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November 6th, 2005:

New Cats and New FOs

We went to look at some rescue cats today and found one that we hope can join our feline family. We took photos of him but I don’t want to reveal anything here just in case we don’t get him. You see the animal organisation has to do a home check before we can have him and I don’t want to tempt fate. I do hope that we pass and get to take him home though. He is a wonderful cat. The home check is on Wednesday.

Meanwhile I’ve been suffering from a horrible cold since Thursday. It came on just before I went to a Stitch & Bitch meeting. Thursday and Friday were hard and while my nose has stopped streaming so much, I have an irritating cough. I hate coughs, they usually take a few weeks to shift. 🙁

I’ve still been knitting of course and finished the Stitch Diva Page Boy Hat.

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I stuffed it with bubble wrap for the photo and need to give the felted brim a press with the steam iron to flatten it down. It’s made from Lorna’s Laces Bullfrogs and Butterflies in Bitter Sweet. I used two strands of yarn. The pattern calls for 70 yards of yarn, I think, and each skein of LLBB has 190 yards. I’m hoping to get a scarf out of what’s left. Not sure yet which pattern I’ll use.

I’ll be wearing this with my new black faux Persian lamb coat.

Getting Back

Thanks for all of the lovely comments and emails about Clyde both here and at KnitCast. They’ve meant a great deal to me.

It’s not been the most brilliant week. I had Monday off work and that would have been a really hideous day had it not been for a visit from my friend Charlie and her daughter Lucy. Lucy is the only baby that I’ve really wanted to knit for. Course by the time I actually decide on what to knit her she will have out grown it! Better start an adult sock now! 🙂 Anyway, they helped keep me busy.

As long as I’ve been busy I’ve been ok. It’s  late at night when I’m trying to get to sleep that  I start getting  pretty sad about Clyde. That said, I’m not going through as bad a time as I did over eight years ago when my last cat died. I never really knew what had happened to Harvey so I didn’t get closure whereas Clyde is buried in our garden. My mum is going to get us a little cat statue to go on it and I’m planning on planting some Japanese anemones there.

We are going to get another cat, in fact we’re going to look at some in a shelter tomorrow. I always try and have rescue cats where possible. We’re not getting a kitten but will be looking for an young adult/adult cat. It’s always harder for them to home the adults as most people seem to want kittens. It’s a shame because adult cats aren’t as demanding as kittens and they’re still just as cute.

The cold weather has made me pull out my Page Boy hats and I’m knitting another one from the Lorna’s Laces Bullfrogs and  Butterflies in Bitter Sweet that I bought from Knit Happens in the summer.  I’ve already felted the brim and hope that it will have dried enough tomorrow for me to attach it.