…and a little bit more about me!


These are my questions from the desert knitter! Thanks once again for acknowledging my blog!!!

What got you into blogging?

I’m getting off easy with this one, because I answered it in my last set of questions 🙂

What does your perfect day look like?

I have so many kinds of perfect days! Some involve staying home and knitting, working on other creative projects, reading, making and eating good food. Some of them have me wandering around in state parks, gardens, and other places where I can get to know Mother Nature a little better. Other times it’s in cities and museums and classrooms and other places of culture, learning more about being human.

What’s your favorite item to knit? Shawls, sweaters, socks or something else entirely?

I enjoy knitting most everything, but if I must pick, it would be shawls.  Not only are they beautiful, useful, and fun to knit, but you don’t have to worry as much about fit. I just finished a sweater and was constantly  worried about fit the entire time I was knitting!

What’s your favorite TV-show, movie or book?

Impossible to answer! I was just looking through my bookshelves and exclaiming over almost every title, “I loved that book! I want to read it again!” or “OH that’s a great book!” or something to that effect.

If I were to just talk about this year, though, I’ll say that I’ve been reading tons of A.S. Byatt and Emily Dickinson, having my mind blown on every page. The last movie I saw that I really loved was Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch. I am so crazy about the TV show Vicious right now!

What’s your favorite yarn / fibre?

I would have answered silk wool blends previously, but I’m gaining a fierce love of the more rustic, unabashedly wooly yarns these days.

Do you have a favorite go-to pattern? If so which is it?

I usually knit new patterns each time, but I’ve commented before how much I love this cloth pattern. I also adore the socks in Nancy Bush’s Knitting Vintage Socks and have knit them more than once.

What’s your favorite podcast or vlog?

I don’t really listen to them. I always mean to start…

What’s your favorite Etsy shop?

I rarely shop on Etsy — I think the last thing I purchased was a pattern. As a person who loves to make stuff, I am my own Etsy — lol.

Do you have any children or pets? Names, age, pics and all the details.

Our Woody cat is just over 4 years old, we think. I met him one day 3 years ago on my back deck! He was a skinny little thing and clearly hungry so I fed him. He gobbled up his food then curled up and fell asleep in my lap. It was instant love.

We developed a relationship over the next few months – he had a great personality and was so affectionate. During this time our cat Marty passed away at the ripe old age of 22. We started letting this tiny guy in and out of the house after Marty died. Then, one day he came in with an injured leg — he was in a fight with the neighborhood bully cat, and the wound was infected. We took him to the vet, got him fixed up, and Woody never went outside again! He’s now the little love of our lives!

I continued to feed the neighborhood cats, and about 6 months ago an all black long-haired cat started coming around. Pretty soon, she started standing in front of our glass deck door and staring, staring, staring, wanting to come in. We started calling her Midnight. At first, Woody wanted none of this, and would puff out and growl and hiss at her through the glass, but things started getting calmer. You know where this is going, right?

Last week, we saw her almost get hit by a car. She was also getting harassed by that same neighborhood bully cat that bit Woody. We had to take a chance and let her in. Just yesterday, she came in and everything is going really well so far! Woody and Midnight stare at each other from across the room but no fights. She slept well and so did Woody — he was even calm enough to sleep on my lap with her on the next chair.

I’m going to call the Vet bright and early tomorrow so she can get checked out and vaccinated. I know it was chancy to take her in and not quarantine her, but I gave her flea medicine a few days before she came in, and … I’m hoping for the best.  I truly am. If you are so inclined, say a little good wish for Midnight and Woody!

What’s your favorite food?

Bread. Toasted with butter. Sometimes jam. Dipped in olive oil. Grilled with cheese. Prepared as a pizza! Sopping soup or gravy. I love to eat it and I love to make it.


  1. Oh, yippee for Midnight! I so hope this all turns out well. We just added an injured, abandoned cat to our menagerie (and a kitten–chaos!) and are dealing with cat socialization fallout but I am sure it’ll all be fine. It’s fun to read these personal posts and get to “know” you better!

  2. Lovely kitties! Did you have any problem with Woody adjusting to being inside only? I’ve mentioned Stripey the feral before – he comes into our apartment at will, and the husband really wants to keep him in permanently, but he (Stripey) was born outside and has always lived outside, and while he very much enjoys the A/C and good food and comfortable chairs and so on, at some point he always goes to the door and yell till we let him out. I know he loves killing the mice and lizards that live in the arroyo next to our apartment, and enjoys his freedom, and while we always keep our other cats indoors, they’ve never had the chance to go outside and so they don’t miss it. (Well, our tripod kitty used to go outside before she lived with us – hence getting hit by a car and losing her leg – but she never since). I just don’t know if he’d get sort of stir crazy inside all the time – he is a very sweet, affectionate cat, but I always feel like he’s still feral rather than tame, he’s just a very friendly feral. So I was curious how you found the adjustment (and ditto with Midnight, although it’s ongoing).

    (Sorry to ramble!)

    1. Woody was ready to be a house cat after his injury — he never asked to go back outside! So far Midnight hasn’t either, but it’s only been two days.

      I also feed another cat who we call Little Mister, and it took me an entire year to even be able to pet him — he’s terrified of people. I can’t see him being an indoor cat. I bought him a cat igloo – it provides protection from the elements – and I also have old pillows under my deck that he likes to lay on. He’s pretty street wise (but fights – he just came around with his ear torn recently). I feel like the best place for him is outside because of these things — but this could change!

      I don’t understand how so many cats end up outside like this. I believe Woody and Midnight both had a home before. Little Mister might have been born outside.

      I would wait and see with your outside kitty — there may be a day where the outside is no longer attractive and it will all happen naturally!

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