When the weight of the world has got you down...
The story my family told about Maneki Neko isn't the traditional one.
We were told that the Samurai were between Masters and riding by, when they spotted a white cat in front of the temple . The leader said, "Hey! Look at that clever cat waving at us! Let's stop and meet the owner of that clever cat." As it turned out, it was the temple's cat, so the monks and villagers fed all the Samurai and made them feel welcome. They decided they were going to spend the night in the temple. That night, the roaming Bandits showed up to rob the temple and village, but to their surprise, the Samurai were staying there and 'saved' the day! Hooray! Thanks Maneki Neko!!
So, it's all about the value of animals and how they reflect their owners, making people feel welcome, and justice (rewarding good behavior!)
My Brother called and said they got a 'good look.' They've got another boy on the way! Mr K is gonna have a little brother to boss around. Oh joy! He's thinking of calling him Wyatt... because it rhymes with Quiet! That cracks me up! :D
I made a baby quilt for him...
Mom (Grandma) picked up these Maneki Neko batiks when she was in Hawaii a long time ago. She thought they would make a cute quilt for her grandchild. Little did I know, that I was going to make it! My Brother & SIL are very simplistic, so I made a simple quilt.
The black ones ward away evil spirits, so kisses to all my black cat friends!
Meanwhile, I think Mr K is in denial. Grandma is teaching him his numbers now...
Smoothie: "Wait! Come back Kamati! I made a funny! heehee!"
He was upset when Dad said it was time to put away the quilt. He was having fun lining up his balls in the squares. For crying out loud... let the kid play with his quilt!
I haven't seen any all white short haired cats in real life. I'm sure they're out there somewhere... maybe at the temple! ;)
Kisses to all the cats out there! Attract something good for your owners! :)
I'm following Laritza, who came up with a plan to make 72 edge points and pick up 12 stitches per point and one in the middle to get 865 stitches. You know what they say about knowing who to follow... I'm in good hands! I got the break pattern done (holes on top) and am ready to start Chart 1... but I need to psych myself up for that. I'm using Gossamer Merino one of the recommended yarns from Heirloom Knitting. This is one of those 'Before I die..' projects. It took me almost a year to get the edging done! Yikes! ;)
It's Fall... you know what that means...
Grandma says he knows all his letters. He's teaching her now. He's a genius in our eyes. ;)
Look at our little pitcher... perfect fastball form with that right foot forward. Grandma DID hit the ball. I told my Brother this photo is priceless, because I'm pretty sure Grandpa was watching a baseball game on the tv. My Brother is pretty thrilled with his new bottom of the line SLR camera.
Hope all is well in your world... Happy Knitting!