The Saturday Update: Week 27, 2021

May I present to you Mateo the CoalBear.

He’s a matte black fluffy ball of cuteness that comes to life at night. I wanted to call him Bear, but that is too doggy-like. Coal is so… obvious. Therefore he is a CoalBear.

Mateo is a really laid back kitten with a cute trill, a peeping meow, and a big purr. He is eating his kitten food like a bottomless pit, ignores the plants, is not at all interested in my knitting, uses the scratching posts like a good boy, sleeps under the bed at night, and meows when he wants to be fed. Oh, and he loves Hannah.

In other words, he is perfect!!

The week has gone really well between the two felines. Hannah is now very attached to the kitten and calls for him to come play with her. They wrestle and chase each other endlessly with few problems. Each cat has zones where they can escape from the other and so far things are going smoothly, but I am still keeping part of the house closed off and kitten proofing-like crazy. Right now Hannah has the upper hand but the way the kitten is eating the tide will be turning soon.


I’ve been steadily knitting along on my Ranunculus and it is now below my waist. I’m considering options for how to finish the bottom at this point as I knit. The pattern calls for several inches of ribbing, but I want to continue the stockinette until the last couple of inches and then maybe add I-cord or a combination of twisted rib and then a few rows of stockinette to create a clean rolled edge. The sleeves were bound off earlier but I may cast on and replicate the finish on the bottom. I-cord will be easy, but I kind of like the idea of twisted ribbing…

This pattern is very adaptable and easy to knit. I am knitting with fingering yarn on size 8 needles and have chosen the smaller neck opening and short sleeved options.


Things are looking good in the garden this week! I still have the baby bunny and he is slowly cleaning me out of dandelions. Yay!


I have totally gone down the rabbit hole with this book!

This is a book that makes you think of a lot of other books while you are chasing stories that seem to be interconnected to other stories that are books inside of books. I love this book, but I am still hoping to understand what it going on. There are keys, swords, bees, characters who knit, magic, and stories that are kind of magical. There are lots of doors to open and pass through to get to the stories, and of course there are books, books, books! I want to highlight lines in this book and hunt down other people to talk about it with. Lucky for me my niece in California (that knitworthy one!) is also reading the book.

Did I mention that some of the characters are knitters? And that the first line in the book is… “There is a pirate in the basement.” I keep remembering little snippets of The Princess Bride, and the Harry Potter books, and The Game of Thrones books as I read. I want a necklace with a little bee on it… and a key… but I want a star instead of the sword. I’m having fun with the book and it certainly is enchanting to read.

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.

16 thoughts on “The Saturday Update: Week 27, 2021”

  1. I greatly enjoyed The Starless Sea…it will come together in the end, but they keep you guessing until very close. And yes, I found it reminded me of other books and I loved the literary references as I caught them. I’m glad Mateo is becoming a good playmate for Hannah.

    1. Thank you for the feedback on The Starless Sea. Right now I really am at sea, drifting along on the story, flipping back through pages hunting for details from the previous stories, but totally enjoying the experience.

      Mateo is pretty much the perfect kitten for Hannah. So glad I took the chance and adopted him.

  2. It sounds like things are going well at your house! CoalBear is just adorable! Cannot wait to watch him grow and hear about his and Hannah’s adventures πŸ™‚ Your sweater is beautiful, and your garden is going so well!

    1. It was a good week! Mateo (the CoalBear) is now whapping at my ankles when I walk by and setting up ambushes. I am lucky to get such a perfect cat companion for Hannah and me. πŸ™‚ I think that both kitties think that I’m just another (cookie-feeding) big cat.

  3. So nice to officially meet you, Mateo! I am thrilled that you and your sister are getting along so well. Tell mama that her Ranunculus is gorgeous. I have this at the top of my list of sweaters to knit.

    1. Mateo: Thank you. Please send more toys… the ones that I have have vanished somehow…

      I have noticed Ranunculus hovering near the top of the Ravelry pattern feed for weeks and weeks and wondered what was the big deal since the cover photo shows a really big sleeved wooly sweater. It was after I opened it I discovered that this thing was designed to be very loosely knit with fingering or even lace yarn. Perfect for summer, a nice topper for colder weather, and extremely adaptable. Now that I’m knitting one I think that I may need another in a heavier yarn. πŸ™‚

  4. I was so happy to find out that Hannah and Mateo were getting along. They are so adorable! Your garden looks so beautiful. Ranunculus is on my list to knit. I keep going back and forth on the weight of yarn. Yours looks terrific!

    1. The pattern is really open ended and adaptable and was pretty “whatever works” for yarn and needle size. I looked at other projects and got a feel for which neck opening I wanted and how different weights of yarn would knit up. The yarn I’m using is kind of a heavy fingering.
      Hannah and Mateo continue to wrap me around their little paws…

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