Hedgehog Knits

Adventures in knitting from the eastern edge of Canada.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Lost and Found

This is a mouse I made for Lassy last weekend. The pattern, from Oddball Knitting, is extremely simple, and a little catnip in the stuffing goes a long way.

Lassy spent a great deal of the weekend torturing this new friend, attempting to tear it to shreds, rolling around in a sunbeam.

Check out those claws!

But later in the week, we had a bit of a nightmare on our hands. Lassy went out in the morning, as he usually does when the sun is shining, and went off to play with the other neighbourhood cats. Now our block has a lot of outdoor cats, and Lassy is well loved by the nieghbours. It's a fairly low-traffic area, and since he came to us as a stray, he really does like to spend some time outdoors wandering. Usually, if not before, he's on the doorstep waiting to get in when I get home from work (Nick is home during the day to let him in and out as he pleases).

On Tuesday, we were a bit distracted by a plumbing problem that my dad arrived to fix, but became concerned when Lassy stil hadn't come home by the time it got dark. This is a cat who doesn't like to go too long between meals!

To make the story shorter, he was still missing on Wednesday, and we started canvassing the neighbours, putting up posters at the corner store, and even got an announcement on the local radio station. By Thursday morning, after two nights missing, we were losing hope, assuming the worst.

But on Thursday afternoon he appeared out of nowhere. Absolutely starving, and meowing for food, but he was home! It's such a relief to have him back.

Our best guess is that maybe he got accidentally locked into a shed or garage in the neighbourhood for a couple of days. There's no other reason really that he would be out so long and come back so hungry. What was that about curiousity and cats?

Things are pretty much back to normal. The catnip mouse has gotten such a workout that it's completely felted now, and Lassy has been even more cuddly than usual.

In the stress of last week, I knit a Swallowtail Shawl (photos to come), and a few more mitred squares for a blanket.

I hope we never have to go through that again!

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Blogger Marianne said...

I am SO glad Lassy made it home, safe and sound, albeit a hungry wee moggie.
Cute little mousie!
I saw your ST on your Ravelry page, it's a Beauty!

8:25 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw, that is one super cute and happy kitty right there! I'm glad he came back too. That'll learn 'em to come home in time for dinner.

Maybe this May will finally be the month I do a Swallowtail. I have my seasilk that's been wound up and waiting for it for, oh, a YEAR and I need to get on it.

9:39 a.m.  
Blogger Sarah said...

Glad he found his way back and love the mouse :o)

11:54 a.m.  

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