitting depression.
Adding to my distractions was the Monkey Cat. She's so big now - long and lean.
Adding a cat to a household does mean a one-to-one ratio for increased duties and clean up. Monkey has seemingly doubled my chores. Much more poop to scoop. I have tripled the litter boxes around the house to accommodate this kitten. That's not the only clean up Monkey requires - she loves to drag in leaves, sticks and mulch from the patio into the house. Mr. Grumpbump and I are constantly asking each other, "What's in her mouth?" because it could be one of the above or it could be a lizard or gecko. We save about half of the creatures she brings inside.
There is no question in my mind (maybe not so to Mr. Grumpbump) but I made the right decision in adopting the Monkey.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
|Knitted on the left; crocheted on the right|
Saturday, April 27, 2013
|Pepper, a/k/a Monkey born 2-24-2013|
Sunday, April 7, 2013
|Bulk of My Stash|
|Chevron Scrap Blanket|
|Almost done - but I will add flower to blue band|
I love to tell people that Mr. Grumpbump will not allow me to buy any new yarn until I use all the yarn I've previously purchased. He does give me the wonky eye when we go to Michael's and I come back with a bag full of yarn. This yarn diet is completely self-imposed; I would love to buy more yarn but only when I make a serious dent in the stuff already in my possession.
I have a ton of baby yarn that will need to be used next. I would like to try to crochet something more than hats, so maybe I will have a go at a baby blanket. I've never started a crochet project from a straight chain; I've only done patterns (like the hat) that require you to chain just a few stitches and then form a circle. There have got to be circular projects, right?
Before I end this post to go searching for new projects, I must tell you that Delilah is making me worry. She's been in a funk for the last two days. I am comforted that she is still eating normally and appears not to have any bathroom issues. However, she is restless - moving around a lot and napping in a lot of different places. For example, yesterday and today I found her sleeping in front of Tigger's memorial.
|A little creepy, yes?|
Sunday, March 10, 2013
|Delilah might need a cat boyfriend....|
Sunday, March 3, 2013
|Me at the Love Statute|
|Me and Sister-in-Law eating at Geno's|
|Liberty Bell and Me|
I can't leave Miss Macy alone in her weight management struggle, so I have also decided to try Weight Watchers again. Mace and I commiserate nightly about our struggle with hunger. :)
|The Mace Face|
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Compare that to Miss Macy, who stays out of the way, hugs the corners of the living room, and rarely makes a sound. Macy doesn't travel far to settle down; she's either in the cat tree in the front room or squeezing into the shoebox left behind by guests.
I've been knitting small projects here and there.
I knitted two scarves for my sister-in-law, who lives in Minnesota. Nothing fancy at all. Just picked up two skeins of homespun yarn using a garter stitch pattern and the simple scarves were done in no time.
|Shirley modeling her new scarves|
My goal is to make a huge dent in the yarn I have stashed in my bedroom closet. To further that goal, I've started a new ripple afghan. I actually bought the yarn well over a year ago. This pattern is new for me and it is more of a wave (ripple) than my other afghans, which feature chevrons. The greens in this afghan will be a perfect for our existing bedroom sheets and duvet cover. I already have my next two afghans planned out in my head, but they will require the purchase of new yarn.
|Start of New Afghan|