Hi. I’m MacKenzie.
The Mother of Cats has been going crazy lately. Busy, busy, busy all of the time, and she is pretty much ignoring me. Okay, she does remember to pet me and feed me and give me cookies (she CRUSHES them up between two spoons before I get them), but is she letting me go outside into the yard any more? NO! She is not! She says it is too cold now.
Oh. That’s why the floor of the garage has been hurting my feet. It is cold. Also, for some reason the outside has turned all white.
Anyway, we are hanging out inside all of the time now, and the Mother of Cats has just been going crazy getting lots of little things done. I mean, literally, that she has been knitting all of these little things that are too small for me to sleep on. Look at this!!
You would think that the Mother of Cats would have calmed down after getting all of these little objects knitted, wouldn’t you? Instead of settling down to pet me for the rest of the afternoon she went digging in the stash to find more scraps of yarn to make another pair of mitts.
I helped her with all of the yarns while she worked, and really kept an eye on her work. She did take the yarn off of the needles and ripped back last night… Wow! So much yarn! She let me take care of it for her while she knitted it back in. Sometimes the Mother of Cats can be kind of fun.
Between knitting sessions the Mother of Cats and I got the sewing room cleaned up and started working on some of the many quilts that have been waiting (and waiting and waiting) for her to work on them. While it snowed this week we started quilting one of the projects.
The Mother of Cats has been spending a lot of time fussing over her plants. She makes sure they get lots of light, orchid food and she even ran the window fan in the late summer to make the cold air come into the room with the plants. I don’t like the window fan, but does the Mother of Cats pay attention to my needs the way she should? NO!!
So this has been the last two weeks. Cold white stuff. Lots of little bitty knitted things that I don’t get to play with. Orchids that are no good to me that the Mother of Cats makes a big fuss about. Sewing in the evenings when the I should be getting major attention. It’s amazing that I have survived with all of this going on while my needs were being neglected.
I’m such a good boy.
Can I have some (crushed) cookies now?
Notes from the Mother of Cats:
- MacKenzie is getting better but I’m keeping him on jaw rest, which is why he is getting crushed cookies and I’m moving him to wet food. He won’t eat his food unless I put crushed cookies on it…
- When the cold weather arrived a few weeks ago I became consumed with the the need for more fingerless mitts and arm warmers/wristers. I dug around in the yarn stash to find leftovers from socks, and there were so many cute yarns that I just began mass producing mitt after mitt. They are the perfect carry-along in the car and I am finding them easy to do while listening to audiobooks in the evenings. I’m having fun, and if I need a quick gift in the future I am all set!!
- I have 6 babied orchid plants. I heard that the trick to make them bloom was to subject them to significant swings in temperature in the fall; I live in Colorado where temperature extremes are a norm so I decided to try to make it happed for the plants. I closed off the sewing/orchid room overnight for a couple of weeks with the window fan blowing in cold air and this week I discovered that 5 of the 6 plants are going to bloom. Woohoo!! One plant is putting up 4 blooming stems, and I can see at least 2 stems starting on two other plants. Success!!
- The washcloth is the Almost Lost Wash Cloth, and is one of my favorites for Christmas giving.
- The mitt pattern is a simple one that I’ve developed over the years that works well for my cold Raynaud’s hands. I’m working myself up to publishing the pattern in a future post. Please let me know if anyone is interested.
16 thoughts on “MacKenzie Speaks: Snow, Yarn, Orchids, Quilt”
Gosh – it’s a long haul with MacKenzie.
MacKenzie: She says I’m on jaw rest for THE REST OF MY LIFE!!! Why did this happen to me?
MofC: because you ate too many cookies!
Definitely interested in the pattern! They look nice and cosy, but not too bulky 🙂
They are perfect for wearing indoors or over light gloves outside. Friends wear them while working on computers in cold offices; I sleep wearing mine. I’ll get cracking on the pattern. 🙂
MacKenzie: I saw all about the snow n the news. You must stay warm and safe:) Snuggling in your bed is required!
The mitts and wash cloths are lovely. I am looking forward to seeing your orchids flower! I only have one bud on my Christmas cactus so far.
We got clobbered for sure; 14 inches at my house. MacKenzie was just disgusted! I’m enjoying the orchids as they grow out their flowering stems and cant wait to see what color flowers I get. Hopefully they won’t all bloom at once.
My goodness, you’ve had busy hands. All your creations are lovely and so artfully made. I hope Mc’s jaw continues to heal, poor puss. Happy Thanksgiving.
Why aren’t we neighbors? That would be SO much fun! LOL! I love everything you post about. That’s great that MacKenzie is feeling better. Seems like the least a mom could do would be to knit a big shawl or sweater for him to lounge on during the holidays. 😉 Love your mitts and dishcloths, and thank you for the tip about the orchids! That’s awesome that you’ve had such success!!
I just made him a blanket, but is he happy? No! I let him sleep on an old shawl so I could knit the fingerless mitts. He wants what I’m knitting or something that is forbidden. What an animal…
The local nursery has an orchid section with tips for successful ownership. They were totally on the mark with the blooming tios.
I wish we were neighbors too! What fun we would have! It is so hard to find people who love nature, books, and knitting all at once. I just got Disney + so I could access the National Geo stuff. Yep Geeks are us!
I would love the pattern. It looks like a great pair of fingerless mitts.
They are so nice for that little bit of wariness on your hands. I’m working on the pattern now; the sticking point is the title!!
Poor MacKenzie – hopefully you will get some cookies soon 🙂 You know Mother of Cats loves you!
Those are nifty mitts – I would also love the pattern! They look like great stashbusters.
Poor MacKenzie… when I had TMJ I was put on jaw rest for 6 months. That’s an eternity in kitty time! It’s going to be crushed cookies for a long time I’m afraid.
I’m working on the pattern. That post is right around the corner. It is a great stash buster; I’m making them with the left over yarn from socks!