While everyone else is coughing their lungs out with nasty colds and flues, I seem to be suffering from an extreme case of logorrhoea: I’ve written more than 3000 words in the last three entries.

Today I will shut up, and share a picture as part of Eye Candy Friday:


Tell me, is there anything more spectacular than the fur ripples of a tabby kitty? πŸ™‚


53 thoughts on “Shush!

  1. Sherilan

    Nothing greater than tabby kitties! Great picture, just love to ruffle that fur.

    I was very happy to see your sock design in IK and look forward to many more.

  2. Tam

    I’m with AmyP. If you hadn’t said anything I would have thought it was a seductively reclining hank of grey chenille yarn. I was just thinking how inviting it looks (as chenille always does) and how disappointing it really is when you knit with it. Then I read where you said it was a cat.

  3. Leslie

    Someone after my own heart. I just love how the fur changes color like that. I always wonder how it knows to grow from the top color to the middle color to the bottom. Isn’t that called brindling? I’m not sure. Anyhow, you’ve just made my heart melt.

  4. JulieT

    I’ve tried to capture ‘stripey kitty’ in knitting for years. With dye, with several yarns, with texture patterns and different colors… no luck. Mother Nature must have some trick to it.

  5. Emily

    This photo, in combination with Leslie’s use of the word “brindling,” reminded me of one of my favorite poems. I don’t go in for the god bits, but the rest of it delights me, as does your kitty’s fur.

    “Glory be to God for dappled things–

    For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;

    For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;

    Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;

    Landscape plotted and pieced–fold, fallow, and plough;

    And Γ‘ll trΓ‘des, their gear and tackle and trim.

    All things counter, original, spare, strange;

    Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)

    With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;

    He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

    Praise him. “

    -Gerard Manley Hopkins

  6. domesticshorthair

    Kitties are so cute, the way they sleep. They always know how to turn up the cuteness factor by turning their heads in such a way that their sides or tummies stretch, calling out to you to pet them! Very sweet picture.

  7. liz

    No there’s not – I have a gret tabby kitty and I adore her. On her belly, she’s mostly white with the cutest band of spotty-ish stripes. So cute!

    Thanks for the pic – it’s adorable!

  8. Amy

    That is a fabulous photo! The detail is great in the foreground and I like the shallow depth of field. Wonderful πŸ™‚

  9. Adam

    Ha! For a second there I thought that was a fancy mink hat or something…guess I’m just hopped up on all this darn cold medicine. I think I’ll go back to bed now. πŸ˜‰

  10. earthchick

    Ah, the fur ripples of a tabby cat – sublime. (I have a mackerel tabby and a classic tabby myself – I could get lost in the stripes and the swirls. Perfection.)

  11. Ashley

    Man, TWO whole people got to the bloghorrea joke before I did. Well, great minds, I suppose.

    I just want to bury my hands in that kirrty fur–it looks SO soft.

  12. Amanda

    The photo of your kitty brings back memories of one who owned us growing up. She also was a tabby, and was nicknamed “chubby princess” and lived up to that name until old age helped her to trim down a bit. I will always have a soft spot for a bossy tabby cat!

  13. Jeanne

    Makes me want to just plunge my fingers into kitty’s fur and get lost in the texture. Excuse me, I have to go pet my extremely luxurious blue cat now…

  14. Lauren

    Wonderful picture. I’ve got a couple tabbies of my own that I want to go pet now. πŸ™‚ What is it about cats and knitters, anyway?

  15. krista.

    Leave it to me to see a perfectly wonderful thing like kitty fluff and go and think I’m seeing a macro of the underside of a mushroom (which is equally wonderful, but on a much less cuddly level). πŸ™‚

  16. Laughingrat

    I would have guessed a chinchilla!

    Rattie fur does not usually look so plush, although my current boys have a rex gene in there somewhere–their coats are curly/silky and make for a fun texture when you pet them. πŸ˜€

  17. Leigh

    I immediately recognized this–one of those comforting visions of kittyness that instantly reminds me of my own identically-colored tabby–so neat to see that someone else obsesses over the cuteness in the most ordinary sitings of tabby cat fur: stretched over a round, sleeping belly.

  18. Mary

    Oh, I need to send you an email I just received with pictures of painted, yes, painted cats. Holler if you’re interested. I won’t send it unless you ask, because the pictures add up to about 2MB in attachments.

  19. Sally

    One of my kitties’ fur does this. I saw him sleeping today and saw his ripples and then later he busted out a screen in the window just to be let in another door.

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