My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Do It For Lucy

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A lot of you out there are cat lovers. I’d like to ask for your help.

Some of you might recall that I posted a while back that Lucy’s foster mom paid us a visit. She was quite taken with the catnip mouse I had knitted for Lucy and offered to sell them for me (she works in a pet shop), saying that people would snap them up. I said I’d rather donate mice to her rescue organization, Capital Animal Care, for them to sell at fundraisers.

Well, I can only knit so many mice.

Here’s what I propose: a raffle.

I have the Heilo, pattern and Dale patches to knit Norge 2000. There is enough wool to knit the XL (approx 50″ chest) size in the dark teal colorway. Pictured here:

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Everyone who sends me a catnip mouse will be entered in the raffle for the Norge 2000 kit. You will get as many entries as the number of mice you send me. Five mice, five entries. We’ll put an ending date on the raffle of . . . say . . . September 30.

What do you guys think? I’d like some idea of how many of you would make at least one mouse and send it, before I commit to the raffle. The kit is worth over 100 bucks so I’d hate to raffle it off in return for 5 mice. Not meaning to sound greedy here, but it’s for a very good cause and my purpose is to donate more mice than I can make to raise as much money for Capital Animal Care as possible. To help other kitties like Lucy (and not just cats — they rescue all sorts of animals). I’d love to send them a whole boatload of mice!

If the Dale kit is not to your personal liking, you could always auction it off on eBay. ๐Ÿ™‚ Or trade with another knitter. (I’ll post a better photo and more full description of the kit later.)

If we do this, I’ d ask that all mice be knitted from wool or wool blend yarns, and of course stuffed with catnip, and be approximately 3 inches long, for the sake of consistency of quality. Other than that, anything goes. You can use the pattern we used in the Mouse-Along, or make up your own.

So let me know what you think, ‘k?

(By the way, Capital Animal Care has a Lucy-look-a-like up for adoption right now (as well as a lot of other adorable cats and dogs.)

More on Frogner

I was asked about button loop spacing yesterday.

According to the pattern for Frogner, you are supposed to make the button loops in three sets of three, with extra space between each set. I didn’t like the way that looked in the picture — I prefer my button loops to be evenly spaced.

The directions call for nine buttons and button loops. I marked with a pin on the button band where I wanted the top button (about half an inch down from the top) and where I wanted the bottom button — a coupla-three inches up from the bottom.

Then I marked the space halfway between those two pins. That’s the middle button loop. Then I marked halfway between the middle and the top pin, and halfway between the middle and the bottom pin.

I’m now up to five pins. I marked halfway between each of them and I’m up to nine — which is the number I need. No fuss, no muss.

I’m still working on the first sleeve, though closer to the end than the beginning. I think I’m moving a bit slower on this because I’ve been feeling not great lately.

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Though I’m feeling better now, thank-you.

Whatever Happened to Beadwork?

As y’all know, I abandoned Beadwork because it caused my repetitive stress injuries to flare up.

Shortly after I stopped work on it, Peter, of Knitting Naturalist fame. emailed me and offered to knit it for me.

To once again quote one of my favorite actors playing one of my favorite characters (Christopher Walken as The Continental on SNL):

“Wow! Wowie, wow, wow!”

So of course, I bundled up Beadwork and dispatched it to Peter post-haste. He’s got it, he’s knitting it, and he quite possibly might be cursing the day he made such a generous offer. ๐Ÿ˜‰