The Saturday Update: Week 33

Here I am with a late post following an hectic, nonproductive week. Well, it was actually productive, but not in the ways that I wanted it to be. It is very hot here, very dry, and our wildfires are worse than they were last week. There is so much smoke in the air now that I’m trapped in the house from the air alerts: tonight I wore a mask when I watered the lawn and that helped. Good thing I have some masks laying around, right?

So, what is going on, you ask? I’m knitting, and cooking, and cleaning house. I bought stuff on Amazon to fix things up. That sounds good, right? Well… I’m doing the Sharon Show MKAL and I really, really want to print out the pattern. I ordered ink, but it doesn’t fit my printer. I found an old printer from my classroom in the garage, hooked it up, and tried to get it going. Nope. I dug through office drawers and my old school supplies hunting for ink cartridges and cords. I learned how to activate wireless printing. Three hours later I had cleaned parts of the office and garage while fussing with the printers and I had gotten no where. I gave up and ordered more ink for both machines. Sigh. I need a print out of the pattern to get through the next round of clues… Hey, I’m chronically ill. After all of that I couldn’t knit anyway. Nap time!!

Round 2 of the quintessential summer game.

Last night a moth got into the house and flapped its way into the tall torch floor lamp by my knitting chair. Hannah immediately went airborne, tore right up the lamp to get her moth, and the whole thing came down in slow motion with me trying to get untangled from my knitting fast enough to grab the lamp while Hannah scrambled to get out of the way. Disaster in slow motion!. It took a bad bounce off the chair and hit the floor: the glass shade and a light exploded into shards. Standing at the perimeter of the debris field Hannah and I could see the stunned moth at ground zero; undaunted by events, Hannah just tip-toed in and took her moth away. Instead of playing with the moth I collected glass and vacuumed the downstairs for the second time in one day. Hey, I’m chronically ill and that was the end of the knitting for the night. Bed time!

The pill organizer that my sister sent me to help me keep track of my meds for the week.

Today I carefully set up my pill keeper for the week making sure that Hannah was safely occupied and unlikely to get involved. I was being sooo careful with the pills. I just needed to get this new bottle of one medicine from the drawer to finish up… and I bumped the phone cord, the phone hit the pill case, and the pill case with all of the little doors open tipped over and hit the ground. I threw Hannah out of the room and carefully picked up all the pills, counted them and returned them to the little compartments with little Hannah paws flashing under the door all the while. All good, except that there was one pill missing… I searched for that pill for 2 hours as I moved furniture, books, and then vacuumed the room again. I ended up cleaning the bathroom and laundering the bedding while I was on the search, but I never found that pill. I am sure that it is not where she can easily get it, and that will have to do for now. Hey, I’m chronically ill and I didn’t get any knitting done until late this evening because… nap!!

So, with all of the disasters, cleaning, naps and everything else, I just didn’t get that much done this week. I’m staying out of the garden because of the smoke, and outdoor pictures are really poor now, too. I’m not reading this week either because the smoke affects my eyes. I do have some knitting to show off!

I’m finally knitting around the edges of the Far Away Dreams shawl. Next up: the lace border.

I have mixed feeling about this shawl with the light interior and the darker lace, but that’s the way the stash worked out. I already have plans for another version with a darker interior and a very light lace border.  This is a nice calm knit for stressful times and I may be making a few more to gift at the holidays.

I was going to be good and not show off any pictures from the Sharon Show MKAL, but it is on Facebook now and I’m going to show off some of my efforts. If you don’t want to see any of these pictures, just stop reading my blog right now! Three… two… one. For anyone who is left, I just have to say that I am having so much fun with this!! The pattern is just a riot to read and I love the snarky cat voice of Sharon. The shawl contains many little sections showing off the colors, patterns and some texture, and the names are just a riot!

This little section is called “Scratch Marks on the New Velvet Chair”.
This section which features thorn stitch is called  “Secret Spy Place”.  All cats have secret spy places and this stitch also evokes the very floofy tail that Sharon flaunts.
See Hannah in her Secret Spy Place in the yarn stash?
Here is Hannah napping on the finished Clue 1 of the shawl. I am so happy with all the action going on as I knit.

This is a great, fun project and I am hanging out with people on a Facebook group as we all knit. I am thrilled with the size, and as I wear a lot of grey and black in the winter this shawl is going to work out great for me. That is, if Hannah is going to let me wear it… Today is her 5th month birthday and she is kind of wanting the shawl all for herself!!

After the whole moth/kitten/lamp adventure that’s MY shawl, Hannah!

Let’s hope that the printer ink from Amazon comes in another day or so as I am at the point where I really, really need a paper pattern to work off of.

Sharon, please don’t write me a citation for being bad and showing off the shawl in progress. I did warn people, I did!!

Have a great week, everyone!!

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

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.

17 thoughts on “The Saturday Update: Week 33”

  1. 2020 is not letting up. Sorry about the fires, the lamp and the pill hunt. Is it possible you hadn’t put a pill in one square of the box?
    Your shawl is beautiful! Alert Sharon I have seen other shawls that did not have the warning. It must be fun to knit a snarky pattern. This is the perfect time for it:)
    Hannah: You are worth your weight in gold if only for the blog stories:) You are a fun kitten.

    1. 2020 is behaving so badly!! It passed the “perfect storm” status some time back and is still building momentum. I think that it is entirely possible that I was one pill short when I set up the pill keeper, but I was still driven to make sure there wasn’t a stray pill on the loose for Hannah to find. Sigh.
      Oh, I’m not alerting Sharon about other rule breakers. She is kind of vindictive and self-righteous in her citation writing. It is wonderful to be doing a snarky cat shawl, and the rapid changes in pattern just help so much in keeping me engaged. This is the shawl that I needed for the time that we are in.
      Hannah: Thank you. I’m following in the pawprints of a blogging wonder, so I have a lot to live up to even if I’m only a kitten. 🙂

  2. What a week! I’m so sorry for all the wrong turns. It was funny to read about, but I’m sure it was absolutely not funny when it was happening. I hope the coming week makes up for all the frustration with happy surprises. I’m loving your Sharon Show shawl! And, oh my goodness – PRECIOUS Hannah!!!!!! ❤️

    1. It is funny, isn’t it, but at the time I kept muttering “I hate my life” as I picked up glass and searched for the pill. I have to say, the place is really tidy and clean at the moment! Hannah is happy, so what else do I need? I think that it will be hard for the coming week to outdo this one, but I need to be careful about statements like that in the current year, huh. The Sharon Shawl is so fun in the way the colors are turning out I’m already thinking about what I have in the stash to make another one… I have several yarns that I just haven’t known what to do with…
      Hannah is so much fun! I had put off getting another kitten because it didn’t seem right at this point to adopt a cat when it will probably outlive me, but three months of isolation just did me in. Hannah has been the best thing that happened so far in 2020. The perfect sidekick that doesn’t chomp yarn, but she is hard on the bookshelves and bugs…

      1. I can’t wait to follow your adventures together. One thing I’m trying to do for myself lately is get back to checking in in a regular way with some of the wonderful, inspiring people I know online, and you are certainly at the top of that list.

      2. You are so sweet. I’m so glad to hear from you, and always greatly enjoy your posts. I’ll work hard on being wonderful and inspiring… I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting over the last week and I have several new posts brewing…

    1. It was hectic! I mean, I kept asking myself “why is this happening” as I crawled around hunting for glass and the pill, and I won’t mention the things I was muttering to myself as I was setting the printer up! I think that it was probably good exercise, though, so there is that! I’m calling the shawl “The Hannah Show” on Ravelry. 🙂

  3. Sorry for your crazy week! I’ve just had a few of my own – including the hospital. I love the shawl and yarn stash! I’m always dropping pills and have also dropped my pill keeper.♥️

  4. I just love Hannah!!!!! We don’t want anymore kittens. We got so attached to Chub and were heart broken when we had to put him down. I couldn’t bare that again.

    1. I just love Hannah, too. It was so hard losing my last two cats and never wanted to go through that again, but I am now isolated by myself with no end in sight, so I broke down and got the kitten. So glad now that I did. She is the constantly cheerful distraction that I need right now. 🙂

  5. My goodness, this week has not been kind to you! However, your shawl is looking great so far 🙂 And Miss Hannah continues to be just adorable 🙂 Stay safe and take care of yourself and your little one!

      1. This week was subpar too, but in different ways. I’m getting ready to post now. I have to celebrate that I didn’t have anymore of those crazy Hannah related disasters this week. 🙂

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