Muted Colors

tortoiseshell cat on afghan
Muted Colors

Cookie naps in the afternoon on the old wool afghan on my bed, my old cat on the old afghan in the stark winter light.

The cool light from the window washes the color from the scene, but Cookie, at 18, enjoys her long afternoon snooze on the warm afghan, though even her bright orange is subdued in the winter light.

The afghan is older too, made by my mother many years ago from scraps of wool yarn in the familiar church window granny square pattern: four rows of color surrounded by black, which makes the colors seem even more brilliant.

But while I had my mother’s things in storage after I sold her house the storage unit flooded, and the afghan was unfortunately in a bag near the floor and was just wet enough for just long enough for the colors to soften, fade, and blend together. The happy bright colors I remembered as a child were muted by the black yarn fading into the colored yarns.

But the afghan itself was still warm and soft and I like its new look, so I rinsed it and dried it in the sun and continue to use it. Cats love crocheted things, and wool crocheted things are immediate cat beds. Cookie was the first back on the bed today, but the others joined her eventually. There isn’t much I love more than simply seeing my cats curled up in happy little balls in a warm, comfortable place.

Bernadette

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  • December 4, 2010 at 6:21 pm
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    nice photo of cookie but she can not be as good as that all the time

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    • December 4, 2010 at 11:02 pm
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      Cookie is one of the nicest kitties you’d ever want to meet, unlike many of the other torties I hear about! Do you have experience with torties?

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  • December 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm
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    What an exquisite photo of Cookie, all wrapped up in Grandma’s love!

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    • December 4, 2010 at 11:01 pm
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      Actually, my mom probably wouldn’t be happy about it, but I certainly am.

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  • December 4, 2010 at 12:29 pm
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    That is such a wonderful picture. And so true, there is nothing better than to see a kitty all safe and asleep on a wonderful blanket. I really like this picture. I also think it is great that you were able to save that afgan. Take care and have a great week end.

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    • December 4, 2010 at 11:00 pm
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      I’m just glad I can catch all these wonderful moments!

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  • December 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm
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    What a beautiful photo! The colors, the light, and of course, Cookie. There’s nothing more peaceful than a sleeping cat.

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    • December 3, 2010 at 5:59 pm
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      I couldn’t resist, she is so beautiful and I love to know she is happy, safe and warm, but the light reminds me of her age…

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