I always thought that I was a well equipped knitter. More than the average amount of stash, plenty of needles, book filled bookcases, and all the notions necessary for any knitterly task. But still there was something missing, one little thing nagging at the back of my mind. Something not quite right. But what? Then it dawned on me. Cats. There wasn't a cat in the house. Now, what kind of knitter/knit blogger was I to be without a cat. So, about two weeks ago - in fact, the day of the spin-in - that was remedied. I know I mentioned this before, and even put up a blurry photo, but now the cats have moved from the grungy garage into the house, and photo opportunities are a bit easier. Here they are - Mittens (yellow) and Socks (formerly Sammy, then briefly Smoky.)
Awwww. I took them to the vet last Friday, and both were diagnosed with URIs and eye infections. Because they run every time we even look in their direction, we had them sequestered in the mostly unused upstairs bathroom (yes Melissa, the same one you got locked into. And I'm still sorry about that!) so we could give them their meds without having to engage in a major cat hunt twice a day. I had a nice thick blanket in the tub, and they each have their own little beds, and still they preferred snuggling in the sink. Mittens is obviously the bigger of the two. He weighs about 5.5 pounds, while Socks is a tiny guy at just a smidge over 2 pounds. But now that they are feeling better, and have been dewormed, I hope they'll both start gaining. They are almost seven months old, and should be coming into their full growth soon - at least I think so. Anyway, they finished their meds tonight, and now have free run of the house. They are really supposed to be mostly outside cats, because Jim wants them to chase off all the chipmunks, but I think it's going to be a while before that happens. Until they'll come when I call them, I'm afraid to let them out for fear they won't come back. They'll end up outside, but I'm enjoying them being in for now - if I could only find them!!
As for my current knitting, I finished the red sweater this evening. It still needs to be blocked and seamed, but at least all the knitting is done. I took a picture of the body the other day, before the sleeves were finished.
The fronts are rolling in now, but I'll pick up and knit around the fronts and across the back neck to stop that. It's very soft, and should be extremely warm. The sweater is designed without buttons or zipper, but I'm going to try adding three or four frog closures.
I'm also fairly close to finishing the current pair of socks, which will be #94. Now that the sweater is done, I may just devote myself to sock knitting and see if I can hit 100 before the year is out. The yarns for the next six pairs have been chosen, now I just need to find the patterns.
Ok, I guess that's about it for now. Except to remind you to enter my contest - and tell all your sock knitting friends to enter my contest. So far, there aren't a lot of entries. I'm all about the socks, so get those cameras out and let me see them! Remember, just leave a link to your photos in my contest post comments and you'll be entered. Remember - prizes!!