It’s done! My lovely shawl, started in a sunny field at a festival last weekend was finished in my sunny garden this weekend. I’m really pleased with the way it worked out. It’s a good size for chillier summer evenings and the bargain bucket job lot of Rowan Frost yarn made it to the end with the added bonus of having two balls left over. Maybe some boot cuffs or fingerless mitts would make nice little project for the autumn. I’ll just add them to the ever growing list of things I want to do!
I was so pleased with the end result that I couldn’t stop myself from starting a new one almost seconds after I knotted on the last tassel. This time I have a bargain lot of Rowan Summerspun in delicious reds and purples. This yarn has a mainly cotton feel to it, despite being 50% wool, and a very pretty loose twist that pairs the variegated colours together beautifully.
The label indicates a 4 mm hook but I’m using a 5 mm instead to give the shawl lots of drape. We are having another run of beautiful weather here so I made the most of things this weekend and spent a big chunk of Saturday afternoon in the garden, gainfully employed cracking on with shawl number 2.
And as the afternoon turns to evening a little bit of sunshine, a little bit of crochet and a little bit of fizzy wine makes everything perfect!
Earlier on this week I had a bit of a sort out in my studio and unearthed some unfinished projects. Vowing to finish all the loose ends of various makes I decided to start with two cat doorstops that were knitted up and waiting for their finishing touches. It’s such a sweet pattern from a fabulous book called Knitted Cats and Kittens by Sue Stratford. So off I went to pull the book back off the shelf. Now to pack up a project basket with the necessaries and make time to finish them, once and for all.
I began this kitty twosome way back last year, and I’ve got no idea why I stopped so close to the finishing post! I must have got distracted and just forgot about them.
I often like to dip in and out of projects so in between rows of my new shawl I endeavoured to knit up the missing tails and feet and sew their little faces on. Now don’t they look cute!
One more tail and two more feet left to go and these two little buddies will be ready to keep my doors properly stopped. As the needles click away, and the rows turn, I’m reminded of how much I like knitting. I really don’t do nearly as much as I used to. Knitting was my first yarn related love affair, starting at age 8, after all, with crochet only arriving in my life a few years ago. So yeah, it’s good to ditch the hook and wield the needles sometimes, and when the crochet hand cramps start up it’s rather therapeutic to exercise them out with a good knit!
Tigger is trying to be gracious about the new arrivals, but I think his expression gives away how he truly feels!
*As if there aren’t enough of us cats around here already*
As I’ve got no room for any more real cats, I might just start hoarding woolly ones instead.
It’s still bright enough for shades at this point…If I can get them back off the cat…
…but as all good things must come to an end, the sun sets and knitting gets kind of tricky in the twighlight. It’s too warm to want to go indoors yet so we spark up the tea lights and I take a little break to watch the stars get brighter as the dark thickens around us.
But even all those tea lights aren’t enough to illuminate my little knitted stitches, and I’m not risking dropping any, so the new cats grace the table and watch as the shawl re-emerges to have its turn. Thanks to a combination of big, easy to work chains and my light up crochet hook, it’s a doddle, (even after a glass or two of wine!)
So the stars shine, the candles flicker and the shawl grows longer by the hour.
I do hope these balmy summer nights roll on for a bit longer yet so I can enjoy a few more like this before the autumn chill kicks in.
Sunday morning was a cheery sight of blue skies interspersed with smattering of fluffy clouds. Knowing our weather patterns these are just as likely to develop into thick grey beasties drenching us with thunderous downpours as they are likely to burn up and give us another scorcher of a day. In light of the possibility of the first scenario coming true we decide it’s best to get out there as soon as possible and enjoy it while we can.
Out come the bikes for hubby and me, and after a quick shout up the stairs to see if any of the boys want to come too (they didn’t) we headed off for a 10 mile spin around the river. Some gorgeous new patches of flowers have sprung up since I was last down here. Had to get a photo of these beauties. They sure put my pots of chewed up pansies to shame!
Love that riot of colour, makes your heart sing just to look!
Back home again so I can finish knitting the tail for the second cat. Two tails and twelve tiny toes later and – Tah-dahhh! Finished at last 🙂
These two that were part of the work in progress mega mountain are now fully formed felines to be proud of.
Now it just needs to be seen whether they’ll be accepted by the natives. Doorstop cat looks like he wants to be friends, but Mojo is one cool customer and refuses to make eye contact or acknowledge the newbie at all. Not looking too good so far!
Now I’ve got my knitting head firmly screwed on again I’m going to have a go at this little fella.
I just hope he doesn’t end up on the WIP pile for another year like the last two. Only time will tell!
August 10, 2015 at 4:39 am
Auwww… the knitted kitties are adorable. Especially love the way it showed off those sunglasses. 😉
August 10, 2015 at 11:06 am
She’s one cool cat!
August 10, 2015 at 11:33 am
The way you have captured the facial expressions on these cats is purr-fect, I love them. What did you stuff them with, sand or wadding? They have a “very knowing” look about them. Apart from your blog I have never heard of crochet hooks that light up, what a brilliant idea.
August 10, 2015 at 11:39 am
Hi Ros, I stuffed them mostly with polyester toy stuffing but to give them a nice weight I filled an old white sock with dried kidney beans and sewed the top closed then put that in the base of the cat before I closed the final seam. Now they sit really well and don’t roll over.
The light up hooks are great, now I can crochet anywhere, all night long!
August 10, 2015 at 3:12 pm
Those kitties are so adorable! The real furry one seems so pleased with all the new attention from the wooly-ones. The color of the flowers are beautiful. What an enchanting life! I love your patterns, knits, and blog!
August 10, 2015 at 3:32 pm
Thanks 🙂 life with the cats is always fun. (Love your name by the way!)
August 11, 2015 at 9:07 am
Your crocheted cactus in the background is so cool!
August 11, 2015 at 9:23 am
That’s my little friend Carlos, he helps me with all my projects 🙂
August 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm
The knitted cats are so lovely!
August 11, 2015 at 4:22 pm
Your cats are so cute, makes me want to try knitting again 🙂
August 12, 2015 at 8:52 am
wow, love your kitties (nice bike) 🙂
August 13, 2015 at 1:07 am
Your finished shawl is lovely, and I can’t wait to see the new one you’ve started 🙂
As for your new knitted kitties – it makes me really wish I could still knit like I used to 🙂
I’ve found some of the loveliest things I’d want to make are so often knitted, rather than crocheted, and it makes me wish I were a better crocheter, so I could design whatever it is for crochet instead 🙂
Can’t wait to see if you do finish the Alley Cat quickly! Lol
August 13, 2015 at 7:50 am
I have got very fond of my knitted kitties, they are now sitting in my hearth where I can see them every evening. Seemed a waste to use them just to prop open random doors in the end. Alley cat is coming along row by row and the second shawl is nearly finished. And the caterpillar pattern is up now, just doing a little post about it!