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Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Note to Knitters

My person is a knitter.  I know you know this, because that's probably why you're here in the first place.  I am a cat, and I think I'm a pretty tolerant cat when you get right down to it.  I don't chew yarn, and except for a single incident with some alpaca fiber when she first started spinning, I can be trusted on my own in the fiber room (unlike certain large blonds in this house who shall remain nameless).  I very rarely chase knitting needles and while stitch counters are fun to play hockey with, I always wait for her to lock it first.  Clearly I am a Saint among cats.

That being said, I don't think a cat should have to tolerate yarn being strung across their side or getting bashed in the head with a sock in progress, just because the cat chose to sit on their person.  I mean, how much more obvious can I make my Twitch of Displeasure when the yarn strand touches my fabulous coat?  I can't attack the sock in progress, even though it's smacking me every time she changes needles or I'll get dumped on the floor.  I'm willing to use my manners for the sake of civilization, but shouldn't there be some knitting manners established?  I'm going to get my people on this and we'll issue an official declaration - but now I have to take a nap.  I hope I don't have nightmares about unfinished socks!



Blogger KillerQueen said...

Hilarious. I wish my kitties were as well behaved as you. They not only chew yarn, but one of them injests it if given the chance. Perhaps you should give kitty-knitting manners classes!

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Kay said...

Poor little kitty! He sounds like my Lexi. When she wants her lap I give it to her and she 'tolerates' my yarn/project. :-) Cute post!

11:08 AM  
Blogger Knittripps said...

Well said. I imagine my cat feels much the same way when she tries to sit on my lap while I'm knitting.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ramius - You're a very good cat and no, you should've have to put up with socks touching you while you're trying to nap. The nerve of some knitters!

2:44 PM  
Blogger nanaknits said...

Zelda couldn't have said it better. I get the same "twitch" and dirty look when the yarn dares to touch her fine fur.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Bridget said...

Ramius, you are a prince among cats ...

6:56 PM  
Blogger Eve said...

Ramius, my kitties totally agree with you. In fact, you are describing exactly how Miss Grey, aka Princess Plumeria, feels and acts around my knitting. (Although she will sleep on a Malabrigo wip if given half a chance.)

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Melanie -

My "angel" sleeps on my lap whenever her mom knits! You may recall, a couple of years ago, I wrote to you about my latest cat/yarn crisis - she would not get off my Swan Lake mystery stole while it was still being blocked!

Hugs to Ramius,

11:02 PM  
Blogger Marjorie said...

Addi the parakeet lives with me now, although my cats had the same sensibilities as Ramius. And Addi (who has a beak quite like her namesake lace needles) is developing a fondness for tape measures and the cables on circular needles. Great post.

3:09 PM  

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