Hi. I’m MacKenzie.
Yesterday while the Mother of Cats was driving around in the car (she went to the yarn store… she tried to sneak in some yarn, but I saw her and I’m absolutely certain that she has SLIPPED again…) she glanced at the dash and noticed that it was 101° F outside. I believe it. It is so hot I can’t go outside without burning my paws, and I barely have enough energy to put a claw into the Mother of Cats knitting. Barely. It is so much effort, but when you are a cat of superior personality and strength of will, you persevere and grab yarn anyway. It shows character in the face of adversity…
The Mother of Cats CUT MY CLAWS again!!!
I don’t know why she hates me so much. I’m just trying to do my part in this endless fade project that just keeps going and going and going… Seriously, I don’t know when this project is going to get done. It just keeps getting bigger and hotter and the Mother of Cats whaps me with it every time she turns it. It would be different if she would let me sleep on it, but nope. The Mother of Cats never lets me have fun!!
The Mother of Cats and I do go out into the garden in the evenings so she can water and I can look for bugs and squirrels. It is so hot outside that even the bugs are hiding.
Since we are hanging out in the house during the afternoons I think that the Mother of Cats and I may get the shawl done in the next week or so. I can’t wait to show it off. The Mother of Cats could never get things like this done without my help.
I’m such a good boy!
Can I have some cookies now?
Notes from the Mother of Cats:
The shawl is What the Fade by Andrea Mowry. My project notes are here.
This shawl uses 6 skeins of yarn, which explains why I am still knitting and knitting on it. This morning I started the 4th color used at the bottom of the shawl, so the end is now in sight. Yay! This weekend the heat should break, the afternoon storms will return, and my Fade will be finally finished. Stay tuned for the final update!
23 thoughts on “MacKenzie Speaks: Endless Fade…”
your creations and your feline beauties make such amazing photos!
Thank you! I really try to get some nice pictures so it isn’t just boring knitting… I’m lucky that the cat is photogenic. 😸
my pleasure……..your cat could be a model! 🙂
Your Fade is fabulous!!
MacKenzie: Myles suggests you run and hide when the nail clippers appear:( If you can’t escape you deserve one cookie for each nail clipped:)
Thank you. I was a little concerned about a huge faded gradient, but this pattern is working really well.
Mackenzie: Miles, she is really sneaky, but I made her feed me a whole can of Tina afterwards. You should hold out for steak!
You make it look so easy. Due in part to too many doctors appointments this month…I have made it past the half way point of my own shawl. I think I fall more in love with the Find Your Fade pattern with every skein of yarn I join into this shawl. But it will be a lovely shawl.
It is the color changes that keep me going for sure. I have discovered audible books which really help with knitting progress. I hear you about the doctor’s appointments; they really eat into time and energy.
Such a cool cat and beautiful work 😎
Thanks. He is a cat with a big personality!
The Mother of Cats is so lucky to have such a helper
MacKenzie: thank you sir! I am so much more than she deserves, and I should have more cookies!
Love the colors that you have chosen for your fade. We just made it through our hottest week of the season— mid to upper 90s with no rain. That is, until this morning when a front came through with thunderstorms and RAIN!! Weather forecast is for temps down in the 80s for all of next week. Hooray! Hope you got this front as well🙂
We did get a front that cooled us down yesterday!! So happy for the temperature drop and the rain, and I guess the moisture will continue next week. I’m kind of hoping that this is the monsoon arriving just in time to save my lawn!
I am getting more and more pleased with the shawl as I work. These colors are really going to go well with the wardrobe this fall and winter (okay, everything goes with black and indigo blue…) so I think the shawl will be a workhorse for me and maybe one that I will leave on the car.
It’s lovely and your kitty looks exactly like my Timothy. Aw! It’s hot here, too. I’m working on my lightest knit, but I’d like to cast on a Sockhead hat or a fancy pair of socks. Stay cool!
Thank you. I also have a pair of socks going add some days it is just too hot to work on the big shawl.
MacKenzie: Hi Timothy! Be sure to chomp some of that sock yarn!!
Your ‘What the Fade’ is beautiful. 😍 You color choices really look great together!
I tried casting on ‘What the Fade’ as my first brioche project 😂🤣 I decided I needed to learn brioche first. I have all my yarn ready to go…now to find the time.
I found that brioche had quite the learning curve! My first project was a two color cowl, which helped me figure out what was happening because of the colors and knitting in the round helped too. I did a shawl with a little brioche in it that helped me learn increases, and then by the time I got to this fade I could even correct mistakes. It totally hurts your head at first, first sure!!
I fuss over colors a lot, so it is nice to hear that my final choices were good ones!
MacKenzie, you are a very handsome boy, and Mother of Cats has gotten some wonderful pictures of you! She is very lucky to have you to help her out 🙂
Mother of Cats – your knitting is coming along beautifully! I know how you feel with the Fade – I’m doing Find Your Fade and it is taking forever!
MacKenzie: I am handsome!
MK: This fade is killing me, but it will be beautiful so I keep knitting. Can’t wait to see yours. 🙂
MacKenzie – yes you are! You definitely deserve a cookie!
MC – Yes, the fades do take it out of you, but they are so lovely we keep on going 🙂