Here are all the license plate suggestions I got. Thank you for playing — there are a lot of really cute suggestions here!
And the winner is (selected using a random number generator):
Sara Ellis, who sent in:
Sara wins the Knitty license plate frame and bumper sticker. Congratulations to Sara, and thanks to everyone who played.
(Sara, I emailed you Friday night — email me your snail mail addy and I’ll get your prize to you asap.)
Aran Catnip Mouse Knit-along
Wow! I’m so happy that so many of you want to join in on this and make a gift for your furry friends. Lucy is psyched about it too!
Okay, here’s some preliminary info on the catnip mouse.
I’m going to design my own mouse. I’ve been knitting catnip mice for my kitties since I was a teenager, and they were always gratefully received, so I’m an experienced Mouse Knitter.
I always use wool (because every cat I’ve known loves wool), but if your cat shows a marked preference for a certain yarn, by all means use it.
For this knit along, I’d like to use a worsted weight wool, so we’ll all be on the same page and not have to re-figure the design for a bunch of different gauges. After you make your initial mouse, you can experiment with different yarns and gauges.
Although we’ll be using worsted wool, we’ll be knitting it at a tighter than usual gauge. This is to make the mouse more durable, as it is likely to become your kitty’s favorite toy and we’d like it to last longer than a few days!
My plan is for a mouse with a center cable running the length of the body, with seed stitch panels on each side. We can all pick different cables for the center motif — during the course of the project I’ll offer some cable suggestions.
So for today, we can talk about yarn and catnip. I’m going to use Brown Sheep Naturespun worsted. I’ve got some left over from other projects . You only need a little bit to knit a mouse — this is a great way to use up small leftovers!
As for the stuffing . . . I’ll use some catnip I bought at PetsMart, but really, any catnip will work. I know Lisak has some killer weed — she stuffed the mouse she sent to Izzy in January with it and I can attest to it’s potency! If you’ve got home-grown, use it!
Official St. Moritz Photos
For L-B, who asked very nicely, we did the St. Moritz photo shoot. Photos are on the official St. Moritz page.
But here I am in the elevator, on the way to the photo shoot!
Lucy had a great weekend. She now has her daddy wrapped around her paw. Here she is, in Ian’s lap:
And of course she wants you all to see her pretty blue eyes:
She also met her “grandparents” this weekend, my mom and dad. I think she was in my mother’s lap, purring, within 90 seconds of meeting her. And she proved once again what a remarkable kitty she is: she quite obviously understood when my dad spoke to her in Swedish!
Last but not least . . .
We had a really busy weekend, but I managed to do a bit of knitting. I’ll discuss Roscalie and how I think it differs from the colors used in the original design at more length tomorrow.