Of Otters and Owls
This May bank holiday I was at the Chestnut Centre – its an otter and owl sanctuary, and since the weather looked promising, I figured it would be a nice little family day out.
I think I should take a moment to explain. I hate water. Nearly drowned when I was 15, yadda, yadda, the stuff gives me the creeps. Especially big open expanses of it. When myself and Engel had Felix I wanted to make sure she didn’t have that same phobia, so to the pool she went when she was but a tiny thing.
Her response to water? Roll onto back, cuddle a rubber duckie/ball and kick with the back legs, grinning manically.
So we nick named her ‘Ottah’, as that’s what she made us think of.
Subsequently, I kept saying when she was old enough to not need a pram, we’d go to the otter sanctuary and she can see her namesakes in action.
She loved it. Otters go squeak. Owls go hoot. She can outrace her mum on the uphill and her dad on the downhill. Everything’s awesome.
Though she did have a tantrum at the gift shop on the way out – she ran right past all the mountains of cuddly toys, and dove into the books, demanding about six of them…she already owns five of the ones she wanted! So when we got home I read ‘The Otter that Loved to hold hands’ to her then promptly cast one on the needles.
One adorable Otter. Its one of the Patons wildlife collection. It goes to bed with her. And I had to do owls too.
The infamous Owl Puff pattern – its free on Ravelry. Oh, and because I’m sure someone must be wondering what knitted thing I photograph all the toys on:
The also infamous, ten stitch blanket. Also free on Ravelry.
Hope you all had a good bank holiday too!
Oh, wool update, three used this week! And of the two I bought last week, yep, Sods Law, only needed one in the end.
Wool Count down:
Starting total (28Feb15) – 747 balls
Extra stash found – 10 balls (so far)
Wool used – 36 (Yeah!)
Wool given – 3
Wool bought – 3
Total – 725