Monthly Archives: June 2014

Loki, escape artist extraordinaire

Loki has realized there is a world outside the bedroom.  He wants to explore it.  We’re putting the baby gate up at the end of the hallway, because he keeps darting between our feet when we open the bedroom door.  He hasn’t made it past the bathroom yet, but we really don’t want him (or Eris) going downstairs yet.  My MIL has two adult cats down there, and while they are sweeties, the male cat doesn’t know his own strength and he loves to play kinda rough.  A 17 pound cat does not need to be wrestling with a 2 pound kitten.

Loki has taken up peeing on the Valkyrie.  It’s happened three times so far, and it’s only on her — not the floor or anything.  I’ve made a vet appointment for both kids, to get a check up and talk about the peeing thing, and see about kitten flea medication.  It’s tomorrow afternoon.  I’ll post the results.

When I walk into the bedroom, Loki pats me on the foot and looks up at me, which means “Hey, human!  Pick me up!  I want cuddles!”  I do, of course.  And then Eris wants a turn.  And while I’m holding her Loki starts tapping my foot again because he thinks he should get allllll the love.  I need more arms.

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Posted by on Monday, June 30, 2014 in cats



What to weave next?

My Pride scarf is done.

I am not a great weaver, but I’m not too bad for a beginner.  This was only my third project.  (Well, okay, second project.  the first piece I did was really just a test piece to try out the loom.)  It’s not washed yet, and it should look nicer after it’s had a bath.  It’s wool, and it should fill out a little to get rid of the gaps.

I have plans for a set of tablecloths for my mother-in-law, made with commercial yarn.  but I’m really itching to try my handspun on a loom.  As the weft first, mind you; the warp has to be much stronger and smoother, and I’m not sure my handspun is ready for that yet.  Like this scarf I just made: it’s commercial yarn, but the warp is a strong tightly plied black yarn and the weft is a softly spun rainbow singles.  the rainbow yarn would have fallen apart if used for the warp.  It just wasn’t strong enough.  so I’m thinking about taking some more of that black yarn for warp and some colorful handspun for weft.  I haven’t the foggiest idea what I should make, though.  I’m open to suggestions.  Otherwise I’ll do another scarf…

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Posted by on Monday, June 30, 2014 in weaving


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Todays’s kitten update

Last night I read about a video game for cats: Paint for Cats on the iPad.  A mouse runs on and off the screen.  When the mouse is touched it makes a squeak.  Whenever the screen is touched it makes a color, thus the “paint” part of the name.  Some people said their cats loved it, and it was only $1.99, so I thought I’d see if the kittens could enjoy it.  Oh boy did they.

They played for over half an hour.  Loki had come up on the bed to see me, and I started the game for him and began recording the above video.  It has bad lighting, I know — sorry — but Eris heard the squeaky noises of the game’s mouse and came over too.  She was very hesitant about it, mostly watching Loki play.  He ran off long enough to get a drink, and while he was gone she held her paw about an inch over the screen and just watched the mouse.  He came back and started playing again.  Over the next half hour they would alternate between actively playing, and sitting still watching the mouse like it was Cat TV.  I didn’t realize kittens could be entertained by a single thing for so long!  I’ll definitely fire the game back up for them next time they start batting at my iPad.  (It is The Mouse Game Machine now.  They know this.)

They’ve both been super cute and cuddly.  Before dinner I walked in the bedroom, and the Valkyrie was napping.  the kids were also napping — Loki on her shoulder, and Eris in the crook of her arm.  When I walked in Eris wanted me to pick her up.  So I did, and held her cuddled against my chest.  she got comfortable and I stroked her back for a while.  Loki got crazy jealous.  When he started trying to climb my leg to get into my arms too, I set Eris on the bed so it could be his turn.  I held him an equal amount of time then set him down next to his sister.  Neither one of them had wanted to get out of my arms, but I had to go eat dinner.  they’re so sweet!

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Posted by on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in cats



New Trindle

I got a handspindle in the mail today called a Trindle.  It’s an odd sort of top whorl spindle; it’s a lightweight shaft with a neoprene ball near the hook.  The ball has holes in it, and you buy sets of three weights that you stick into the ball to create a whorl.  these weights are all sorts of things, from disco balls to skulls to ceramic beads.  I got a carbon fiber shaft with two sets of arms: a medium weight set of hematite cubes, and a medium-heavy set of copper balls.

I’ve been spinning with the copper balls on.  The whole spindle weighs about 19g with those balls, which is 0.67 of an ounce.  Very, very light, and extremely fast.  It’s a joy to spin with.

I’ve gotten almost a full ounce of laceweight singles on it.  It spins well enough that it can accommodate the extra weight without slowing too much.  I’m going to have finished the 1oz mini batt I’m spinning by the end of the evening, and that’s very impressive for me.

I love this sucker.  Here’s a couple of action shots, taken by my friend Matt:

I want a set of those disco ball weights now.  Boogie!

ETA a pic of the very full Trindle, singles #1 completed.

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Posted by on Saturday, June 28, 2014 in spinning


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Another kitten story: yep, they’re trouble.

I forgot to mention that Loki and Eris managed to lock us out of the bedroom around 5am.  Well, not literally lock the door.  Just knock over a framed poster so it wedged the door shut.  I had to lay down on the floor and stick my arm around the edge of the door to pick up the poster so we could get back in the bedroom.  The kittens were both fascinated by my contortions and watched curiously throughout the whole door-opening procedure.  Little devils!

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Posted by on Saturday, June 28, 2014 in cats



Adorable kitten story

I was laying in bed on my right side, left arm draped across my giant teddy bear (DON’T YOU JUDGE ME) under the covers and right arm bent next to my head.  I was dozing, and I was woken by this soft tickle on my face.  I opened my eyes, and Loki had his face right in front of mine.  I said hello, and he stuck his nose under the covers.  I lifted them up and he crawled in and flopped over on his back on the side of my chest where it was wedged against the teddy bear.  I gently put the covers back down so just his head stuck out.  He made air biscuits for a bit and then flipped over onto his belly, purring all the while.

Meanwhile Eris had come up and sat in the crook of my right arm.  Both their sweet little faces watched me very seriously as I talked softly to them and told them how pretty they are and how much I love them.  They both purred loudly.  Then Eris reached out and gently batted at my eye — because blinking equals eyelashes moving, which got her attention.  I told her no, and she settled down on my arm.

We laid like that for a few minutes, and then somebody used a weed whacker outside and Loki hopped out from under the covers and got up on my shoulder.  Eris batted at his tail, and off they went in play mode.

Goddamn I love these kittens.

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Posted by on Saturday, June 28, 2014 in cats



Introducing… Loki and Eris!

Both kittens have names.  Here they are being comfy on the Valkyrie’s legs.  (Picture by her.)

Loki and Eris on the Valkyrie

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Posted by on Saturday, June 28, 2014 in cats