Category Archive: Cats & Animals

Cat Rescue: Mission Was Not Impossible

Do you remember that I rescued 4 kittens while I was in Japan in July?

This was just over a month ago. We were rescuing kittens high up in the tree... four of them on individual trees.

This was just over a month ago. We were rescuing kittens high up in the tree... four of them on individual trees.

Out of 4 kittens three found a good home to each: My sister kindly adopted one, and two other really great family who I am confident that the kittens will be happy.

I have been watching Animal Planet program, namely Pitbulls and Parolles, Pit Boss, and My Cats from Hell. They are amazing program but it also made me realise the seriousness of stray dogs and cats all around the world and how difficult it is to adopt them to a family.

So when the last kitten was left, I was concerned. My sister now has total of 5 cats. My middle sister lives in a rented home so she cannot keep a pet. I seriously considered about bringing the kitten over to the UK and look for someone who would love the kitty.

BUT I am soooooo happy to let you guys know that the last kitten has now found a fantastic family. :D :D :D

He is going to be a lovely cat. I know it.

He is going to be a lovely cat. I know it. He has been chomping the cardboard box. I can see.

They are old couple, whose children have already grown up. They had a cat before and they wanted have a new cat to keep them company. My sister gave the kitten to live with them as a trial period, but I think he will stay there. How can you refuse such a cute kitten!!!

So all is good and I feel like I can have a nice relaxing knitty weekend. ;)

So to celebrate the cat rescue success, I have linked some of my favourite kitty sites here:

Modern Cat – Excellent site. I keep going there every day.

Ikea Hackers Pet Furniture Section – This makes me want to do DIY for my kitties.

Finally I found Da Bird here inthe UK. This toy was not available in the UK before. Now you can buy them there :). I think Da Butterflier is also good, but since I have a butterfly / moth phobia, I am still thinking about it…

Happy weekends everyone!! :D

Visit to Japan: Part 2 – Japanese Yarn Shop (& Cats)

I love visiting different yarn shop wherever I go. This time, since our schedule was just too busy, I was only able to go to one shop (actually there were 2 shops next to each other).

My only visit to central Tokyo - Shibuya....According to Wesley, this Starbucks is the busiest shop in the world.

My only visit to central Tokyo - Shibuya....According to Wesley, this Starbucks is the busiest shop in the world.

Even before you reach your yarn destination, you see lots of unusual things in Tokyo. This one is an instant cup noodle restaurant. For Tokyoers speed and economy is very important (?)

Even before you reach your yarn destination, you see lots of unusual things in Tokyo. This one is an instant cup noodle restaurant. For Tokyoers speed and economy is very important (?)

The nearest Japanese yarn store from where we were staying was in Shibuya Seibu department store.

My first ever visit to la droguerie. This is a French store but extremely popular in Japan.

My first ever visit to la droguerie. This is a French store but extremely popular in Japan.

I was only allowed to take photos outside of the store but there were loads of nice yarn, buttons, ribbons etc. Patterns were generally quite simple I thought but they all had a particular “style” which was nice.

Next door was another Japanese craft shop.

Next door was another Japanese craft shop.

I asked the shop person if I could take a photo and she kindly told me that it was OK.

So many Japanese yarn here. This is just a display but they were so pretty!

This is just a display but they were so pretty!

I really wanted to explore more Japanese knitting while I was there but the time was so limited. Next time I will make sure to spend all day visiting various shops there.

Another thing about Japan was that there were so many stray cats everywhere! The weather is warm, there is not many animal welfare organisations like Cat Protection and pet insurance is relatively new thing in Japan. All these things, I think, results in high number of un-neutered cats – and it just becomes a snowball effect.

3-4 kittens with a very timid mum cat living in the bush right in front of a hotel.

3-4 kittens with a very timid mum cat living in the bush right in front of a hotel.

My sister’s neighbour was planning to rescue the whole family of cat above but she said that it’s just a tip of the iceberg. The worst one was when Wesley and I went for a 5 minutes walk and we found 4 kittens high up in different trees. The local people were saying that they have been there for 2 days and reckons that the mum cat was attacked by a wild animal (a stray dot (another problem) or a racoon) and kittens climb up the tree as high as possible.

Can you see a tiny yellow dot? That is a month-old kitten high up in the tree.

Can you see a tiny yellow dot? That is a month-old kitten high up in the tree.

… so what did we do? We rescued them! (took several hours to rescue all 4 of them and we ended up calling fire brigade with the local residents). Kindly my eldest sister looked after them while looking for a new owner. My sister took one of them, 2 found new owners. We have one left…

He was the healthiest one rescued but is the last to find a good owner.

He was the healthiest one rescued but is the last to find a good owner.

He has been vaccinated and clear from any infections and parasites. He is really good with other cats and is very playful. I am so praying that he will find the kindest owner that would love him to bits…

Kitty Distraction, Never Get Tempted.

Hope you all had a great weekend! I had a fabulous day with Mary at Intertwined Crafts on Sunday afternoon meeting with friends and eating Vietnamese food :D

For me, summer is a cruicial time to create knitting patterns for the winter season. So I have been working really hard designing, sampling, patterning etc. I will soon be introducing adult version of the Flower Girl’s Knitted Bolero with brand new Jamieson’s of Shetland DK in fabulous mirage colour.

New colour from Jamieson's of Shetland DK. This one is called Mirage. I love the specks of colours in magical blue!

New colour from Jamieson's of Shetland DK. This one is called Mirage. I love the specks of colours in magical blue!

Slowly but surely, my new men’s “simple but not simple” crewneck sweater is also being completed. This week I must calculate on the armhole knitting.

Another new colour from Jamieson's of Shetland called Camel. This is in Heather (aran weight yarn).

Another new colour from Jamieson's of Shetland called Camel. This is in Heather (aran weight yarn).

But the busier you get, the more distractions you encounter. While I am busy knitting and doing all the work for the shop, I can’t but notice how long my cats have enlongated due to hot weather.

Kumo is such a long cat but he is even longer during the hot weather.

Kumo is such a long cat but he is even longer during the hot weather.

I then notice Wata elongated on my bed.

I then notice Wata elongated too.

So I decided to measure their body (yes, I am totally being distracted!).

You know what will happen when you use a tape measure next to a cat.

You know what will happen when you use a tape measure next to a cat.

Kumo is so uncooperative. He just wants to destroy everything including a tape measure. I then try on Wata as he is a slightly better-behaved cat.

Kumo then jumps onto the tape. Really, I am wasting my time.

I kept thinking why I am doing this? If your pet(s) ever get elongated due to hot weather, do not be tempted to measure them. It is a toal waste of time. Now, back to knitting.

A Bug

I reckon I was not vaccinated properly when I was a child. I previously had an infection called “knitting” and I am still having it. My doctor said to me that it is a chronic condition and I probably won’t be able to recover from it.

 A sneak preview of the new pattern. This will be a lovely Shetland lace shawl. I have been reading up lots on Shetland lace knitting.

A sneak preview of the new pattern. This will be a lovely Shetland lace shawl. I have been reading up lots on Shetland lace knitting.

Couple of weeks ago, I had a new infection called “baking”. It’s the type “B” (for bread).

My first attempt of making brioche.

My first attempt of making brioche.

The symptoms include not able to do anything else except for baking. This is similar to the knitting bug.

I would say 90% success. I would like to try again to perfect the flavour and presentation.

I would say 90% success. I would like to try again to perfect the flavour and the presentation.

Also amnesia – specifically forgetting about cats and one’s own husband.

My sweet fragile Wata enjoying the sun.

My sweet fragile Wata enjoying the sun.

I nearly forgot my own birthday which is today!! :D The weather is so nice here so I am really happy. Hope to share my BD photos with you later this week.

Have a wonderful week!

Furry Friday – Funny Japanese Cat TV Commercials

I was wasting my time browsing YouTube and found some funny Japanese cat TV commercials. So I really wanted to share these with you today.

Watching these clips really made me laugh. So check them out!

Video 1: This is a TV ad about lux cat food. A man finds a stray cat (a woman dressing like a cat) but the cat is fussy and very difficult to please. Then he finds this lux cat food and the cat (i.e. the woman) is happy.

Video 2: Ad about windows. Cat know the best windows.

Video 3: Ad about healthy cat food. The guy interviews cats in the neighbourhood asking what they do to keep themselves healthy. But the cats all ignore him. The conclusion is that cats don’t care about their health so we have to.

Video 4: Version 2 of the above. I love this one :D

Hope you all have a great weekend!

What Doesn’t Kill You Only Makes You Stronger

I would like to share with you something personal today.

In September 2008, 4 months after our engagement, Wesley,my husband, was made redundant from his job. It was right in the middle of the credit crunch and soon after many people also lost their jobs.

At the time, we never anticipated the seriousness of this whole job losses. But months just passed away without any job offers. One year was gone. By then Wesley had over 40 interviews and countless rejections.

It was a serious learning curve and a challenge for both of us. We realised that one can never take anything for granted but always appreciate one another. We tried to save money. Everything was static. It nearly torn us apart but at the same time we tried our best to remain positive and eventually became closer to each other than ever.

I caught him sending a job request message in a bottle into the River Thames.. LOL!

I caught him sending a job request message in a bottle into the River Thames.. LOL!

1 year and 3 months passed and it was just few days after my husband’s birthday, he got a JOB!

This week was Wesley’s first week at his new office. He loves it. I am so happy and we promised to each other that we will remain positive and work hard together forever.

Kumo was never fond of anyone but me until I met Wesley...

Kumo was never fond of anyone but me until he met Wesley…

I am at home praying with my cats that my husband will like the new job. Just so that Kumo and Wata don’t miss him too much, they are getting extra treats especially for Wata who has sadly lost significant amount of weight over the past 6 months because of his illness. Apparently this helps preventing your cats to be depressed when the owner is away.

Wata is my fragile baby who just is the loveliest.

Wata is my fragile kitty who just is the loveliest.

If you got to this far, thank you so much for reading this post. Thank you for all your support and kind words and comments throughout last year. Your comments always made me happy and gave me positive energy to go on. – BIG HUGS-

Furry Friday: Cotton & Cloud’s Cats

Today is all about Kumo and Wata. Yes, they are my cats. Since it’s Christmas, I thought I will write about something that you didn’t know about them.

Also, I have been awarded by Pili and Sue for the blog (thank you!) so I will also incorporate this by writing something that you didn’t know about me:

1) I came to the UK when I was 13 and went to a boarding school called Malvern Girls’ College. I was already known to be good at knitting (or the only person who knitted).

2) I had two dogs when I was a child. When both of them died of old age, a lot of stray cats started to live in our house garden. This is how I have become crazy about cats.

3) I am good at skipping rope.

4) In school, my friend told me that cockroaches become white when they become really big. I believed it for a long time.

5) I have flat feet.

Kumo (behind) 7 years, Wata (front) 7 years.

Kumo (behind), Wata (front).

How did you meet Kumo & Wata?

I randomly saw an ad for Cornish Rex cats and I fell in love with them. I was planning to have one cat. There were three kittens at the time and one was already reserved by someone. Looking at Kumo and Wata as kittens together, I just could not part them. So without a question I took both home with me. They were 14 weeks old.

How would you describe Kumo & Wata’s personality?

Kumo: Very naughty but loving. He loves to cuddle and play. He is a real sweetheart who always comes to cheer me up when I cry.

Wata: Very shy but curious. He only allows to be cuddled by me. He is a clever shy little kitty cat who loves to play privately.

Kumo = naughty cat. He even demolishes his own home.

Kumo = naughty cat. He even demolishes his own home.

What is Kumo and Wata’s favourite toy?

Kumo loves my hairband. He always “abduct” one from somewhere and drown it in his water bowl. Afterward he splashes the water bowl by trying to get the hairband out of water.

Wata loves Mr Snake. He randomly drags him from the living room to the bedroom. It is the sign of him wanting to play so I always play with him when he does this.

Wata also loves playing within the tunnel I bought from Ikea.

Wata also loves playing within the tunnel I bought from Ikea.

What is Kumo & Wata’s favourite food?

Both of them loves freeze dried food by thrive. They also like steamed cod and chicken…

What is your favorite website for pets (e.g. shop, arts, toys etc.)

I like Mungo and Maud. I have never bought anything from there before because it is pricy but I love their product and it’s a real inspirations for crafters.

What do you like most about living with Kumo & Wata?

They are my furry best friends. They always cheer me up and make me a better person whenever I am going through a difficult time.

I also sleep with them because they are super cuddly (and they sleep like human with their head out of duvet – it’s kind of funny).

Kumo likes to put his head on human pillow and sleep.

Kumo likes to put his head on human pillow and sleep.

What is the most annoying thing that Kumo & Wata do?

When Kumo is feeling insecure, he uses our bed as his loo…. He hasn’t done this for a long time now.. fingers crossed.. Kumo also likes to smash tea cups if there are some water in them. So we have to make sure that there are absolutely no cups lying around “unsupervised” in the flat.

Wata generally is a good kitty. But I am sure he is doing something naughty when I am not looking.

What is the most memorable moment with Kumo & Wata?

Kumo was even naughtier when he was a kitten. He used to run and jump around everywhere. I was having a bath one day and Kumo had never seen water before. When the water in the bath was being drained, he decided that he would like to jump into the water (I think he thought he could walk on it). He quickly jumped out of the water and literally ran soaking wet around the flat. It was a mad moment. Now he is a little more grown up, he goes into the shower cubicle after we had shower and stay there to warm up (a but like a sauna).

For Wata, it was when he was first diagnosed to have a nasal cancer (it really is located between the back of his nose and his brain). Whenever I had to take him to the vet I would always stay with him. He never had any operations: just two rounds of chemo but I stopped before his renal function went down. I would always tell him that I would never let anyone hurt him and that he will be OK. Now he always sits on my lap or sleeps with me as if to say that he is OK. It’s been two years and I am thankful everyday for his health.

He is my precious little kitty cat who is really shy. I am so glad he is doing very well.

He is my precious little kitty cat who is really shy. I am so glad he is doing very well.

Which part of Kumo & Wata’s life style do you care most about?

Health. I make sure that they eat the healthy food and play with them everyday properly so that they are not bored.

What has living with Kumo & Wata taught you?

To love more than you get even they love me back lots more.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Nice Feline Weekend

It was such a nice weekend in London. Very sunny and warm indeed.
Kumo especially enjoyed it. He was sunbathing on his favourite spot (i.e. bottom left corner of the bed).
… grooming and dancing…
…what a beautiful day.
I think he is a very happy cat indeed…

Effect of Snow on Animals

It’s been so cold, so wintery and so lovely!! Lots of snow in London ☃ !
This is what snow does to adults…
Making a really ugly snowman at 10.30pm… I was forced to stop knitting and go outside to help Wesley making it.
This is what snow does to my cats…
Make their neck long…☺
Will be a lot more knitting in the next post! Thank you for visiting this blog and viewing the scarf pattern. I have been very encouraged by many visitors.
I hope you all have a good week ahead! ✌