I seem to be knitting a dog blanket

Yesterday evening, whilst watching TV and trying to decide What Just Happened at Westminster, I happened to look down at my hands and realised I was knitting a dog blanket. The thing is, I have nineteen cats but no dogs, so why am I knitting a dog blanket?

It’s quite a nice blanket consisting of twenty-five multicoloured squares – ten plain, five with small doggie paws on, five with medium doggie paws and five with huge doggie paws – but the fact remains, I do not have a dog.

I have observed this, with my decision-making process. Other people seem to identify a need or a problem, work out a strategy to deal with it, then implement that strategy. So it’s kind of cause and effect. I don’t do that, mostly. I find myself doing things, am mystified as to why I am doing them, and then try to work out why I might have decided to do them.

So, it now occurs to me that I am knitting the dog blanket for Queenie, my almost-Godmother’s almost-dog, for Christmas. Queenie is old, and has been quite ill this year. She doesn’t quite belong to Godmother, who also isn’t technically, officially my godmother. But she ought to be.

Queenie is a small, white nondescript pooch, possibly a Scottie or a Jack Russell or combination of both – I’m not good on dog breeds. She belongs to the overweight, elderly alcoholic woman who lives over the road from Godmother. Godmother regularly responds to slurred phone calls demanding rescue from the foot of the stairs, which the lady is unable to climb due to her day-long wine consumption.

Queenie has to return to the alcoholic lady for one hour a day, but Godmother, who is in her eighties, takes care of Queenie’s daily walks in the park, vastly expensive veterinary care and general need for love and affection.

So Godmother is my guardian angel, Queenie’s owner’s guardian angel, and also of course Queenie’s. I can’t say how much it has comforted me, throughout my life, to know that angels do walk the earth, and that one of them, miraculously, assigned herself to me.

So, the dog blanket is for Queenie. And of course, I knew that all along.

Didn’t I?
NB: Please see my reply to Belladonna’s comment below for further details and a link to the pattern, which was originally connected with an appeal by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

4 thoughts on “I seem to be knitting a dog blanket

  1. I love, love, love that blanket. The colors are so vibrant! Almost makes me want to learn to knit. Or at any rate befriend someone who knits. Might you be in need of a friend? I have LOTS of dogs, if that’s any kind of attraction…

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    1. Hi ‘Belladonna Took’. Must be honest, the nice photo is of someone else’s version of the same blanket. When mine is finished (hopefully before xmas!) I will add in a photo of it. Should also have credited the author of the pattern – Lauren ‘Deadly Knitshade’ O’Farrell. I think she can be found at http://www.whodunnknit.com Now isn’t that a weird connection between the two of you? Pattern was originally donated on behalf of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, London but links to it all over the Internet. I found it at: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/mar/13/knit-blanket-rescue-dog If anyone wants to knit a blanket for them, their address is:4 Battersea Park Road, London SW8 4AA. My lots of cats send group ‘Miaow’ to your lots of dogs.

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