Monday, May 11, 2009

Just look what the cat dragged in.......

Friday night at about 10p.m. Bitsy (the cat) skulked in clearly having been up to mischief. On closer investigation we saw something in his mouth, flapping its wings. We gave chase and as he dropped his little victim and it flew through the house we realised it was a pipistrel bat! This isn't the first time he has caught a bat but it is the first time one has survived.

We managed to trap it under a pan and found the Bat Lady on the internet. She gave us advice on how to put the poor wee thing into a box with a roost and some water. The next day we took him over to Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Trust. I've never been there before but what a fantastic place it is. It's set in 20 acres of land in Beith and is entirely funded by public donations. They will give him antibiotics and then contact us when he has recovered to release him back here where he belongs.

Here he is:

On to knitting. My unmatched pair of socks is finished and I am not hurrying to knit their partners as I'm happy to wear them as they are.

I started my May socks which are the Whirlpool Socks from Knitting socks with Handpainted Yarn. I really don't like the way they suggest incorporating the bead so after three repeats of the pattern I have changed to a more straightforward technique. The finish is much better but I am worried that the spiral pattern and small needles (2.25mm) are resulting in a tight fit. I need to put the sock onto a circular needle to check whether it fits. Frankly if it doesn't I am happy to frog it as I'm not feeling the love for it yet!

Maisy turned 5 on May 1st and despite us all having been laid low by a bug, we had a really lovely party attended by 20 of her wee pals. She was totally spoiled and received some quite fabulous gifts.

My Unicorn scarf is coming along nicely and is about 3ft long with no signs of an end to the yarn. The yardage is 400m but it feels like more. I love the feel of this yarn so soft and always slightly cool to the touch. The objective of the Unicorn club is to guess the composition of the yarn aided by a series of clues over the next 9 months. I'm thinking Angora or Alpaca with secell or silk. I think I need to get a few more clues before I make my mind up. The scarf is knit with my April Unicorn and I have now received my May Unicorn. Sadly I can't remember the name of the colourway but it is a subtle combination of pinks, reds and oranges.

I have had lovely news this week too, one of Paul's cousins had attended the fertility clinic to begin a course of IVF only to be told she couldn't have the treatment as she was pregnant! So I am now knitting for this special baby as well as another due in July to another of Paul's cousins.

I really need to get quicker at knitting as I have so many things I want to do! My poor spinning wheel is not seeing much action these days.


  1. What lovely news on Pauls cousin! ME, I'd have freaked out at a bat , I must take a look at that place though as several other people have recommended it. Mx

  2. Aww what a cute bat. I am glad you took him somewhere nice to recover!

  3. glad the bat survived! i like the odd sock look. lots of people won't notice as yarns are alike. cool cake. great about the baby!


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