Last weekend my daughter and I drove down to southern VA, 3 hours away from home - to pick up this little guy!!!
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Friday, March 11, 2022
It is hard to wrap my brain around just how much adjustment time this little creature,
called Aja, requires. But clearly we are not at the crest of that mountain top!
This coming May will be 2 years since a very scared, skinny, jittery and somewhat distrusting little orange female cat entered our lives. And still there are little changes happening all the time - she is more comfortable in our home and more comfortable with us.
|Sitting on my lap - and not sure she likes this camera “thing” I keep doing.|
Its all in the position of the ears!
In the last few months she has been conquering the skill of lap sitting. Usually in the evening, when all is quiet and I am watching TV (listening through ear buds - so the condo is very quiet), this little cat jumps up to the arm of my chair, waits patiently while I clear what I am doing from my lap, then steps carefully into the space I have made for her - and settles in for some petting time.
|She can’t see I am taking another picture, so the ears|
have returned to normal.
But she didn’t start out this comfortable.
It all began with her version of “drive by” - feet hitting the side of the chair and just as fast, feet pushing off in the opposite direction. Blink and you missed it! After she figured out that no ‘condo monster’ swallowed her up, she tried jumping into my lap with no warning ... sometimes landing on the top my open laptop - and then shooting off again, leaving me with a mess on whatever I was working on. But I knew I was being tested (or maybe trained?) I was calm. She was persistent! Next step in the goal of lap sitting, she started jumping on the arm of my chair and staring at me. That was her signal that I must prepare her space (my lap.) Once cleared she carefully settled in - tail whipping back and forth - letting me know she is “on the ready” for something. Currently, she has stopped whipping her tail and she lets the petting begin. I am also using these visits to acclimate her to the idea of my arms around her for an affectionate hug and a kiss on the forehead. The first couple times I did this, she leaned away from me in the opposite direction. Now she seems to accept it - because she knows I let go. At some point she just might enjoy it. Its all baby steps with her!
My husband, too, is working on his own schedule of 'taming the tiger.’ Several times a day he walks into the bedroom and sits on the side of the bed calling to her - and she comes! Sometimes it is from the far end of the condo - on the run! She jumps up on the bed and sits primly beside him as he gives her pets. She obviously wants that time with him, because she always comes. It is a short time but welcomed by both man and beast! And thank God for it -because those who read my blog almost 2 years ago, will remember, the first night she was with us, my blind husband stepped on her. She was definitely NOT friends with him that night. But like all our cats, over time she has figured out that he can’t see, so when he is on the move - so is she!
She also comes out of the bedroom most afternoons and curls up on the floor in a safe place and naps! We are hoping that someday she realizes that there are comfy chairs just one leap up where she can reside safely as well.
She has her own water fountain now that provides her moving filter fresh water whenever she wants it. Yes, we bought her a pet water fountain when we discovered her trying to drink out of the bathroom faucets. I quickly realized that I hardly ever saw her drink water out of her bowl (which was changed twice a day.). The moment we put the new water fountain down - she began taking long drinks. That along with her healthy appetite - and she has put on some weight. When May rolls around, I am sure we will be getting the first of the yearly Vet lectures about keeping an eye on her weight! (Just like when I go to the doctor.) Ha! Regardless... her fur looks soft and shiny and no bones are showing!! Happy and healthy. One good looking orange kitty!
She also has some favorite toys. Cat Nip Paper Bag is a recent addition!
|The bag smells yummy!|
|I don’t see anything. Maybe if I get closer!|
|Ok! Going in. Taking one for the team!!|
She also has a crinkle toy that I have seen her bat around and carry in her mouth.
Bottom line - she is doing great! And she continues to get her owners trained just the way she likes them!!
|Oh yes, we are going to get the weight lecture!!|
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
I wish it wasn’t so, but I occasionally have projects that are started, not completed and are either given away or frogged.
One of these 'not completed' projects is a weave-it blanket. I will say this project has “staying power” because it has survived multiple downsizing events. Every time I came across the bag filled with woven squares I said “I’ll be back” ... It never occurred to me even once that maybe I should just give up on this project
Well, now I am back! And here is the story.
This weave-it blanket was started around 2009 - 2010 soon after I learned to make these little squares from Karen, (Happy One) of the Life is Good blog. Karen introduced me to this weaving technique that she learned from her grandmother. At the time it wasn’t all that common a technique but in the 1930s and 1940s it was very popular. When I started with this project you could buy weave-it looms on the secondary market - and with a little searching - I found someone who would make them “new.” As the interest in weaving grew over the years, these little looms were “rediscovered” and have gained popularity among weavers, knitters, crocheters alike.
|The white loom is the Zoom Loom and the wooden loom is the one|
I purchased off of Etsy. Both are weave-it style looms.
|On weave-it looms, the pins are in groupings of 3.|
At about the same time, I discovered the pin weaving looms made by Hazel Rose - looms where the pins are equally spaced and the weaving is done corner to corner. They come in various sizes (squares, rectangles, triangles, etc.) and fall under the umbrella term of continuous strand weaving - meaning that you create the warp of the project at the same time as you weave the project. Very ingenious and half the work.
I once made a shawl for my mom using this 12 inch bias corner to corner loom. It was pretty easy to sew 10-12 squares together and have a lovely shawl. A close up of that shawl can be seen in the center picture of the header of my blog. Unfortunately that shawl is no more and finding pictures of the shawl have proved unsuccessful. My mom was in assisted living at that time and the shawl was snatched up by the center staff and put in the laundry - washed and dried in commercial sized washers and driers - and because it was 100% wool, it shrunk to the size of a placemat. ☹️
Weaving and I parted company for a few years, but I held on to most of the equipment and yarn. Then my thumb started giving me problems and I was searching around for things to do with yarn that didn’t aggravate my hands! Weaving started to pull me in once again, but only for the smaller simplistic looms - like the weaving-it and the Hazel Rose looms - that didn’t involved tons of preplanning and warping as a precursor to the fun part - which was the actual weaving.
So weaving is back in my life again and it has been most gratifying to discover that these smaller pin looms have a dedicated following. They can be found in Facebook groups, Ravelry groups, websites, and several dedicated blogs that focus on small hand held looms - and even books and patterns that are dedicated to wearable projects created using these cute little blocks. In fact, it is very easy now to get a weave-it style loom that is not a 1930s antique. The Zoom Loom has several wonderful little features that the antique style loom does not.
Returning to the weave-it loom blanket (that I am now calling The Patch Work Blanket) - here is the first photo once again followed by the most recent photo that shows the current progress.
|Almost all the squares have been sewn together and the strings for |
most of it have been woven into the piece. I suspect this blanket is more than half done,
but how much more needs to be done - I don’t know yet.
I will return to this blanket and the pluses and minuses of doing a project like this in a future post. I will also share some of the books and patterns that I have discovered that use this technique.