The boys being the boys (Rygel, Ben & D’Argo)
The boys being the boys (Rygel, Ben & D’Argo)
I’ve been pretty busy recently, what with the baby, so I’m not being too hard on myself for not posting! 😉 The baby is doing well, she’s 8 weeks today and is cruising smack bang between the 91st and 95th percentiles, so she’s a big girl. She’s outgrown most of her 0-3mo clothes already! She’s smiling, cooing, playing with us and generally is ensuring that she has us wrapped around her little finger!
So, a generic update. I finished the sage green cabled cardigan which was posted about in this post, which I’ll post about when I’ve blocked it and got photos. I started working on the Carousel CAL by Stylecraft, using SSDK rather than Batik as it’s the SSDK I have in bulk and am trying to get rid of! I am also working on a dress for Artemis, which was supposed to be a Christmas dress but I never finished it in time. I’m almost done now!
Before the year was out we had to say goodbye to our beautiful Oreo, she had numerous tumours which got so large that they were negatively affecting her quality of life, and so we made the decision to have her put to sleep on Thursday the 29th of December. Kozu has been acting weirdly for a couple of months now so we think that she may have something wrong with her, she certainly isn’t her usual self. The rest of the rats are all fine though, we’ve not introduced the two groups yet but we’re hoping too soon.
The baby is stirring so that is probably my cue, not that I can think of anything else to update with right now anyway! Happy New Year!
This week I’m writing about my not-so-attractive girl, Chi. Bless her, my breeder originally intended to keep her as a Mummy rat, but due to her small squinty eyes and bumpy tail she decided against it and posted about her to the group of owners to see if anybody would like her. I couldn’t help but take her in, much to Nick’s dismay. I have a soft spot for rats who are a little special.
Chiana is a blue agouti variety and she is the youngest of my girls. We got her in March this year. I believe that she is also now the biggest (and if she’s not, she’s not far off). She thinks that she is the alpha of the cage and challenges Zhaan on a regular basis, ten minutes later they’re cuddled up together so I’m never too concerned when I hear them squawking at each other, and my goodness do those two bloody squawk. They’re the noisiest rats I’ve ever owned! I have a feeling that Zhaan will give up her title soon, Chi still has some growing to do and can be just as moody!
However she’s a sweetie too and is super eager to please. She loves training and currently stands, walks and comes to you on command (well, the latter is when she’s in the right mood but she knows what it means!)
As I said before, I have a soft spot for special rats and she certainly is a special one 🙂
I missed last weeks Mischief Monday, I wasn’t really feeling great on the Sunday or Monday, late pregnancy insomnia/aches/pains just knocking me out a bit. So I’ll post this now instead to keep to the Monday theme (given that I seem to be failing with WIP Wednesday and FO Friday!)
On Thursday the 20th we woke to our darling, wonderful old boy, Howl, just not being himself. He seemed very ready to move onto the next great adventure but we didn’t want to be hasty, so we gave him some Baytril to see if that perked him up and I spent the morning having a lot of cuddles with him. He did seem to perk up a little in the afternoon so I cancelled the appointment I had made for that evening at the vet, knowing full well that we had a matter of days at most now rather than the weeks we had previously. Unfortunately he lost all of his energy for living by late Thursday evening and so we spent Friday letting him cuddle his cage mates and stealing some last cuddles for ourselves before taking him to the vets on Friday afternoon to be put to sleep.
We’ll miss him, the other boys seem to realise what has gone on and apart from Ben being a little more cuddly than usual they are otherwise their normal selves so we think that they’ve accepted it as well. This last of our Ghibli boys has gone, and one of our first pair. He did so well getting to nearly three years old despite his long list of health problems!
RIP Howly x
I’m slightly embarrassed by this, once again a WIP Wednesday on a Thursday! I actually had the entire post written out and ready to go yesterday as well! I just needed a photo, which I was going to take on my nice proper camera after I had cleaned out the boys and before my younger sister arrived for dinner, then all hell broke loose! Our two younger boys decided to cause mischief, as rats do. They tend to free-range whilst we clean them out. D’Argo got behind the cage and decided to see the girls, he usually likes to wind them up by sitting where they can see him, but he decided to full on just cling to the back of the cage. So there was me reaching in trying to bat four girls away from the back of their cage and from nipping his hands and feet whilst also trying to stop Oreo from escaping out of the front and poking D’Argo’s fingers in an effort to get him to let go of the cage and jump down, my husband crouching down to try grab him from the back by the rump and Ben running around our crouched positions trying to work out WTF was going on. Having finally managed to dislodge D’Argo, he then decided that he was going to stay underneath the fecking cage whilst his young companion decided to hide. Cue me having to pull everything out from behind the sofa (our dumping ground) to see if he was there. He wasn’t, he was down the side of the sofa instead and only decided to let this be known after I’d emptied the space. Both boys then had a run around through the stuff that was all over our living space because it’s really funny to annoy the rat-parents after already annoying them. My sister turned up during all of this and the photos did not get taken.
The joys of pet rats! Cheeky little sods.
So, I digress, back to WIP Wednesday:
I have a new project on the needles! The jumper is finished and I shall post about that on Friday, and my new project is for me, not baby (though was chosen because of baby really!)
Back in May I asked a yarnie FB group that I’m a member of what pretty yarn I should buy myself as I received some money for my birthday, they suggested that instead of just buying pretty yarn, I should find a project first, and that with a baby on the way, nice cardigans and shawls are great. And so I found three projects that I thought would suit, two cardigans and a shawl. What I’m working on now is the shawl, which is lovely.
It is the Stitch Sampler Shawl, and I’m knitting it in Drops Big Delight, it’s a lovely wool, though I’m concerned about the slight scratchiness of it, which I know is normal but I’m a bit funny about things like that! But I figure that over a cardigan I won’t really feel it on my skin so much so I should be okay.
I also messed it up last night and had to slowly unpick almost an entire row *sobs* I was too busy chatting and not concentrating!
As you can see, I now have instagram as well! Just checking it out for the time being but I may stick with it.
This weeks Rialto and SSDK totals come to:
Rialto: 4,304g/4382g left (54g this week)
SSDK: 12,017/12,255g left (0g This week)
Sikozu was my compromise rat. I have always coveted silverfawn rats, they are a lovely orange colour with red eyes, I love them. In the summer before we got Kozu our breeder successfully bred two litters of silverfawns and intended to breed more from them; Nick and I agreed that I couldn’t have any from those first two litters but I could have one from the line that was supposed to follow later that year. Unfortunately they didn’t have any interest in making babies, but a litter of ‘buff’ coloured hooded rats were born to a rescue that our breeder had picked up, and Kozu was one of those buffs. After much ‘discussion’ it was agreed that we would have one instead of the silverfawns which weren’t going to happen and she was the one who charmed Nick by falling asleep on him in the shop
something she never did again! We got her at the end of October last year, it doesn’t feel like it was that short amount of time ago though!
Kozu soon turned out to not be a buff hooded at all, but actually a Himalayan (or siamese, I can never remember the difference). She’s also the smallest of our rats bar Rygel. It’s strange to look back on the early pictures of her as she doesn’t look the same at all! Kozu is mad. Absolutely, positively mad. She bounces around like a kitten, scales the furniture in seconds and is the fastest rat we’ve ever had, she’s ridiculously fast. Her first party trick was running up us and onto our shoulders in a ridiculously quick time with no warning what-so-ever, and then going back down leaving us wondering if we’d imagined it! She is still very quick and fun but can be very troublesome too. Her and Aeryn like to tag-team to see who can get into the most mischief each time they come out. She’s also ready to come out 90% of the time, sits at the door of the cage watching us and making it clear that she wants out NOW. A sleeping Kozu is a rare Kozu to be seen.
Malt Paste and dried fish are about the only food items that can convince her to do tricks, even then, they aren’t reliable!
Oreo was a rescue who we got in March 2015, when she was around 6 months old. She’s a generic black hooded rat with a broken line down her back. We were her third home after the pet shop, so likely at least her fifth ‘home’ if you count the breeder of her and then the pet shop, poor thing. As a result she has always been a little bit of a Scaredy-Rat, but she’s a very lovely Scaredy-Rat! She loves cuddles, as long as you don’t pick her up first 😉 She also likes her cage, she’ll free range for short periods but will often take herself home after 15 minutes or so, which is quite sweet really. I think she just enjoys having the cage to herself!
Oreo is now over two and unfortunately she is quite lumpy, when her first tumour appeared a few months ago we decided not to operate and to see how it progressed for the time being. We are glad that we made that decision as it has become a case of her having multiple tumours which are growing at different rates, so we are now in a position of keeping her happy and comfortable, which isn’t too difficult as she’s such a wonderful girl!