Thursday, November 19, 2009


Thank you to those of you who have commented and wished me luck.

The divorce is not yet final, and the house isn't up for sale just yet. The next few months are going to be about finishing up Christmas presents and preparing the house for sale. That means getting rid of things, repairs and painting.

The actual move requires:

  • A finalized divorce decree requiring the selling of the home OR
  • CatDaddy deciding he wants to live here and buying out Momcat's share
  • Basic repairs of things such a plumbing, torn carpet, missing fence posts, etc.
  • Painting and staging
  • Selling the house (average time on market here is four months)
  • Purchasing or renting a new house...which means traveling to North Carolina on a few occasions
It's going to be a long process. Thanks for understanding why we're taking some time off to deal with it, and it will be lovely to visit with all of you again in January.

Piwacket and Momcat

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Going on Hiatus

The Quilting Cat is going on hiatus until mid-January.

With holidays approaching and things that we're doing to prepare the house for moving, not much quilting is getting done around here.

I wish all of you a blessed Thanksgiving, a happy Christmas and a joyful New Year! 

Even though Momcat may be scurrying around for awhile, the rest of us are settling in for our winter naps.


Purrs, licks and hugs from

Piwacket, Trouble, Logan, Butch, Sundance, Maggie and Momcat

Friday, November 6, 2009

Dirty Dishes Beware!

I am loving our new knitted dishcloths!

I made sure that Momcat had to chase the ball of yarn a bit. What can I say?

Ball of yarn + Piwacket = havoc

Momcat hasn't blocked the dishcloths yet. After she does, they'll square up nicely.

Wanna make your own?  This pattern couldn't be easier.

Use all cotton yarn (we used Sugar 'n Cream), don't worry about gauge, use size 7 or 8 needles.

Cast on 4 stitches.

Row 1: Knit 2, YO, knit the rest of the row.
Repeat Row 1 until you have 44 stitches on the needle. 

Row 2: Now you'll start decreasing. Knit 1, K2Tog, YO, K2Tog, Knit to the end of the row.

Keep repeating row 2 until you have only 4 stitches left on the needle.

Bind off, weave in the ends and you're done!

Have fun creating for 15 minutes.

Purring in the recliner,

Monday, November 2, 2009

Momcat the Knitwit


Momcat is in a beginners' knitting class. Last night she finished the body of a scarf. I tried to help by making biscuits on the soft yarn, but she didn't seem to appreciate my efforts.  And she had the nerve to shoo Sundance away when Sunny was trying help guide the knitting needle.

Despite this, I'm pleased with Momcat. Amid the occasional dropped stitch, accidental increase or decrease, and tension problem, I think the scarf has turned out very well, especially for a first effort.  Next step is to weave in the ends and add corner tassels.

Maggie's Toys

Maggie has a very nice selection of toys. She really likes the soft ones with squeakers. Some of her favorites are at the toy hospital.


Maggie picked out the giraffe and monkey herself when Momcat took her on a field trip to PetSmart. That was when she was a little puppy. Maggie is now about 9 months old.

Cruelly, Momcat brought home the black cat a couple of weeks before Halloween. She found it funny that there was a squeaker in the cat's bottom. I was not amused.

You can see how forlorn Maggie is as she waits for her favorite toys. She's stuck chewing on a yukky rawhide bone that was found under the sofa covered in dust bunnies. Even I have to feel a little sorry for her.

  Hopefully, Mr. Giraffe, MonkeyBones and Spooky will be discharged from the toy hospital soon.

Have you taken 15 minutes to create something today? Now's your chance!