mánudagur, mars 19, 2007

Farewell to Willy

Willy is gone!

Willy in the eyes of Halla Lif
[drawing from just one hour before his disappearance]

This weekend, we had the whole family(IL) for dinner around and the little fellow chose to escape into the night instead of taking a rest in one of the unfrequented rooms. Nothing wrong with hanging out outside, I would say, normally. Unfortunately, this night was one of the coldest and ghastliest. Icy storm roared and forced powdery snow drifts round and round.
Well, Willy, who is also know as Willy Haarlos (hairless), does not like snow very much but had to stick his nose out of course once in a while. We were at first quite surprised and shortly after worried what would keep him out so long. - We still don't know but it kept him until now. Lost for 48 hours! In weather conditions like this, it can sadly only mean one thing. My hopes were high for him being trapped inside a garage, cellar or garden shed, the only way to survive the deadly cold. But, the time is running for poor Willy in this kind of refuge, too, if he hasn't been discovered and released by now.
I think, it's time to face the facts.

Willy will be so painfully missed! Even though probably not the prettiest cat on earth, he was the perfect one. At least, the cat with the best character I have known so far. In his short life, it would have been his 1st birthday on 9th April, he was always entertaining and cheerful but never a nuisance (well, there was the bird). Not once did he use his claws to hurt either one of us nor our furniture. Unbelievably, he also just wouldn't touch anything that was not meant for him, like juicy meat left on the table. He was unbelievably cute and made me smile in the mornings when he was waking me up exactly one or two minutes before the alarm clock would go off. I will miss how he would come home from one of his strolls and in his loquacious manner tell me exactly what was going on outside. Or inside, for this matter, as in the last shot I took of him in purpose of blogging about him. A neighbour cat came for "visit" and Willy the coward rather called me indignantly for help as taking the matter into his own paws, fangs and claws.

The scary neighbour cat

As for the knitting memories of Willy, it has to be said in his honour that he never played with yarn except it had been especially labelled as toy for him. He was in particular fond of the Lizard Ridge as you can see here in his appreciating pose.

Willy and the lizard

Yes, good news. The Lizard Ridge is finished, all sewn up, blocked and very, very beautiful. It just needs an edging now. I have not have had an enlightenment about that (Noro or another yarn). It will not only be the biggest and undoubtedly prettiest thing I ever knit but also a Willy memorial blanket, because I will always remember how he spent his last night here cuddled up sleeping on it.
Lizard Ridge blocking

12 ummæli:

Elemmaciltur sagði...

I'm so sorry to hear about this....but still, who knows.

Phoebe sagði...

I have faith that someone took Willy in and he's in a nice warm home waiting for you to pick him up!

Yarn Collectors Anonymous sagði...

I know you must be so worried!! I pray that someone has Willy in their home he will be returned shortly!! You never know!!

SheepsPyjamas sagði...

I'm sorry to hear about Willy, and I, too, will keep my fingers crossed and hope that he will yet surprise you...

Rebecca sagði...

I am sorry to hear this, but maybe he will have snuck into someone's apartment and he will turn up yet.

sprite sagði...

{Carola}

I'm not going to give up hope just yet as cats are so resourceful. Good luck!

(And the quilt looks beautiful. You really ploughed through it!)

Cynthia sagði...

I am so very sorry to hear about your cat although I do agree with Sprite that perhaps he has been resourceful and is out there somewhere.

The blanket is gorgeous.

dorothee sagði...

Oh no! That can't be true! I think we're all going to miss Willy.

Beth S. sagði...

Oh, I am so sorry that Willy has gone missing! :-( Even though you are prepared for the worst, I'm still going to hope that he turns up.

Wanda sagði...

I'm so sorry to hear about Willy. I hope he comes back home and someone has been sheltering him throughout the cold weather. The Noro blanket is gorgeous.

Ashley sagði...

Oh, WILLY. I'm going to keep holding onto the idea that he's ok and resting comfortably in someone else's house until the weather gets better. Oh, Willy.

Kathy sagði...

Very sorry about Willie. Looks like the quintessential yellow tabby male. Full of love.

I love your blanket. Amazing