Thursday, September 21, 2006

There's got to be a morning after...

Have I ever told you Aslan's aspirations?

He wants to be a hair stylist when he grows up. He is very determined and dedicated, practicing nightly. By this I mean he sits behind me on the couch while I'm knitting and pets and licks the back of my head. Well, when you have a cat who wants to be a hair stylist when he grows up, you should really clear any major hair decisions with him first.

I neglected to do this, adding futher evidence to the "why she's a horrible mommy" list (other items: 17. doesn't keep us bathed in cat nip, and 54. dogs.)

Trevor and Oscar both reacted like typical guys, cocking their heads slightly when I came home, but scared to say anything in case I responded with "Are you calling me fat???"

Aslan, however, hasn't spoken to me since.

But he's not letting me end his dreams. He's keeping up practice on my teddy bear, Frosty, who may look raggedy to some of you, but is absolutely one of the most beautiful things in the world to me, and has been since I was one.

In other "my hair is short now" news, I'm really unclear as to how people with short hair don't regularly sustain third-degree burns on their backs. Perhaps someone could clear that up for me?

I got in the shower this morning, and while I always knew I liked a good hot shower, I didn't realize how much insulation my hair provided against that.

You may have heard the screams. Sorry about that.

This has nothing to do with anything, except that while we're talking lessons (like ask the cat before you cut your hair and don't step into a hot shower without an asbestos suit) I offer a photographic lesson in why we seldom leave glasses of water sitting around the house. I will admit even after seeing this happen (and both cats prefer to drink from a glass than anything else) I still felt like if I hadn't actually seen the water being consumed by said furry fellows it was probably okay. What really clinched the matter was Trevor. I've mentioned before that he's an enthusiastic eater and drinker? Well, sometimes he drinks with such vigor, his whole nose is submerged. Getting water up his nose makes him sneeze.

Right back into the glass.

No, I won't be finishing that drink there, thank you.

Now behold as I seemlessly segue into actual fiber news.

Hot showers, sneezing in water glasses, and SEA SOCKS CRUISES!!!

It's selling out fast, y'all, so get the to the blog and signed up tout de suite.

You do know that Eunny will be there, with some fun exclusives and previews and just her generally lovely, wacky little self.

And of course Mama Erin is dyeing up some stunning stuff that will knock your socks off (I swear that was unintended). And a few patterns from me, too.

Erin is of course the one who dyed this amazing roving - superwash/tencel blend. It takes my breath away - I feel like I'm spinning jewelry, it's just amazing. This will become a big-lace shawl for a friend - super simple and hopefully fast. I just can't get over how gorgeous it is, and trust me when I tell you that every little bit of gorgeousness is balenced out in how it feels...

But, seriously? Sign up soon for the cruise - space is very limited!!!

Meanwhile, I haven't forgotten how to knit either. This is a simple hat design of mine, named Rose of Sharon. Is it a pattern you might like? I'm thinking of selling it, so if you'd be interested, drop a line.


Blogger loribird said...

(Following is a true tale. Don't attempt to drink while reading, it may come out your nose.)
The only thing scarier than finding a (sneezing) cat drinking out of your glass (which I've done,) is waking up one night to find your roommate's escaped hamster spread-eagling the rim of your bedside water glass, drinking away merrily...
I love the Rose of Sharon hat pattern, and I like the yarn it's in best of all!!!

11:49 PM  
Blogger V said...

My cat has the same sort of relationship as Aslan with that Teddy Bear....except its with a chair in the bedroom. He licks it incessantly. I don't know if I accidentally bought a chair with acid-catnip woven into it or what...but...

That roving...and spinning is absolutely beautiful!

7:22 AM  
Blogger dragon knitter said...

i like the hat pattern, please do sell it!

and, unfortunately, i won't be going on the sock cruise. my husband vetoed it. he'd rather drive to san francisco, and take me down lombard street.

but i'll get to explore yarn stores out there! that's got to be something!

i'll have to go on KR and ask about shops out there (we're going next summer, lol)

9:57 AM  
Blogger I_dont_blog said...

I may be sick, but I don't mind the cat tongue in the water glass. What I mind is the tipping of the glass when it gets too annoying to use one's tongue. He's ruined patterns, food, even sleep (I had to get up and change the sheets; they were soaked.).

I can, however, understand the reticence (sp?) when there is sneeze in the glass.

I didn't comment yesterday, but I think the shorn locks are very cute on you.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

And that's why I only drink out of rubbermaid bottles at home. I like the hat, too.

11:54 AM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

I had a cat who was de-clawed (he swiped at the baby and it was either leave him at the overcrowded shelter or the de-clawing and he was a complete indoor cat...anyway...) and he also had aspirations of hairdressing - he liked to knead my hair while I was asleep, I used to wake up with MAJOR big hair ;o)

I love the colors in that superwash/tencel! Gorgeous!

6:50 PM  
Blogger Harlem Purl said...

I am droolin gon my computer screen right now looking at your roving. I can just imagine how soft it is.
just in case your wondering, I got here by way of Spining Spider Jenny's blog

8:49 PM  
Blogger Teri S. said...

While my cat didn't lick my hair, she did love to lick her little catnip dog. In the nine years we had her, she had almost licked its fur off. Jez also liked "found" water and water glasses sitting around were the best. I kept a water glass on my night stand for her. And like your teddy bear, I have a stuffed tiger that I've had since I was one. It's looking mighty faded and bald these days, but heck, it's been loved to death and is fast approaching 50!

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks friend.

11:35 PM  
Blogger trek said...

I love the shimmer in that tencel blend.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

Oooo, nice...very nice spinning, Amie!

ps. it's been ages since I reported completed socks. I counted 17 (seventeen!!) since my last report.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

That post cracked me up. I think my cat is related to yours... in several ways!

10:12 PM  
Blogger News & Information said...

That's MY cat too! LOL

10:21 PM  
Anonymous spider said...

Hi Amie,
I'm enjoying reading your blog and particularly enjoying the posts that combine cat antics and fiber!

Thanks for your welcome to "The Spinning Wheel" on my blog.

Question: I still do not understand how to get a button for "The Spinning Wheel" on my site (rather than just the words).
I like the one with red lettering. Please help! Thanks.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Kadiddly said...

Wow, Amie, the roving and spinning is beautiful!

Such handsome boys! Teddie does the drinking out of the glass thing, too. He used to be really annoying about drinking out of the glass on my nightstand, but after the second time he knocked it over (and onto my face in the middle of the night), I switched to one of my huge Fat Tuesday plastic jugs w/ lid. I also had a cat when I was growing up that would lick your hair if you sat down too long. I guess they think we're not well-groomed enough.

1:52 PM  
Blogger crzjane said...

Your story brings back many a cat memory. We've had cats that liked to knead your hair, snag food off your plate while sitting in your lap at the dinner table. (That happend to my husband and I laughed my you-know-what off after I found out why he was jumping up out of his chair and acting like the had lost his mind or something. It was really funny) Cats can be such interesting "people". btw, loved the hamster comment!

10:46 PM  

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