The weather cooperated enough to block Celestarium yesterday. It still wasn’t dry when I went to bed, so I left it on the floor of my bedroom where it was blocking.
In the middle of the night, I heard “RIIIIP, RIIIIP!” ’The cat’s ripping up the shawl!’ shot through my head. Bolting upright, I stared in the direction of my shawl, and sure enough, the cat was sitting on Celestarium!
My heart hammering, I shooed him off and wondered what to do. I didn’t dare look at the shawl in the light for fear of a) committing caticide, and b) that I’d not be able to sleep for the rest of the night. I knew though, that now the cat had the shawl in his sights, he would not leave it alone, so something had to be done to prevent any further damage being done. I decided to cover the shawl with more towels.
Sure enough, a few minutes later, the bad cat returned, sniffing interestedly at the shawl, but fortunately, wasn’t able to do anything further because he couldn’t reach the beads that had caught his attention. I stifled the urge to strangle the creature.
I gingerly examined the shawl in the light of morning. A bead had been pulled out of the shawl with his teeth, and the bead and yarn it was attached to dangled several inches off the shawl in a very ugly way. It was a good thing the cat was nowhere in sight. It was also a good thing I had heard him before any major damage was done.
Fortunately, the damage was repairable. The yarn hadn’t been broken (or caticide would have definitely been on the cards) so I was able to draw the yarn back along the row and even up the stitches and settle the bead back into place. Damn that cat. He is a total nuisance, and a Very Bad Cat. I would have liked to shut the door when I went to bed, but all the handles on the doors in this house are faulty and do not keep shut. It’s quite annoying. Perhaps I should consider installing a bolt.
And so, as some of you have asked to see the blocked shawl, here it is:
I still haven’t quite forgiven the cat, but at least the damage has been fixed.
Hope you are having/had a great weekend!