MacKenzie Speaks: The End of Fades

Hi. I’m MacKenzie.

Cat  with knitting
I’ve been helping the Mother of Cats knit this shawl for ages…

The Mother of Cats was sucked into the “Find Your Fade” vortex weeks and weeks ago. Yellow Boy and I did everything that we could to save her, but it was hopeless. She has been neglecting us for forever while this has been going on. It has been awful! So far she has knitted up THREE of these shawls.

Cat sleeping on knitting
Do you see how stressed I am?

Finally, finally she finished up all of her silly knitting and took the shawl outside to grab some pictures yesterday.

Not bad for a human, right? I think that she picked some nice colors for this one.
I know that humans can get distracted by my wonderfulness… so here’s another picture that she took (ahem) WITHOUT ME!! I don’t think that I get the respect that I deserve. Anyway, here is the shawl. I just can’t understand why she pushed me out of the picture,
Cat on shawl
…so as soon as she put it down to take some other pictures I moved right in for a little nap. Wow. This is sure nice and squishy. Don’t you think that these are nice colors with my fur? These fade shawls are really nice and big, just right for my cat bed, but they take up ALL the room on her lap while she is knitting them. Seriously, all of this Fade knitting has Yellow Boy and me a little concerned. It is time for some little projects again.

You can imagine our relief when the Mother of Cats told us that she is done knitting Fade shawls for now. Finally!! We have made it to the end of the Fades tunnel. She got out her basket of unloved and abandoned old knitting projects (she calls them WIPs; Yellow Boy thought that she was talking about a new kind of kitty treat and came running. Boy, was he disappointed!) and told us that she would be finishing some of these up before she starts a new project. Right. We’ve heard that before.

This is her basket of little projects that need finishing. She keeps it up high on top of the bookcase so I can’t sleep in it. Why does she do things like that? Doesn’t she love me?
Snow on flowers
Look at what happened overnight!

Today there is too much snow on the ground for us to go outside so we are hanging out inside again. The Mother of Cats is knitting on a pair of socks from her basket and Yellow Boy and I are playing on our new cat tree.

Cat Tree
Look at this!

About time we got a new cat scratching post!! I’ve been forced to use the knitting chair for weeks, and the Mother of Cats just gets upset every time I put a claw on it. She is so emotional. I’m glad that she finally understood that she needs to focus more on my needs.

I’m such a good boy.

Can I have some cookies now?


Notes from the Mother of Cats:

  • This is the third Find You Fade shawl that I’ve knit. The project notes for this one are located here on Ravelry.
  • My first Fade was done in fall colors. You can find it here.
  • The second Fade, one that would look nice with denim, was finished last month. Its Ravelry notes are here.
  • I am now finishing a pair of socks I started months ago. I am going to work through the WIP basket for sure. Really. I’m totally going to be able to ignore that shawl yarn that I kitted up this week with its pattern… I am strong!
  • Should I show off all three shawls together in a post?
  • I also did some beading this week. Wait until I show you my BKB’s bead stash!! (BKB = Best Knitting Buddy)

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.

16 thoughts on “MacKenzie Speaks: The End of Fades”

    1. Thank you. I’m considering buying a black summer dress to wear it with. 🙂 The cats played and slept on that new tree last night while I knitted; it’s pretty close to me, but it’s giving my legs a break from heavy cats who want soooo badly to pile on. 🙂

  1. Oh, MacKenzie! That first picture of you is stunning!!! What a gorgeous kitty you are! It’s a shame you’re so neglected. At least it’s for a good cause. Your mom is an awesome knitter. I’m sure she couldn’t do it without your help though. Please tell her that we definitely need to see all three Fade shawls together!

    1. It is true: I am a stunning kitty. Thank you so much for noticing my superior genes. >^..^< The Mother of Cats and I will get right on making that post of the three Fades. We need it to stop knitting before we can get the pictures, though. Bad snow, bad!!

      She is thinking of hanging all three Fades from the tree for the pictures, but if the cold tonight kills all of the baby leaves we may have to come up with a Plan B…

    1. It was the different color combination strategies… I just had to see what would happen with different sets of yarns. They are big, but once I figured out how to wrap them around I discovered that they are really warm and useful.

      They have a lot of garter stitch in them, so the knitting was pretty easy, and they did make a dent in my stash! Now I’m ready to knit some smaller, more taxing projects like Fair Isle mitts. 🙂

  2. What a beautifully colored shawl. I LOVE those colors and my you are good with your needles. Mackenzie is such a beauty. I’m glad to see that the felines have been enjoying a new cat tree while they wait for the snow to clear. It was close to 90F here today, so we’re living the other extreme. I’m ready for our regularly-scheduled spring. I hope you are doing well and that your family is much improved since I last stopped by. xo Alys

    1. Things are better but not good. You know how it is: the new normal of managing life with serious health challenges . My older son brought home a new puppy this weekend and that is bringing some sunshine into their lives. He’s about half way through his chemo now.

      It is cold and raining slush this morning. Eventually we’ll get to spring. Good thing I have a great new shawl to wear to knitting this morning. 🙂

      1. I do understand about the “new normal” . I hope the chemo is working for your son and that he feels better when the treatments are done. A new puppy sounds like a wonderful bit of sunshine. They are full of love and affection, aren’t they? I’m sorry to hear about the cold, slushy weather. We’re in day three of a miserable heat wave here, but it’s supposed to break tomorrow with possible rain by the weekend. Your new shawl is stunning.

  3. It is beautiful. What is the attraction between yarn and cats? It is interesting to watch them snuggle and bury themselves in a knitted piece.

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