Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Yarn Along, Interrupted

Joining in with Ginny over at Small Things for this week's Yarn Along.
Last week I accidentally linked to the previous week's Yarn Along (oops) which meant that many of you may have missed an introduction to my rainbow sock! I finished the first one and have started the second. My feline friends decided that the cable of my beautiful Addi needle was yummy, so it now has tooth marks along its length. Which snags the stitches as I pull it through (I use the Magic Loop method for socks). One of my cats hopped up on the couch last night, picked up the ball of yarn with the needles stuck into it, and walked away all nonchalantly, like he'd just bagged the biggest mouse of the year.

If knitting and reading go together, I'd like to add cats into the mix. How many of you knitters out there have a cat, in spite of their yarn-tangling, needle-mangling tendencies?

It seems only fitting that as I set up my little photo session, stacking books (always one non-fiction and one fiction), some friends arrived to join in the shoot. 

Before: 

During:
 Nickolas spies his favourite chew-toy: my Addi Turbo needle.
Or perhaps it's money advice he's seeking?

I received "It's Your Money" by Gail Vaz-Oxlade as a birthday gift. It's hard to face facts when it comes to money woes, but I'm opening my heart to learning about how to truly become a woman of independent means.

 Rosie comes along to pose. She's more into the historical-fiction-dramatic-romance of Diana Gabaldon's latest book, "The Scottish Prisoner". 

For those of you who have read the Outlander series, this book takes place after the Battle of Culloden, when Jamie is a prisoner-of-war working at Helwater as an indentured servant. Intrigue, poetry, horses, lost love, whiskey...it has all the ingredients of a great tale.

For those of you who haven't read the Outlander series, get thee to a bookstore!
 The grey yarn is a skein my globetrotting father brought home from New Zealand. With the inspiration of my friend at Wabi Sabi Wanderings, I'm making a Plain Vest for Violet. She's likely to find it itchy, as she finds all things knitted, but I keep trying.
Pop by Ginny's Yarn Along to add a link to your post, or to check out what others are reading/knitting!

24 comments:

  1. Love the rainbow sock! Those will be fun to wear. The gray is lovely too. :)

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  2. Well, my husband and I were just discussing getting a cat, but it never entered my head that my knitting might be at stake. Addi Turbo needle chew toy's? Oh, no!
    Have a happy yarn along.
    Oh, the sock looks great!

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  3. Oh, I love those rainbow socks! Thanks for sharing them this week, I did miss them last week! We have one cat, and she doesn't seem to care about knitting but loves to walk over the keyboard when I am typing....sigh :)

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  4. Your kitty is adorable, even if he's a yarn and needle thief :) He looks very seious about keeping an eye on things. Your socks look great! And we really like Gail Vaz-Oxlade's prespectives too.

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  5. Love the socks! and the cats, even if they are knitting terrorists!

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  6. I love the cat in the photos, such a helper! I too linked the wrong page today....then linked again. Jeez. I hope you have a fun yarn along day!

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  7. The Pebble and socks are great. Love the ombre effect with the socks.

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  8. Love your projects, AND your books. I'm an Outlander fan too!

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  9. Tha rainbow sock is gorgeous colours, it always makes me happy to have rainbows on my feet!

    http://steadyfootprints.blogspot.com/

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  10. I am interested too, to know how many yarn alongers have a cat...One for my family, and he is in fact one of the biggest yarn thieves I know. It is not unusual to come home from work to find a ball of yarn in a random place, even though he has 5 perfectly good felted wool balls that my son and I made for him.
    Thanks for sharing

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  11. My cats are pretty good with the yarn. The old lady just can't be bothered playing with anything anymore and Fuzz got squirted enough times as a youngster. But my quilting, oh boy, the more pins in a binding the more she likes it! Then she chews the large heads on the pins, what a devil cat.

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  12. oh dear, hee hee, i like your helpers. but chewing the addis? no, i do not want a cat. pretty socks!

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  13. Love the socks, they are so pretty! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the Outlander series! Hello Jamie! I have the Scottish Prisoner on my desk patiently waiting to be read...

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  14. Love your rainbow socks! Such pretty yarn :) I made a pair in a similar color for my daughter and a few other projects and she still thinks everything is itchy to although I think she's coming around *grin*. Happy knitting!

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  15. my kids LOVE the kitty photo's! we are unable to have any since our two passed away. my little boy can't stop sneezing and his eyes get all red! :( the sock looks so fantastic! judging by the wind we had last night i was expecting to be over the rainbow today!

    :)
    jen

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  16. As you know, I am reading one of Gail's books, and also "Half Broke Horses" by Jeannette Walls- Fantastic! I am working on my husband's "waterhorse" sweater and one of my three cats- Koda- LOVES this wool. I have to lock it away in my closet or he chew, drools, plays, hunts, and hides it all on me!

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  17. I was looking at the plain vest pattern today...maybe that should be my next cast on...

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  18. I've been following your blog for a while now but after finding out you are an Outlander fan too, I had to comment! I'm excited to hear about the new book, and of course I think your socks are darling. It's almost enough to get me knitting again.... almost. Just what I need, another hobby!

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  19. Cats are such "helpers" aren't they? Mine are so interested in the yarn while I'm working, but the minute they have their own ball to play with it is wrapped around every chair and table leg!

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  20. I have a couple of knitting felines myself...although, mercifully, they are not at all interested in the cables of my needles. However, point protectors and the yarn just aren't safe around them :)

    Love the rainbow sock :)

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  21. I ADORE rainbow socks, and YES "get thee to a bookstore"! The Outlander Series is WONDERFUL!

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  22. Okay, second try leaving a comment......It's my children that are scamps with the yarn balls, not my cats. Though that may well be because I don't have a swift and ball winder, so the balls are actually ball-shaped. Irresistable for little ones.

    Your rainbow sock is FAB! And I can't wait to see how your vest turns out. I've been wanting to do one in gray too. And your yarn basket is ADORABLE!!!

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