Sunday, December 11, 2016

Yearly Donation to the Cat Care Society

Every December, we donate some money to the Cat Care Society here in Colorado. It was 13 years that we stopped by the shelter and was introduced to a sweet little black kitten. When I entered the Kitten Room, he ran over to me begging to be picked up. As I held him, he licked my chin and purred. I fell in love with this 14-week ball of fur and within minutes, he was on his way home with us.

Little did we know that this was his plan all along. After a day or two of recovering, the real Neko appeared, but by that time we were hooked.

Now in December of every year as I make out my check, I think of the policy at the Cat Care Society. It is no-kill shelter which I am totally in favor of.  However, I think I misunderstood exactly what a "no-kill" shelter is.  It is instructions to the cats, not the humans. As long as I donate, Neko will refrain from killing us. So far, so good, but you can look in his eyes and know that he is just holding himself back.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Fingers Furiously Flying for Fingerless

I put this pair up on Etsy.  You can see it at
The color is periwinkle and has a lattice design.
This one has sold.
I have been designing and knitting fingerless gloves for years, but none more than the last few months. Fingerless gloves are popular today, but they are actually from the Victorian era. At those times, a young lady was expected to learn to play music and sing, as well as do needlecrafts such as knitting, embroidery, and sewing. To keep her hands warm but still free to play the piano, fingerless gloves were not only fashionable, but functional. 

This is a pine tree design on
the back of the hand. I plan to do some
more of these next year. This one
has also been sold.
Now these gloves are in fashion as computer gloves.  In order to stave off the chills of low thermostats in the winter or air conditioning in the summer, these gloves made working on computer keyboards a must.  They are also called texting gloves, allowing thumbs to racing across cell phones keypads while keeping hands warm.  No matter what you use them for, they are a delightful accessory. Here are some of my gloves. 

I am in the process of designing a black pair with a rose motif. I will also be selling this pattern, so stay tuned.