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Scarlet is Home

Introducing Miss Scarlet! Isn't she gorgeous?

She came to live with me a few weeks ago. I went to the shelter one weekend and saw so many beautiful kitties I couldn't believe it. Healthy, gorgeous, with beautiful personalities. Y'all are crazy if you don't go right now and get yourself one too! Miss Scarlet had been at the shelter since February. Black cats have a harder time finding a home which I find so hard to understand. So Scarlet and I visited a little and played in the visitor room and then I asked if she could come home with me. The adoption fee was only $10 so I used that to rationalize getting her a big fancy kitty tree which she loves dearly. That thing has been worth every penny. She claws it like crazy and pretty much leaves everything else alone.

She has done well with the dogs. She doesn't act like she has lived with any before but she has decided these are OK and doesn't mind them too much. Oscar, on the other had, wants to be her best friend so bad it is painful to watch. He always wants to know what she is doing and tries to get her to interact with him. What he would really like is to play with her (this morning he was carrying around one of her toys) and I'll just bet that at some point in the future they do play. Wait and see.

I don't think she was a strictly indoor cat before. She wants to go outside and I won't let her. Well, I try to prevent it but she has already gotten out a couple of times. The weather is turning crummy though so I don't think she'll be rushing to get out much for a while.

She and I are bonding well but we liked the look each other from the start so I knew we would be good. A couple of nights this week she woke me up by purring loudly and when I opened my eyes she was in her little bed (I put a bed on my bed so the kitty hair and dander stays relatively put in one spot) looking over the side at me and just purring away. Adorable. She doesn't really know how to sit on a lap and be petted or cuddled. She is interested in doing it and tries but she ends up trying to lay down on my clavicle or sliding off my lap so I'm trying to show her proper kitty/lap techniques.

All in all a very successful adoption and we feel like a complete home again with our feline.

Knitting has been tripping right along. I finished the blanket and then decided I wanted just one more row so I'm still working on it. I keep forgetting to take pictures which is a shame. I'll try to grab some this weekend. Lots of other little projects are getting wrapped up. I finished an infinity scarf I had been haphazardly working on. I had a couple of gorgeous skeins of Malabrigo that I picked up just because they were beautiful but I had always wanted a sporty kind of scarf that was striped longways. This was going to have an additional blue stripe flanking the red but it hit the width I wanted with just two so I left it. It is super soft and the perfect length which is uber long because I'm tall so it was a bit of a slog to finish but I'm going to love wearing the finished object. The colors are a little darker than in this picture but you get a good view of how it will look on.

This is just a simple seed stitch. I figured out how long I wanted it to be, knit up a swatch of seed stitch and then did the math for how long it needed to be. Nothing else. I didn't even wash this. It is already so soft and lovely that I don't think it needs blocking.

Working hard on my Everyday Cardi that I've been working on forever. I would really like to wear it this Winter. I have about 7 inches of the body left to do, one sleeve and the collar and trim. Not too bad actually. Oh man, I just looked at my Ravelry page on this project and I started it 5 years ago. In my defense, I'm big so it is a LOT of knitting I have to do. That color does not do it justice. It is a deep mallard green. I need updated pictures of this one too.

(note to self: take pictures this weekend)

Hope you and yours have a wonderful weekend. We'll be making final preparations for Halloween since the Grandparents are coming to stay with me for their annual Halloween weekend. This means I have to chase all of the real spiders out of the house and put up all my fake ones!


She's a beauty.