Our cats, Kip and Henry, don't really get along - and it's all on Kip...he likes the cat next door, but his own brother? Lots of hissing and growling, even after eight years of living together (we adopted them as kittens from the same crate at the animal shelter, so there shouldn't be any reason for the animosity). Because of this, you can imagine my shock when I saw both of them sleeping on the same bed the other day:
My guest room, which has temporarily become the pet room (note Paco's crate on the right)...this will change in a few weeks when the kids come home for Thanksgiving.
A cold front blew in and I guess they called a truce to sleep in the warm house?
Last week I got my yearly reminder that milk chocolate (I'm looking at YOU, snack-sized Twix bars) is really addictive for me. Funny how dark chocolate doesn't have that same pull, but gah - once I start with the milk chocolate, it's a pretty wicked spiral. And this wasn't even the Halloween candy I bought for our trick-or-treaters; it was the treats I brought for our running club the Saturday beforehand! For me, complete avoidance is a better option than moderation when it comes to certain things.
Sit and Knit update: I'm still having fun with mittens. I made another one, and experimented with closing up the holes where the thumb attaches to the hand. Here's mitten #3:
Different colors than I normally choose, but I like it.
And here's the examples of what I'm talking about with the thumb holes:
Pretty much closed up - I picked up three additional stitches instead of the one that the pattern recommends.
This is what the pattern says to do - reserve some yarn to sew up the holes. Not sure I'm a fan of this look, especially with the different-colored yarn.
This is how it looks when you follow the pattern instructions - I picked up the one stitch (where the blue is pulling the purple yarn), but I didn't sew up the holes with the reserved yarn yet.
This pattern is Susan B. Anderson's Waiting for Winter Mittens, which is very easy to follow...but I'm not 100% on board with the thumb issue. I found a couple of other mitten patterns - one is called Fried Chicken Mittens (because the thumb joint looks like a chicken leg), so I'm going to play with that one next. The yarn that I'm currently using wasn't very expensive, and while I like each mitten's color individually, I'm not thrilled with them as pairs - the yarn isn't coordinating as much as I'd like. I'll probably unravel everything at some point and use the yarn to make a felted bowl, just for fun.
This is what I have waiting in the wings, when I feel like I've finally hit on the right pattern:
Ooooh! Bright, pretty, self-striping yarn! This will make "fraternal twin" mittens or socks - they go together without being exactly alike. Plus, it's Paco-approved.
I didn't know this was what I wanted until I read through a lot of mitten projects on Ravelry. Self-striping yarn, in a worsted weight, which as it turns out, is challenging to find. Lots of it available in a lighter weight, but that won't work for mittens. I found this on Etsy and cannot wait to use it!
I've also made some progress on my sweater - I'll show a picture of that next week. I knitted a hat (which should come as a surprise to no one) that is so soft and squishy and BRIGHT PINK:
Same pattern as the green one I made for Jeff, only I made the brim a little bigger so it could be folded down and cover ears if it's really cold.
Good shot of the top of the hat; I tried to get a picture of Paco and I, but all he could focus on was his rawhide chew.
Have a great weekend!