Of Yarn, Knitting, and Cats

I’ve been busy the past few days and was surprised when I found a little box in my mail today. I couldn’t believe my package from The Loopy Ewe was already here! I have never gotten yarn wrapped in tissue before! It is Lane Borgosesia Cashwool in the colorway New Cognac. It is 100% merino.

It isn’t as fall toned as I thought it would be. Given the choice, I would take the bright orange shades you sometimes see on summertime clothes racks. I love the bright summery shades of orange. I love loud colors. You guys have never noticed that have you?

I have also been nearing the end of all this sleeve knitting. By the weekend, I should be having sleeve joining parties. The Tour de France sweater is ready to join the sleeves on and the BSU sweater is about 5 rows from being ready. Then I’ll be back to flying along on my circular needles.

Mostly, I’ve been thinking about things I’d like to knit. Making lists. Recently, I have found no less than 5 sock patterns on Knitty and Mag Knits that I would like to make. It must be the nip in the air in the mornings. I have finally conceded to myself that I just don’t like knitting socks from the toe up. I am making socks for the girls like that, and I haven’t even been working on my current sock.

That brings me to my sock washing experience yesterday. I washed my Mountain Colors Bearfoot socks for the first time. To quote Eloise - Oh my Lord. As soon as I dropped them in the water it looked like something bled to death in my sink. After 4 rinses I think it was, it didn’t look much better. That was when I gave up. Does all Bearfoot bleed like that? Or is it just the red stuff?

And now I am going to tell you a tale of shame, cats, and cans of fish. I feel ashamed because for close to a year, my cat has been suffering from a dietary deficiency. I thought maybe her hair was matting because of old age. Like maybe she couldn’t groom herself as well as she used to. Then about 2 weeks ago, I noticed my husband’s cat wasn’t looking as sleek as she should, either. She is mostly black, so it is easy to see on her. I decided they needed some canned food for a treat, so I got some cans of fish cat food. A couple days later, I noticed her hair was matting, too. I got online and looked it up. That is caused by a deficiency in Omega 3 fatty acids! I did feel good about choosing fish based food for them a few days before. They already look better. I feel really bad about not thinking something was wrong with my cat when it started with her. Last winter I was feeling really great about not feeding them canned food when the food was all contaminated. All’s well that ends well, I guess.


Shelby said…
Oooh, pretty color! I love what you picked!!
Ready to join the sleeves?? I hate you (hehe).

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