One for the Bee (and Me)

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What I see when I come downstairs.

Thank you so much for the orders yesterday!!! It feels so good to be wrapping up some of the things I started this spring. There were just too many unfinished ideas happening around here, so I am trying to be more strict with myself about this.

She leaves.

I went through my yarn stash this week, looking for moths or evidence of moths, and I couldn't find anything. I'm not sure what that means? I'm going to get more cedar blocks and lavender today. Too much yarn to freeze it all, I'm afraid. I found these green grannies in the stash — Bridget's grannies — a big pile of them, waiting to be turned into something. If you've been hanging around here for awhile, you might remember these, and how I promised Bridget (the Bee) they were for her, and how weirdly fascinated she was by them. It's hard to believe that was over three years ago. Wow, times flies. I went through all of the posts about those squares and linked to them all on my Ravelry project page. I re-read this post, about teaching Arden to make a granny (auntie) square — oh, dear me, sweet, sweet girl. I remember that day. She was so little! Agh. Time flies.

Where I'd left it the night before.

It turned out I had 25 squares finished, and in the (new) interest of finishing things in general, I decided to call that enough and started stitching them together the other night, five by five. I left the blankie out on the sofa and sure enough, yesterday morning when I came downstairs, there was Bridget, sitting next to her blanket, just like she used to do when I had that thing in major production mode so long ago. I just busted out laughing when I saw her, since I hadn't really seen much of her in the past couple of days. I swear, there really is something about this blanket and Bridget! You might be able to tell this from the blog, I guess, but the Bee does not "sit around" with the rest of us. The Bee is totally on the move, and when she's not on the move, I honestly don't even know where she is most of the time. The Bee is definitely her own woman. She was a stray kitten who came to us ten years ago now, very wild then (our vet didn't think she'd ever been handled by people before we found her) and is quite set in her wild ways. From spring to fall, we see her once a day or so (unless it is constantly raining, when we see her fifteen times a day, as noted), because the Bee really has her own very full, and very invisible-to-us sort of life that is more about the neighborhood than the house. Unlike Clover and Violet, who are very present in the house, even when they are napping, or in another room, or out in the yard, the Bee is sort of a mystery to us all.  We tease her by saying that we are sure she is half cat, half squirrel. Clover likes to curl up in teensy, tiny spaces; the Bee is at home on top of the fence, overlooking the neighborhood, surveying her kingdom (and watching for the other half-dozen or so cats on our block). I forgot to mention yesterday that a few people asked me how we crate-trained Clover, but unfortunately I don't really have any advice about that. Clover has just always naturally loved her crate (and other sort of weird, small places, like the corner behind the bathroom door [we actually put a pillow there for her, which confuses everyone who comes over and uses the bathroom], the space where your feet go under Andy's desk, and the spot behind the chair under the kitchen table), and routinely puts herself into it for her afternoon snooze. I think some dogs are just like that and some aren't, but crate training her was a breeze, and involved almost no "training." Audrey, on the other hand, absolutely hated her crate, and I don't remember that we ever used it once she was old enough to stay in the house by herself. If I had to guess, I think Clover likes the sense that she is somehow "off the clock" when she's in her crate. She has strong watchdog tendencies (Cardigan corgis do, in general) and I honestly think she gets tired of having to be so alert all the time.

It kind of matched the flowers and the grass.

Anyway, back to the squares.  I wound up whip-stitching them all together. I was going to single-crochet them, but lately I prefer the flatness of that whip stitch when joining squares. The sizes of the squares were sort of all over the place, too — crazy gauges, even though I used the same yarn and same hook throughout. I'll put a border on the whole thing (almost finished with that) and then block it in sections, and we'll see what happens.

She came back.

After going through my stash, I really just have so many partial skeins of so many different colors. I was going to do another little blanket like my grandma's, but after stitching this together the past few nights and working on the border, I have to admit I am also a bit burnt out on crochet for a while. I think I am going to knit for a bit. I have a few ideas for that.

I think it is so funny when she lays with her head down like that.

Ravelry has been such a super incredibly fantastic inspiration to me these past several months. I have been a member since 2008, I think, but I wasn't really using it much until lately. I think it's the type of web site that encompasses the best things about the internet, in so many ways. I haven't talked about it too much I guess, but only because I don't even know where to start. I think it has transformed my experience with knitting and crocheting, which was already pretty good, but with Ravelry has been fantastic. I use it mostly to search for patterns and get ideas for new things to make, but it's so much more than that. I do know that keeping all of my projects organized there has given me such a weird sense of satisfaction. And there is just so much inspiration collected there. I am having the best time with it.

Several hours later, she was still with it. I think she really loves this thing.

I'm almost done with the border on this, and then I'll show you a top view, because it is kind of cool to look at from above. It's pretty much not even big enough to be called a throw, but good enough for a lap quilt for me, or a big baby blanket? Don't tell the Bee.


Oh it's so lovely, Alicia! Do you think she remembers you starting it way back when? Maybe from smell? Charlotte Mason, a well known voice in homeschooling philosophy, said that children need something to love each day. Don't you think cats do too?

Beautiful colors, beautiful blanket, and yes, Ravelry is the best of the internet in one amazing place. I wish I'd thought of it. It's got to be one of the best inventions of all time, and so beautifully executed.

Years ago we had a cat with that same sort of personality. She much preferred clean laundry piles to people. Cats are so enigmatic. Don't you wish you could know what they are thinking?

Lovely! The color combination works so well together!

Nice to know someone appreciates your work!

Am a massive Ravelry fan too. It is very inspiring and wonderfully helpful. I love the project page, the little boxes for details, the precise dates of starting and finishing - too much fun!

I have very much enjoyed being your friend on ravelry and seeing your projects and inspirations. you inspire me daily through this blog and ravelry! so much better than facebook (i just wrote so much butter than facebook, and that is probably true too!)

I am a huge ravelry fan, too, and didn't realize you were on there as well! The squares are lovely, and I'm going to have to try your cedar block and lavender technique.

Good kitty for not kneading her claws into it. My kitty would have that shredded in an instant!

The blanket is so lovely! :D yay!

Also, yay for Ravelry love! :) Thanks! Your notebook is so incredibly beautiful, sigh. You make such pretty things!

Oh, I think it should remain a little kitty blanket!

claudia horner says: May 27, 2010 at 09:42 AM

I love that cats do such cat things, like claiming a thing for their own sweet hearts. I have one that truly loves the basket on top of the wardrobe where I store blankets, but sleep in the blanket filled basket I made for her, oh no, dear me no. I have buried two sweet dears over the years in "their" blankets. I like to think they had something they loved with them for the next journey. One of my girl cats, Rosie, loves crafting anything at all that I make; her sister Lizzie has no interest in any of it.

How did Bee acquire her name? I call my lovely kitten Bee too. Her real name is Sophie. I started calling her Sophie B. Hawkins (after the singer) and over time the only part that stuck was Bee. So, now she goes by Sophie Bee or just plain Bee (said in an annoyingly cutesy tone that makes my roommate roll her eyes). I love reading your blog everyday. Thanks for sharing your life. It's a constant inspiration. Stay dry in this Portland rain!

I think I am going to create a new blanked during the world football championship, while my man will watch the match eheheh
You make me start right away! Ehehe, lovely project!

That makes me wonder what kinds of yarn you used. I don't know anything about what goes into making yarn, but our wild cat was always fascinated by any rabbit fur we had around the house.

You are burnt out on crochet - I am burnt out on knitting and itching for the hook. I love Ravelry too and this blanket. The colors really work with the yard and the cat. Thanks for such a great post.

I completely remember you doing those blocks! I've often throught about them and where the finished blanket was.

Ravelry is wonderful wonderful wonderful. I must get better about updating mine. Thanks for the inspiration!

Our Corgi, Thea often disappears in the evenings when we're all still up watching tv (one of our dogs literally perched on my shoulder). We used to wonder where she'd gone, but she's always taken herself to bed before anyone else, in her crate.

Oh Alicia, I have been patiently waiting to see that those wonderful squares again. I'm so glad that you have been inspired to finish the blanket - and I bet Bee is too!
Can't wait...(request for lots of aerial photographs of finished work of art..)

just so pretty!

I love Ravelry too! It's certainly inspired my desire to knit...there is a big box of yarn expected on my front porch tomorrow morning.

Your blog however has inspired me to learn how to crochet. I love your blankets! Most of my life I have associated crocheting with my Grandma Moilan who always smelled like cigarette smoke and cheap rose perfumed and crocheted weird things out of cheap acrylic. You are helping transform my understanding of crochet. Especially that Alice in Wonderland dress. So stinkin' cute!

There's a small camera that fits on a cat color that is programmed to take photos at timed intervals. If you got one for Bee, you could find out where she hangs out. Wouldn't that be fun?

Laura A. says: May 27, 2010 at 10:29 AM

It's a perfectly sized kitty blanket.
My sheltie is like Clover. A couple of times I took him to work and he crawled into the opening of my computer table. When i lived in an apartment he crawled under the toilet tank in the summer. Now he "self-crates" too. We don't have the crate anymore but I put down the blanket that used to be in there and every time I leave he goes over and lies down on it. And I agree, it's as if he's punching out. I think many herding dogs are like that.

This made me smile- my dog loves small places too (except for his daytime naps he loves making his own nests in the spare room). But when my husband and I are both home and in the office he's curled up under the desk. Lately when I sew he's been trying to hang out under the sewing table, which is really unfortunate when I'm working the foot pedal! I have to turn off the machine every time I walk away just in case.

Julie G. in Iowa says: May 27, 2010 at 10:34 AM

I loved the part where you talk about Clover's special pillow bed behind your bathroom door. I too, have funny little hidey-holes, pillows, and blankies for my 2 little fur-baby cats. It's funny though, I bought them each very nice actual cat beds but they don't use them. They like to snuggle up one on top of the other on an old pillow that's on a shelving unit. Even better, is the bin I put all my mis-matched socks in - occasionally I find one of the cats in there half covered in socks (clean socks, of course!).

Magickwyrds says: May 27, 2010 at 10:35 AM

She knows you made it for her, you did tel her after all. and that you made it with love, thinking of her, filling it with your love of her, for her. its her blankie now. thank you mummy, she is saying. its purrfect.

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About Alicia Paulson


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




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.