Monday, July 1, 2019

Nature and Messes

Do not be fooled by this sweet-looking animal. She seems to be driven by nature to play with yarn. 

I should have taken a photo. However, I was distracted by having to untangle miles of yarn and roll it into balls for my Hitchhiker.  She must have had a fabulous time winding so much yarn around the chairs and table on our screened porch.

Untangling it was not so much fun. Since she had gone into a knitting bag and dragged out the whole project with its many yarns, I decided that I needed some larger project bags that I could put in my tote. Shopping was fun.

I found these darling and sturdy bags on Etsy from a seller called Whimzee Stitches. 
Here you can see that a medium bag easily fits a nearly finished Hitchhiker and a good cake of yarn.
Nature -- as in the weather -- has been frustratingly unpredictable here, with scorching heat alternating with frightening downpours. I took my mom to the airport this afternoon (she's flying to Virginia to see my brothers). Much to my surprise, the sun was out as I drove back through town, so I stopped to do some sketching:
I ended up working even more slowly than usual because I was joined by three, talkative street people. They were passing around bottle of vodka, which I didn't mind; but they were also smoking cigarettes, which I do! They were very nice and told me I am very beautiful for an older lady. Is that a compliment?

Then I took a little stroll and saw this guy:

Last Friday, I was planning to meet up with Kathy B and Mrs. Macawber. Kathy and I agreed that the weather was too bad -- terrible storms, downed trees. But Sue (Mrs. Macawber) wasn't intimidated and she made it just fine. I should have gone -- the storms ended (which is not what the forecast said!) -- and they had a great time.

We'll have to try again soon, ladies!

19 comments:

  1. Definitely have to try again soon!

    What a fantastic sketch. You captured all the charm of that lovely building. Sorry to hear about the smoke - I can't handle that either. At least you were outdoors....

    Bucky looks properly truculent. :)

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  2. You know we will Deb!! I missed you !!! Naughty cats around here get into the best wool they can ,whenever they can! All bags must be put away at night or even when I run to the bathroom ......they lie in waiting ...for me to forget!

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  3. P.S. Forgot to say those project bags are adorable. I have a big collection of recycled giant ziplock bags which have kept me from temptation where project bags are concerned. There are so many cute ones available.

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  4. Oooh, bad kitty! My nephew's dog liked to drag my knitting around. I learned to zip the top of my knitting bag very quickly. I love your sketch!

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  5. Your sketching is amazing.

    Awwwwwwwwwwwww...kitty just figured if YOU like playing with yarn so much, she would too. (Sounds like she had a GRAND time.)

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  6. Great bags! My kitties do the same thing with any yarn they can get a hold of. I've also got quite a collection of zipped bags for that very reason.

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  7. That innocent face? Oh my, what a little rascal. Good thing she is so cute!

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  8. Love the project bags!! That angelic face kitten played with yarn? Hard to believe :) . You sketching is indeed amazing! Love it!!! Have a wonderful 4th!!

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  9. Your sketch is wonderful! Love it. And the new bags are darling. Cats will be cats.

    The vodka drinkers telling you that you are very beautiful for an older lady cracks me up!

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  10. Kitty was just trying to tell you that you needed to do some shopping. Really, she did you a favour!

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  11. Love the sketch! I'm trying to do some sketching this summer too (You inspired me!)

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  12. Ok, so you had to untangle the yarn, but you got new project bags as a result, so it's a win!
    It sounds as though you had a lovely stroll and the sketch is fab - yes I would definitely take it as a compliment.

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  13. Love your sketch -- and so happy you were able to nab a spot of sunshine to do it! :-)

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  14. Oh, dear to that naughty kitty! I'm glad there was no permanent damage at least! I think you can choose to consider it a compliment! lol
    Your drawing is amazing!

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  15. I have to keep all my yarn in a project bag or hidden, Holly LOVES yarn and will make the biggest mess with a skein. She is a little stinker but I love her. fantastic sketch!!

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  16. What an adorable kitty! I can well imagine her having a good time playing with yarn.

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  17. Your kitty definitely loves yarn; I sure hope your new bags have a nice zipper! Sorry you missed your meetup with Kathy; I missed seeing her the last time we were in the area, too. Love your sketches as always. Do you expect to get out this way any time soon?

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  18. Great project bags. I like the orange accents. I could probably see the bright color in my messy closet. And yes, I'd take the comment about being beautiful as a compliment. Why not? You are beautiful through and through.

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  19. Love the project bags! I'm so sorry you had to deal with the untangling. What a nightmare! I remember the time my dog got a fair isle project out of my bag and had a bit of fun with it. My family had come home first and found it and had been trying to untangle it for over an hour when I came home. My husband met me in the driveway to warn me of the disaster. I too wish we'd taken photos. Even after they'd been working on it for an hour, it was still a disaster of epic proportions. What I'd really have liked is a video of the dog doing it. How she managed to get the yarn over and under and around and around and over and under.... is a mystery.

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