Hannah and the CoalBear: The Blanket Update.

Hi. I’m Hannah.

I have a new box to sit in! This is my blackberry box.

The Mother of Cats has kind of been all over the map lately. She knits on a project, works on her plants, reads a book, knits on another project, starts listening to a different book, and on and on and on. She just can’t seem to settle down and get things done. The books are getting stacked up next to the bed, and the knitting project bags are all over the house!! It is just crazy! I have been hanging out with her trying to settle her down, and slowly she has gotten several knitting projects done. A hat, a PICC line cover, some socks, and a knitted cat all got done. The empty project bags are piling up and I’ve shoved most of them into places where she can’t see them. The CoalBear dragged one of them behind the plants in the living room and I have one stashed under the bed…

Finally, she is spending most of her time knitting my blanket. Yay!

The blanket is going to be made from these knitted hexagons. Don’t you like that color of pink? I think that it looks good with my fur.
The Mother of Cats knitted a whole bunch of the units and kept them in a box where I couldn’t play with them. What is up with that? Finally, last week we began sewing the little units of the blanket together.
Look at how nice the hexs are going together!

It got really nice and warm this week and the Mother of Cats finally let the CoalBear and me go outside. There are bugs out there! I was a little freaked out by the wind, but mostly it is wonderful to hang out on the catio with her while she sews on my blanket.

Where is the bunny?

Yes, you read that right. The Mother of Cats put up chicken wire around the deck so the CoalBear and I can visit the outside, look at the bunny, and enjoy the breeze while staying safe. This is our catio now, and there is also a swinging garden seat and a nice table out there so the Mother of Cats can hang out with us as she enjoys her lunch and sews on the blanket. I just love spring, don’t you?

Don’t I look nice on the table?

So, do you want to see the whole blanket? It’s not done but you can kind of imagine what it will look like someday…

See how wide it is going to be!

Yesterday the Mother of Cats finished sewing together all of the hexagons that were made and she went back to knitting more hexs. She wants the blanket to be pretty big so there is still a lot of knitting to get done, and she is even talking about buying more yarn. What? When will this blanket ever get done?

That’s okay. I’ll just grap a nap while she’s knitting.

This is Hannah, signing off.

Notes from the Mother of Cats:

The blanket is being knit from the pattern Nectar Blanket by Ysolda Teague. I got a little carried away sewing together the units and my version is going to be bigger than the largest size in the pattern because, well, isn’t it really nice looking? I want it to cover the bed and I do have to share with the cats…

I’m going to have to get another large cable needle to put the border on this baby!

It has been just beautiful outdoors this week and I put out some potted plants. Yeah. It is going to be really cold again with snow this weekend. Those flowers with the cats on their catio will be heading into the garage tomorrow.

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.

18 thoughts on “Hannah and the CoalBear: The Blanket Update.”

    1. It was really easy once I decided to do it because of the way the deck was laid out with a pergola above. The “door” latches onto command hooks at the edge but I plan to get in a screen door at some point. The cats are in heaven out there.

    1. I always wanted to knit a counterpane cover for the bed so this is a little like that. It is coming out nice, I think. It is perfect to sew together out on the catio with the birds and the kitties.

    1. I’m going to have to go get more yarn for the blanket. The cats just love the catio and now I’m trying to train them to come in on command. There are some kitty treats involved…

      1. Oh darn, a reason to go yarn shopping… 😉

        My last cat would come on command. But yes… there were definitely treats involved. She would often watch us as we called her name, but not start moving until we reached for the treat bag.

      2. I have to be careful and not say some significant-to-cats words unless I’m going to deliver the goods. You know, words like… cookies, outside, tuna, laser…

    1. I am so glad that I put up the chicken wire. It’s only 4 feet high, and so far they have made no attempt to get over it. They just laze around take in the sights while I knit, read, drink my coffee, and write on the computer. It’s like having another room in the house.

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