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Sunday, November 05, 2006


wednesday evening i took the silver star down to fort lauderdale. there is something so soothing about train travel.

clickety clack of the train over the tracks.
the huge seats, complete with footrest and electrical outlet for my laptop.
lovely time for knitting and watching a movie.

if only the trains were on time, amtrak would be just about perfect.

thursday evening a little visitor stole my heart, but first some knitting.

christmas is comimg, and i don't want to get in the same crunch as last year.

ddil loved the purple rogue i knit for dd. so this christmas she is getting her own rogue, knit with jamieson soft shetland, color dragonfly. bought when jamieson had their huge sale.

a little helpful tip for the hood grafting. after you finish both sides of the hood, and are ready to graft, knit one extra row on each side in a smooth white cotton, like knit-cro-sheen.

knit the knit stitches, and purl the purl stitches.

then when you graft, you can follow the path of the white thread, it makes it much much easier to make the graft nearly disappear. i didn't do this with my first rogue, and believe me, this time it was much faster!

how to avoid sss second sleeve syndrome, knit both sleeves at once.

and now for my smitten - a new kitten!

tom, greg (step-son), and i were sitting on the back patio. around the corner comes this little kitty. at first apprehensive, then very friendly. he jumped right onto our laps.

i gave him a bowl of milk (don't worry, i now know cats shouldn't have milk), and a whole cut up lamb chop. he polished them off, then cruised in the house with us. he is obviously a house cat. and declawed.

when i saw that he is declawed, i could not leave him out all night, we have lots of wild racoons here. so he curled up on the bed with us, and slept all night.

next morning i went to the store and bought him some fancy feast and friskies. he polished off a whole fancy feast can and 2 small bowls of kibble. kitty was hungry!!! and he slept nearly the whole day, must be exhausting being alone on the mean streets.

my friend across the street who is a cat person, said she has seen him around the last few days. there are no lost cat posters up for him, i drove around our whole neighborhood, and no ad in the newspaper. called the humane society, no lost pet message board.

so i guess he adopted us. we are calling him raja. he looks like a bengal cat, and is the most beautiful kitty i've ever seen.

his favorite sleeping place is on our comforter, and he LOVES to be scratched and petted for hours :-)

now i'm only worried about if the dogs will like him. i'm not worried about madaket, the yellow lab, only about shotsie, the german short-haired grand dame.

wish me luck!

off to buy a cat crate for the car trip home...


Anonymous Susan Wallace said...

Check out bronxgirl knits, she has a Bengel, saw him in person on our way to Rhinebeck, he's a regal beauty, yours looks very much like him.
It was good to see you again,finally a face to face with Hope.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Chery said...

What a beauty! I'd love to have a bobcat, this breed might make a suitable substitute. How lovely his colors.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

that is a beautiful cat!

11:12 AM  
Blogger Pixiepurls said...

he looks a little small, maybe still a kitten like 1 year or so?

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Maia said...

Raja is a gorgeous boy. Congratulations on the new family memeber.

12:33 PM  
Blogger June said...

I think kitty will be just fine! Just give them time,that's all. Your knitting is wonderful, can you adopt me too? (Making Opera Cake next weekend. . .)

12:39 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

Kitty is so adorable. I sure hope the poochies like him.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Leslie Shelor said...

That does look like a special kitten! And your knitting is awesome!

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

The kitty is gorgeous. And how nice of you to take him him in his time of need! Bengal is what I thought when I saw the first photo. You might want to keep checking on the lost cat ads and notify area vets. It could take a while for the right lost notice to surface. Especially if he got separated from someone traveling.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Annie said...

He does look like a bengal! I've never seen one before. Very handsome. :)

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

I also thought of tiger when I saw that beauty. Do I see double toes?

4:17 PM  
Blogger Spinny Bunt said...

That is one awesome kitty! Oh, and the Rogue looks really great too. ;)

6:27 PM  
Blogger julia fc said...

Pretty Kitty.
I knoit my rogue in Soft Shetland too: it relaxed a little, but it's a lovely thing to wear.

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

What a beautiful cat! He looks like he's made himself right at home!

6:58 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Well, now I want to knit a ROGUE, too! There are just too many pretty sweaters to knit and I want a hoody-hoody! I have just discovered watching movies on my laptop as I knit. Isn't it great! The movie is right in your line of view so all you have to do is lift your eyes not your head. And, your new smitten-kitten has beautiful coloring, almost like a cheetah......are you sure it is a cat?

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anni said...

Wow - great tip with the white cotton. Thanks for that.

- and a cute cat. Hope your dogs like him.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Vickfi said...

Beautiful grafting job! And the kitty is so pretty. I'm glad he found your family.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

Oh, he's such a beautiful cat!

4:03 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

Congratulations on the new arrival! He is so at home in the photos. What a character he will be, I can see it in his eyes :-)

9:43 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Your little kitty is a beauty, and I love his name. My childhood kitty, a sealpoint siamese, was named Rajah. :-)

7:38 AM  
Blogger Mary in VA said...

My first thought was Bengal also. I have a dilute Bengal. My female is only 8 pounds something, but the males I've met can get much larger. And at 13 she's still very active and playful, which I understand is a trait of the breed. He does look like he's adopted you!

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Linda B. said...

He is a beauty. Just got another little fellow ourselves. He is three months old and very active. Our other male cat has adjusted well; the female on the other hand is very unhappy.

Have you made the rogue without the hood and with the zipper front? I saw someone with that version at Rhinebeck and would love the directions.

3:53 PM  
Blogger melanie said...

Raja is a sweetie. He found you and made you his own. When do we get to see the rest of Rogue?

11:51 PM  
Blogger maryse said...

what a cute little kitty

9:36 AM  
Blogger christine said...

He is lovely! What a cute face!

1:20 PM  
Blogger cyndy said...

Your knittin` is awesome, and your kitten is handsome (with toes like that he will bring you good luck!)
No wonder you cut up a lambchop for him!

7:32 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

What a BEAUTIFUL cat! Almost looks like a designer pet (if there were such a thing)

3:35 PM  
Blogger cindy said...

Your Bengal Cat is beautiful!!!!!

11:32 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Your new cat is a beauty. What a beautiful coat.

I use the knit-a-row-with-contrasting-slippery-yarn trick all the time for Kitchener. It's a godsend, because my mind just can't figure the technique out otherwise.

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Adam said...

that rogue graft was so cool, if I'd done it I would have taken pictures too! ok and I'm in love with your cats - knit on!


4:56 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Your new kitty looks very much like my friend's Ocicat which she shows, and he (Malcolm) has appeared on Eukanaba cat food packages.

5:43 PM  

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