I love my local animal shelter! Rescue Village in Geauga County, Ohio, has the most dedicated staff I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. I know I’ve blogged about this before, but it’s really fun to knit blankets for their cats. Thick blankets help to keep the kitties cushioned from the hard bottom of their cages. I love that the shelter sends the blankets home with the cats when they get adopted so they have something familiar to have in their new surroundings.
Despite my friends’ and relatives’ attempts to give me cats, a toy stuffed animal had to suffice for the photo shoot.
I used the Double Density stitch pattern from my Gimme Shelter Cat Blankets pattern. I used two skeins of the fun Cascade Big Wheel yarn and enjoyed the stripes the yarn creates all on its own. It can be machine washed and dried, which is a necessary attribute for the shelter. The Double Density stitch pattern, worked on #9 needles (two sizes down from the ball band), gives the little blanket wonderful thickness. I’ve seen cats at the shelter happily dig their claws into these blankets and blissfully knead away. Then they curl up for a nap while they wait for a human to come play with them.
You can download the free pattern here and make blankets for your local shelter, too!
For the past several weeks, I’ve watched a mama chipmunk dash in and out of her underground nest with goodies to feed to her young. The babies finally emerged to explore their world.
Is it safe to come out now?
The children stay close to Mom while they check out their new surroundings.
Mama dashes back into the den
This gal has been hanging out on our lawn a lot lately. I think she’ll be giving birth very soon! The other day her belly was moving around a lot – she was either breathing heavily or her baby (s) are kicking.
A few weeks ago the sheep were sent out to graze the fields harvested near where we live. I love seeing them every year!
Off to Work
I adore this grey horse. He always has his head sticking out of his stall – a big friendly people watcher.
Ok, whoever you are, fess up. You stole summer while I wasn’t looking. I want it back.
I feel like my husband’s photographs form bookmarks around an entire missing season.
In the spring a coyote family moved into one of our culverts in California. Here you can see one of them (the boy, I bet) stepping on the other (probably a sister). I love his impish look, and her howling in protest.
Coyote Pups: Photo by Steve Ells
It seems like one minute we’re laughing at coyote pups frolicking near the culvert, the next we’re in Ohio seeing this:
Early Fall: Photo by Steve Ells
We love hiking on the wonderful trails we’re discovering in Northeast Ohio. I think my husband captured perfectly the end of summer, with its field of yellow flowers on one side of the path, and the beginning of fall, with leaves starting to turn, on the other side.
Somewhere in between, a whole summer occurred.
Finally I’m getting around to starting the second of my Knab Fingerless Mitts. Here’s the first one:
My impetus? I joined the Knit Like A Latvian group on Ravelry. As luck would have it, there is a KAL coming up which the renowned Lzbeth Upitis will moderate. What a fun opportunity to learn how to knit a beautiful Latvian style of mitten.
The problem is, I’m all out of project bags. Which means I need to finish something to make room. I might as well finish a stranded project, and that narrows things down to theses mitts. I love all the Jamieson colors I chose for these mitts, and its fun to become re-acquainted with them. Jimmy D thinks so too. He usually reserves his yarn-mauling for alpaca. But all these balls of Jamieson made an irresistible nest.
The project happened to be in his favorite sunny spot. He rearranged the yarn until it was just right for a nap.
Our little buddy who feeds on the flowers on our patio, and defends his turf from his perch in the oak tree. Don’t you love his cute little feet?
I’m busy designing stuff that I can’t show you. Phooey. In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy some Critter Interludes.
Here, the deer make themselves at home in our front yard. When we re-landscaped after the earthquake, I made sure the plantings were wildlife friendly. Enough grows here that we don’t miss whatever the wildlife munch on.
The deer don’t eat the lavender, but they love to sleep next to it, although I haven’t seen them there for some time. This was in spring before they had their babies, so maybe it’s a pregnancy thing, like craving ice cream. Or maybe now that they’ve given birth they’re just too busy chasing after the youngsters to nap.
Whispering sweet nothings.
I haven’t been posting much. My mother had a massive stroke at the end of July, so I’ve mostly been out of state taking care of her.
No knitting pictures this week, but I do have a couple of critter photos.
Mama looking after her babies
The sheep are back!
Shepherd watching over his flock
Ok. I know this blog is supposed to be about knitting. But how could I concentrate on knitting when I have this delightful guy romping around the yard? He wanted to come in and share our breakfast this morning.
You may remember that the goat was scared off from the place he used to live and wandered miles to end up at our house. He’s officially ours now, which means I can find him a good home. I posted notices at the feed stores. Some people called who want him for meat. NO WAY! Can you imagine such a thing? (Note, he DID find his way to one of the few vegetarian households on the Central Coast!)
Do you think he’s aware of how cute he is as he plays King of the Hill?
I wanted to take lots of pictures before he goes off to live at a ranch/vineyard that I think will be taking him this week. He’s gone from being terrified of people, to being a complete love bug. He lets me hug him and goes on walks with us. Here he’s learning to test his tree climbing skills.
The new place keeps their animals forever – they tend to live out long, natural lives there. Sounds just right. But I don’t think it’ll be as picturesque.