Sunday, November 16, 2008


No more PSA's, I promise

Last post I got a tetch emotional talking about the increased numbers of abandoned pets as a result of the severe recession. Thank you for indulging me. Harper's owners borrowed Jimmy's leash to take him home and never brought it back, so when I was at the neighborhood Petsmart buying a new one I saw the kitty adoption center at the store (as the shelter is full). A great deal of veterinary care, including spaying/neutering and microchipping, is done prior to adoption whereas it used to cost quite a bit to have it done after adopting the pet. I saw the kitties being exercised, and I was told by an employee that this is done regularly to keep them healthy and happy. Another bit of encouraging news is that there is a local cat food bank. Cat owners experiencing severe financial difficulties can get free cat food, and this will no doubt help reduce the numbers of abandoned kitties. I wonder if there is a similar program for dogs. Note to self: look into this.

So I'm cheered up today, and despite the mad crazy Stitchjones production schedule, I've made some socks for myself and bought fab yarn. I started these socks on election night; thus I'm calling them my "Election Night Socks".

The blurry first photo doesn't show the colors very well, so here's an X-treme closeup. The yarn is Austermann Step, the kind that's supposed to be good for your hands because it has Aloe Vera or Jojoba oil in it. I think that's hype, but it is nice yarn and I have a considerable amount left over. I just used a plain-vanilla sock recipe so the yarn could do its stripey thing.

Webs is one of my slippery places. I was getting regular emails from them, and couldn't stop ordering stuff, so I stopped the emails. Here is some of the damage before I came to my senses.

Malabrigo Lace

Silk Garden Sock


My only occupational hazard is not being able to resist yarn when I visit LYS's to sell my wares. Here is a local indie dyed sock yarn that's incredibly soft. It took me a long time to pick out a color because they're all great. The dyers are called Spinners' Web; I googled but couldn't find their website. Their yarn is sold at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop. I actually met the dyers while at the shop, they're super nice folks!

The local news has been running lots of stories about the shelters filling up and needing donations because so many people have had to give up their pets due to foreclosure. Just one more everyday tragedy in these awful times. Our local Petco has bins for donating food, grooming supplies, and toys to the shelters, but I don't know whether there is a program to help owners.
Gorgeous socks and yarn! Don't get me started on the poor cats...there are so many here that need adoption, all the shelters are full of kittens...if I weren't allergic I'd have six, and if even though I am allergic we'd have at least two if we didn't have the dogs
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