Thursday, 20 November 2014

Still waiting for my Shetland wool jumper

Of course you'll remember that Gail was given some lovely yarn spun from the fleece of the Shetland sheep who live next door to the Torridon cottage and belong to our neighbour, knitting enthusiast Julia.

Many of my talented and creative readers came up with grrrreat ideas for how this yarn could be converted into a manly sweater for yours truly.

You can imagine how disappointed I was when I saw the pattern Gail had chosen.

Yes, that's right. How could anyone be so selfish? She decided to knit a 'Nordic snowflake beanie' for herself.


Then when I objected (by giving the knitting needles a little chew) Gail tried to soften the blow by saying that this beanie is just a practice run, and claiming she will adapt the pattern to fashion a matching Nordic snowflake sweater pour moi, "in due course"....

You can see how impressed I was with that answer.

I supposed I'd better show you the picture of Gail wearing the finished product. I had never before thought of my human as vain, but having now seen how many 'selfies' were rejected before this one was finally deemed acceptable, I have revised my view.

I must say the texture of the wool when knitted up is particularly lovely. But personally, I think the hat would look better with a white pom pom on the top.

Do you agree?


  1. Bwahaahaa! You'll have mother and son outfits!

    Actually, the beanie looks great!

  2. Da beanie looks great. Ya just need your matchin jumper now.

    It's bound to turn out better dan da sweater my momma made me.

  3. Da beanie looks mahvelous! But I'm wiff you, Bertie.. I thinks a pompom would be da perfek finishin' touch! And yer sweater, of course! Ya needs yer matchin' sweater! (Or do ya calls it a jumper ovfur dere? I gits confuserated 'bout dat, cuz a jumper is a dress ovfur here.. a dress ya wears a top under...)

    1. We call 'em jumpers in Australia, Finley!

    2. Dat's whut I thought, Charlie, and Momma had a furiend from Scotland who called dem dat.

    3. We are bilingual in UK and US English here Finley (see the post's title!)

  4. Hari Om
    OMD Bertie, you MUST persuade Gail to put the pompom... it would be your sweet revenge... just sayin'...

    Seriously though, lad, to be able to take a piccie of the back of her own heid as well as twist yarn Nordically - well that takes talent. So if you truly desire another sweater, perhaps it would be best to forget the pompom persuasion. Work on SHETLAND" suggestion instead... Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  5. CRIKEY Bertie ... You were robbed, mate! Personally I'd chew that beanie into little pieces if I were you.

  6. Bertie I'm purrty sure the chewing you did on the needles were responsible for how lovely the snowflake pattern looks. Bravo GAIL you are a most talented knitted to be able to make such beautiful patterns.

    Hugs madi and mom your bfffs
    PS Bertie I secretly agree a pom pom would finish it off making it quite chic.

  7. I luffs the beanie !
    I'm also in disgrace for my chewings of the knitting needles
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  8. We think the hat is lovely, and Gail is most talented. We hope there is enough of that lovely wool left to make a jumper for you. We are of three minds about the PomPom

    Gus and Teka

  9. we agree - it need a big old foo foo pom pom on the top :)

  10. YES a Pom Pom is NEEDED...
    butt OMD we just came from Bella and Roxy and Dui's place... you had better count your blessings that your mum hasn't decided to put you in THAT knitted horror...

  11. yes, a pom pom would be great. And a beanie is a good idea, so your Gail can do walks with you even when it is cold and colder outside :o)

  12. Aaahhhhh...we just want to know if knitting needles taste as good as crochet hookies..we just love crochet hooks!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo
    PeeEss...We also think yushould tack on a bg white pom-pom on that hat whilst Gail is napping!!

  13. You and your mom need matching sweaters!!! Your momma is very talented.
    stella rose

  14. That must feel so gooood. Hopefully she is making yours next
    Lily & Edward

  15. Humans can be so selfish sometimes! I hope she gets to working on your jumper right away!

  16. well humans are indeed sometimes selfish, that wool would have looked fab with your lovely furs but I must say Gail is a very good knitter

    retro rover

  17. Seems like vanity ruled for a time....we will be waiting for that Bertie sweater!

    The Mad Scots

  18. Lovely knitting,Gail! As much as I hate to admit it, I agree with the little twerp about a pom-pom!

    Cheers and hugs,

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  19. Bertie, I agree a pom pom for Gail's lovely hat would finish it off perfectly. She did a great job with the knitting and her pattern choice.

    Best regards


  20. I'm very impressed with Gail's knitting skills. My assistant couldn't knit to save her life.

  21. Now we know you are really disappointed BUTT our mom said your mom has SKILLS! Well done!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  22. Very lovely with or without a pom pom, just be happy it was not a dog sweater! Manly terriers don't do pom pom.


  23. Gail is multi-talented! That is very impressive. You're next; we know it.

    We say, no pompom for Gail's gorgeous beanie.

    We say, pompom for your jacket, when she does it!