Friday, July 31, 2009

When you have a cat who won't be deterred

We have a container in the sink we use for throwing out cooking waste. It originally had a lid, but it broke off not long after we bought it. We had pork chops last night and I had thrown my pork chop bone in the container. As I did this, I thought for a brief moment that maybe I should put that bone in the regular trash can that has a lid and then foolishly and quickly dismissed it thinking he'd never stick his head in there.

Bob, my 17 pound red tabby cat, usually wakes me about 6:45 with his first morning plea for food. (He jumps on the bed right by my head to bounce me awake) This morning I thought he was sleeping in late since he didn't show up until about 7:45. (I feed them at 8:00.) This is what I was greeted with this morning...

It took me a minute to figure out what was going on. The scary thing is he could have really hurt himself. I actually considered letting him wear it for a while just as a lesson, but he couldn't drink water or go through the cat door to the litter box while he had it on. It wasn't tight around his neck, he just couldn't get his head back out without my help, but I also don't know how long it had been on there already. So I just took a picture, of course, and helped him get it off. Then found my pork chop bone picked clean in the middle of the kitchen floor. The power of the pork chop was just too much for him to resist! Hopefully he did learn a lesson and won't stick his head in there again in the future. Yeah... right... This reminds me of a cat my sister had named Tippin, he was a terror too and I often wonder if Bob is a descendant of the Tippin bloodline.

On to the knitting. I finished the AKG knit-a-long scarf. It turned out very nice.

I really like the beads that I chose for this scarf and the merino/tencel yarn from Webs worked out very nicely. The scarf is named after a character from Lord of the Rings. Galadriel the elf queen. That's a quarter in the blocking board next to it for scale. I also got lucky and won a prize in the completion drawing. It's hand dyed lace weight yarn. I haven't gotten it yet, but I'll post a pic when I do. Thanks Deborah!

I've also been working on a lap blanket using one of Herbert Niebling's patterns Jesien. I'm using up the leftover yarn from my chicken and Lou's vest. I had to buy more of the purple that I used in Lou's vest to have enough to finish. This is the so called "boiled-ass" phase as Janice of GA calls it. The center looks like a Jello mold to me. Hopefully I should get it finished this weekend.

This is the back side taken without a flash so the colors are a little off.

The next project is another Niebling pattern I'm making for Nancy in blue silk. Nancy found the yarn on Ebay and I think it's the perfect thing for a shawl. She picked out the pattern from the book Knitted Lace Designs by Herbert Niebling.

I'm off to Rusan's at lunchtime to meet up with some of my knitting buddies for sushi buffet! Mmmmm...


  1. Animals - they don't know it, but they're here for our entertainment. :) I'm glad he's all right!

    That is one very gorgeous scarf.

  2. I cracked up when I saw that picture of Bob.
    Cats are great, aren't they?

  3. Thanks for the laugh! At poor Bob's expense even. Am I the only one that thinks that last pic looks like a nipple? Sorry dude, I had to say it!

  4. I have been desperately looking for the Jesien pattern. Can you tell me what book that is in? Is it too, in Knitted Lace Designs by Herbert Niebling?

  5. @ anonymous... I bought the pattern online a few years ago.
    Here is the link

    From "Serwety" by Wera Tuszynska
    "Jesien" ("Autumn")
    Round Tablecloth In Knitted Lace
    By Herbert Niebling