A little bit of news

Hello and how are you??? I hope you are doing good, enjoying your summer and staying healthy and away from Covid.

It has been months since I last blogged here and I’m truly sorry for that. If have followed me for a while you will know that the past 18 months or so have been very difficult on a personal level and unfortunately it seems bad things continue to happen so I am still somewhat shaken up and not quite feeling as good as I would like to.

But I’m taking it one day at a time and I’m sure I will get there in the end somehow.

I have not done a lot of crafting lately. My free time has been taken up with getting settled in my new rental apartment. I have been doing a lot of translating. Luckily for me it seems Icelandic translators are in high demand so I have been doing my best to pass translation tests for different clients and getting new contracts. So far so good and I’m fairly optimistic about being able to make a living as a freelance translator. The fear of running into financial difficulties still lurches in the back of my mind and probably will for a while. Maybe that is just a good thing as it will keep me on my toes.

There is one big and positive news I can give you. You may remember that I said I was a “crazy cat lady” and that I have dreamt of becoming a breeder. Well when I was laid off due to Covid last year, I used some of my compensation pay to adopt 3 queens (that is female cats for reproduction purposes). And guess what! My very first litter came into this world during the night of July 31st!

That was such a huge event for me. A real milestone and for me it marks the true beginning of my career as a feline breeder.

I was very stressed about the birth as I had never witnessed a cat giving birth and I kept thinking of all the horrible things that could go wrong. Wondering if I was cut out for this job, if I was capable of assisting my girl if there was a problem.

Lucky for me, I was not alone when she went into labor. My two girls were with me and I’m so happy that they were there to witness the birth as well. It all went well though I did have to take mother and 3 newborn kitties to the vet at 3 am as the last kitty was taking too long to arrive. She got a shot of hormones and we were sent back home to wait. Luckily she did manage to deliver the last kitty on her own.

The mom was soooo tired in the end (and I was too). It all started around 11 pm and the last baby was born at 4:45 am. My girl who is very close to me gave birth in my bed! I had prepared a cozy nursery for her but she was not at all interested. I did suspect she would choose my bed over any other place in the apartment so I had prepared. What I had not expected was that she would then refuse to leave my bed for the next 2 weeks! So yes, for 2 weeks I shared my bed with my girl and her 4 beautiful babies. You may think that is crazy but I’m not complaining:) I did try a few times to put everyone into the nursery which is in my bedroom as well but mama was NOT happy! That is until yesterday. She finally agreed that it was an acceptable place and is now settled in with her kitties who are 17 days old today!

So the new mother is my Cornish Rex cat Romy.

Romy the Cornish Rex queen

And here are a few photos of her and the babies taken over the last 17 days.

If you are not a cat person, I apologize. I don’t usually talk so much about my cats but today’s post is a little different as the past ones have been – given my personal situation at the moment.

Now on to crafting. I have managed to finish 2 pairs of socks. One of them were my pattern/invention and the other is a pattern by Kay Jones of the Bakery Bears (don’t remember the pattern name just now).

I have also started to assemble a “new”/”old” crochet blanket. I don’t remember when I started this but it’s been a while. I crocheted a lot of colored squares and now I’m doing the white ones and joining them to the colored ones as I go. There are a gazillion ends to weave in so progress is slow. I also realized that as I used whatever yarn I found, well not all fingering yarns are equal and so now that I’m joining I realize that some of the squares are too big… but hey that is not a real problem. I can just crochet new ones if I need to. I’m in no shortage of minis!

This is the Battenberg Blanket by Sandra Paul and it is free on Ravelry. I’m not far along but so far I like it. I chose to use only pink and purple type colors/yarns.

My progress on the Battenberg Blanket

I’m also working on a short sleeved sweater by Petite Knit called the Friday Tee. I’m knitting mine with a linen yarn from Knitting for Olive. I like it so far and I think I’m not far from being done with the body.

So that’s about all I have going project wise. I am feeling an urge to start on a new pair of socks and for some reason I also really want to start on a new shawl only for that I need 2 identical skeins or 2 complimentary skeins.

Let me tell you, moving houses was a huge wake up call where stash was concerned and I think this actually warrants an entire post because boy do I have yarn………………………………….Hundreds of skeins! No I did not count, I was afraid to! And of course 99% of those are single skeins of ….sock yarn and 80% probably do not coordinate with any other skein or I would have to spend HOURS looking for THE possible matching skein to pull of a 2 skein project!

It did however make me realize that I was not being realistic in my yarn aspirations and I really want to start using up the stash. Don’t think I will ever deplete it but I will try to get it to a manageable size before my next move! I hope…

So thank you for stopping by and sharing some of your precious time with me. I also want to thank everyone who reached out to me and sent me wonderful, encouraging messages of hope and friendship. Your support means a lot to me and at the time brought me to tears. When we are facing a difficult situation and feel alone and vulnerable, friendship, even virtual, can make such a difference and I truly appreciate yours. Feeling appreciated and understood made a big difference and has helped me face this new life I now have. I am working on myself and I will continue to do so and improve my life and I hope to be back to blogging on a regular basis soon. This blog has been part of my life for over 5 years and I had a lot of plans for this when I started out and I want to continue working on this blog, share my crafting and musings and keep in touch with you!

So until next time, stay safe and happy crafting:)