Saturday, March 08, 2008
The Jenny Cloche
The Jenny Cloche is complete! Way back when, I offered to make my friend Jenny a replica of her favourite hat which was on it's last legs. A few tries later, I had it!
The hat is knit with double stranded Malabrigo in kettle dyes colour #80 (Azul Bolita). I know, quite the luxurious yarn choice! But when you have friends this divine? No expense can be spared dah-link!
I do plan on writing up the pattern for you all, but not after a few tweaks. Jenny is happy with her hat (thank god!), but I, of course, strive for perfection. This version is a little floppier than the original, making Jenny feel like Holly Hobby (a good thing in her books by the way - and mine, for that matter!). Methinks another prototype, and possibly another size option is on the agenda before this pattern gets launched into the knitosphere. (Seeing it's not so much an original pattern as it is a knock-off, it'll definitely be a freebie!)
On a sad note, my cat Selena is not doing so well. Just a couple of months after her surgery, her health is already declining. I took her to the vet this week after she started drinking lots of water and peeing willy-nilly. I also noticed a new lump behind her arm. The vet found two more. Now, armed with pills to help her kidney function, and special food to make sure she doesn't lose too much weight, I'm officially awaiting "the time". She's still happy and eating and comfortable, but the cancer is advancing more rapidly than originally expected. I have a list of symptoms to look out for, and at their advent, I'll have to put her down. I knew it was coming, I just didn't think it would be so soon! Special thanks again to everyone who donated to my Selena fund. The surgery may not have cured her, but it certainly gave her a little more time. Next time, I'm totally getting a robot cat that lives forever!
To boost my spirits, I treated myself to something I've been thinking about for a while now:
A ukulele! I'm not even going to pretend it's an original idea brought on by inherent quirkiness. I was inspired by her and the song in this and finally them. What better way to pass the time during yet another snowstorm than busting out a little piece of Hawaii?