Lucy

Yes, I know that title is a little silly.

Lucy has never had problems going in her box, never had problems with other animals in the house and using her box, never had problems. We, we have had problems.

We are also not very good at transitioning her from food brand to food brand. It’s generally very abrupt. Not exactly the best for the Luce.

Good news though is that Lucy is a fairly sturdy cat. No sicknesses in the years I have been her mom and no major issues aside from a flea bloom now and again. Totally normal stuff. Hardy kitteh.

Recently with our crazy hot weather I made the executive decision to move her off of 100% dry kibble. We’re giving her 1/4 of a can of wet foot and 1/4 cup scoop of kibble and mixing them together.

Reasons?

  1. 1. It’s hot and I don’t think she’s drinking water as often as she should be. We removed her collar since we moved into the new place (there’s no physical way she can get outside) so I don’t get an audable tell when her tag clanks against her water bowl.
  2. 2. She was barely eating. We originally moved her to a higher density food and actually portioning her for her size and age. But then she just decided that she didn’t want the dry stuff.

So, to a mix we go!

What we’re feeding her:

Wellness brand wet food and I and Love and You Ultimate dry kibble. She’s scarfing it down like there’s no tomorrow. =D Her weight hasn’t increased too much either, thankfully. She was, as my brother called her, sausage cat. Since her back legs are a little sensitive due to a fall early in her life, I was worried that her weight was making her hurt. She’s pretty spry now and doesn’t immediately rage when you touch her backside. SUCCESS!

Now as for poop mountain. Her poops don’t stink. I’m serious.

We have Ever Clean cat litter, which in of itself is FAR SUPERIOR to Arm & Hammer. And her box is larger than her old one. She’s happily pooping away in the back of it, while peeing in the front near the entrance/exit…yay. But no really. Her poop is no longer smelling rancid or like what she had just eaten (fishy or chickeny smell). Which makes me happy. And happy for her.

Large healthy kitteh poops!!

If you think that means I’ve found some magical cure to getting poop not to smell, I’m sorry to say I have not. Poop is still poop and smells like poop.

Ok, I’ll see myself out now… XD

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Hello!!!

I haven’t updated in AGES! First post of April and it’s already over half way through the month, my bad.

A lot has happened over the past few weeks that I’m just now getting settled into a routine for work, housekeeping, cat attendance, knitting, and other…crafting…

So, in that order: Work.

Things are kinda same old, same old at the office…my home office…my kitchen table. Projects keeping me busy enough. Stuff going smoother than expected. My dissatisfaction at work as ebbed a little bit due to some external factors which will be somewhat apparent in the rest of this post.

Housekeeping: WE MOVED!

Holy crinoline, batman. We’re in a new place: closer to town, closer to stuff, closer to everything. It’s amazing how much of a change being 2 max stops closer to downtown makes. We’ve also increased our altitude. We’re not on the 4th floor of a 5 floor building. Kitty has SO MANY WINDOWs to choose from! We got lucky and have a corner unit, so there’s 2 walls of windows. We’re also NE facing, so no summer blistering sun to worry about! The view from here is pretty bland, but it’s nice to watch the rain fall and the trees outside. We’re high enough to see fights between pigeons, crows, and falcons.

I know it may seem weird, but Lucy has been chirping again! At our last place we had a lot of wild life, but not so much of a perch for her to be able to watch and chirp like she did at the place before. Each time we move it seems like we’re just getting a better situation for the cat…and then realize it’s absolutely terrible for either us or her. It’s only been a few weeks, but so far it seems like we hit the jackpot with this place! More room, more storage, we have CLOSET SPACE AGAIN!!!!

Life Pro-Tip: Never compromise on closet space thinking you’ll be able to get by with shoving your clothes into a dresser. Seriously.

Cat Attendance: All the space for activities!

Lucy is having the time of her life: people watching, napping, and playing with her toys. That last bit there, the toys, she’s doing it on her own?! This is something she barely did in the other places we were. Granted the first place we were at she could, but I was hardly ever home to witness it.

She’s got a semi-routine down now that things have gotten situated.

AM: Wake us up, wait/meow for breakfast, signal that she wants the blinds open, watch people from her perch for a little bit, use the box, run around like a crazy animal, hit up the toys in the living room, roam around for a little bit, settle in for a mid-morning nap.

PM: Wake up from the mid-morning nam (she’s a cat), check up on the plebs down on the street level from her perch, wait for the heater to turn on, snuggle in her bed, roam around, nap until dad comes home from work.

PPM: Meow for dinner, be as obnoxious as possible, check up on all the rooms in the new place, use the box, snuggle in her bed and blink at us for a few hours.

PPPM: We go to bed, she starts her night watch. Eventually returning to a kitchen table chair to settle in for the night.

That’s basically what she’s been doing. When we first moved into the place, she was all over the place and wasn’t napping as much. The more I moved around during the day unpacking, the more she had to be awake to investigate progress and micro-manage me.

Knitting: projects on hold and new projects on needles.

At this point I can proudly say that I’ve knitted A sock, and it fits! On hold though is my flower cardigan as I work on some secret knitting.

Other Crafting: spinning and sewing.

I GOT A SPINNING WHEEL FOR MY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Yes, I’ve managed to not be all gooshy about it on Instagram. Jonathan bought me a Kromski Minstrel in Mahogany finish!!!!!!!! Drove me all the way out to Newberg to pick one out at Pacific Wool and Fiber. I’ve already managed to figure out the setup with Scotch Tension and have spun up nearly all my fiber. I’m still a little iffy on plying, but my first and second attempts so far seem to be legit. The drafting technique isn’t that far off from using a drop spindle. Which btw, I’m kinda glad I don’t have a huge collection of drop spindles as I think from now on this spinning wheel will be my main cheese for spinning.

As for other crafts, I’ve gotten really into beading recently. Just small things, nothing fancy or crazy. I really enjoy it because it’s like instant gratification. I can many just about any design that I want too without having to follow some crazy techniques. The basics I have down are from Angela Clayton’s beading videos on Youtube. She’s really good at showing her technique and it isn’t complicated so that anyone can easily pick it up. And thanks to the enabling factor of Etsy, I have some more seed beads on their way to me! (I’m actually planning on using some of them for a knitting project, but I got a little bit more to experiment with!)

So yeah, that’s about all that has been going on in my world.  =)

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I always want my kitty around.

She makes me laugh and smile.

I always want my kitty around to cuddle.

Even when it results in the vile.

Yup, the Lucy-furr has started biting aggressively again on a regular basis. It may indeed be entirely my fault though. I started feeding her wet food semi-regularly and now she demands it every meal. Nope, kitty. Not going to do it. Continue reading Wet Cat Food: You’re Going to Have a Bad Time

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How to gently snuggle Lucy in various ways for various purr sound-effects.

1. The Basic Snuggle

The basic snuggle requires little to zero interaction. This is when Lucy is either nestled close by or partially on top of the lap. Her purrs at this point can either sound like a concerted effort or a small snorting type exhalation purr where the purr itself is a little harsh and easily heard between breaths.

2. The Hard Purr

The hard purr is much louder than the basic snuggle purr and is usually audible in the same way as the basic snuggle. The different being that it’s louder and comes about when one shifts or moves while Lucy is in a basic snuggle mode.

3. The I HATE YOU

Yes, Lucy purrs when she’s about to attack you. This usually comes about when she’s in any of her snuggle modes and you are moving too much for her to be comfortable. If your arms are moving at a rate she doesn’t like or in a motion she doesn’t like. The purrs get quieter and quieter, and when you least expect it. BITE.

4. The Eyes

Her most gentlest of purrs happen when she’s either fallen asleep or she’s making eye contact/blinking at me. This phase comes right before reaching extreme comfort mode and she falls asleep.

5. The Chest Purr – the rarest of purrs

This is her most rapid purr. To achieve this purr, one must gently accept the Lucy onto ones lap. And then if she wants a head or cheek rub one can gently snuggle Lucy’s head against the chest with both hands while keeping an eye on tail and ear signals. The purr is loud and rapid, which is different from the Hard Purr where it is just loud and sounds like she is laboring to purr as loud as possible.

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Have you ever worked with lace weight yarn and found it to bring out the hater in you?
Have you ever worked with lace weight 100% mulberry silk yarn and found it to break your knitting spirit?

I think for this entire year I have a grand total of 5 FO’s compared to last years almost double digit number. Granted, a lot of them are hats and small shawls, but still FO’s!!

So here it is, the glorious lace weight silk masterpiece that I’ve been working on as a sample.

Also, my unimpressed Lucy cat.

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The Gehry Wrap consists of two sections: foundation and window.

Pro-tips:

  1. Use alternating sets of stitch markers. You really need A and B markers so you don’t get lost. Do not use all markers of the same color/type. You will get lost.
  2. When working the wrong side of the rows, that is when I would place a marker. This made it easier for me to whip through each row without having to double-triple count the number of stitches I needed before a wrap/turn.
  3. Double wrap the working yarn around your pinky. This is particular to us that throw our yarn when knitting versus those of us that knit continental style. Since it is 100% silk  it will help you not only hold the yarn, but keep tension as well without straining your wrist.
  4. The piece will block out.

With the Gehry Wrap out of the way, I plowed through the rest of the Mayu Sweater. The last parts required were the sleeves, which is my least favorite part of knitting. To circumvent the lack of size 15 dpns, I decided to do make a few changes.

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  1. Since I had messed up and somehow managed to be 2 stitches short of what I should have been at the sleeves for the size I made, I cast on 1 more on each end of the sleeve underarm. This is cast-on, not pick-up and knit.
  2. To even things out I added 1 more stitch at the end of the row. Where I should have had 30 stitches, I did 31. (3, 25, 3) Half a stitch is taken on each end of a row when seaming, so the 1 extra stitch essentially disappears.
  3. I knit stst until desired 8″ length careful to count as I go so that I could duplicate the correct number of rows for the second sleeve. After the third decrease, switched to smaller needles, purl 1 row (ws row), begin cuff ribbing (rs row).
  4. Seam up the arm from the cuff, seam the underarm, block, enjoy!

I’m currently wearing it and since it is made of a slick, yet puffy, superwash bulky weight yarn (Biggo from Knitpicks), it grew quite a bit after washing. While drying it I was almost afraid it was going to be dress length! Luckily for me, it grew just the right amount. =)

I now have a nice puffy cozy sweater for fall!!

 

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