Welcome Mr. M!


Say hi to McPhee, the newest addition to the iknead family.  We adopted him from our local humane society and brought him home yesterday.  He’s fitting right in with us, he’s understandably nervous and cautious, but is getting more and more comfortable all the time.  Look how handsome he is!


Happy boy!

I can only describe his reaction to being petted and loved on as ecstatic.  His purr can be heard from across the room, he snuggles as close as possible and starts kneading.  Mr. Iknead and I were awakened early – like 4 a.m. early – by loud purring and head butts.  He was so happy to be petted and loved, we couldn’t fuss at him for waking us up.  He and Josie are still in the assessment stage, with hisses and growls if she gets too close or too nosy, but, this, too is getting to be less intense and more half hearted.  It’s great to have a kitty in the house again!

There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.  Alexander Woollcott



WIP Wednesday 2/19/14, SCORE!, Ancient Kitty


A couple of socks, as usual.  I didn’t notice that I was using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock for both, it must be love!

Grace, from Knitty, Winter 2011

LLSS Flame

Wendy Johnson’s Catnip Socks

LLSS Wonderstone


Remember when I mentioned Phat Fiber and their sample box sale that I was going to try to get, along with most of the other fiber fiends on the planet, having come up short the last time I tried?  I blogged it here.  They open the sale twice on sale day – at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and are usually sold out within (no kidding) a couple of minutes.  I struck out at the 10 a.m. sale, but scored at the one at 5 p.m.  I was so surprised when the site sent me to paypal after I scored a box, it took me a minute to realize what had happened.  Now, I’m anxiously awaiting the mailman/Fedex/UPS person to see what’s in this wondrous box.  Check back for updates!


This is the Iknead kitty, *Boat.  She is ancient as far as cats go, 19 to 20 years old, as close as we can figure.  She been a family member since 1995 and was about a year old when she joined us.  She’s arthritic, with high blood pressure and an enlarged heart but keeps on keeping on.  Anyway, I noticed her sleeping in one of her preferred spots yesterday and was struck by the sun shining pink through her ear. She was beautiful.

*As a kitten, she was found living on a friend’s boat which was in drydock and covered for the winter.  She started out as Boat Cat, which was quickly shortened to Boat.  We get a lot of funny looks when we tell people her name.

Hooking up this week with Tami and KCCO.

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.  Confucius