I’m sorry about the cryptic, wordless post I posted this morning! I went to save my draft and turn off the computer, but accidentally pushed ‘publish’ instead of ‘save’ and watched in horror as it published! Whoops!
Never mind, I know there are a lot of Raymond junkies out there, I hope that was a reasonable fix! Raymond has just this minute arrived home from a 45 1/2 hour jaunt somewhere, who knows where! We spent the day worrying about him, because on Sunday night he got quite restless and demanded to be let out at 8pm and we didn’t see him until 4.30pm today! (Tuesday) He can be a bit of a wanderer, and this is probably the third or fourth time he has done this since we adopted him 18 months ago, but still, there’s that fear that they won’t come home at all that sits in your solar plexus….
Goodness knows where he has been… usually he comes home all bedraggled and starving, but this time he seemed quite happy and ate about half of his tea… we did the perfume sniff, but he just smelled like cat, so it’s a mystery really!
If Raymond could talk for an hour the two things I’d want to know are:
1. What his name was before we adopted him at age 10 and named him Raymond
2. Who his favourite neighbours are and which houses does he like to frequent the most!
I was actually quite sad that he didn’t come home today, because I had my lovely friend and fellow blogger over for lunch, knitting and wool-related gossip and I was really hoping that I could take a photo of Raymond on her knee and she would put it on her blog, so he could be on TWO blogs at once (tell me the truth, does that sound a bit insane?!) but she was in luck! No cat, so no obligation to put a photo of Raymond on her blog! (never mind, there’s always next time….)
Do you know what? I finished my scarf on Monday morning, and what an amazing feeling! I cast off, wove in the ends and put it straight around my neck, then accosted poor KB (who had just got out of bed) by jumping around in her face, yelling “I MAAAAAAAADE THIS!!!! I MAAAAADE it!!!!!”
As I said a few posts back, this scarf is made from delicious Zelana Possum Merino which I am severely addicted to, it’s quite serious, and I’ve ravelled it here. It’s funny, you know… normally I get a bit sick of a project when I’ve been knitting or crocheting it for days on end, but I found that apart from the short burst of “I can’t go any further” I had just before making it to the halfway mark, I found that the more I knitted this scarf, the more I loved it. As soon as I picked it up and felt that softness of the wool in my hands, I loved it even more and instead of changing my mind about it and giving it away like I very often do with projects, I wore it for the entire day and only took it off at two points in the day where I overheated! I feel in a way that this scarf was my initiation into “hard knitting” and even though it is called the easy lace scarf (pfft!) it was still lace and still hard to begin with, and of pretty much all of my projects, this one has given me the most satisfaction.
Ooh, and do you know what? I wore it to class yesterday and even though none of my classmates read my blog, I got an enormous amount of comments about my lovely new scarf and even one about how well it went with my long cream cardy! ha ha ha! That made me giggle!
Long cream cardy, embarrassed me and my beautiful scarf, there you go, the official ta-daa picture!
So I’m projectless right now and am itching to find something to make, my stash is piled in the lounge as I decide, I’m wondering if I might make a lovely chunky ‘wandering vines’ wrap in 8ply turquoise Perendale knitted with a strand of variegated 2ply merino in stunning shades of blue and turquoise… or maybe a button up cowl in the most luscious snuggly soft silver yarn I accidentally bought today- 50% alpaca, 35% merino, 15% silk… or a Noro sock wool scarf I found a lovely pattern on Ravelry for that would be so fun to try…. there are far too many possibilities so while I decide, I’m freestyling a Pixie hood for KB in a beautiful woodland coloured 10ply wool that was kindly given to me by a dear friend…..
Oh, and don’t for a moment think that I’ve forgotten to show you my crochet happiness!
Wishing you all a beautiful day, and sending you all lots of love, because the comments that you left on my ‘change’ post about how you felt about this monumentally sad disaster that is happening in Japan just shows what a wonderful bunch of caring, loving souls I have attracted into my life. Let’s keep sending that love and compassion through the ether to our family in Japan and other affected parts of the world.
Lots and lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX