Archive for ‘Reality Checks’

March 17, 2008

The Most Wonderful Cat in the Universe

For the past several years, Zinah has been on kidney meds, and was doing well, but in the last month she had lost a lot of weight, and it was obvious she was in decline. Last Thursday, it was evident that she was ready to go, as she’d stopped eating and was having difficulty moving and was in some pain. She went to the great catnip fields in the sky Thursday morning.


Eighteen years ago in March, I went to the SF SPCA and knew from the moment I saw her that we were meant to be together. She was just a “catolescent” when she came home with me at the age of 8 months, and delighted in chasing her treats from one end of the house to the other. Every evening she would meet me at the door to say hello. She loved to chase her catnip mice, delighted in sunning herself in the studio, and enjoyed meeting all the dancers who came to classes on Francisco Street. All of us got a great laugh when she walked into the studio as we were all practicing one-footed shimmies and holding onto the walls – she saw what we were doing, and obligingly propped her little front paws on the mirror and started wagging her tail in time to the music!

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February 1, 2008

Good Intentions and Foul Results

Good intentions – hah! The sweater hasn’t been touched in three weeks; two days before a scheduled departure for parts snowy, I had about 3/4 of the first sleeve done, and tried it on. Either this was a very good thing, or really stupid. Had I just kept on knitting, I probably would have had a warm sweater for the trip – but it would have had sleeves wide enough to carry groceries in! OK, so it’s probably good in the long run, but I didn’t have time to finish it before leaving, so I thought I would take along a baby sweater to knit on the trip. I was going to try EZ’s Baby Surprise, and thought I had it well in hand, but I should know that every time I want to start a new project, I shouldn’t try to do it on the road. What with airports and hotels and a baby to tend and hours in a van, you would think it wouldn’t be that big a deal to do straight garter stitch.

In my insanity, I first managed to decrease only on one side of the markers; about 10 rows in, I realized the problem and ripped it out. Then I started over and was decreasing on both sides of the marker, but got confused (I think it was the 4:30 am departure without caffiene) and decided I was doing it wrong. Yeah, you try reading a xerox of the pattern in Midway Airport when the cleaning crews are all working and there’s a wide-awake baby making conversation and the TVs are all set to some shopping channel that is at a volume appropriate for a football stadium. So I gamely started it again. Somewhere near Albany NY, I gave it up and cast on for a top-down raglan cardigan.

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December 8, 2007

What the Flock?

Aloha, Shalom, Salaam Aleikum, Bienvenue, Wilcommen, and Hello! What the Flock is my first attempt at blogging, and thank you for taking a moment to check it out. It represents how bemused I am at the rate at which knitting is taking over my life. You’ve heard the one about what the sheep herder did when things got heavy – he got the flock out of town…

I’m a semi-accomplished knitter who took up the craft about 5 years ago; it seems I’m a very slow starter but am getting up to speed and enjoy finding ways to challenge myself to develop my range of techniques and build my confidence, as you’ll see by some of my projects and how they grow.

Depending on the circumstances, knitting is an obsession,a learning curve, a tonic, and a depressant. But Obsessive seems to be the dominant mode.The fact that my car seems to have developed a yarn compass, or that yarn seems to be hiding in an inordinate number of places in my house, could be an indicator that I’m well into the compulsive stage. If I find myself in a new town, is it a problem that the first thing I do after putting down my suitcase is to look in the Yellow Pages for a yarn store – that is, if I haven’t already Googled that information, located my hotel, and mapped a course to everything that’s conceivably in reach and ascertained their hours of operation?

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