My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


I gotcha kitty bed right here, buddy

Today is kitty bed day. I am planning to start knitting my kitty bed for the Kitty Beds for project today.

Here ‘s what I’m using:


That’s Noro Big Kureyon. The very same Noro Big Kureyon I fished out of the SSRP box at the beginning of the month. Well, half of it anyway. I sent the other half to a knitter in Singapore who will also use it to make a kitty bed.

Just for fun (and because I am insane) I decided to add another strand of something to the Big Kureyon as I knit the bed. To make it extra plush and snuggly. Hence the Heilo in coordinating (?) colors.

I am a little concerned, however, that I’ll need to send a pair of sunglasses along with the bed for the poor kitty who becomes the end-user. Hey, are cats colorblind? I hope?

(Is it obvious to all that I am a geek when I refer to a cat as an end-user?)

We’ve gotten a lot of response to the Kitty Bed Project. If you are interested in joining and can knit a kittybed for by the beginning of November (see my blog entries of last week for explanation of the project), please feel free to join the Yahoo Group for the project.

Weekend Knitting

I spent the weekend knitting on Fern. I finished the right front, and the first sleeve. Here is the selfsame sleeve, quickly pinned out for its photo op:


Lucy Sez

I got my kitty bed right here!



  1. that’s going to be once snazzy kitty bed and you are working throught that fern. can’t wait to see it. lucy in that bag is just too cute. she’s such a star!

  2. My kitty bed is drying and blocking on the bottom of my stock pot! Shades of pink and brown weaver’s wool. Looks pretty cool, but can entice no kitties to try it. . .maybe when it’s completely dry.

  3. You keep putting up these pictures of Fern to make me jealous, aren’t you? Looking very good, ma chere.

    P.S. There’s yarn in that bag, isn’t there? Lucy has the contented look of one who is luxuriously resting her hind paws on a good yarn.

  4. I thought that it made sense to refer to the cats as end users.

    I love how Lucy framed herself so nicely in the handle of the bag. She has a great sense of showing herself off for the camera and a wonderful photographer.

  5. Cats allegedly see only black and white from a distance, but see colors when they are up close. If the giftee cat has an issue with the colors of its lovely handmade bed, I doubt it will be much of problem. After all, when the cat is close up, it will likely have its eyes closed. (Of course, who knows what the bed would look like close up if the cat has just had some catnip!)

  6. No, it’s just obvious that you’re a fellow federal employee when you refer to a kitty as an end user — I didn’t even notice anything funny about the sentence until you pointed it out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Um, me too. (Wow, there is another Andrea who reads your blog and works for the government? Spooky.)

    Tell Lucy the blue on the bed – er, bag – sets off her eyes beautifully. My bed is about halfway finished.

  8. I loved seeing you knit all those wonderful Arans and complicated fair isles because Melbourne, Australia is just way too warm to need many garments like those. But now that you are knitting a lot of Rowan and Debbie Bliss patterns – all that happens is I get enabled! Any chance of you going back to the arans and fair isles until I catch up?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Lucy has the most priceless look on her face, I’m trying to figure out exactly what she’s trying to tell you with that look! And I just wanted to say how much I love what you are doing with the kitty beds – such a great cause! I’ve not had time to try to make one yet, but I do donate to a couple of hospitals and shelters that are local to me, by sewing surgery blankets that are used during their recovery time to keep the animals warm and cozy.

  10. i’m so glad that some of my ssrp yarn is going to a needy kitty cat. it’ll be interesting to see how the colors of that noro turn out in a felted bed — i made a sweater with some of it and still have a bunch of skeins for other projects!

  11. Fern is a beautiful sweater. I can’t wait to see her finished.
    Cute Lucy pic!

  12. wow if I had known you would mail internationally I would have offered to knit a kitty bed.

    That is one lucky kitty to get Noro yarn ๐Ÿ™‚