MacKenzie Speaks: Knitting is Hard Work

Hi. I’m MacKenzie.

The Mother of Cats and I have been hanging out in the yard every morning reading and eating breakfast. It is my favorite time of day.
Startled Cat
I love chasing stuff in the garden while she reads. I was hot on the tail of a garter snake when… Wait, what was that?!
Dogs at the Fence
Dogs! What does it always have to be dogs? I lost the snake, too.

Ugh. The Mother of Cats loves the dogs that live next door, but I’m not a fan. How can she expect me to put up with this? Thankfully it was getting hot and she decided to move inside to knit.

Cat and Beads
She’s been putting beads on her Random Act of Color shawl. This looks like it could be fun.
Putting Bead onto Shawl
That does look like fun. She hooks the beads onto the stitches one at a time and then knits them in. Hey, I bet she could use a little help…
There. I’ll just massage the shawl a little while she puts those beads on. I’m not in the way at all. Oops. Did those beads just spill…
…sometimes the Mother of Cats can to be lacking in empathy. Really, it is a flaw in her character, don’t you think? I was just helping. How can she expect me to just exist at the foot of the bed soooo far away from the yarn?

She was so cranky that she shifted knitting operations to the family room where she binge watched this show called Nurse Jackie and knitted the binding onto the shawl. I helped her as much as I could; I must have stopped by at least a dozen times to check on her progress. Hey, yarn chomping is helping, right?

After six hours of beading and knitting she finally finished, only to discover that she had made a spacing error in her bind-off. She went to bed with a bag of Cheetos. Let me tell you, it was not pretty! She finished the whole bag and there were sad little sighs along with the Cheetos crunches…

The next morning she ripped out the binding, watched more Nurse Jackie and put the edging back onto the shawl correctly. I was out with the dogs and snakes so it was over before I knew what had happened. Funny, she was much faster this time.

Cat on Shawl
Finally! It is done and pinned to block. I just love the smell of wet yarn, don’t you?

Note from the Mother of Cats: If I’m lucky MacKenzie won’t throw up on this shawl and I’ll have the final picture next week. Happy knitting weekend everyone!


Author: Midnight Knitter

I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and two exceptionally spoiled kittens. In 2014 I was diagnosed with a serious rare autoimmune disease called systemic sclerosis along with Sjogren's Disease and fibromyalgia.

4 thoughts on “MacKenzie Speaks: Knitting is Hard Work”

  1. Oh MacKensie, you are such a lovely little helper. I’m glad to hear the shawl was a success despite the hiccup with the binding off. From what I can see from the pictures it turned out beautifully!

  2. Poor MacKenzie, you just are not appreciated enough. I need to visit and bring puppypaca for you to curl up on.

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