As a Christmas surprise for my daughter, I made her a crochet throw and cushion to cosy up her leather sofas for the winter weather. The stash was raided for greys and taupes to match her colour scheme, with a few pinks and mauves to petty it up a little. The cushion cover is just two giant granny squares crocheted together over a washable feather pad and the throw is 12 giant granny squares, each of 9 rows of colour. Every single square is different, thanks to the stash!
My little cat, Milly, was a huge help during the creative process and my daughter’s cat, Gatsby, clearly appreciates the result!
Halloween is a fairly big occasion in Fenton, so it’s fun to join in with a display. We have chocolate eye balls and other ghoulish treats all ready for the trick or treaters. The trumpkin carving went quite well and at handmadebysoo towers we managed to work in quite a lot of wool, too!
So far Milly has been a little shy about attending the weekly meetings of the Fenton Knitting Group. This is a bit strange as it is quite clear from her attachment to my yarn and needles when I am trying to knit that she absolutely adores knitting, just like me.
But today we had something of a break through. My crocheted knitting basket was perched on the table where the knitting ladies meet. I was just having five minutes of knitting and Milly decided that she’d take advantage of those moments to take over the basket. It’s the purrfect (sorry!) size for a kitten and the handles make great look out posts for a kitty sniper on the prowl for passing dogs.
Darling Milly, now 13 weeks old, has decided that her favourite place in the whole world is sitting on Mummy’s shoulder, purring contentedly into her ear. It’s very hard to knit, or do anything very much, in that position. But it is adorable!
As part of her unofficial kitten socialisation programme Milly, at the tender age of 10 weeks, has now joined the Fenton Knitting Group as a regular member. She enjoys exploring our knitting bags and checking out people’s feet. She’d also love to run across the table, chasing all those balls of wool, but somehow realises that this may not be allowed.
So instead she takes herself off to enjoy one of her favourite games, finding the marble in Mummy’s Crocs!
So instead of getting on with all the projects I currently have on the go at the moment, yesterday I disappeared into the garage in search of chip board, wood, old carpet and string. I had an idea that I could make a Playstation. At lunch time I finally emerged, triumphant, with a Playstation fit for … a kitten!
The kitten hasn’t arrived yet, but she has been reserved and will be coming home soon.
Meanwhile her Playstation has pride of place, awaiting her arrival. But somebody’s nose is slightly out of joint!
For the first time in a very long time there is no one purring in the house. DeeDee, who came to live with us when she was just six weeks old, is now forever snoozing in her favourite sunny spot in the garden and in our hearts.
My children may be well into their 20s now, but we will all still share our favourite Christmas story this Christmas Eve – Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr. I’ve found our story tape (yes, we still have a cassette player!) and I’ve also knitted two ‘Mogs’ to join us.
I knitted my ‘Mogs’ by adapting Kath Dalmeny’s Four Knitted Cats pattern. Find her collection of knitted animal patterns on Ravelry.
Just in time for #GivingTuesday DeeDee has stayed awake just long enough to take part in a spectacular photo shoot for the fabulous pets in specs competition and show her support for the Nystagmus Network. Well done, DeeDee! You definitely deserve all those extra treats!