Bobby Brady?!
Title? Uhhhhh, stuff.

Eight Centuries Later

the ribbon scarf is done. Blog_pix_544  If I'd had any idea at all that it'd take so. dang. long to cast the stupid thing off, I'm not sure I'd've knit it. Seriously, I think it took me since last Wednesday until Sunday? To cast off? Gah. I used the double cast off method (the last stitch goes back on the needle and is knit it together with the next to go stitch) just because it looked nicer but man, it was something like 3200 stitches on the final row. Blog_pix_547_edited_2 Wow, that picture is really blurry.   I ran out of the one novelty yarn I was using to bind off aboout 300 stitches before the end, but found a different Tahki ribbon yarn that was mostly the same colors. I actually like it a little better, but NO WAY am I going back and redoing it.

I was squired all around the Bay Area over the weekend for my birthday (Tuesday, the 14th) . We did the boutiques, bookstores, bakeries and the beach in Half Moon Bay (also the yarn store but they didn't have the yarn I saw there a year ago that I decided to buy this time around....go figure.) BFF fell in love with Touch Me and Sinsation yarn......there was this gorgeous scarf made out of Sinsation and something else on display. She crochets so she's halfway to knitting.

Sunday A & I mostly just gazed at the water from the Benicia Wharf and gabbed. I was shopped out. The Benicia Knitting Circle wasn't open, darn it.

Fashion Knit in Walnut Creek had a baby Sheba/Hezekiah (small gray cat) in the store yesterday but not today. Darn! Today I was all prepared to take a picture and yesterday I was too busy petting the kitty to think of it.

"What cat tree? I don't see a cat tree. Honestly, I have no idea what you're talking about half the time....." Blog_pix_523_edited

But she did jump from the bench into the top perch last night. Yeah, right before getting out and walking to the other side of the windowsill to look outside. She wasn't that attached to the open window when she had huge pieces of furniture to sprawl on.

My mom emailed me this: (this was so Sheba.)

How To Give A Cat A Pill

  • 1- Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow
  • 2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.
  • 3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.
  • 4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.
  • 5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.
  • 6. Kneel on floor with cat wedge! d firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.
  • 7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.
  • 8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.
  • 9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink 1 beer to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.
  • 10. Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard, and close door on to neck, to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.
  • 11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of scotch. Pour shot, drink. Apply cold compress to cheek ! and chec k records for date of last tetanus shot. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw Tee shirt away an! d fetch new one from bedroom.
  • 12. Call fire department to retrieve the damn cat from across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.
  • 13. Tie the little bastard's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of filet steak. Be rough about it. Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to wash pill down.
  • 14. Consume remainder of scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.
  • 15. Arrange for SPCA to collect mutant cat from hell and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.

How To Give A Dog A Pill

  • 1. Wrap it in bacon
  • 2. Toss it in the air

I'll leave you with a pirate ship to sail away on.......Blog_pix_546_edited



That is WAY cool!! And knitting on the beach?...I'm jealous!

RheLynn the KnitOwl

Very neat pictures! I've given cats pills much easier. It just takes a clean unsharpened pencil (the eraser end) and two people. I like the dog part though ;) Our old dog Sparky used to get his pill in bread & butter -- then he'd carefully sort the pill out of the small pocket and spit it out, and wait for more.


Hee hee - love the cat pill humor! Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. Ahhh... And now I shall go hide under the bed at the thought of binding off 3200 stitches. Ack!


That's a pretty scarf! It was worth it. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY FAVORITE CARRIE!


Happy (belated) Birthday! How old are you?

Yay! A finished object! Gorgeous colour.

Long sleeved sweats? We're still melting over here!


I love that scarf! So pretty. Happy Birthday and thanks for the cat humor!


Happy Birthday!! Such a pretty scarf. It looks like perfect beach knitting. Love the cat pill humor. Our dogs don't even require bacon; a piece of bread will do.


And this is why I have dogs!


Happy belated birthday! No wonder no posts: you were out having a fun life :)***CV


It was your birthday, too? We knitting Leos rule! And another coincidence, we used to have a solid gray kitty named Sheba, named for (I think) a female character on Battlestar Galactica.


Happy (belated) Birthday!


I love those scarves, but shy away from making too many just because of the casting off. Yours is gorgeous!


Hey there Birthday Girl!!! Happy Birthday Chickie!!!!!!



Carrie- Happy Birthday Dude!
If you don't end up wearing the scarf, can I have it for my fish tank? It looks very jellyfish-ish, but maybe because you were on the beach.
That's so true about the cats and pills- so funny!


So funny...about half way through I had a similar thought as the punch line. Our approach: bury pill in cheese and wave hand in the general direction of dog.

I did the ruffle scarf too awhile back, the bind off almost killed me.

Kristi aka Fiber Fool

Sounds like a great birthday weekend, even if it took forever to cast off the scarf. It looks pretty though!


Hez is being rather stubborn, isn't she?


Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like it was a nice day.

Re: The pill thing. Been there, done that, have the scars to prove it!


Hey, an FO! Congratulations! Cheddar will not take pills - we always have to get the liquid version of whatever it is he needs so it can be syringed down his throat. Happy belated birthday!


Happy Birthday!! See my idea on the whole cat and pills thing - if your cat needs pills, it's time to get a new cat!

kelpkim (aka kimchi)

love the story of pilling a cat vs. a dog. it's so true. :o) i've seen it a few times and experienced it as well! ha! and i love it when a yarn shop has a designated kitty or pup to greet the customers--it makes the shop that much more fun!


I love dogs.


Happy Birthday, do you think we're twins separated at birth, one being born late on the 13th, one born early on the 14th, growing up on opposite sides of the country, only to find each other through knitting? It does sound like the start of a terrific read.
Hope you are loving your day!

Nancy, aka Bookfool

Thanks for the cat pilling laughs. We got a new dining table, so there's now nothing to hold up the cat perch (which, let's be honest, was never going to work with just velcro - it had to lean on the table). The cat looked at the upended perch on the floor, jumped on the windowsill, decided "to heck with this" and sprawled on the floor. Are cats fun, or what?

Holly of HollYarns

Happy belated birthday!

I love that scarf--it so reminds me of jellyfish tentacles, like the ones you see at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Of course, that could just be the beach in the picture talking for me...


I'm glad you are having a wonderful birthday week!


Hope your birthday was fun! I tried knitting that scarf -- and quit as it got longer and longer on each row. More power to you for finishing! Yours looks great.


I forgot your birthday was in August! Happy, happy day! Or, day after the day!

It's such a pretty scarf, but so many stitches. You're a champ for finishing it.

pixie girl

3200 stitches???.....

I have now recovered, and resolved never to make that scarf, tempting though it may be.

Happy Happy Birthday, a little late!!!

Funky photo at the end - love it.


LOL Yes, you've about summed up the pill giving experience chez Fluffy Flowers! Hope you had a wonderful birthday :)


Drat! I missed it but happy belated birthday nevertheless!


Oh how I love how to give your cat a pill! Your right on with the dog instructions too. Actually Abner thinks pills are treats, we can even skip the bacon.


I haven't been to the new Fengari yet, I'm so jealous! Happy belated Birthday!


Arghhhhh! I wet myself! So, so funny! Wish I could have gone shopping with you. Happy B-Day! Where are the pics of the haul!?! My dogs like theirs in peanut butter.


well, I think it was worth all the pain, the scarf is beautiful! AND, Happy Belated - you share an auspicious birth date with my brothers (twins), so many Leos.... wonderful scene of knitting on the beach...


I had to take my foster kittens to the vet for their vax and pills yesterday...they were really good about it, and we got all their pills down on the first try. Not at all like taking MY cats to the vet...they start foaming at the mouth, fur goes flying, ugh.


I like your Mom's sense of humor!!!

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