Golden stitches, sheepy scents and apple cake….

garter stitch ridges

Bit of a grim weekend weatherwise though the January sun peeped out for a couple of hours this morning…and along with the sunshine came the kittens from next door…..they move away soon and while I’ll be sad to see Bernard’s playmates leave, when you have half a dozen extra cats digging around in your garden then it can get a bit frustrating…vegetables have been dug up, salad leaves re-planted umpteen times, polyester covers slid down and torn…even the protective green plastic wire we put round the cavalo nero has been dug under…..

Yesterday I made a weekend favourite, an apple and spice cake that I’ve began to make by adding some ground almonds to it, I completely forgot to set the timer but I think I rescued it in time.

 

soft and drapey stitches

So while the garden has been invaded with the catkins of mischief, the shawl has slowly been growing….

I’m now about to start on the edge of the shawl, it’s a bit more complicated to work so my stitch markers are essential to keep track of where I’m up to…..the shawl is knitting up bigger than my first attempt, it’s coming up all drapey and is starting to weigh a far amount when it’s on my lap.

 

mustardy coloured wool from Jamieson and Smith

I really like the little clover-leaf pattern, it’s quite dainty and it’s nice to work.  I’ve also been going through my big old Harmony stitch guide for other patterns that I could use instead for when I knit this up again…..

garter stitch edging

And I love how the edge of the shawl that goes round your neck is worked, I’m quite tempted to run some ribbon through the holes that are formed.

The wool is also softening up no end while I’m knitting, the constant handing of the shawl while it’s being moved through my fingers maybe, it’s just feeling so bouncy and wonderful to hold.. .and an extra bonus is while I work on it it’s keeping my lap beautifully warm.

Even on the most miserable weather days this gorgeous colour is so up-lifting to my heart, never failing to make me smile and feel happy.

stripes of stocking stitch with clover leaf pattern

And I’m sure it comes as no surprise to hear that Bernard has been sniffing around it, while he’s been remarkably good while I’ve been do the actual knitting and hasn’t run off with any balls of wool (which is his normal way when I’ve used tapestry wool or been making little acryllic crochet squares), instead he’s cuddled up to the balls, resting his head on them with his nose pressed up close ….tiny nostrils quiver and purrs with the sheepy aroma….however, he has a real fondness for shawls and blankets, deciding any that are made belong to him.  The last couple of evenings have seen him shuffling up closer and closer, if I put the knitting down to put the kettle on, he makes good use of the opportunity and stretches out, paddy pawing gently and purring with pleasure.  Goodness knows what he’ll be like when it’s time to block it.

And for a wee Bernard update, he’s doing okay, we had a visit to the vets late last week and for now we’re keeping a close watch on his paws to check if any new lumps appear…he’s got a bit of a chesty cough at the mo which for now I’m treating with a nightly masage with chamomile essential oil….but if the cough is still there at the end of this coming week then it’s back to the vet for an x-ray just to be on the safe side.

 

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15 thoughts on “Golden stitches, sheepy scents and apple cake….

  1. Your shawl is looking beautiful. Only today I was practising yo’s to create holes in knitting. Funny how I can make them unintentionally but its more difficult when I try! Those kittens next door to you are just like the squirrel that I keep spying on our lawn, digging up the bulbs I planted in the Autumn, grrr.

    1. Thank you…hoping it will be finished this week then I can get it blocked….(I had tto unknit 3 rows of lace yesterday, stitch by stitch, I’d made a very silly mistake so was a bit cross with myself)…a friend who used to garden in parks and civic places once told me abput covering the bulbs over plastic with wire mesh, the shoots can come up but the squirrels can’t scoop out the bulb…..not sure how effective it is as I’ve alwasy been lucky and not had any squirrel trouble.

  2. Your shawl is just such a happy colour, I’m really looking forward to watching the border grow! Poor Bernard, losing his playmates but hopefully your garden will be a little safer this year 🙂 I hope Bernard’s cough improves, it sounds as though he’s being well looked after. I assume chamomile is good for coughs as well as relaxing? x

    1. Sadly I’ve just been told the new neighbours have cats too, hopefully they’ll be less diggy around our vegetables, and won’t be too swipey at Bernard.
      I had some advice from a vet a few years ago who had studied homeopathy and she suggested a light massage with the chamomile oil when my last cat had a chesty cough…I’m just using one drop rubbed between my hands first, then lightly massaging around his chest and back….it seems to be helping with the cough.

      1. You have to be very careful with cats as a lot of oils are too strong even diluted, but chamomile is fine, and he seems to enjoy the massage…..my poor boyfriend was getting all ready to celebrate no cats next door….oh well xx

      2. It’s so frustrating, our garden looked like Colditz last Summer, and we noticed a lot less birds in the garden…..we’re hoping that they are indoor cats or at least keep their side of the fence.

  3. What a beautiful shawl, something like this is definitely out of my comfort zone but it looks like a really satisfying pattern to knit. It’s so annoying when you make a mistake I know, but it’s very clever to be able to make such a lovely garment. I love the colour too, what yarn are you using? x

    1. The yarn is from Jamieson and Smith and it’s their Shetland Aran, I can’t recommend this wool enough, it’s lovely.
      When I first started knitting this shawl it was completley out of my comfort zone, but I just took it slow and you know what…it’s nearly finished so I’d say to just give it a try and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve x

      1. Thank you, I’ll have a look for the yarn, it’s gorgeous 🙂 I’m trying to challenge myself a bit more at the moment, I’m fed up of plain stocking stitch, and I suppose you don’t get better if you don’t try! I’m looking forward to seeing how the shawl finishes up X

      2. I think it helps to find a pattern that you lose your heart to, that’s such a good incentive to keep on doing it….I started my shawl (the one I had to un-ravel) back in October and re-reading my posts makes me laugh but hopefully you’ll get an understanding for how I really did jump head first in to knitting the shawl….I think buying a pattern on Ravelry is good because you’re immediately helping to support designers and you can at least ask for advice which I’ve found other knitters so generous and kind with their help and suggestions.
        Another idea would be to just try out some swatches from a knitting book (The Harmony Stitch Guide that contains vols 1- 3 is very good)

        http://www.amazon.co.uk/Harmony-Guide-Knitting-guides/dp/0711100748/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1452540901&sr=8-13&keywords=harmony+guide+to+knitting

      3. I think thats very true, or making something you think someone else will love. I do think ravelry is great and I’ve seen how supportive people are, it’s a lovely little community. I’ll definitely have a look at that book too, thank you for your help! X

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