Caturday’s Been Framed

I have to be super careful to keep the door to my workroom shut as those kittens love to get in and go crazy with any yarn they can get their paws on. Unfortunately, I popped downstairs to make a quick lunch intending to go straight back up but got sucked into watching another episode of Black Sails with pao. An hour later, I was looking round and realised Katerina was not present.

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We rushed upstairs and were puzzled to find this.

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Tamyra isn’t really into stealing yarn.

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Katerina was busy playing with another two skeins in our bedroom.

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But this yarn was under Tamyra’s body so we are wondering if Katerina has framed her.

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After all, this is the face of naughtiness!

Ooh lala.. socks!

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Ta da…! I’ve been knitting as much as the kittens would allow me. Katerina keeps stealing the ball of yarn and taking off with it so I’ve had to make sure I knit quickly whilst she is asleep. These socks have gone to live with a friend in Korea.

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She is a big fan of Claude’s so hopefully she’ll forgive him stealing the yarn!!

Caturday’s All Sleepy

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We were meant to go to a party in London today but sadly we were both feeling distinctly poorly and couldn’t go so we had to spend the day in with the kitties instead.

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Claude is a champion at sleeping.

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He does it well and I am able to knit when he is sleeping.

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I knit quite a lot whilst he slept.

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Until he woke up and wanted to play with the yarn!

My mum

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When I was a teenager, I used to rage about how unfair it was I wasn’t allowed to do this and that. My mum was a typical Tiger Mother so anything apart from studying hard was not allowed. It is only in later years, that I really feel a bit of sadness that I spent so much time with her studying at home and quietly resenting it. After all, I didn’t ever get invited to the longed for slumber parties that my friend’s did. I did think of her when I did manage a-kind-of-version-of-that-kind-of-slumber-party when my friend from school and I stayed in a hotel in London together for our school reunion in October but it was nicer and we got more sleep and had spa treatments. So I definitely won on that front.

So my mum would have been 80 today. I miss her.

Good night, Bernard

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I had a sad start to today. I got news that lovely, crazy, nut job Bernard had been hit by a car and found dead late last night. I had just finished up my feeding duties with him just that morning and gave him a great big cuddle and a big bowl of Whiskas as a parting gift. Little did I know it would be the last time I saw him alive.

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My heart is with his owners R and P who had a bad return from their holiday. I will miss this sad, funny, crazy little character who I enjoyed the company of when they were away over the last year. We had many cappuccinos together and he bit me (playfully) many times.

Good night, sweet boy. xx

Happy Birthday, Tamyra! 7 today

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My lovely Tamyra is 7 today! She woke me up before the alarm went off with her latest trick – head boinking me in the face! It is alarming when such a big cat does it.

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I still find it hard to believe how big she has grown since she came to live with us and even harder to believe that Katerina will be a similar size in a couple of years.

Happy Birthday, my beautiful girl. xxxx

Endings

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I liked this quote but I am a planner and at the end of this very unusual year, I’m reflecting on the year to come and the endings that I’m contemplating.

2017 will be the year I change jobs – towards the end of January to be more precise and then I’ll be freewheeling a little as the new job is part-time. It is scary but I keep telling myself it will be ok 🙂

I’m also deciding to wind up my jewellery business with a close-out sale on Etsy coming in the new year. I’ll still be making the odd things but for myself and for friends rather than doing shows and making more work for myself.

But one thing is for sure, it won’t be the end of my blog! I’m going to keep going with that with renewed vigour 🙂

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I have to keep you up to date with these fluffy ones… and the knitting that I’m planning!

Knitter’s Tea Garden Shawlette

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I saw some of these yarn balls in cups when I was in Duluth with Jeanne but they didn’t have any colours that inspired me. I saw this Done Roving Yarns Frolicking Feet Transitions colourway when I was in Athena Yarns in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and it came home with me.

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I took me quite a long time to work out what I was going to make with it. Or drape Katerina with.

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Katerina is quite approving. It was only after lots of looking at Ravelry queues and seeing what other people had made, I settled upon the Afternoon Tea pattern.

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It gets a high approval rating – two kittens! Two kittens is a pretty big deal round here.

Sock Kitten Love Part 2

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It is hard work trying to knit with kittens.

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Especially when you have just had one bite your toe when trying to remove the sock on your foot!

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Claude is rather partial to the Bergere Goomy 50

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Very partial. This was taken just before he grabbed hold of the yarn and ran for it. (Not the first incident)

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Katerina is also fond of yarn. Oh what is a knitter to do!

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Zip up the project bag or we have more yarnbombing!

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I managed to knit most of this pair whilst out and about or whilst they were napping!

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I feel they have taken quite an interest in these! And they won’t stop liking yarn any time soon!!