My current work in progress:

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


Immediate Gratification

Sometimes I like being able to whip out a small project quickly. While I do love knitting large complex things, I am also a fan of immediate gratification.



This little cat is knit from one of Julie Williams’ brilliant new patterns. She just published patterns for a girl cat and a boy cat.

I decided to make a tuxedo cat. I made my kitty as directed but made his feet white as well. In retrospect, it occurs to me that I should have given him a white tummy as well, but he is pretty cute with his black tummy.

I made him a little bow tie: using a 2mm needle, I cast on 7 stitches in fingering weight wool and knit in stockinette stitch until the piece was a bit ore than 2” long. I bound off, then with the knit side outward, I sewed the cast-on edge to the bound-off edge to make a little circle. I flattened the circle with the bound off edge in the center, and used the yarn ends from the cast-on and bind-off to wrap around the middle of the piece, making the “knot” in the middle of the bow tie. I tied the bow tie onto a black hair elastic and slipped it over the kitty’s head, doubling the elastic for a snug but not-too-tight fit around his neck.

Loki checks out the little interloper:



I finished my July project for Camp Loopy the other night. Here it is, hastily laid out on the floor while Loki was looking the other way:


And here it is, modeled.


Gotta go. It is time to start the laundry — my little helper is waiting!



  1. Lavena is beautiful and the kitty is super cute!!
    Louise´s last blog post ..Knitting Meditation

  2. Charming! kinda reminds me of Socks Clinton with a nod to Krazy Kat.
    & re: an earlier post, I totally agree about colorwork with gradients, — so exciting with minimal user effort.
    Congrats on your latest FO.

  3. Midnite Baker says:

    Waiting for your shawl to start flying. Laid out on the floor it looks like the shadow of a bird flying in the sky. Sorry, no offense intended. My imagination goes astray sometimes, especially with clouds. Anyway, do like the shawl and Tuxedo Cat is so cool. I’m with you about the white tummy. Could you duplicate stitch a white tummy patch? And, I’m guessing Loki likes to lay on top of the dryer when Its running? Sparky loved it, especially in the wintertime. Have a great week. M

  4. Lynne in Florida says:

    Awwww! So cute! LOVE the little white tail tip. I’ll add the white tummy to mine when I knit it – it will look just like my Chipper cat.

    The shawl is beautiful – but you know that…

  5. Love the adorable little cat and I know exactly what you mean re. immediate gratification. The pink touches are fantastic.

  6. Stephanie says:

    I think I’m weird since plushies seem more difficult than larger things. Your Lavena is beautiful!

  7. Lorraine says:

    Oh my goodness, that is an adorable tuxedo kitty! You shawl is beautiful x