Knitty Kitty

If you have poked around this blog, you’ll notice that I love to draw and invent characters – whether for comics, cartoons, doodles, portraits, etc. I realized that I could connect this aspect of drawing with my knitting by making toys! When I came across a simple but cute pattern for a “Sleepy Kitten” in DK’s Baby Knits Made Easy (2013) a while ago, I knew I had to give it a go.

The pattern calls for the kitten to be knit on Size 3 needles, its back and front worked flat and seamed together. Since this was not a garment, I took the gauge guidelines lightly and went ahead and used bigger needles which gave me a much larger kitten than I expected. You’ll see that my embroidering skills need some work – where the original pattern looks more ‘adorable calm,’ I seemed to have channeled ‘surly sleeper.’ Perhaps this is the character my hands had in mind. 🙂

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Doubled-up embroidery floss. I think I’ll use yarn next time.

Given the kitten’s surliness, I thought this kitty would benefit from something cozy. I decided to add my own flourish to the pattern: a hand woven red blanket-scarf, the second project ever made on my DIY frame loom.

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A first experiment in weaving using identical fibers for warp and weft.
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A variegated craft yarn, found in the beau’s bag-of-miscellaneous-craft-supplies. Surprisingly self-striping.

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I look forward to making more kittens for the big and little sleepers who may need some sleep inspiration.

Enjoy your Thursday, and sweet dreams to you.   Zzzzzzz…

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15 thoughts on “Knitty Kitty

  1. He has a bag-of-miscellaneous-craft-supplies? I am not surprised. Did you know that when I was about.. 9? 10? the room at the bottom of the stairs at Peggy’s was a “craft room”, set up with tables and tons and tons of craft supplies, including baby food jars with various colors of dyed, crushed egg shells. I thought it was amazing. I made a doll out of felt, but her head was wobbly.. no neck support.
    I love your surly kitty, probably because I have one of my own.
    I used to have a pen pal named Claire (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thistletown/) who made softies and gave each a backstory and personality. I think you’re on to something here. Kitty needs more friends..

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    1. Yes, he does! I attributed the bag to his elementary teaching days, but your fun story makes me think the craft supplies go way farther back. How cool that you made a felt doll in your Aunt Peggy’s craft room! So interesting to read about where the quilter extraordinaire got her beginnings. 🙂

      Those softies are just adorable, and so unique. Thanks for sharing, Jess! I hope to knit some pals for the kitty in the coming time. 🙂

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