The Saturday Update: Week 24

Did I say that this was the Saturday update? No, no, no. This is the Caturday update!! As in, after weeks of submitting applications and trying to make the arrangements to get a kitten (with friends, neighbors, and family helping out) today I met my kitten and brought her home!

This is Hannah!

I actually scored a kitten earlier in the week, but decided to pass because the exchange had to be made in a PetSmart across the metro area that did not have mandatory mask requirements. I called the store to ask if the customers work masks there, and the man in charge of adoptions laughed at me. The employees don’t even wear masks in this store! Yep. It was a nice looking kitty, but not worth the risk. The Cat Care Society takes these things much more seriously, and they set up an appointment with me to come view kittens this afternoon. The experience was perfect and completely non contact!! Hannah is exactly what I wanted, too. She trills! She makes sure she knows where I am at all times, and she wants to sleep on the bed with me. She is playful, but not manic. She ignored the monster orchid. It remains to be seen how she acts around knitting, but so far she is 100% the perfect pet for me!

And she catches moths! Believe me, in Colorado this is a perfect cat attribute!

So, let’s see. What else happened this week? The weather was difficult with days of wild wind and thunderstorms. My symptoms flared and I spent a couple of days in bed. There was some knitting, but not that much as I mostly stayed in bed listening to my audiobook. Every time I start listening to an audiobook I fall asleep… It was quite the week, all in all.

My Garter Snake Cowl is done!! I just love this piece! It is so long that you can just wrap it around your neck and secure with a shawl pin if you don’t want it way up your neck, or…
you can defend yourself from the cold by pulling it up over your ears and nose! I actually had a doctor tell me to never go out into the cold with my nose uncovered, and now is the time of masks, so this cowl is going to be double purpose as I use it to keep me and my mask warm in the winter! My project notes on Ravelry are here.

.Not only does this cowl go perfectly with my new V-Neck Boxy sweater, but it matches both of my winter coats. I’m going to get a lot of mileage out of this cowl!! The only other knitting was this: I got so cold this week that I cast on some new armwarmers that I am kind of inventing as I go along. Next week I’ll show them off.


The poor garden! The wind was so wild and the rain was so violent that there aren’t any petals on my roses that managed to bloom. The rose bushes took damage and I had to stake several branches and prune away others. I suspect that there might be some bug actions going on, too. Ugh. I noticed this afternoon that there is some recovery happening in the back so maybe by the middle of the week I’ll have something to show off. There is an English rose that I have high hopes for…

Let me offer instead this simple dress that I sewed using some batik fabric that I found in the stash. This pattern is Style Arc’s Montana Midi Dress. I’ll be lounging out in my swinging garden chair in this baby!

Style Arc is new to me, but I’m so glad that I found them on Amazon. I bought some other patterns that I will use to make simple summer capris and tops using more fabric that I have stashed away. Hey, if ever there was someone ready to stay home FOR MONTHS, that person was me!!

Oh, yeah. I killed an orchid this week too. I don’t want to talk about it, but it was one of my favorites, the rose gold orchid. 😦 It just goes to show that when a week decides to misbehave, it really misbehaves!!


Sigh. Still reading. Nothing is finished. I had some trouble staying awake this week… Still, the weather has improved the last two days, I’m feeling much better, and there is a kitten who wants to hang out with me now. I’m sure to finish a book eventually.

This is where I usually close out and say…

Have a great week, everyone!!

Read a little, knit a little, and garden like your heart can’t live without it.

but I feel like I should add that this is Scleroderma Awareness Month and I am racking my (scleroderma addled) brains trying to explain about this autoimmune disease that has turned my life upside down. It’s the reason (besides Covid-19) that I can’t just walk into a PetSmart to adopt a cat right now. Stay tuned. That post and one showing off a rose or two should happen in a couple of days.  In the meantime,

Have a great week, everyone!!!

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.

34 thoughts on “The Saturday Update: Week 24”

  1. The cowl is extra good – well done you ! 😀
    But the news of the year is Hannah ! – she is utterly sweet and adorable, and knows you already. Soon she will love you, too; and then life will be as good as it can at times like these. (Re catching the moths: be careful not to stand under a moth on the ceiling, OK ? – when my late husband inadvertently did that, our cat of the time simply ran straight up him, like a ramp. Unhappily, claws hadn’t been clipped .. I was also in the shit for an hour or so, because I couldn’t stop laughing. [grin]

    1. Oh, no! I can see the cat launching straight up as I write this. I was so over the moths this week that i sucked some up in the vacuum yesterday as I kitten-proofed the house. The only good result of all that wind was the mouth population blew off to another state and it is better now.

  2. Happy cat day! I love little Hannah. Do I see a little tiny bit of attitude in those pretty eyes? The cowl is lovely too but the Montana shift is something else. I want one! It will have to wait though because Adelaide is very frosty at present (minus temps overnight). I love the colour and it looks beautifully lightweight and filmy. You look a little better in your photos. It’s cat power I think so hope you continue to pick up

    1. Hannah:I don’t have attitude… that is spunk you see!!

      I’ve now been on oxygen for exactly 3 months and I am feeling much better (well, ignoring this week…); I’m glad to hear I’m looking better!

      The dress is a simple pull over your head one. Just perfect for summer! I struggled with sewing the shoulders until I discovered an online tutorial by Style Arc; I’m going to the web site to look for more technique support when I sew the next outfit.

  3. Congratulations to both you and Hannah for finding each other! I think it was meant to be and that is why other kitties didn’t work out:)
    I love the cowl and the dress! I hope Hannah has patience and respect for your crafting.
    The weather here has been unusually boring. Sorry you have had the wild stuff. I hope you get some boring weather soon:)

    1. Evidently our wind event was a derecho; I’d never heard of it before and had to look it up. We’re entering severe thunderstorm season, which can be pretty interesting, so I’m hoping for boring weather too! I haven’t tried to knit yet but I’m hopeful. I may need to stick to sewing for a while.

    1. She was a failed adoption returned to the shelter: lucky for me! The dog at the other place didn’t like her. She craves a lot of attention so I’m betting that the dog was too possessive to share the owner. It’s a good fit with me as I wanted a kitten that would be a good companion.

  4. Hannah is just adorable! So glad the two of you found each other 🙂 Your dress is lovely, and so is your cowl! So sorry your garden took damage – hopefully everything will spring back OK 🙂

  5. I’m so happy for both of you. Hannah is adorable. My son adopted a dog this weekend…it must be in the air. He was wearing a mask when he sent pictures, so I was relieved. You were smart to call ahead. It’s beyond me why everyone doesn’t wear a mask when all the reading supports the benefits. I’m sorry about the unfortunate days of bed rest, but I’m glad your are now up and around. Big hug from Cali.

    1. A dog! Yay! I’m glad he was wearing a mask too. I am so over people who refuse to wear masks! I only go to places that require them, and people come in mask-less anyway. I think that it is because of poor messaging and leadership.

      1. Poor leadership, and a certan lack of self-awareness too. I’m also over it. I man stepped in front of me today: no mask, no attention to the markers…oblivous. I took a step back, mask in place, and waited. Sigh.

  6. Well your big smile is like the cat that got the cream, and no wonder when she’s such a lovely cat. I love the little exclamation mark ! on her face. So happy you’ve found each other. The cowl looks fabulous and would be good here in Scotland when it’s mega windy. So many things I’d like to make. I LOVE that pattern material and the dress you’ve made. We are such kindred spirits on colours of yarn and now fabrics.

  7. Welcome Hannah! You are lovely. I know you will love your new home and mama has lots of pretty yarn for you to bat around the house. Just be sure to ask her if it is yarn for playing with; some yarns are only for mama.

    1. Hannah: I already tried to play with some yarn and she took it away from me! She is afraid I will eat it. She did let me play with a moth I caught last night and I already have my very favorite toy. Life is good!!

      1. Hannah, you are adjusting very well to your new home. You have a very special mama. If it is any consolation, I would have taken the yarn away too!

      2. Hannah: last night I bit right through some yarn while she was knitting! Now she is making it even harder for me to get the yarn, but it is all okay because she is giving me more toys to play with, Yay.

  8. Awwww Hannah is so cute! And may I say what a perfect name she has 😉
    The cowl looks so snuggly and warm, it’ll be perfect in the cold weather. And I looooove the dress you made – I thought it was store-bought!

    1. When I met her in the kitten room the name just popped into my head. She is so cute, so perfect for me, and she was the last kitten left, passed over by everyone else. How lucky I was to get her!!

      Glad you like the dress. I had that batik fabric from a quilt show years ago and wanted a simple cotton dress that didn’t look frumpy. I found that pattern on Amazon. 🙂

  9. Well, Hannah sure is a cutie! Congratulations! 😻 The cowl tutned out great and I love the dress! You certainly are the 👑 of quarantine crafting!

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