Friday, December 02, 2005

Another day in the life of crazy people - and cats

I went shopping tonight. I need something ... interesting ... to wear to a function. Ok. I found a really lovely sweater at The Limited for half price. I've been looking for a brown sweater and I don't do lace, so I don't feel guilty about buying this! (I also bought a groovy brown pullover, but I have no excuse for that). The sweaters are hand knitted. They are lovely.

So anyway. I have been laugh-laugh-laughing at Wendy's blog and how her cat Lucy is just incessantly sitting all over this sweater she is making. The sweater is Noro, and Lucy is apparently a Noro junkie. She's in nearly every picture of the sweater (click Wendy Knits at right), crawling all over the sweater and loving on it. Tonight I brought this sweater home and noticed it had a weird plastic smell. Funny, like it had something on it. So I washed both of my gorgeous new brown wool-acrylic yet oddly soft blend half-price sweaters on the delicate cycle (since now I know how to wash wool) and laid them out on towels with fierce instructions to cats to stay away.

That lasted about three seconds (and only if I count fast).

Grady sniffed and went to his usual perch on the couch. Fiona, on the other hand, can't contain herself. She literally can't stay away. Every once in a while she will run, but come sniffing back and bobbing her head and making sure the coast is clear...and then she settles down for a snuggle.

So let's be realistic. This is a sweater that belongs to me. That means over the course of its lifetime it will pick up approximately 170,000 cat hairs. Even if I lint brush myself until I bleed underneath the sweater. Even if I store it in a paper bag and never open it. It will become a cat-hair magnet over time. Eventually cat hair will become one with the wool, entwined and felted in and absolutely indistinguishable from the fabric (this is why I buy brown sweaters). Realistically, I am asking myself, does it matter if the sweater has 170,108 cat hairs? Does it matter if she sits on it now?

I don't think so.

Grady supervises knitting


Blogger Misty said...

Hah! Cats love to snuggle in the strangest places. One of my cats has decided that the best place in the house for him to sit is in top of one of the Christmas presents my roommate wrapped, so he scratches and gets nice and settled in ... he's torn the paper to shreds. The other kitty likes to sit on my feet.

11:15 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Cool - I'm going to an early showing sponsored by my church on Wednesday night. I have the same problem with knitting and dog hairs (in-laws' dog). I don't mind so much on my clothes, but have to make sure I take the lint brush to the stuff I am making for other people.


6:47 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I like the 3M lint rollers the best. I used to buy them in 4 packs at Costco and stash one at work, one in the car, and one in my bedroom. They work a lot better than the masking tape ones.

Misty - the paper is for the cats, isn't it??

4:10 PM  
Blogger Misty said...

Well, only if you ask them. :) My roommate finally locked the gifts away in her room. Now the kitties are just gnawing on the tree.

8:15 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Now WHO is it...some friend just told me her cat ate part of their artificial tree...and was puking up the bristles...who is it? I can't remember. Oh, it was my brother's cat, Mr Muffy, who is pretty much dumb as a rock. They have three cats: Mr Muffy, Puddin' Pie and Gary. If you watch SpongeBob, you know why.

10:36 PM  

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