The feline relations at Shoelaceswitcher Central are ever-so-slowly progressing. Despite the occasional hiss, I cracked the door open between the worlds of Calypso and Darwin to allow them to see/sniff each other through about an inch of space. After a while of this, Calypso wanted to come out into the room so I scooped up Darwin and invited Calypso to explore. Step-by-glacial-step, she went around the room sniffing things and eyeing me warily. Then she went back into her room and ignored us for a while.When I went in to pet her, though, she smelled Darwin on my hands and hissed at me. However, I still think that’s progress, since she wasn’t panicking like she was yesterday. This is going to take a while because Calypso is so timid. Darwin, on the other hand, is afraid of absolutely nothing.
|Door crack? Big hissing cat? I don’t care!|
|I might be fuzzy but I’m FIERCE!|
He is a little bit of a velcro kitten. I’ve never had a cat that wanted this much attention. He purrs nonstop, to the point where it’s weird if I DON’T hear him purring. And he absolutely always wants to be near and/or on me. He is developing a bit of an unpleasant propensity to leap onto my back and claw his way up to my shoulder so he can literally get in my face when I’m busy doing other things like cooking dinner or sitting at the computer. I’m not sure how to fix that, really. (Do you?)
|Darwin’s favorite place… a.k.a. in my face.|
He is a cutie, though, and I suppose there is worse behavior to deal with than wanting love.
As far as knitting goes, I’ve done less since since I’ve been off work than I used to do while working, which is crazy. I need to prioritize it more, I think. I’ve learned that I’m not great at relaxing. Knitting and chilling out during the day is just foreign to me. Also, I’m not sure what’s gotten into me lately, but I’ve really got the urge to finish everything. All the WIPs! Finished! I want them done! I know Start-itis is a real affliction, but I did not know that Finish-itis could be, too. I’ve (clearly) never had it before. When I have been knitting, I’ve been working solely on my Color Affection shawl, but I had to stop because I ran out of the undyed Bugga. A wonderful Raveler is sending me some more, though, thankfully. In the meantime, I’ve dug out this old WIP:
|The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga, colorway Painted Damsel|
This is the Shaelyn Shawl designed by Leila Raabe that I started last September. I modified the pattern by knitting it with two skeins of Bugga held double and by increasing on the wrong side as well, to make it wider and shallower. I stalled out on knitting this one because I wasn’t sure I’d have enough yarn left to do another stockinette section and lace repeat, so I was debating just continuing the lace pattern to make a wider edging. I’m still not sure what I’ll do, to be honest, but I think I’ll do a bit more stockinette and see how the yardage plays out before deciding. These rows will probably feel pretty short after the Color Affection shawl.
What would you do?
Do I ever know what you mean by getting less done when free time is to be had. That is pretty much what happened this summer, plenty of free time, very little crafting. You are a naturally creative person though, you'll snap out of it! I'm positive that beautiful shawl will help massively! Also, my huge 14 pound kitty loves to be in the center of attention too, especially on a keyboard or sleeping on my head at 2am, however you are not a tree, bad little kitty needs a little climbing post maybe?
When I had a whole week off from work and class I didn't get much done either, because it got so mundane to constantly knit! I love Darwin, he reminds me of my parents new kitty, constant affection, but amazingly frisky. Good luck with the kitties, I wish I could offer some advice…