Wednesday, April 30, 2014

RIP Stache

Stache (short for moustache) appeared at my door in November, 1999. He was a tiny ball of fur with the cutest little meow. Well, I fed him and he never left. He loved me for 14 1/2 years, observing the birth of my son, the death of a husband and marriage to another. He resentfully tolerated various bothersome dogs that joined the family, and he let you know if wanted to be alone.

He would lie on my chest and sniff my face, sometimes patting my mouth with his soft white paws. He loved having his face rubbed, especially his jaws and the front of his ears. One of his favorite things was a vigorous knuckle rub on the forehead. He showed his pleasure with a loud purr.

Stache would be there waiting for my son to come home from school, and they would have their time together. He was a great listener, and he helped solve many of life's problems, big and small. 

Recently, Stache began to lose weight very quickly. He became very lethargic and disinterested in any kind of activity. As it turned out, his kidneys were failing, and they eventually gave up today. 

I miss and grieve for my kitty. Stache, you will always be in my heart. I love you very much. May you rest in peace.

Many thanks to the wonderful staff at Foothill Farms Veterinary Hospital for devotion and to and care of my faithful friend.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Lacy Kippah - Free Pattern!

Lacy Kippah

By Lisa Stanton, PumpkinBaby Designs

This lightweight lacy kippah (“yarmulke” in Yiddish,) serves as a head covering option for the stylish Jewish woman. Using a smaller than recommended needle makes a firmer finished project.

Gauge: 22 st x 32 rows = 4”
Finished size: 7” diameter, 19” circumference

  • Size US 5 knitting needles, either extra-long circular for magic loop method or DPNs for knitting in the round.
  • 25 - 30 yards of aran or worsted weight wool or wool-blend yarn. Sample in above photo was knitted in Cablenella by Melrose Yarn Company (currently discontinued.) Paint Box by Knit One, Crochet Too yarn was used in the blocking photo below.
  • 1 stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

Using the knitted cast-on technique, cast on 84 stitches. Join in the round, being careful to avoid twisting. Place marker to designate beginning of round.

Rounds 1 & 2: Knit
Round 3: *YO K2tog* to end
Round 4: *K10 K2tog* to end (77 st)
Round 5: (*YO K2tog) 5x K1* to end
Round 6: *K9 K2tog* to end (70 st)
Round 7: *YO K2tog* to end 
Round 8: *K8 K2tog* to end (63 st)
Round 9: *(YO K2tog) 4x K1* to end
Round 10: *K7 K2tog* to end (56 st)
Round 11: *YO K2tog* to end
Round 12: *K6 K2tog* to end (49 st)
Round 13: *(YO K2tog) 3x K1* to end
Round 14: *K5 K2tog* to end (42 st)
Round 15: *YO K2tog* to end
Round 16: *K4 K2tog* to end (35 st)
Round 17: *(YO K2tog) 2x K1 to end
Round 18: *K3 K2tog* to end (28 st)
Round 19: *YO K2tog* to end
Round 20: *K2 K2tog* to end (21 st)
Round 21: *K1 K2tog* to end (14 st)
Rounds 22 & 23: *K2tog* until 5 stitches left

Cut yarn & thread tapestry needle. With needle, go through remaining 5 stitches twice and pull tight to close circle. Knot yarn and weave in end. Weave in tail from cast-on.
Wet block over shallow bowl to desired shape.

Wet Blocking over a small bowl to set in curved shape


*…*      Repeat instructions inside asterisks
YO        Yarn Over
K          Knit
K2tog  Knit 2 together
st          stitch(es)
x           Repeat section in parentheses the number of times indicated