As many of you know, part of the attraction of the Empress has been to see their 'miniature' pigs. Some people have begun to realise that they haven't been making appearances in the pub anymore. They are, in fact, being kept outside because they are no longer so miniature! As I had no idea that they would grow to monstrous proportions, I began to knit an outfit that might fit the smallest one. Sadly, I soon realised there would be no way any of these porkers would squeeze into my stripey design.

   However, as we have just become proud new owners of a gorgeous little Boston Terrier, I realised to my delight that the jumper would fit him perfectly. Check out the homepage and Projects page to see him sporting it! I think it worked better putting him in when he was half asleep and on the sofa. I have since put him in it during the day and he looked utterly mortified!
I have been a huge fan of the quirky, delicious and most welcoming of all restaurants, The Missing Sock for a few months now. In fact, I have been known to sing its praises to any poor unsuspecting listener that happens to be around. 

You can imagine my surprise, then, when at a recent Knit 'Ting, who should walk through The Empress door, but the owner the Missing Sock. I don't know if they believed my splutterings about the fact that I had just been spreading a good word for them, but they seemed very interested in Knit 'Ting nonetheless. So much so, in fact, that we have been offered to take Knit 'Ting there and receive free tea and coffee! (Now anyone who has been before will know that it is impossible to have a tea there without also devouring one of the fabulous carrot and ginger cakes or gooey chocolate tortes that they have on offer.) So a cunning deal has been struck, where both sides win. We knit, chat, eat cake and get free hot drinks, while they may benefit from some new customers and maybe even a knitted missing sock or two!

Let me know if you are interested and I will follow it up with Mr. Sock. (I did ask his name, but he enigmatically avoided the question and agreed that he'd rather not be