A little over a month ago we said goodbye to our cat, Melvin.
He was a first cat for 2 lifelong dog people – some of you may remember those days 11 years ago. Humans & cat were in mutual bewilderment. Many of my online ‘pocket’ friends & hometown knitters (yay, Sarah!) taught me how to be owned by a cat. I thank you all. You were right: a cat was a good idea.
One spinning friend, Sandi Wiseheart. helped by showing me how we from time-to-time are expected to address our cats. It was your best warmth, clear note of awe delivered with undertones of worship. Melvin was visibly pleased as I took Sandi’s advice to heart.
For many years this was the cover image of my blog-in-progress album on Flickr. The bag is made by my friend whose business is By Needle & Thread.
Most of the other out-takes are of Mel sleeping on wool locks. I have grouped them in this album (click on those words) if you would like to see the uploaded but not blogged images.
Rather than share the still fresh story of his sudden illness, last 2 months after a rebound, this picture says the most. Melly cat supervised us all, including my Eastern European small saxony spinning wheel. It is the oldest picture of him in Flickr.
We were prepared, and it has been a heavy month. This morning, as I looked at wandering.shop posts it was so clear that cat lovers still do a fabulous #caturday. They brought a smile & a toot of appreciation.
For the moment my Spiderweb Pouch by Heidi Iverson, Honeyfolk Clothing is a doily. The channel can be used later for a drawstring but I love seeing the rainbow sequence of tambourine stitches laid flat.
As we say in Jamaica, “Walk good.” Melvin is deeply missed. Ty was very close to him, and I truly considered him a help when symptoms came forward at home.