Knittin' with a kitten

... Can sometimes leave things to be desired.

While Jack is a wonderful kitten, who brings me so much joy, he is also a yarn stealer.

I know there is an intrinsic connection between kittens and yarn, but having Jack around has had caused my knitting quantity to nosedive.  Partially because I'm spending much more time playing and snuggling with him, but also because every time I get out a project he tries to steal the working yarn or the project right out of my hands.

 

He also really like knitting cables, at this stage he has only destroyed one of the clear plastic ChiaoGoo cables but there are bite marks in the cables on every active project. The nice thing about an interchangeable system is all I have to do is get another cable.

He also really likes to sit on my computer, somehow his feet always activate the Caps Lock and he turns on the backlight on my keyboard.

He is an Apple/Mac cat as he found a nice spot on my dad's Mac Mini to perch on when were home a month ago.

Although at other times he can sit right next to computer and keeps me company.

It's not just yarn, he also loves fluff. When Jack first came home he disappeared at one stage and I found him asleep in my spinning basket.  I keep it covered now, but if I take the cover off I will find him there again.

Recently

On his first week 

ut in the end I think all the yarn chasing is worth it because he might be the cutest kitten ever!

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Catching up WIP Wednesday

I haven't done a WIP Wednesday in ages, and this will probably be a one-off to get you caught up on my current WIPs.

First, my knitting productivity has taken a nose-dive recently. Not surprisingly this has coincided with the arrival of Jack, my kitten.  He is doing as well with my knitting as can be expected from a 3-month-old kitten, but he would rather I be playing or snuggling, rather than playing with pointy sticks that he's not allowed to play with as well.

Napping is on Jack's list of favorite activities for us to do together.

However, I have some pressing (and long past) knitting deadlines I need to meet.

The big project is the Christmas Stockings I'm making for Carla and Jim (my sister and brother-in-law). I finally have the yarn and the right size so I'm making swift headway. However that I'm only on the first cuff of the first (of three) stockings.  This one has a firm deadline of December 24th, as Carla and Jim plan on filling these stocking for each other on Christmas Eve. 

Well at least the turned hem cuff is just two rows from being done.

Another deadline I've missed by a long shot are the birthday socks for my mom.  Her birthday was back in October (the weekend after the wedding that was also Thanksgiving) and so I would like to have these done before year-end. Also because I have to make Jim's birthday socks by the end of January.

I'm halfway down one leg and have the cuff done of the other sock.  At least I won't have second sock syndrome.

The final project I'm actively working on right now is a design I've been working on. This is a quick-ish bulky blanket knit in KnitPicks Billow, which is an incredible thick/thin cotton that has a great feel and is totally fun to knit with.

The fabric of this blanket is just incredible, I picked up more during the KnitPicks Big Sale to make another.

I should probably get back to knitting, as I have miles to go before I sleep on all my projects!