MacKenzie Speaks: Smokey Sipila Days

Hi. I’m MacKenzie.

Handsome and unbelievably self-absorbed cat.
The Mother of Cats and I are staying inside because of the smoky air. 

The Mother of Cats has been a little grumpy lately because she is between projects, whatever that means. She has been reading books and just neglecting me something terrible. Yellow Boy has been sick, so he get special food, and do I get any of that? NO!!! She is just cruel to me. Why does she play favorites like this?

Oh. Look at this. She made me a yarn bed!

I was so happy when she finally got up and put all of these yarns out for me on the table. I tried to sleep on this cushy new bed, but she kept chasing me off. Why does she act this way? She played with the red yarns and put them into some order of light to dark; the brightest yarn is now labeled #1, and the darkest one is #4. The Mother of Cats is really strange, don’t you think? She should probably chill out and eat more cookies…

Yarn winding cat.
Then I helped her wind all of the yarns into cakes. Why does she do these things? The yarns were perfect the way they were as my bed, but nope! She was compelled to put my yarns onto this contraption that kept hitting my ears. The Mother of Cats can be so thoughtless!

Finally the yarn was all wound and I helped myself to some chomps while she was putting the yarn onto her needles. I really had to assert myself to get the quality attention that I deserve, but she did give me the petting breaks and cookies that I’m entitled to. Because she was acceptably attentive I only chomped a little bit on the yarn and we spent the afternoon knitting on the new sweater.

Cat and knitting.
See what a good helper I am?
By this morning you could start to see the pattern emerging. Good job, Mother of Cats!!

Today the smoke was really thick so we battened down the hatches (the Mother of Cats has been reading all of this books about sailing…) and spent the afternoon knitting away. This evening I wolfed down Yellow Boy’s special food (Hey… she had neglected to give me my cookies! What am I supposed to do?), went upstairs to sleep it off, and the Mother of Cats got a lot more knitting done.

Look at how far she’s gotten!! Not bad, but she should have left the yarn in my new bed…

Now I’m up from my nap and the Mother of Cats and I are going to cuddle and read a book. It is good to be a cat. I’m so glad that the Mother of Cats is finally paying enough attention to me.

I’m such a good boy.

Can I have some cookies now?


Notes from the Mother of Cats:

  • Today the smoke was pretty bad in Denver; we have an air quality action alert until tomorrow evening. Good thing I have great knitting projects going.
  • Yellow Boy is losing weight and off his feed; we suspect diabetes. Right now he is on a special formula for diabetic cats, and we’ll see how he does. Sad days.
  • This sweater is Sipila from Caitlin Hunter. My project notes are here.
  • I’m knitting the orchid yarns as a gradient with the brightest skein at the top of the sweater in the colorwork and the darker skeins at the bottom; I numbered the cakes to keep it organized.

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.

12 thoughts on “MacKenzie Speaks: Smokey Sipila Days”

  1. I hope Yellow Boy feels better! It’s scary when pets aren’t right.
    Your knitting is beautiful! I love the colors.
    MacKenzie: Its always so good to hear from you! You are always the most patient and understanding cat. Take good care of Yellow Boy:)

    1. Mackenzie: I am a gem of a cat, this is true! Yellow Boy is doing better and has even played chase-chase with me.

      Thanks for the kind knitting comments. I’m really liking this pattern!

  2. I’m so sorry to hear that Yellow Boy is under the weather. I was a vet tech a million years ago, and we saw many, many cats with diabetes who did quite well with a daily dose of insulin. I’ll be sending lots and lots of good vibes your way that you can figure out a good plan for Yellow Boy and that he’s feeling more like himself very soon! Great start on your Sipila!

    1. The horrible irony here is that I’m the support system for a son with diabetes and am away from home quite often helping him, so I won’t be able to give him insulin every day. He’s doing much better on a low carb diet , and hopefully things will work out with insulin on the days I’m home.

  3. I’m sorry to hear about Yellow Boy. It’s so hard when they aren’t feeling well. I hope his new diet makes a difference. McKenzie has the cutest face and quite the personality I can see. Great photos!

    The smoke and haze has been awful all summer for many of us. Here in San Jose, we’re mostly getting haze, sometimes obliterating the mountains entirely. It reminds me of one of this dystopian movies that are so depressing.

    On a brighter note, your yarn is gorgeous. I love your developing project and I’m pleased to know you have a way to keep busy while held hostage by the smokey air.

    1. We have had several beautiful blue sky days to remind us of what our mountains look like, and the smoke will be back in a day or two. We were so bad here the sun was a red ball and they put out an action alert for everyone, not just those with breathing difficulties. It is heartbreaking. I heard someone say that we wake with the taste of America burning in our throats, and that is so true.

      More knitting!!

      1. That’s a vivid description: America burning in our throats.” Indeed. We’ve had 31 spare the air days so far this summer, well above the norm. I’m so ready for fall.

      2. The air has been awful. This morning the smoke returned to the Denver area and I’m staying inside again. As bad as it is, I’m sure the firefighters are just counting the days until the first heavy snowfall.

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