Friday, June 19, 2015

Sorry about yesterday. I was bonding with my cat.

I think we're going to call her Perdita, pronounced Purrdita. My husband has seen pictures, and a little iPad video, and seems to approve. She's not terribly well-marked, if one were being really fussy – grey where she should be black, beige where she should be orange. But she has a pretty face (that's essential) and her human family reminded me of the one in Leicester which her dear predecessor Poussin came from, i.e., seriously cat-orientated.

Cats in my husband's family always have names beginning with P.

Yes, Hilde, the cost of cats is ridiculous. In My Day owners were grateful to one for taking a kitten. The change is partly, at least, because the Cat Protection people have been so successful at getting everybody castrated. We hope Perdita can have at least one litter before being spayed, but it's hard to see how that can be arranged if she has to stay indoors and never meet any boys. Maybe we'll be lucky and can be in Strathardle with her at the right moment.


All well. I'm half-way through the 20-lozenge rank of the Fantoosh.

And I've signed up for Lucy Neatby's new Craftsy class called Fearless Knitting. It's good – provisional cast-on's and grafting and duplicate stitch and how to tell which direction something was knitted in, so far. It goes rather well with Zilboorg's “Knitting for Anarchists” and comes back again to EZ's maxim, Look at your knitting.

No, Knit Potion, I hadn't heard of Brenda Dayne either. What a find! Has anyone looked at her book?


Our car went away for its MOT yesterday and hasn't come back yet. I need to get to a supermarket to study the shelves of kitten food. My little cat is drinking milk – we have special lactose-low cat milk these days, did you know? – but so far disdaining solids.

James and Cathy will be here this evening.  


  1. Sweet! Hope she's a good kitten and not too mischievous.

    Perdita is an excellent name - the Winters Tale has a Perdita doesn't it?

  2. Congratulations on the new addition - she's very cute and I like the name. I recommend Thrive cat food - it's very well formulated and my two cats love it. My tabby was prone to urinary infections, but they are no longer a problem. Unfortunately it's not easy to find (Waitrose have the tuna and chicken varieties) but can be ordered online from Thrive's own website or Zooplus, which has good prices for bulk buys and a decent loyalty scheme. There is a specific kitten version available on Thrive's website. (No affiliation, just an appreciation of a good product and a disdain for most readily available cat food)

  3. Anonymous10:26 AM

    Aaahh! Lovely! Just what you need.

    Helen (anon)

  4. A sweet looking kitten - looks a friend's late cat called Pushkin. Another P. Sequence Knitting looks well worth a browse. I must track a copy down.

  5. How cute! Perdita looks like a frisky little girl!

  6. Ohhhh, she's perfect! Congratulations to all involved. :)

  7. Well, Perdita is no longer "lost" and you are both lucky to have found each other. She is a beauty.
    Ron in Mexico

  8. Perdita is adorable! They are so much fun when they are kittens, but oh my, they do love yarn. Guard your projects and stash!

  9. Anonymous4:15 PM

    Since Ron has used my intended "lost / found" pun, I'll just rejoice with you over your lovely kitten.
    - Beth in Ontario

  10. Perdita is purrfect - no more knitting in peace now!!

  11. Perdita will be a joy for you...kittens are always such fun. And I hope she is affectionate as well.
    Wishing you all well.

  12. Permits is a sweetie. Kittens are just so darn funny and cute!! What you call tortoise I've always called calico. We've had 3 calicos and have found them sweet, but wit distinct personalities. I don't know about your side of the pond, but here we are over run with stray kittens/cats and everyone is encouraged to spay/neuter their animals.
    I hope your husband gets to bond with Perdita soon.

  13. The kitten is a seriously GOOD THING. Another set of needs to be considered - different from your Husband's and your own. A diversion from both, and a pleasure to you both, soon, I hope.
    Our animals are good medicine. Hospitals should have resident dogs and cats for those who need them.

  14. Oh dear me, she is precious! Kittens have a way of making homes happy...Good luck with your yarn & knitting however. Love the name Perdita. Congratulations to you all.

  15. Anonymous4:40 AM

    What a sweet kitten! I hope she will give you all much joy.
    Hilde from Germany