Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Cat Whisperer

Luc has always had a particular connection with cats. I have photos with him at about age 5 with our old semi-feral tom, Tiger, who was at Luc's side whenever the boy set foot in the yard. They would actually climb trees together, and have long conversations. Luc was devastated when Tiger was killed in an accident.

And when Luc was only 3 or so, we applied to adopt a big old Siamese at the Savannah humane society. They were unsure about how a small child would deal with a big cat, and asked us to have Luc hold the cat to see how it went. The boy sat in a chair, and they draped the cat across his lap, and the two looked into each other's eyes and immediately came to an understanding. The woman turned to me and said, "A dream child!" (Which, for the record, was not a description often applied to Luc when he was young.)

Anyway, I love how cats still go out of their way just to be with him.

Also, I finished the golf club cover for my brother's Easter trinket. It better be for a big driver, since doubling the yarn apparently "grew" the knitted fabric more than I expected. But I like how it came out, and for a less conservative golfer this would be a great way to use up scraps. Here's my recipe:
Peaches and Creme worsted cotton - part of 2 skeins
Set of 4 double-pointed needles in size 6 and 8
small crochet hook
  • Cast on 36 stitches on smaller needles.
  • Space stitches evenly across 3 needles and work *knit 2, purl 2" ribbing for 24 rounds or until work is desired length.
  • Adding in second strand of yarn and switching to size 8 double pointed needles, *knit 11, knit in front and back of 12th stitch* and repeat twice more. You should now have 39 stitches, or 13 on each needle.
  • Work even in stockinette stitch for 24 rows or until work is desired length.
  • First decrease round: *knit 11, knit two together* and repeat twice more.
  • Knit one round.
  • Second decrease round: *knit 4, knit two together* and repeat to end of round.
  • Knit one round.
  • Third decrease round: *knit 3, knit two together* and repeat to end of round.
  • Knit one round.
  • Fourth decrease round: *knit 2, knit two together* and repeat to end of round.
  • Knit one round.
  • Fifth decrease round: *knit 1, knit two together* and repeat to end of round.
  • Knit one round.
  • Sixth decrease round: knit two together and repeat to end of round.

Break yarn and draw through remaining loops to close.

Using the crochet hook, single chain a cord approximately 2" long. Form into loop and sew securely to tip of work.

Now, not only do you have a golf club cover, but if you tuck the "turtleneck" inside, fill it with candy and thread a length of yarn through the top of the ribbing as a drawstring, you have a golfer's Easter Egg!

1 comment:

Susan said...

It came out really good! Thanks for sharing your recipe.