Sunday, January 10, 2010

A tale of two shawls

In 1973 I was 23 and engaged to be married. I thought that bedjackets were a bit frumpy, so I crocheted myself a shawl to wear when sittting up in bed, reading. We didn't do the modern living-together thing so sitting up in bed together was a new phenomenon and I was anxious to look all right.

Thirty-six years later, the shawl is still on the go. I've used it every night. It and I have become middle-aged together and we both sag a bit. And over the last couple of years it's become even more scruffy because Sirius joins me in bed in the mornings and luxuriously kneads it with his claws.

For Christmas this year, Daughter 1 knitted me this shawl. It's immeasurably more beautiful than mine ever was: soft and lacy and warm.


I love it. Isn't it pretty? Thank you so much, Daughter 1!

I'm not going to wear it in bed, though, and Sirius isn't getting to exercise his claws on it.


Can you tell that it's a bit chilly at the moment? Could they be tied in tighter knots? How wonderful not to worry about the size of one's bottom. The cats often copy each other's body language, either symmetrically


or in a mirror-image kind of way.
So you didn't think Tim Vine was funny? Ah well, it must be the British sense of humour, I suppose.






17 comments:

Rachel said...

Gasp! Your new shawl is so beautiful. What a lovely present from your daughter.

Tim Vine was funny in that 'punch-drunk' kind of way. You know, when you're really tired and everything is hilarious. I think I snorted while watching the videos, but just the thought of trying to toss a hockey stick behind your ear is funny!

Zhoen said...

Gorgeous shawl you dear daughter made for you. Not for cats, that one.

Linds said...

Wow! What a beautiful shawl! You have a very talented daughter#1 there, Isabelle! Definitely not for the cats, I agree! Shawls are perfect for this horrible weather, aren't they - I just looked outside and it is snowing. Again.

jkhenson said...

Oh, the shawl is so lovely!! I do agree, no cat claws on it! :) It is surprisingly so snowy there still! It's sunny, here, too, but it is normal for us! :) Stay warm!!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Wow! That's a beautiful shawl Isabelle - how wonderful of DD1. The kitties are so funny - I guess they don't like snow, huh? And I thought Tim Vine was VERY funny -- goofy, but funny!

rachel said...

Lovely shawl! I like your old one too. My grandmother crocheted us semi-circular shawls, to wear in bed on really cold nights - they just bridged that chilly gap between one's ears and the bedclothes. Later we learned to make them ourselves, and I think I used mine till the advent of an electric over-blanket, when life changed immeasurably for the better.....

Lovely cats, as always.

Bangchik said...

lovely shawl..... ~bangchik

Gina E. said...

You make day to day things come to life with your anecdotes and photos. Your old shawl is a much loved old friend, and the new one is just gorgeous, even more precious because it was made for you by Somebody Special!
You get the most wonderful photos of your cats! I never tire of seeing them. Still snowing, huh? While we're melting in 45 deg.C heat....

Anne said...

What a lovely thought of your daughter knitting the shawl for you. It is beautiful!

The Lass said...

What a beautiful shawl! I'm just a tad envious of her talent, I might add.

Molly said...

So, if you're not crafty, as you have repeatedly lamented, where does daughter 1's talent come from? Could Mr. Life be a closet knitter?

Meggie said...

Your new shawl is beautiful. No wonder you don't want to have it 'cat peddalled'!! How gorgeous it is, & can you exclude the Catlets while you wear it for short secret thrills?

Stomper Girl said...

Gosh that shawl is lovely! Daughter #1 is very clever and absolutely putting me to shame because I could never make anything as beautiful as that for my Mum (although she quite regularly whips up gorgeous crocheted things for me or my kids). I enjoyed the Pen Behind the Ear, as did Fixit, but I think I like your symmetrical cats even more, and I laughed about Sirius shredding the old one, you should see the nice sheepskin rug I had for the babies, Bertie Wooster the bad Burmese loved that poor sheepskin to DEATH!

kylieps said...

That shawl is amazing! Your daughter did a beautiful job. I'm a knitter too, but don't do a whole lot of lace on big projects like that. Very impressive. I thought Tim Vine was pretty funny actually-my mum is Kerri from Colors of the garden- and we watched the video while I was home for a visit. The only thing to complain about is having the damn "pen behind the ear" song in my head for days afterward. I'm enjoying wandering through your blog!

Loth said...

Your offspring are disgustingly talented! That is really beautiful. (The cats are nice, too.)

Kerri said...

How nice to have worn your shawl all these years. It's a good old friend to you..and Sirius.
Daughter 1 did a wonderful job on that beautiful new shawl. She's a thoughtful and talented girl.
Kylie and I and DH laughed out loud at Tim Vine because we happen to enjoy that sort of "stupid" humour :) (I have English blood, you know, and hubby is a distant relative of Captain Cook...really..I'm not making this up! I didn't believe it either until his great aunt Inez Cook told me it was true).
I'm glad to see Kylie left you a comment. She likes your English sense of humour :)
I told her she'd like your blog. You see I do talk about my blog friends as if I know them very well :) Don't we all?
Snuggle in your shawls and stay warm! I'd wear the new one in bed too, Sirius or not!

Warty Mammal said...

I am amused. Your shawl is infinitely more elegant than the raggy T-shirt I've been known to don.