Tha tea


I am currently obsessed with the Organic Saigon Chai from David’s Tea, so much so that I accidentally bought $40 of it. Anyway, every morning when I put the tea in my tea ball strainer thing, I hear the voice of Catherine Earnshaw saying, “Is he going to have some of tha tea?” (Remember they’re in the north of England, hence the “tha”.)

She was bitching about the narrator honing in on her precious tea supplies.

It never fails. I always hear her, every goddam morning.

I read Wuthering Heights when I was 12. Must’ve been some heavy imprinting. Crap.

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That You Are Here

When I was 16 I would go to used bookstores. One day I picked up a leather bound copy of “Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman.

I remember having it on me at the mall one day, and I was reading it sitting on a bench, surrounded by crowds. I was reading “I Sing The Body Electric”, and I felt the earth open up beneath my feet. I had never read anything that made me feel the immensity of life’s possibilities before. It changed me.

This ad moves me and gives me chills similar to how I felt all those years ago.

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Dumb thoughts – camouflage

As I was paying for my parking ticket this morning the machine told me to press the green button to accept my purchase.

As I did I thought, “Wait! Isn’t this horribly discriminative against people who are red/green colourblind?


And then I saw the big “CANCEL” and figured that if the colourblind can drive but can’t read then they’re on their own. I tried.

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Teens in the 1990′s Can Relate

I was a teen in the 90′s and this means I didn’t have a camera with me all the time. Cameras were rarely pulled out of the drawer in the living room and film was expensive to buy and develop.

I remember my Grama’s freezer had quite a few rolls of film in little black cylinders.

One day on a whim I got them all developed. I can’t even remember what was on them — why is that you wonder? Because without taking a photo of that moment, I don’t remember it. Continue reading

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Cat Camoflague

Every day I take Kimi outside and tie his leash to a post in the garden. There’s a lilac tree 10 feet away where I’ve hung a bird feeder full of seeds.

Every day Kimi will sit directly underneath the bird feeder, expecting the pretty sparrows, wrens and chickadees not to notice him there. That is – he did that everyday until today when he discovered that he could hide in the garden and plan his hunting strategies from there.

See if you can spot the kitty in the pictures below.


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Megan Draper’s Poorboy Sweater – for a Cat!

I’ve been knitting cat sweaters lately instead of blogging (sorry). I saw Megan Draper (on Mad Men) wearing this sweater in the Tale of Two Cities episode :

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and I thought – wouldn’t that be cute on a cat? Continue reading

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Mad Men 6.2 – Baby Making

Screen Shot 2013-04-20 at 7.54.52 PMThis week’s episode was about making babies (sex).

Joan’s reminded of her sexual encounter with Herb.

Herb: “You have to admit there’s a part of you that’s happy to see me.”

Joan: “You have to admit there’s a part of you that you haven’t seen in years.” Continue reading

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Mad Men 6.1 – Doorways…leading to pot.

Screen Shot 2013-04-13 at 6.01.24 PMMad Men’s sixth season premier was all about the pot. Sure it was a bit about “doorways”, as the title suggests, as a symbol for how meaningless life is, blah blah blah. Thanks Roger. Please put down your milk and vodka and take some more LSD.

Why was this episode so pot-heavy? I think it would have to be pot-heavy in order to distract the viewers from the loud colours everyone was wearing. Did you see those ties? Plus I feel like I have to be high just to cope with the side-burns. If memory serves me correctly, I believe that in the first five minutes of watching the show,  I actually put down my glass of wine so that when I yelled at the TV about the side-burns and hideous ties that I wouldn’t gesticulate all over the place and spill wine on my cat. Continue reading

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4 mm Noodles

Today, in Walmart, Aaron and I were grocery shopping. I have a cold, so I want to speed this along. Aaron likes to go down every aisle in case we miss anything. At one point I made the call to skip the pop and chip aisles because we don’t buy those. His response was to pull out the grocery list that I made, to make sure I wasn’t missing anything in my hasty aisle-skipping.

Aaron: So we skipped the noodle aisle, and it says here 4 millimeter noodles.

Me: (laughing) What? Oh my god that’s 4 mm needles! For knitting!

Aaron: Oh, I thought you were getting very specific about noodles.

Me: You’re adorable.

My hand-writing is atrocious, but he is also very cute.

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Bananor Knits Cat Sweaters

You may have noticed the ads on here promoting my line of designer hand-knit cat sweaters.

photoHere is Kimi posing in the Jammin’ cat sweater.

It took hours to find the perfect shades of red, yellow and green.

Next up is the Norwegian cat sweater with a traditional snowflake design knit into the back.

Kimi isn’t NorwegIMG_2489ian, but he’s a friend to all people and can appreciate their customs.

The Norwegian sweater is lined to make sure that little kitty claws don’t catch on the inside and snag the intricate snowflake design.

The latest in cat fashions is a lilac-inspired striped sweater, perfect for Easter brunch or church.

IMG_2509Don’t worry, it’s perfectly comfortable. And that’s not belly fat, that’s an abundance of luscious fur.

I started designing cat sweaters because Kimi enjoys wearing them. He purrs the whole time he’s wearing one. I tried dog sweater patterns, but as you can imagine, they don’t fit.

Cats and dogs don’t have the same build, so why would we expect dog sweaters to look good on cats? These cat sweaters are the result of hours of trial and error and fittings on my very accommodating model. I have a plethora of design ideas, but I’m open to suggestions. If you have a unique cat sweater design suggestion, leave a comment.

Please stop by my store Bananor Knits on Etsy and check them out!

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