Hello! And Welcome to Wool on Sundays 38. How has your week been? My week has seemed like a repetition of the last few weeks with everything stepping up a notch. With my daughter getting a bit better each day, I thought I was finished with hospital visits but unfortunately my mother in law had a stroke in the middle of the night last Sunday. Fortunately it was a small stroke, which has mostly affected the movement in her hand and the doctors are fairly confidant that, with time, she will regain that but it is very distressing for her as she lives alone and has always been very independent and it is, as yet, unclear how her recovery is going to progress.
On the one hand, we have been trying to encourage her to come and stay with us for a while when she allowed home from hospital and on the other, our animal situation is becoming increasingly bizarre. Having been accustomed to having Lucy (our very well behaved labrador, who sadly died in July), rabbits (who only come in on odd occasions) and strictly outside animals (like sheep, chickens and ducks), we now have puppy (a poorly trained spaniel) in the kitchen and two cats, who roam elsewhere downstairs and on the stairs and landing. As if that weren’t sufficient a baby pigeon turned up in the garden on Friday afternoon. We left it until it got dark in the hope that it’s mother would come for it and eventually brought it in and shut it in the living room with some hay, water and chicken food. I was hardly even surprised when I glanced through the window yesterday and noticed a large black dog in the garden…I was tempted to make a sign and put in on the gate saying ‘All creatures great and small welcome – the more, the merrier’. I genuinely began to ponder what number of random creatures secured in various places around the house for the purposes of preventing anyone eating anyone else could tip a person over the edge…
My knitting this week is also more of the same but, in this case, more in a good way. The grey cardigan has grown to having one arm done up the armpit and the body has grown a couple of inches.
And the socks have grown a few rows. They would have grown a few more but I started the chart in the wrong place and had to unknit 6 rows, which wasn’t much fun of small circular needles!
After some comments last week, I thought I’d just mention that I think the key to getting an even finish on the right side with two colour knitting is to always keep the same colour on top on the wrong side as you work. With these I am keeping the red on top throughout.
Edited to add: The large black dog is now reunited with its owners and we have now found a rescue centre to take the pigeon.
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