"But, really, why does anyone create? You feel a... a restlessness inside, a need to make something new, something no one has ever seen before. You want to add to the beauty and the richness of the world with a gift, an offering that is uniquely yours. It's an act of selfishness and generosity, all rolled into one."

-- Bruce Coville,
The Last Hunt

Monday, April 11, 2011


Mutual grooming is one way that cats show affection for each other. When you pet them, they interpret that as grooming, and so when they lick you, they're really just petting you back.

Also, when they rub against you, part of what they're doing is marking you as their territory by leaving their scent on you. It's only fair, you know; we use collars and tags and microchips on them. Every single day, as soon as I get out of the shower, Squijum is right there rubbing all over me. Having just washed all his scent off myself, you see, I must immediately be re-marked.

Usually Squijum strews my tatted pieces across the living room during the night. Last night he decided to stack them neatly instead.


  1. Aw, what a sweet love is that Squijum.

    Do I see an unfinished onion dome motif amongst the pile of tatted pieces? If that is a current work-in-progress (as opposed to something you started and has been lying around for awhile) then we must be thinking alike. I have been playing around with this design again.

    Aside from the possible Onion Dome, your pile of tatted pieces is very, very pretty!

  2. Isdihara, it's actually finished. It's the one I test-tatted when we were in Sharon's design class together. I still think it's a really cool design, too. :)

  3. I love my dogs, but this makes me miss having a cat :)

  4. Pippa is the first cat that has ever owned me and Im learning a great deal about her body language. She seems to try to divide her ‘good’ attention between husband and I; but, he feeds her so she follows him around. Im mostly in bed, so she comes beside me and lays under my arm. She is EVER ready to steal a shuttle, crochet hook, small bead box ~ She has licked my hand and in the morning to awaken me, she gives me what I call ‘whisker kisses’. She is obsessed with my oxygen line and if I take it off, she tries to grab it and run off...
    I love reading about your kitty’s adventures..its nice to know there is another with tatting and a cat up north..
    xxx bj

  5. Unfortunately I lost my dog just before I got married, and my new husband would not let me replace her. I did tell him if any happen to him he would walk out one day and a dog would walk in the other. Your kitty looks so sweet and I like the idea that when you have had a wash she comes and re-washes you, I am sure she is making sure you are clean!! I look forward to hearing more about her adventures.