Crazy (about) Cat Lady

I’ve finally put all of my dolls on display! I’m not going to share photos until they’re dressed and have shoes on (>_< I know. Shame on me). The cats have been pretty much running my life (moreso than before). 

I know kittens are adorable, but there’s something to be said about how chill older cats are. My older kitty is now the unwilling mom of the kitten, and she has no where she can escape to without the kitten managing to follow her (there is one place, in the cabinet where my kitten hasn’t figured out how to climb, but for some reason the older cat won’t go there.).

I’ve made a couple of things for my cats! First off, I’m growing grass for them ^^. 

This is wheat grass, grown in a ceramic tiny bowl in some wet paper towels (yay DIY! Yay no dirt!). My older cat loves chewing on grass (and then puking it up).

I’ve also crocheted a mouse and a ball for my friend who has a cat.

To be completely honest, having a kitten is nothing like I imagined. I didn’t realize how hyperactive the kitten would be and how annoyingly in the way she would be to both me and my older cat. I’m hoping the kitten will learn to leave my older cat alone soon, because she’s near 8 years old and an unwilling participant in kitten motherhood. I’ve become a huge fan of older cats lol, and an advocate of adopting kittens in pairs. 

For all I complain though, Nimby is so stinking cute. 

Busy mother of two

So my family has grown in the past week from one cat to two (I now officially qualify as a cat lady). 

Meet Nimby! Her name is kind of short for Nimbus, which was my alternative for Cloud or Cloudy. Also, it stands for Not In My Back Yard, after a character from the Xanth series.

She is so stinking sweet, but also really annoying to both me and my older kitty. I wasn’t planning on adding a kitten to my family, what with my situation not being entirely stable, but it was kind of kismet.

But with cats comes great responsibility. I’ve been at the vet office for 1.5 hours… Just sitting here… Waiting for both cats to be vetted. I’m pooped.

In other news, ^^ I recently sent a girl off to be customized (my newest girl Hi-Ho Marine). She’s kind of my Christmas gift to myself, or like a reward for getting my butt to the west coast. Other than that, I’ve been pretty inactive with my hobbies. I want to be more active but currently I have all of my yarn and dolls safely tucked away from curious kitten paws.

Moving with a cat (because I think this may be helpful)

I recently went back to NYC to get my cat. I literally made myself sick with anxiety for years at the thought of one day having to relocate with my cat. I’ve googled “long distance flying with pet cat” and “moving with cat” countless times, and I’m not sure anything really prepared me for what to expect. 

I moved from New York to California (at first, by myself, and then I went back to get the furbaby). My cat has feline epilepsy, which she takes medicine for daily. Her seizures can be triggered by stress, and although she hasn’t had an episode in over a year, I still worry. She’s also about 8 years old.

Here is the ins and outs of my kitty’s trip.

Step 1 – Planning ahead

  1. I flew with my cat as an in-cabin pet. From what I’ve read, this is LOADS safer than checking a pet in. If you have you cat crated and sent by plane, you don’t know what will happen from when your cat leaves your hands to when you land and get your cat back. You can opt to add an in-cabin pet when you book your plane ticket. This cost me $125.
  2. I purchased a roomier carrier than I already had (I bought the Sherpa deluxe delta carrier). I wanted my cat to be as comfortable as possible during the trip. I made sure that the new carrier fit the size requirements as expressed by the airline.

  1. For domestic flights, my airline didn’t require any paperwork. I took my kitty the vet a couple of days prior to the trip to get some sedatives for her and also get her checked out before traveling.

Step 2 – The big day

  1. I didn’t fast my cat. My vet told me it wasn’t necessary. If my cat was going to have an accident, it was going to happen. It didn’t though! She was a trooper, holding it in.
  2. The total travel time was: 1 hour drive to the airport + 2.5 hours checking in, going through security, and waiting to board the plane + 5.5 hours on the plane + 1 hour getting out of the airport and driving to my apartment. TOTAL: 10 hours in the carrier.
  3. Checking in was relatively painless… It was going through security that sucked. Despite the airline customer service assuring me that my cat won’t need to be taken out of her carrier, TSA told me that the carrier would need to be scanned separately. They told me I would have to hold my cat, and go through the body scanner with her. I let the TSA people know that I couldn’t do that – my cat has never been in this sort of situation and was probably terrified, and she also hates being held. They took me to a small enclosed plastic room right next to the queue and had me take my cat out there. I highly recommend you insist on having your cat’s carrier scanned this way if there’s any fear that your cat might bolt. Also, my cat while she hates going into the carrier while at home, will gladly scamper in when she’s in an environment she’s unfamiliar with. 
  4. The flight wasn’t too bad either. I sedated my cat as directed by my vet an hour before the flight. My cat was quiet for the entire flight, and car ride home.

Step 3 – Welcoming my cat home

  1. I made sure to set up the litter box in advance. As soon as I let my cat out of her carrier, I made sure she knew where the box was.
  2. I also showed her where her food and water bowl were.
  3. She was a bit out of it from the sedation, but it wasn’t too bad.

Step 4 – Cats are not the most well-adjusted creatures

The first two nights were kind of awful. My cat spent the second night crying and pacing the entire time. She also kept stepping on me and pawing my face, which is what she does when she wants food… But her food bowl was completely full. I got very little sleep. 

It’s day three today, and I’m hoping she’ll settle down. 

Mad at me

Big fluffy tail of fear


I hope this helps anyone who finds themselves in a similar predicament. I just wanted to let you know that it can be done… It has been done!

This week on “Off the Shelf Life”…

IMG_5359.JPGIMG_5361.JPGIMG_5360.JPGLol, Merry is okay. I stopped my cat before she knocked Merry over. It has to be jealousy though, because most of the time, the camera is pointed at her as opposed to my dolls. I put Merry in a Reve de Rui tunic top and Mini Jijo socks. Her shoes are her stock shoes, and I crocheted that scarf.IMG_5365.JPGI changed Rory into the stock Stella Savannah dress and blouse. The fox headband has been on her since I got back from Blythe Con in October.

I haven’t redressed Marina, because I’m waiting for Christmas! I ordered her very own dress by Plastic Fashion, and I’m waiting for Christmas to open it up and put it on her. ^^ Only five more days til the big day!

Holiday photo bomb

  

I’m still digesting the Thanksgiving feast… And the leftovers. I will hopefully do more dolly things this weekend, but I’m not hopeful as I’m currently vegetating. I’m also in this weird place where I’m not waiting for anything in the mail (yet! Still waiting on my commission customization of Finley.). 

Actually, I am kind of waiting for something from one of my best friends ^^. My friend is an artist, and she promised me a digital art drawing of one of my dolls. I was super excited when I saw the progress photo:  It’s Rory!! Totally framing that and putting it on my dolly shelf.  

I’ll hopefully have more to post this weekend ^^. I hope everyone celebrating Thanksgiving had a good holiday, and happy Friday to both celebrators and non celebrators 😀 .

 

The Would-be Trinity Stitch Cowl Hood

My intention was to make a cowl that could be pulled over the head and used as a hood. I wanted to try the trinity stitch, and winter is coming, so I thought a cowl hood would be perfect.   

The Trinity stitch is very easy! Your starting stitch must be a multiple of 4. Skip the first chain and Single crochet into chain 2. Then, you do a Single Crochet 3 Together using chain 2, 3, and 4. Chain one. Single crochet 3 together using chain 4, 5, and 6. Chain one. 

You keep doing SC3tog working into the stitch your last SC3tog ended on, and then you chain one. When you get to the last stitch, don’t chain 1 after the sc3tog. Instead, you single crochet into the last stitch. Chain two and turn.

Repeat for each row.

I hope my explanation was clear. If not, I really like New Stitch a Day for looking up new stitches. 

Sooooo, I kind of made the cowl too wide and my cat took a keen interest in what I was crocheting. I ended up making a mat/blanky for my kitty ^^.     

I really like trying new stitches! The trinity stitch was very easy once I got the hang of it. This stitch also has an interesting texture, and I was happy with the way the multicolored yarn made sort of a pattern of colors. 

I hope it keeps my baby warm during the winter ^^.

Shiny new things :3

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😀 I got Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer in the mail! I haven’t played it yet, but I plan to on my commute tomorrow… which means farm life (Story of Seasons) may take a back seat for a week or so… along with all the other things I’m supposed to do but keep putting off (oops).

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Also, check out my new hooks! One can never have too many hooks. ^^ I haven’t tried them out yet, but I hope they’re comfortable to use. I’m contemplating looking into crochet hooks with cushions, or more ergonomic hooks because the WIP i’m trying to complete is killing my wrists. I’m currently making this bag to carry my dollies in for Blythe Con:

😀 I could potentially carry a girl in each pocket! My bag is going to be only 2 colors (pastel minty green for the body and cream as an accent. I’m hoping it doesn’t end up looking like a baby bag), and I’m using acrylic yarn and not cotton because it was more cost effective that way. The whole bag is done in single crochet stitches, doubling up the yarn, and using a 4mm hook. Ugh. Single crochet at this scale is the WORST because it takes forever to crochet something as big as a bag. So far, I have 3 out of the 4 sides of the bag done… I still have the one large side to finish, as well as the base of the bag, the handles, and the pockets. I WILL finish this thing by Blythe Con Chicago!

Side note for anyone interested in making this bag:

  • I think, if I were to make this bag again, I would just go for the yarn it specifies in the pattern (Lily’s Sugar and Cream cotton yarn). I do find acrylic easier to work with, but I think I would have preferred a cotton bag over a slightly fuzzy acrylic yarn one. Also, even though the weight of the yarn I bought is the same as the one specified in the pattern, I’m not dealing with the same issues I’ve read about in other people’s comments on Ravelry. Unlike a lot of other crocheters, I’m not finding the double yarn strands difficult to crochet with a 4mm hook. Additionally, I’m also worried that the bag will stretch out too much since it’s made out of acrylic.
  • The next time I make this bag, I might use the half double crochet stitch instead of a single crochet stitch. 😀 And I’ll pick wilder colors!

When it starts looking more like a bag, I’ll update the blog with some progress photos ^^.