Thursday, November 15, 2007

Birthday surprise part deux

As further proof of the long range planning that went into Birthday Surprise 2007, here are some photos of projects made by Dancing Diva. DD was so helpful and pleasant, offering to clean the sewing studio this past week, that I should have had a clue that come clandestine gift making was going on. She managed to whip these items up during her "cleaning" sessions and my frequent absences to Hockeyman's games. The amazing thing is that she did get a remarkable amount of cleaning done, too. Enough to fool me into thinking that's all that was taking place.

The lovely mushroom shaped item is a pet bed, albeit a bit large for Harley yet but it will hopefully be large enough for both cats, once they finally meet and become friends.

The three wool felt toys were also whipped up by the deceptively docile Dancing Diva. Needless to say, Harley LOVES the mouse with the long tail. He's spent several hours playing with that toy alone - and it doesn't even have any catnip in it. I suspect that Harley is going to be a wee bit spoiled in the coming months with additional toys WITH CATNIP to come.

On the knitting front, I've finished the first part of my costume for Beauty and the Beast. I pulled out the tried-and-true Flower Basket shawl pattern from IK. I have to apologize for the poor picture quality. I even pulled the whole blocking pad outside to try and get some daylight shots but it was too windy to move it further than the covered patio. It tried to sail away once while trying to maneuver it into place even in that sheltered spot.

Once the shawl is completely dry, I promise to take a much better photo.

As for any new photographic evidence of kittenly capers . . . well, Harley isn't cooperating with me. He ends up a flashing blur in most photos - or with his hind foot in the air and his head down for a spot of cleaning (you know - ewww) - or with a vampirish gaping maw. He has a remarkable awareness of when the flash is going to go off and manages to contort himself into the most horrible positions. Those of you who get such awesome photos of cats, tell me how you do it.

Look at the camera and say, "cheese," Harley - PULEEEEESE!


Guinifer said...

For someone who says she's not getting any knitting done, you seem to come up with a remarkable number of FO's!

I never had much luck getting poses from my tabby either - maybe the black kitties are the best models, hehe?

Sheepish Annie said...

Oh, I just love the new addition to the family! What a wonderful surprise! And DD did a wonderful job with the stitching. As did Mom on that shawl...amazing!!