Now Me and the V.

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Kitters6

The other day I was at the P.O. When I went to check my P.O. box it was stuffed with bookplate-requesting SASEs! They actually fell out of the box and onto the floor when I opened the little door. I laughed out loud with happiness. People!!! How cool are you! I love you. Thank you for making me feel so special, and for making this book time so wonderful. Thank you for all the sweet notes tucked into envelopes, the emails, the kind reviews on your blogs, the comments you've left on book-selling sites. I'm really so overwhelmed by your kindness. There are so many generous magazine articles and reviews and book excerpts out right now, too, and I will point you toward all of those as soon as I get them organized. Monday. I will also get a Flickr group going to share photos of projects. Today I am signing and sending out bookplates ASAP, under Violet's supervision. She's sitting on a pile of book postcards.

Our kitters, Violet Paulson, has been with us a long time. She's fourteen this fall. I got her in September of 1994, in Missoula, a few weeks after I'd moved there. Andy moved to Missoula a few weeks after I'd arrived and didn't know about the kitten. He likes to tell the story of how he arrived in Missoula, after driving straight through from Chicago, and found not me (because I was downtown buying a nightgown) but the teensy-tiniest tabby cat you ever did see, meowing up at him. I got her when she was about three weeks old — too early to be separated, but her living conditions were atrocious. So she came home with me, and sat on my shoulder, like a bird, for several weeks. I lived in a big house with some of my other ex-pat-Chicago girlfriends then, and between them they had four dogs, including Rue, a Rhodesian Ridgeback (bred to hunt lions), who sat outside the closed, kitten-containing bedroom all day and stared at the crack between the door and the jamb, hoping it would open. But little Violet eventually came out of the bedroom and held her own with all the dogs, finding places to hide between chair legs, good ambushing spots from behind plant stands. I think she loved all of the dogs, even Rue. One time, in that house in Missoula, long before we started actually letting her outside, I couldn't find her anywhere. I looked everywhere, every single nook and cranny, and I knew that all the doors and windows were shut. Except for the skylight in the bathroom, which was open. How she jumped through the open skylight in the ceiling (from the sink? It had to be the sink) I'll never know. She was so tiny. She fell off the roof and landed in a pile of rhubarb. When I found her, sitting under her rhubarb-leaf parasol like a wide-eyed and thoroughly rattled baby owl, her ears out sideways, she hissed at me like How could you let me do that? I apologized profusely, my heart pounding. And she hasn't been too far from one or the other of us ever since.

Kitters1

She's also helping me finish the runner. This is the ironing board. Where I was trimming the edges and just turned around for one second to go get the pin holder. One second is all she needs: V. jumps up, makes herself comfortable, notices the scissors and when I return she looks at me like How could you leave these big huge scissors here where I could get hurt?

Kitters3

At least she's not around for convos like this (as I slipstitch squares in bed while watching the Hallmark Channel when Andy walks in):

"Honey, I have some bad news. There's a #20 sharp somewhere in the bed."
"What's a #20 sharp?"
"It's a #20 sharp . . . needle."
"NOT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

And then, later that night, or two nights later, usually at about 3 a.m., while rounding the turn on a precious REM cycle:

"FOUND THE NEEDLE!"
"Cool! Thanks hun!"
" . . . Sure."

Kitters7

Yes, it's life on the edge here at Paulson Place.

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Imagine my surprise (although I shouldn't have been, really) when I was reading the new issue of "Hallmark" and there was your name and the recipe for jam thumbprints. Yay for you, again!

There are usually pins and/or needles in our bed too. Although I don't think my husband would be as nonchalant as Andy seems to be if he found one while rolling over.

Glad to hear I am not the only one who loses needles...although your hubby sounds alot more patient about it then mine...he got a few needles in the foot as a child due his mother having the same "lost needle" syndrome as us, so he lives in fear of "finding" mine!!!:) I did feel really bad this last time though, as it was my little 4 year old son who found mommy's needle...right in his cute little soft foot, and cried forever! He was terrified of the family room floor for a few days!!

We have 5 puss cats and they LOVE the ironing board often to it's detriment as they pull it over - heay lumps that they are. I think they like the warm padding.
Home isn't a hoe without a cat (or two or more) in it.
Yours is very pretty.
CKx

precious, PRECIOUS! i love this story about your cat--i feel like i dont know your cats as well as your dogs. such cute memories. i wish i had known my dog as a puppy--he's a chow mix and i just KNOW as a tiny puppy he looked like one of those fuzzy poof balls in the craft store with googly eyes glued on.

I can just picture V when you found her and i love turning around for JUST a second and turning back around to find a pet staring back at you as if they'd been there for hours when you know they just jumped up there. it's great.

i'm not gonna lie. i like these posts better than the cooking posts. mainly because i dont cook, but whatev.

I still have the magnet my sewing teacher gave me in junior high. Wherever I sew, it goes with me that way I never have to worry about a stray pin or needle.

I laughed out loud over the needle in your bedding. I read it to my husband, and he said, "Not funny. I identify too much with the needle finder." I said, "It's funny BECAUSE it's not funny to you!" Love your blog and have been reading for at least 5 months. Thanks for all the inspiration!

Thanks for the kitty story. And pictures. Violet is awesome.

Love the Violet story. She sounds so precious. Congratulations on your book.

I wish I lived such a cozy looking existence as yours. I find your artful photographs inspiring. I have only just discovered your blog, but I check it all the time now. I even got my mom to check it, which was a fun experience since she doesn't use computers. Thanks for doing art.

my blog = journeysofthesea.blogspot.com

Hi, Alicia
So I stumbled across your blog a couple of weeks ago, and have yet to come up for air. I am reading my way forward in time, and am up to Jan. 2007. I have laughed and cried and laughed again. I don't know yet how/if your Luxe Cable Tunic came out, but today I opened an e-mail from Lion Brand and discovered the announcement of a new Knit-Along, with the tunic by popular request. You probably already know this....
I am considering knitting along, and continuing to read along to find out what happened with yours....thanks so much for your blog. It's so entertaining, I can't believe it's free! (But I did buy 2 Ice Skating Ornament Kits, so now I won't feel toooo guilty....I want to support you in all you do, since just your being you does so much for me!) And to think we've never met, I feel like I know you quite well, and in some ways, whether you realize it or not, you know me too. If having things in common means knowing someone....I know you know what I mean. Thanks.

Love how your animals get involved with your work! GREAT photos! ENJOY your Sunday!
Fifi

You and Violet should be very happy that you found each other! It's great that you have a wonderful friend who takes part in everything you do. So don't stop girls, keep creating :)

Hi, Alicia
So I stumbled across your blog a couple of weeks ago, and have yet to come up for air. I am reading my way forward in time, and am up to Jan. 2007. I have laughed and cried and laughed again. I don't know yet how/if your Luxe Cable Tunic came out, but today I opened an e-mail from Lion Brand and discovered the announcement of a new Knit-Along, with the tunic by popular request. You probably already know this....
I am considering knitting along, and continuing to read along to find out what happened with yours....thanks so much for your blog. It's so entertaining, I can't believe it's free! (But I did buy 2 Ice Skating Ornament Kits, so now I won't feel toooo guilty....I want to support you in all you do, since just your being you does so much for me!) And to think we've never met, I feel like I know you quite well, and in some ways, whether you realize it or not, you know me too. If having things in common means knowing someone....I know you know what I mean. Thanks.

I cant wait to get your book! its on my christmas list!

She looks so much like our cat Apricot who ended up running out of the house during a big get-together and was found on the road two days later... I don't like to think about it. I can't even look at tiger cats without getting extremely sad. You're lucky to have her company ;) I'm so glad you decided to make the runner! It's looking really good so far! And be safe...

long life to Miss Violet (and a big cuddle from a fareaway cat mama !)

had to laugh at the #20 sharp ! over here at my house you better not go barefoot ... hum ! ;)

Remember how I was all, "I'm not going to order it because I want to go to a bookstore and see it on the shelf and buy it there because there's something so special about that blah blah"? Yeah, I had to order it. Because I CAN'T FIND IT anywhere!! Not at Borders or B&N.

Every time I'm in the store, I'm bummed because I have yet to see it. But then I'm excited because that means people are buying them all up. Then I get a warm fuzzy. So the amazon order has finally been placed (for your book along with a copy of Jane's book, which I did find in the bookstore, and so would browse through it so the trip was not all for naught, and then fell in love with it and decided I had to have it too).

XO

All I can say is OUCH!!!! and cutest kitty ever!

My tabby cat, Boadicea M., was also rescued as a kitten too young to be away from Mama---sadly, she had worms in her lungs, and Mama had abandoned her.

Many many dollars later, the lung worms were cured, and Miss Boadie has been a feisty chatterbox for the 12 years since.

She never grew very much though. She's my pretty petite miss.

Ms V is so beautiful! Warmest wishes to you all.

your sweet stories always make me smile...and the needle one made me giggle!!

Yay! I miss hearing about your kitties. Clover Meadow is a darling, but my cat heart beats for kitties!

Anytime Miss Violet wants to visit "The Zoo" she can stay at our kitty B&B. You are a thrillseeker for sure, sewing in bed. WOW!! :)

Thank you for telling us about Ms. V! She gets mentioned and I always wondered what her story was.

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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