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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Kitty Knits!

Welcome visitors! It's awesome to be part of the Kitty Knits Blog Tour - Donna Druchanas has created a book with some adorable projects.
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Since Greedo and Somerset are the feline stars of this blog, I'm turning the interview over to them:

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Hmm...maybe it would be best for me to do the transcription.
The cats decided to play a variation of "Would you rather...?" with Donna.

Thanks to Peggy and Soosan for the inspiration.

Somerset: Would you rather be referred to as a cat owner who knits, or a knitter who has cats?
Donna: I'm definitely a cat owner who knits. Although I've been totally obsessed with knitting for the past several years, I don't know if that will last forever. But I'll always want to live with cats!.
Laughing Somerset
Ha ha, we cats kick knitting's butt!

Greedo: Would you rather untangle yarn or clean out the litter box?
Donna: Litter box. I've been known to give away tangled yarn because I didn't have the patience to untangle it! Cleaning a litter box only takes 5 minutes. Untangling yarn can take days.
g peeved closeup
Hey,if it takes 5 minutes, how come our boxes aren't cleaned daily?

Somerset: Would you rather bring home new yarn or take an afternoon nap with your cats?
Donna: Nap! I don't have a big stash. I only buy yarn when I know exactly what I'm going to make with it -- or if something I've been wanting for a long time goes on sale. Otherwise, it just makes me nervous to have a bunch of yarn that I don't know what I'm going to do with.
nap with stash
We like to nap with the stash...
Greedo with stash

Greedo: Would you rather knit 6 swatches for a project and still not get gauge or take your cats to the vet?
Donna: Both! I love swatching. But you can do that in the waiting room at the vet, can't you?
Did someone say vet?!? You like going to the VET?!?!?

Greedo: Would you rather knit with scratchy yarn, or babysit an unfriendly cat?
Donna: Knit with scratchy yarn. I actually like some scratchy yarns a lot and I know they'll get softer when I wash them. I don't mind babysitting unfriendly cats, but it's much more fun to take care of a cat who loves to cuddle.
g miffed closeup Well, of course they're going to be unfriendly if you keep talking about trips to the vet...

Somerset: Would you rather be shed on by a cat or by yarn?
Donna: Cat! I'm not fond of shedding yarn. I might, on occasion, put up with it from angora. But I can't think of any other shedding yarn that I'd enjoy.
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I don't shed much...well,not as much as Greedo...OK, maybe just a different colour than Greedo...


Somerset: Would you rather see someone knitting one of your patterns, or see your cats running to greet you when you come home?
Donna: My cats. It's fun to see people knitting projects from my books, but there's nothing like being welcomed home by your loving feline friends.
somerset on the place mat How about being greeted by a cat on top of one of your projects?

Back to the book: it has a nice variety of patterns - they are grouped into knits for cats, knits for people, and knits for the home. Each category has projects of varying skill levels. The projects utilize several different techniques (fair isle, lace, intarsia, felting), with a brief, yet succinct explanation of each at the end of the book.
I decided to knit the Felted Goldfish Cat Place Mat using Ella Rae Classic and 6.5 mm needles. It's a nice introduction to colourwork - the chart is easy to follow, and since it's felted, minor mistakes can be corrected with duplicate stitch.
half mat
It knits up quickly, and used less than a full 100g skein of the main colour.
finished back
Instead of following the pattern exactly, I knit it all in one piece (turning the chart upside down to knit the second border)
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In retrospect, I should have trimmed those loose ends a bit shorter before felting, because they grabbed onto some of the floats on the back. (Of course, I was felting in a front loader, and ended up putting it through 2 cycles by accident, so if I could have checked it intermittently, the ends might not have been a problem)

I also put it through the dryer. The final fabric was pretty dense, and my crochet skillz are rudimentary at best, so I did a simple blanket stitch border:
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Voila!
post felting
It's the perfect size - no more stepping on stray kibbles!
placemat in use
I also couldn't resist the Felted Catnip Mice:
prefelting mouse
A superfast knit!
mouse and greedo
Kitty Approved
mouse and somerset
mouse post felting
The bobble ears make me smile. This would be a perfect last minute gift for a cat lover.

Greedo and Somerset highly endorse Kitty Knits.
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Thanks for stopping by!

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Comments on "Kitty Knits!"

 

Blogger Glenna C said ... (Sat Mar 15, 08:48:00 AM EDT) : 

what great cat pictures! And that felted kitty placemat and felted mouse are absolutely adorable. Greedo and Somerset must feel very pampered.

 

Blogger Gotta Knit! said ... (Sat Mar 15, 10:08:00 AM EDT) : 

Oh they did a most excellent interview! Love the cat's photos and comments. The vet part was a scream.


Your goldfish mat and mouse looked wonderful.

 

Blogger Gotta Knit! said ... (Sat Mar 15, 10:16:00 AM EDT) : 

me again. Checked out some other cat interviews and yours is hands down the best!

 

Blogger Bezzie said ... (Sat Mar 15, 10:35:00 AM EDT) : 

Great interview to all three of you! ;-)

 

Blogger loribird said ... (Sat Mar 15, 11:17:00 AM EDT) : 

What a fantastic interview! Hannah-kitty says we should buy the book ASAP.
Great job, Lisa, er, Somerset and Gredo!

 

Blogger Geri (that's my Ravelry name, too!) said ... (Sat Mar 15, 11:30:00 AM EDT) : 

The closeup looks like Greedo has big , pink clown lips. It also amazes me how Somerset will allow himself to be laid upon.

Great interview, by the way.

 

Blogger cpurl17 said ... (Sat Mar 15, 11:34:00 AM EDT) : 

Hmm, If I was a reporter on CBC News, I'd be very nervous for my job.

That was a great interview!! And the kitty mat and mice are adorable.

 

Blogger Carol said ... (Sat Mar 15, 06:48:00 PM EDT) : 

Somerset and Greedo make great interviewers! Thanks guys!

 

Blogger Batty said ... (Sat Mar 15, 08:41:00 PM EDT) : 

You're such a good kitty mom! Just the right answers to their questions. They'll probably keep you around.

I saw that book before it was even out and counted the days till I could order it. Time to make some kitty paraphernalia! I love your toy mouse and the cute fishy thing that goes under their food bowls. I'm also a sucker for those FI socks with the cat heads on them...

 

Blogger Brigitte said ... (Sun Mar 16, 08:12:00 AM EDT) : 

Wow guys, great interviewing skills! You've got me sold, I must pick up that book. That little mat is too cute!

 

Blogger Donna said ... (Sun Mar 16, 08:43:00 AM EDT) : 

Thanks again for letting the kitties interview me and for showing off some of your knitting. It was a lot of fun!

 

Blogger turtlegirl76 said ... (Sun Mar 16, 10:02:00 AM EDT) : 

Great interview! I need to get mine put together. I love the spin you put on it.

 

Blogger Needle Addict said ... (Sun Mar 16, 10:05:00 AM EDT) : 

Great interview. She-ra also likes to sleep on top of the stash or the half finished sweater... she wants me to get this book for her now.

 

Blogger Jadielady said ... (Sun Mar 16, 12:53:00 PM EDT) : 

Haha awesome! I love the picture responses from the cats :)
I hope you don't mind, I'd like to link to your interview so that my non-knitting friends can see, its hilarious!

 

Blogger CathyCate said ... (Sun Mar 16, 05:14:00 PM EDT) : 

Thank you, Donna, and thank you, Greedo and Somerset! A most enlightening interview.

 

Blogger Zonda said ... (Sun Mar 16, 11:44:00 PM EDT) : 

Neat interview hehe...love that mat and the mouse! Good luck with your Fair Isle! :)

 

Blogger Somer said ... (Thu Mar 20, 09:21:00 AM EDT) : 

Great interview! Your kitties are just lovely and I think your food mat turned out wonderfully, I just love the fishes :)

 

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