A Tale of Two Kitties

A tale of 2 kitties

  • Pattern: Official Kittyville Hat from the 1st Stitch ‘n Bitch book
  • Yarn: Paton’s Classic Merino in Rosewood and Sirdar Snuggly DK, one strand of each held together
  • Needles: Size 8 circulars, size 6 dpns
  • Modifications: I only picked up 10 stitches for the ears, then made just one triangle on each side. I also cast on fewer stitches to make it a bit smaller.

What a fun pattern this turned out to be! Since I knew from the beginning it was intended for a 2-year old I took a decidedly whimsical approach. This was a real custom job for me, something I don’t always take the time to do. But it was an interesting exercise in creativity coming up with ways to make this hat special for my little cat-loving friend. Contrasting yarn, adding a nose, and using mismatched button eyes are simple ways to embellish a project that make a handmade gift even more special.

My favorite model!

I’ve never had much luck making pom poms before, always ending up with limp little bundles of yarn. But then I found this page which made one simple distinction for me: use multiple strands of yarn held together when threading through your pom pom maker of choice. It adds fullness fast and I ended up with two plump, fluffy poms!

Knitting Probation update:

At my knitting group on Monday, I expressed dismay and torment over having so many unfinished projects lying around. My friend Eden suggested “just ripping them out” if they are causing me dread. Then later at the yarn store (I didn’t buy anything!) an employee said she had a box in her attic where her ufo’s go to die hybernate.

That got me thinking: what would happen if I simply ripped out all of the projects that I don’t love anymore? Nothing, really. Well, I would be free of that niggling feeling I have in the pit of my stomach that says I can’t start any new projects until they are finished. And I would have the yarn back in my stash, available for knitting something I do love later.

I’m still going to work on my projects, giving priority to those that I am enjoying or looking forward to having finished. But there are a couple that I am seriously considering ripping out, winding up, and putting away for another day. So for now, the status is 1 wip down, 7 to go (one way or another!).

8 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Kitties

  1. That hat is adorable! Looks to me like you might have a hard time getting it off your model though?
    I just recently ripped an old wip, and I’m now making a cute cardi out of the yarn, with the bonus that I can tell myself that it’s ‘free’ …

  2. I just love you! I can tell though that Spike is totally ignoring the situation. Where did your model learn her moves, could it be..Barbazon?!? Have a great day, and if you are feeling frustrated, just rip it!

  3. That is one great hat! If you don’t love the project, then why not rip it??? Of course the object of a yarn diet is to reduce your stash……..

  4. Leslie looks awesome in that hat, although I do agree it would be more apporprate for a 2 year old!

    Get ripping! Those “hibernating” projects need to go. If you don’t love it use the yarn for something else. I have done this SEVERAL times and it is soooo liberating!

    I still haven’t tried socks again. I don’t know if I have the mental energy for them right now!

  5. Okay, confession time… I just sent the Aran sweater I was making for my husband off to another knitter. I like the pattern, didn’t like the feel of the yarn in my hands. I felt my dread every time I walked over to that side of the room. In a few weeks, it will come back finished. No, I can’t claim it as my handmade, but he’ll have a warm and handsome sweater and I’m free to knit what I love! And my knitter-friend will have a little extra pocket money to spend as she pleases…

  6. I think that’s a wonderful solution! Good for you for thinking outside the parameters of “frog it”, “abandon it”, or “hate knitting it”!

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