Compulsive Knitter

September 7, 2008

R.I.P. sweet Cookie

Filed under: cats — Marie @ 7:23 pm
Cookie sitting on her favorite thing, a blanket.

Cookie sitting on her favorite thing, a blanket.

I’ve avoided posting this (and posting in general), because it’s been hard.  Cookie is the first of “my” pets to die, although we have had family pets die before.  Cookie had been pretty sick for several months and we first noticed that she seemed to be losing weight.  In the picture here she is pretty plump, so at first it was hard to tell.  The vet then told us her kidneys were not working well (as sometimes happens to cats) and that we would need to give her fluids to help them function.  That seems to work well for awhile, although Cookie hated it.  Cookie kept losing weight and at times couldn’t even eat.  She wasn’t a very affectionate cat, but she started to sit on me or my husband whenever possible.  Maybe she was just cold or maybe it was comforting for her.  When she finally couldn’t eat or go to the bathroom anymore, we knew that we couldn’t let her suffer further.  Just before my birthday in June we had her put to sleep.  Both my husband and I were surprised how hard it was for us, although we knew it was for the best.  I still feel guilty, but we did not want her to slowly starve to death.  The loss has gotten easier with time, but we still miss her a lot.  I was lucky enough to have her for about 8 years since I rescued her off of the streets in Detroit, although the last 2 years were spent mostly with my husband.  R.I.P. little Cookie, you were a very sweet kitty.


November 30, 2007

Eye Candy Friday, With Extra Silly Quiz Results!

Filed under: cats, eye candy, quizzes — Marie @ 4:26 pm

Maybe it’s just me, but this is really cute:

Unfortunately, the cat in the background (Cookie) looks like she is giving Sammy (the striped kitty) the look of death. Oh well, you can’t have everything! The uneasy truce continues. As you can easily see, Sammy and Chewie just lurve each other…

And now for silly quiz results. I couldn’t resist a Pride and Prejudice quiz…and of course, I am most like Elizabeth. What else would you expect from a woman in grad school?

Which Pride and Prejudice Girl Are You?
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You scored as ElizabethI am Elizabeth. I am headstrong and intelligent. I love to be myself, and am very loyal to my family. I can sometimes be prideful and “prejudiced,” but I try to remain open minded and I usually regret past mistakes.

Mrs. Bennet

This ends NaBloPoMo for me. As expected, I didn’t even come near to posting every day, but I did manage to post on the first and last days of the month. That’s good enough for me! I am more than enough ready for December/Christmas: time off from the daily grind, decorating, cookies and knitting, yay!

February 24, 2007

Last post for this February?

Filed under: cats — Marie @ 9:33 pm

As I thought, I haven’t had much time for blogging or knitting this month. I thought I should add one or two quick little posts before the month is over, however. Remember my foster kitties? Well, I don’t know if I mentioned it, but one was adopted in November. And while I home for a short visit in Michigan this month, the other one was adopted. It now feels a little lonely in my apartment here and I get a little sad looking at the pictures in those old posts. Oh well, you get attached, but at least now they are in good homes. It goes without saying that I miss my own cats that are with my husband too.

So as not to end on such a melancholy note, I am pretty close to finishing the short row rib scarf. I could actually completely bind off right now, but I figure that I have enough yarn left over to try adding another pattern repeat and fringe. Once I do that (maybe tonight), I’ll be sure to post an update and picture.

December 20, 2005

Hello, stranger!

Filed under: cats, grad school — Marie @ 5:10 pm


Geez, it’s been over a month since I’ve updated. Needless to say, there has been no knitting. I’ve finished the first draft of my master’s thesis, revised most of it (I have to fiddle with the stats some more, but I justifiably feel that that can wait until January), hounded professors to send out letters (not fun, but my responsibility to remind them!), written personal statements, updated my CV, and sent out applications. Oh, and I took the GRE finally with “eh” results. And now I don’t wanna do anything… after finishing my first draft I permitted myself to try playing the Sims 2 as a treat, and I don’t even want to do that anymore! I think with all the stress and busyness, my holiday blahs have come early this year. But things are slowly getting back to normal and the fog is clearing from my brain. I hope to get back to my knitting and regular updates here soon. I just have to get over this cold from hell first…


November 14, 2005

Startitis strikes again!

Filed under: cats, grad school, knitting — Marie @ 8:41 pm

I couldn’t help myself, I finally gave in to the impulse to start the Viennese Shrug:


(Look how helpful Chewie is whenever I try to photograph my knits!) My husband asked me what I was making and I told him it was a shrug. Despite the fact that he teaches at a high school, he had no idea what that it. (I swear I’ve seen lots of the girls wearing them. Heck, I’ve seen them everywhere in the malls too.) Luckily I had a picture handy, because I’m no good at explaining these things. You oughta hear me when I try to explain what I want when I get a haircut. I always feel bad for my stylists… but I digress! It is fun to knit lace again, although I forgot how nerve-wracking it can be at times. I’ve never used a lifeline. After working forever on the scarf I made about a year ago (I just realized I don’t have a picture here – someday I’ll upload one!), I got pretty good at finding mistakes and going back to fix them… or just hiding them! I already got myself in sort of a pickle last night. The pattern has two yarn overs next to each other, which alone kind of confused me. But I did it and maybe even managed to do it right. Then I thought the purpose of this was just to create an extra large hole, but I realized too late that the pattern calls for you to purl one YO and knit the next on the next row. I’m about to call it a night on GRE studying/thesis writing, so I’ll get a chance to fix my goof tonight.


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