March 02, 2010


Here's something you don't see every day:


Scott with a cat in his lap!

This is our new member of the family, Gypsy. We adopted her about 10 days ago. I was browsing Craigslist one evening, and here was this little cat needing a new home. Gypsy's previous owner was an eldery lady who'd had to go into a nursing home, and the lady's other relatives didn't want the cat. So I think of this as a humanitarian effort. Gypsy is 7 years old, and tiny. She is also --


a Manx! My daughter Allegra did some research on the internet, and found out that Manx have different designations based on how long their tails are. She determined that Gypsy is a "rumpy riser!" Manx also have large eyes, which I think you get a sense of from this picture.

Initially, Scott was opposed. Malcolm is more than enough cat for the Campbell household! And Malcolm, being young, still has a lot of chi. Still, though Scott tries to not let on ... he has secretly become very fond of Gypsy.


In knitting news: My current project is the Skew socks from the Winter 2009 issue of Knitty. Marti of Weebug Knits can take the blame credit for getting me started on this oh-so-obsessive-compulsive project; she'd started hers and was a bit confused by the directions. I thought I'd take a look ... and these socks have the most interesting construction I've ever seen. I started reading the pattern on Knitty, getting more and more hooked into wanting to knit a pair ... and then I got to the end of the pattern and read the designer's bio:

"Lana Holden lives in rural Indiana with her crocheter/mathematician husband ... and more cats than strictly necessary...."

I'm so there!

I'm using Regia Design Line for these socks. The particular self-striping one I'm using is 4257 Twilight.

Posted by Karen at March 2, 2010 08:14 AM

Rumpy Riser - that is too cute! Seems like it could be a good horse name too. She's an adorable cat and you've done a good thing. How are the two Gatos getting along?

Posted by: Linda "K" at March 2, 2010 12:58 PM

I've been really good about introducing them slowly. Malcolm tends to hiss at Gypsy when he sees her. She is very curious about him, and, fortunately, she doesn't turn and run away, because he'd chase her, for sure. He is twice her size!

Malcolm has been very mad at ME. But he is slowly getting over it.

Posted by: Karen at March 2, 2010 03:03 PM

Gypsy is a beautiful kitty! She is also very lucky to have found such a good home. You guys will spoil her rotten, as a kitty should be.

Posted by: Jewel at March 2, 2010 09:53 PM

what a gorgeous cat! and how lucky to be adopted by you.

Posted by: mary jane at March 3, 2010 05:50 AM