April 2008

Small box, large cat

Paula’s celebrating her blogiversary with a contest. Leave a comment by noon, CDT, April 25, and you could win a custom sock bag or yarn.

Heather is also celebrating her blogiversary with a contest – answer two brief questions in a comment by April 30 and you could win yarn to make a Nettie bag.

Have a lot of time to kill? You could play this strangely addictive little airport security game

Go check out Not an Artist’s great picture of her cat Guinness wearing a baby sweater – and make sure you follow the links below the “cat animation content” if you’re looking for some laughs. (I must say that Guinness is a much more obliging model than Chaos and Mayhem.)

Reading Update
Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich. I don’t really enjoy the “Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers” novels – more Ranger and Joe, less Diesel, please!
Small Favor (The Dresden Files, Book 10) by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden, Chicago wizard and private investigator, returns in the latest and very enjoyable installment of the series.
Real Murders: The First Aurora Teagarden Mystery by Charlaine Harris. Originally published in 1990 and recently reissued now that Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse vampire mysteries have done so well, the first Aurora Teagarden mystery is well written and paranormal-free. πŸ™‚
Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend! by Rosaline Joffe and Joan Friedlander. I received this book to review through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. If you’re interested in my review, you can read it over at LibraryThing.
Tall, Dark and Hungry (Argeneau Vampires, Book 4) and Vampires Are Forever (Argeneau Vampires, Book 8 ) by Lynsay Sands. Whew! I am now completely done with the Argeneau Vampire series – light’n’trashy paranormal romance that I much enjoyed.
Sucker Bet (Vegas Vampires, Book 4) by Erin McCarthy. More enjoyably light’n’trashy paranormal romance…
Darkfever (Fever Series, Book 1) by Karen Marie Moning. Darkfever was a dark urban fantasy primarily set in Dublin, in a world where the fae pose a significant threat to humanity – but only a few people are aware of the problem. I already have the next book in my library queue!
Single White Vampire Seeks Same, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Brittiany A. Koren. A collection of short stories about paranormal beings looking for love in the personals.

New Keens (black, of course). Small box (well, as small as a US11/EU42 shoebox can be). Large cat.

“Hee hee. Mom won’t ever find me now!” -Chaos

“Mom! You must’ve cheated. And who’re you calling large, anyway?! Hmph.” -Chaos


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Happy Earth Day!

Remember to take your own bags along when you go shopping – if you can get them out of the house, that is. (Leather-look reusable shopping bag available at the Wedge Co-op. Cat not included in bag purchase price of $0.99.)

“What now?! No, you can’t take my kitty house to the store. The nerve! What possible use is a kitty house at the store anyway?” -Mayhem


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Does the first sunburn of the season mean it’s spring?

If so, then I guess it’s spring. πŸ™‚

Take a questionnaire about creativity for a research project that Eve is doing, and you could win one of four $25 Amazon gift certificates. Contest ends May 15.

Looking for an adorable new kitten? Live in central Minnesota? Limedragon has info about a kitten that her aunt recently rescued.

Apparently Mayhem isn’t the only one who’s inspired to acrobatics by flying toys – Deb’s black kitty Sammy sure seems to be enjoying her new toy, doesn’t she?

Over the weekend, I finished that mysterious item I was knitting. Not surprisingly, it was a pair of socks. πŸ™‚ The pattern was my variant of Rebecca’s Spirited Socks pattern, using an early and experimental test dyeing of her Black Beauty colorway. I knit one sock from each end of the ball of yarn.

“Hey, it was past time for a new cat bed around here. Cool.” -Mayhem

“Oh no – a mussed spot on my leg! Nobody look, please!! The shame…” -Mayhem

What? You couldn’t get a good look at the socks?! Ok…


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“Oh oh – kitchen cotton, my nemesis!”

Ready to branch out in knitting for your cats? Tired of knitting cat sweaters and ready to knit something different? Try a cat beret or a stylish Thai-inspired hat

Speaking of cats wearing knitting…

“Psst – May?” -Chaos

“What, big kitty?” *sniff sniff* -Mayhem

“Run!” -Chaos

“Wha…?” -Mayhem

“Poop.” -Mayhem

Please excuse the exceptional blurriness of these next photos – apparently I need to improve the lighting under my ottoman if I intend to take many action shots there…

“I can escape, dagnabbit!” -Mayhem

“Ooomph.” -Mayhem

“Whew! That was exhausting.” -Mayhem

“Even though I’m free now, I’m not looking at you, Mom. I am mad at you, you meanie!!” -Mayhem


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I have absolutely no idea what to use for a title

Jen’s having a cheesy hair salon name contest. Leave her a comment with the name of an actual hair or pet grooming salon by April 19, midnight CDT. For ever five comments she receives, she’ll give away a copy of her new sock pattern. My entry was the Curl Up & Dye salon in Minneapolis. I did mention Sweeney Todd’s, even though it isn’t punny – just crazy.

“Thanks” to Van for exposing me to this disturbing catnip toy

How’s this for a very odd knitted object?! That’s definitely not in my Ravelry queue – but it might be the only knitted object that isn’t! πŸ˜‰

Although I do have finished knitting, it was finished too late in the evening to bother taking pictures – look for pictures on Friday! And nope, it wasn’t the “tease” from yesterday.

Fortunately, May can always be distracted from her HPFM* with the MGWT* or the Cat Dancer.

“What HPFM?! Drat! So close. I’ll get you, Cat Dancer, and your little dog Toto, too!” -Mayhem

*Hot Pink Furry Mouse/Mice
*Magic Goldfish Wand Toy, formerly the most beloved of all “flying” toys


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