Momma Kitty Died Today

Let me tell you a little bit about Momma Kitty.   Nineteen years ago, I was in the market for a kitten.  I wanted a shelter or pound kitty, not any specific breed or color.

On one of my frequent trips to the pound, I met a man going in as I was going out.  I asked him what he had there.  He told me he had a kitten.  It was part of a feral litter that lived in the woods behind his house.  She was the runt, which probably saved her life.  You see, the mother and other kittens were killed by another animal.  She alone survived.  Of course, I took her home with me.

My then teenage sons fell in love with her.  She was a feisty little thing, quick and energetic.  She loved attention and was vocal in her opinions on everything else.

Before she was a year old, she got pregnant.  She had 5 kittens, one was stillborn.  Needless to say she was spayed after her pregnancy. Of those 4 we found homes for 2 and ended up keeping 2.

She was the smallest of all the cats we had, but she was the toughest.  She took no silliness from the other cats and they gave her a wide berth.

Time went by.  As karma would have it, she outlived her two sons.  She was arthritic and had cataracts.  She couldn’t see well enough to get to a litter box, so we provided “puppy” pads for her.  She sort of hobbled when she walked, but it didn’t slow her down much.

She loved being outside in the sun.  I think the heat felt good on her old, arthritic joints.

I noticed a few days ago a strange balance problem and a behavior indicative of confusion.  These episodes lasted less than a minute.  Intuitively I knew the end was near.  We made her last days as comfortable as possible. When the end was near, we made sure we were close and talked soothingly to her.  Death is a trip we all make alone, but it needn’t be without love and support.

Momma Kitty you will be missed.

mkb

Oldest Son’s Vacation

My oldest son just got back from a trip to Alaska and to Nevada.  He went to visit a friend who lives in Anchorage.

While he was there, they went camping for a few days.  Needless to say, he fell in love with Alaska.  He even submitted his resume for a job in his field.  But at this time there are no openings.

Later, he and his friend flew to Las Vegas, Nevada and enjoyed a few days seeing the sights and hitting a few casinos.

He flew back home on Friday and we picked him up at the airport.

He had to go back to work Saturday night.  Between Friday and Saturday, he got sick. So his work place would not let him stay.  They sent him to Urgent Care.  He was diagnosed with bronchitis, sinus and ear infections.   At least he will be off a few days, giving the antibiotics time to kick in.

Got a New iPhone

Something to be excited about, right?  Well, not if you weren’t planning on doing that right away.

I’ve had an iPhone 4s for a couple of years.  Yes, I wanted to upgrade. But decided I would wait until next year to do so.

Well this past week, I had no choice.  My 4s started behaving strangely.  I could touch an app and the app would either not load or load temporarily, then go back to the main page.  That was aggravating to say the least. So I tried downloading an update that supposedly addressed that problem…..I tried that a minimum of 5 times without success.

I contacted both of my kids via FB and told them that I would not be able to call them or accept calls until I got a new phone.  Also told them, if necessary to call their dad and relay any messages via him.

Friday morning we were waiting outside the Verizon store for them to open.  I had already checked on line for any deals I might qualify for and the SE was the deal of choice.

When we went inside the store, I explained to one of their associates the problem I was having and told him what I had found on line.  He checked in their store room for the SE.  Unfortunately they were all out of the SE’s.

He checked my account usage and offered several alternatives and a cheaper monthly rate.  I ended up with an iPhone 6 and a Hum (in car handsfree phone device).

I am happy with the iPhone 6. It has a larger screen which is great for old eyes.  It also has additional features and larger storage than my previous phone.

I think I’ll keep it….at least until it starts misbehaving.

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WOW! What A Delicious Cake!!

I found this cake recipe on Facebook and tried it yesterday.  It is almost completely gone.  My family loved it.  In fact, my oldest son’s boss requested one for their shift at work.

I don’t mind making it, but oldest will have to get the ingredients.  It is very “rich” .  You’ll see that when you get the recipe.

Here is a pic of my cake:

apple pecan cake caramel topping

Apple Pecan Cake with Caramel Glaze

WordPress is Acting Screwy!

Can’t get to my blog.  I can write a post or edit a post or even delete a post.  But to get to my actual blog and look at what I have posted is not possible

What’s up WordPress?

And yes I have restarted my computer and all that.  This is just irritating.

Day 2:  Still can’t get to my blog to view.  WordPress Sucks!  and I am posting this on Social Media.

3/27/16 FINALLY! I am now able to get to my blog.

 

My Dealla Cardigan

I found a sweater/cardigan pattern of Celtic design that I fell in love with.  It is on Ravelry, if any  of you are interested.

It can be bought as a single pattern or as a book from the Knit Picks website.  If you decide to by the book, spend the extra money and have a hard copy sent to you.  If you opt for the e-file, it is 65 pages long and will use up all of your ink.   So it will be cheaper to have a hard copy sent to you.

Here are my notes (so far) from my Ravelry page that I have made regarding the Cable Panel Chart:

I believe the Cable Pattern Chart legend needs a little more clarification. The symbol for the purl stitches should read: “purl on right side, knit on wrong side” and the symbol for the knit stitch should read: “knit on right side, purl on wrong side”.

I also used yellow marker to color in every other row to make the pattern/chart easier to follow/keep my place.

I am also using bamboo double pointed needles, 8” and one 5”. I use the 5” bamboo dpn as a cable needle. I find it works better than regular cable needles.

Just thought I would add this: Rows 22, 23 and 24 on the Cable Panel Chart are supposed to be the same as Rows 6, 7 and 8. So I added in those red circles where a black dot should be. See Photo.

The 4th photo shows what I keep handy when I am working on the cable chart. From left to right: a notepad with the rows 1-30 written down. I write hash marks by each row as I finish it. The chart with a ruler placed under the current row I am working on. The legend to be able to quickly refer to what a particular symbol means and the correction sheet to be used as I come to those areas where corrections have been made.

I had to write row 5 down because every time I came to it, I had to stop and think which direction I wanted the cables to go. So here it is for any of you who just want to knit the row without having to think about it every time you knit it.

Row 5: P3, 2/1 LPC, 2/2 RPC, P1, 2/2 LPC, 2/1 RPC, P3

Well I keep trying to add the link to my Ravelry page and a link to the pattern page and for some reason it just won’t stick.  So if you want the pattern, go to either Ravelry or Knit Picks and look up Dealla Cardigan or Celtic Journey, respectively.

3/27/16 I am working on the sleeves.  Then I will do the front band.  After that, all I will have left is to sew it together and weave in all loose ends.

 

Here are some pics from the designer:

Here is where I am so far:

my dealla cardigan

Newfie Gloves

I really enjoy making Newfie Mittens.  But recently I was wondering if there was a corresponding glove pattern.

I searched several different places but was unable to find one. So I had to come up with one on my own.

I am posting here what I did to accomplish this project so that you can also make them if you wish.

Newfie gloves

 

 

Newfie Gloves
Please if you have never knit gloves before, try a simpler pattern before doing this one.  This pattern assumes that you have experience knitting gloves.
Supplies:
Fingering yarn in 2 different colors, i.e. verigated and solid, contrasting each other
US 2 (2.75mm) double pointed needles
Stitches:
k = knit
s = slip
p = purl
Increase stitches:
kfb = knit into the front and then the back of the designated stitch
m1 inc = lift bar between 2 stitches, from the back and place on left hand needle.  Knit through the back of this new stitch
p1 inc = lift bar between 2 stitches, from the back and place on left hand needle. Purl through the front of this new stitch
Pattern:
Pattern 1: *k4, s2*,  repeat to end of row
Pattern 2: k1, s2, *k4, s2*, repeat to last 3 stitches, k3
Instructions:
With varigated yarn, cast on 64 stitches.  Join and k2 p2 until cuff measures 3 inches, increasing 2 stitches in last round (66 stitches).
Attach solid color yarn and work 5 rounds of Pattern 1.
Purl 2 rounds with varigated yarn.
With solid color yarn work 5 rounds of Pattern 2.
Purl 2 rounds with varigated yarn.
Thumb gusset (worked on round 1 of pattern 1 in example below):
Now comes a tricky part. With solid color yarn, m1 inc, k1, m1 inc. Place marker at this point.  (3 thumb gusset stitches before marker)
kfb into next stitch so that you will have the same number of stitches you had before beginning the thumb gusset (66 stiches not counting any of the thumb gusset stitches)
Alternate Pattern 1 and Pattern 2 (5 rounds each) and at the same time increase the thumb gusset every third round until you have 17 stitches before the marker.
Example:
Pattern 1
round 1  increase thumb gusset as described above (3 stitches)
round 2
round 3
round 4 increase thumb gusset m1 inc at beginning of gusset and again before marker (5 stitches)
round 5
Purl one round with varigated yarn, including gusset stitches
p1 inc at beginning of gusset and again before marker, with varigated.  Continue purling to end of round.
Just remember that if you have to increase the gusset on a knit round (solid color yarn) you will  m1 inc and if it is on a purl round, you will p1 inc.
Once you have 17 stitches before the marker, work 2 round, then slip them to waste yarn or ribbon.
Continue  in pattern until you have completed a total of 10 patterns or desired length to fingers.
Break verigated yarn leaving a long tail to weave in later.
Beginning with index finger pick up 16 stitches and cast on 2.  Divide on three needles and knit until yarn is just one round above fingertip.
Decrease in this manner:  K1, K2tog around.
K2tog around.  Cut yarn and thread through loops and secure.
Continue in this manner:
Middle finger: 18 stitches + pick up 2 stitches (20), remembering to pick up at least one stitch from index finger.
Ring finger: 16 stitches + pick up 2 stitches (18), remembering to pick up at least one stitch from Middle finger.
Pinky:  16 stitches + pick up 2 stitches from Ring finger.
Knit all fingers as you did for index finger.
Thumb: 17 stitches + 3 stitches at hand part of glove.  Knit as for index finger and finsh off accordingly.
Repeat for 2nd glove.
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