I got an email from Sara, the Outreach Coordinator at Petfinder.com, excerpted here:
I am not sure how I came upon your page, but I am sure glad I did! The kitty bed gallery is adorable – and got me thinking. This November will be Petfinder.com’s second annual Adopt a Senior Pet Month to encourage people not to forget older homeless pets when looking for a new friend. I would love to explore the possibility of getting some hand-made kitty beds for any senior cats adopted via Petfinder.com in November.
As some of you may recall, it was through Petfinder.com that I found Lucy. So of course I’m interested!
The question is . . . how many of you are interested too? Anyone wanna do a kitty bed charity project?
I am going to make a kitty bed using my pattern for the felted kitty bed and send it to Sara before November. L-B has volunteered to make one too.
I know time is short, so we can’t make a huge number of beds. Sara has told me that she’d love to get 10 beds for this event.
So . . . what do you think? Anyone wanna knit kitty beds to promote adoption of older cats? You have about five weeks to complete the project. If you want to make a bed but don’t have any feltable wool, I can probably send you some from my stash.
And if you want to knit a bed but don’t have the means to felt it, you could send your knitted bed to me for felting.
And of course I’ll come up with some sort of prizes.
What do you guys think? If you can commit to making a bed by the beginning of November, send me an email here.
Any questions? Leave a comment!
Speaking of Charity . . .
I spent some time last week while the ankle was bothering me too much for action gearing up to start shipping the Critter Knitter prizes: making labels and coding them with the prize number, printing out the matrix that Liz sent me, and ordering shipping supplies.
So the first few prizes went out yesterday. I am emailing people as I send out prizes (if I have their email address) alerting them that a prize is on the way. They are being sent out in no particular order, and I’ll try to mail twice a week, as much as I can carry in a trip to the post office.
Okay, I’ve been perusing the Fern pattern and the directions to the armholes for the back and the fronts sure don’t seem to match to me. It’s kind of hard to figure this out, as the instructions for the fronts (with the ruffly bits) are quite detailed, but I’ve winkled out what is to be done for the side seam shaping from the morass of ruffly bits and it matches the side seam shaping for the back.
The instructions for the largest size for the back has you work 9 rows straight after the last row of shaping before you bind off for the armholes.
Yes, I am making the largest size of Fern, the size 40″. I made the smallest size of Lara, the size 32-34″. Why? I enjoy messing with your head. Heh heh heh.
Seriously, though, I want this sweater to be loose-fitting. The largest size has a finished circumference of 43″ with the fronts partially overlapped. I’ll be able to adjust the fit when I pin it closed anyhow.
Back to the puzzle at hand:
Okay, you work 9 rows straight after the last shaping for the back before the armholes.
On the fronts, you work 1 row straight after the last side seam shaping before the armholes. And the pattern informs you that the front now matches the back to the beginning of the armhole shaping. Huh? I don’t think so.
As written, you are directed to knit 92 rows to the armhole shaping for the back, and 84 rows to the armhole shaping in the front.
Unless I’ve completely lost my mind and slipped into a parallel universe where the pattern alters itself at will.
I did send an inquiry to Rowan about this and got the autoreply that pattern questions will take up to ten working days to be answered. We’ll see what they say.
What I did was to knit 84 rows to the armhole shaping in the back. Because my row gauge is slightly off (not unusual for me) the length of the piece was just right. Here it is.
There was a question yesterday about whether I thought Fern was an appropriate design for a beginner. Rowan rates it intermediate, and I tend to agree. You need to know how to do short rows and follow a lot of very detailed instructions. I think the ruffled edge would probably require some in-person explanation for a lot of beginners.
To Carolyn for this:
A “W” stitch marker!
Lucy is stll waiting for her Alpaca Silk catnip mouse.
We’re getting a great response to the kittybed project. I’ve created a Yahoo Group:
If you’re interested in joining us in this project, please join the group. Thanks!