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.
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.
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…..
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.
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.