Thursday, October 21, 2010

FO Updates

In amongst all the home stuff, school activities, swim lessons and kitten wrangling craziness there has been some knitting. Even some finishing of projects if you can believe it!

First up, I finished the Extra Red Sweater (here on Ravelry). It turned out pretty much exactly how I hoped it would and used up some really old stash yarn to boot.

Then I moved on to some basic socks for K. out of Regia Galaxy in the "Jupiter" colorway. Its hard to tell in the photo, but I am such a geek that I actually knitted the first sock from the inside of the ball and the second one from the outside so that the swirls ended up going in opposite directions. Don't worry if you can't really tell...I can and that's all that matters, lol.

After that I powered through a pair of basic gloves out of Patons Kroy Socks FX in the "Clover" color. Gloves are quick but I find them quite tedious to knit so I don't make them very often. I really like these ones, though. The Kroy is slightly thicker than most sock yarns which translates into extra warm and cozy gloves. I also really like the shading of the colors even if the gloves don't match at all. On a side note, Youngest finds it absolutely hilarious that I knitted gloves out of sock yarn. Go figure.

Then I decided to start another big project. This is well on its way to becoming a Central Park Hoodie out of Peace Fleece in the "Buffalo Bronski" colorway. It is an interesting blend of darkish copper brown and hints of magenta. My goal with this sweater is to have a hoodie that is really warm for those frosty fall mornings and evenings. So far this yarn is not disappointing. It is very dense and warm just to work with and the mohair should bloom even more once it is finished and washed. I have knit two Central Parks already but I really like the pattern - it is a relatively easy, quick knit and it looks great. Hopefully I get it finished quickly before Fall is over and winter coat season sets in.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What's New Pussycat?

There has been a new development in the household:

Meet Misty. She is a rescue kitten from a local shelter that adopts out of PetSmart. She is 11 weeks old and already spayed, dewormed, deflead, tattooed, and has had her first series of shots. We had been casually talking about getting a kitten for a while now but had not really been looking. On Thursday evening we were at our local Petsmart and decided to "just see". Apparently this has been a really bad year for kitten and cat abandonment in our area so there were 12-15 kittens available for viewing plus a few older cats. I was not really enthused about the kittens that were playing around in the adoption room and was ready to leave until K. put her in my arms. She immediately went limp and started purring loudly and I fell hard, lol. We took her home on Friday (they have a 24 hour "cooling off" period) and spent the weekend adjusting to life on kitten.

We had already agreed to be really picky about temperament because we didn't want to stress out Mr. Cat or have a really wild kitten destroying our house. I think we really lucked out with her. She is super affectionate yet also playful. She answers to her name and loves to snuggle with everyone in the house. She goes limp every single time she is picked up and starts purring and rubbing against whoever is holding her. We were really worried about poor Mr. Cat but he actually seems to like her. He patiently allows her to attack his tail and claw his tower. Last night they even indulged in a fun chase game before sacking out on the bed with us for the night. She is not so amused by Tango, though. The poor guy wants to play with her so badly but so far all he's gotten for his trouble is a face full of spitting, hissing fury. She is definitely ruling the roost - it is hilarious to see Tango running away and hiding from a little creature 1/4 his size!

All in all I think we made a good choice. Or rather..she made a good choice in picking us!