MacKenzie Speaks: Massive Slip and Panic Knitting

Hi. I’m MacKenzie.

Do you see this knitting that I’m trying to get a claw into? There is a story about this hunk of wooly goodness…

The Mother of Cats has been staying indoors for the last couple of weeks avoiding the cold and babying her ill behaved hip, knitting like crazy on ANOTHER sweater. It is almost like she is on fire to get lots of knitting done. Whatever could have set her off?

The Mother of Cats had a MAJOR SLIP and bought all of this yarn last month for her birthday. She needs to get 50 skeins of yarn out of the stash and she did something like this?!!

Bad Mother of Cats. How could she be so undisciplined and go shopping for yarn for herself? She needs to buy stuff for me!!! More cookies! Another little cat for me to chase around!! A new blankie for me to sleep on. She is so thoughtless and self-absorbed.

Of course, as soon as she got this yarn home she began to knit even faster than ever and started neglecting me more then she should. She never lets me go outside anymore, and I am positive that I haven’t been getting as many cookies as I used to. Where are my new toys? I can hardly cope with this lack of attention.

She did leave one skein unwound until the very end of the knitting so I could sleep with it. Do you like how this yarn looks with my fur? This is Chasing Rabbits Merinolux DK yarn in the colorway Colorful September.ย 
The Mother of Cats has been really selfish about sharing her knitting with me…
But when you get down to it the Mother of Cats really is no match for me. I try to keep a paw on the knitting at all times.

The Mother of Cats finished the sweater today and then washed it (WHY does she do these things? That nice yarn absolutely did not deserve to be dumped into water in the sink! I watched it closely and it never did anything that would warrant just extreme measures…).

But then the Mother of Cats spread the wet sweater out to dry on towels on the floor. Oh. I really like wet wool. Maybe the Mother of Cats did this for me. Maybe she does think about me a little bit.

Would you believe that the Mother of Cats put another layer of towels on top of the sweater so I couldn’t got to the wet wool? WHY DOES SHE DO THESE THINGS? Now we need to wait another day or two before we can take the picture of the finished sweater. Oh wait… maybe we will get to go outside to do that!! Things may be looking up.

I love to go outside.

I’m such a good boy.

Can I have some cookies now?


Notes from the Mother of Cats:

  • I have been making really good progress on the yarn destash project, and by the end of September I had used up or removed 49 skeins from the stash. Feeling really confident on my ability to make the 50 skein goal I went wild and bought that fabulous navy/blue/green yarn from Chasing Rabbits.
  • I also decided to make this cat for a Christmas present and bought some yarn for that too…
  • I needed an assortment of mohair and alpaca yarns to build the buff tabby cat that I want to knit. Because the designer combined three yarns together to create the texture of the cat’s fur I needed several skeins, but the knitting will consume them fairly quickly because… knit three strands at once. I also bought some dark brown and black yarns because… MacKenzie. My cousin, who had just gone to Peru, also sent me alpaca yarn. When the dust settled I had acquired 8 more skeins of yarn for the cat.
  • Suddenly I had put another 16 skeins of yarn into the stash. Oops! Panic knitting time!! I cranked up into overdrive and began on an Understated Sweater by Joji Locatelli last week and cast it off today. My project notes are here. 6 skeins polished off just like that! My skein count is now 39 removed from the stash and I am again hopeful that I will make the goal. I do have another sweater that I want to start soon that should consume lots of skeins, so I am hopeful. Then there will be the Christmas knitting…
  • It is cold and snowy here today, but hopefully I will be able to get a picture of the finished sweater in the next day or two.

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: Massive Slip and Panic Knitting”

  1. MacKenzie: You know Mother of Cats loves you! And I’m sure you are getting plenty of cookies and attention – you just have to humor her with all of this knitting ๐Ÿ™‚
    MoC – that is gorgeous yarn – can’t wait to see your new sweater! And the little cat is just adorable – MacKenzie will love it ๐Ÿ™‚ You are doing great with your destash goal – keep it going!

    1. There is more snow, so knitting weather continues. I should make great progress!

      MacKenzie; But I am perfect! Don’t say things like that as you make the Mother of Cats wonder if she should give ME a bath!!

  2. MacKenzie: Obviously the mother of cats has been thinking about you all the time. She brought in all this new yarn with its special sheepy smells for you to enjoy and touch. You have to remember that sometimes knitters lose their mind when they see pretty yarn. Itโ€™s like catnip to them:)

    That is gorgeous yarn! A little fall down on the stash down happens. Youโ€™ve got a plan and thatโ€™s half the yarn battle:)

    1. MacKenzie: now that you mention it, I need more catnip too!!

      The dark blue yarn was just so perfect I couldn’t let it go. Chasing Rabbits made it special for my LYS so I really felt like I couldn’t pass it by. I’m working on matching socks and the is a bowl coming too.

  3. Oh wow the Mother of Cats has been very busy, were there sparks coming off her needles with that lightning speed they must have been going? I look forward to seeing the blocked sweater pics.

    1. It’s my ChiaoGoo needles… they are very fast! The sweater is blocked but I’m trapped at my son’s door a few days because of life and a snow storm. Woohoo! Luckily I have more knitting with me! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I love wood needles and rely on them for lots of smaller projects, but for speed I do love the metal needles. It helps that I’m knitting in the round most of the time and it is hard to drop a stitch. ๐Ÿ™‚

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