Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Surprise! This is it! Isn't it cute? Although it was a fairly quick knit (it took me about a week to complete), and I am an experienced toy maker, this kitty stands as one of the most complicated patterns I've ever worked. I had some anxiety about whether it would actually turn out, and then when it did, I had this wonderful sense of having just pulled off a magic trick. The pattern is actually very clever, and despite what some frustrated knitters have said about it on Ravelry, there are no errors in it. You just have to be extremely attentive to each round and remember to pick up your short row wraps (the head and neck shaping get pretty wild).
 

The pattern is Sleepy Kitty, by  Kerin Dimeler-Laurence and is available through Knit Picks. I used the recommended yarn (Comfy Sport), but chose to do yellow stripes, because I love yellow cats, and, well, because I love yellow. ♥  This one was for Amy, so now I need to make one for Emmeline. That kitty will be gray and white, I think. 

Last night I started making a colorful Wurm, and I have the super cute Diana's Hat to show you tomorrow. It seems that I am in a hat-making mood at the moment

I'm on number seven in M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin Mystery series. Unfortunately, this story is my least favorite so far. I hope that my interest isn't beginning to wane, as I haven't enjoyed a series this much since I gobbled up all of the Trixie Belden books when I was twelve years old. In book six, the story was set in northern Cypress, where Agatha went on holiday. It was such an interesting location, and there was such a fascinating cast of characters, that things seem a little boring to me back in Agatha's little Cotswold village. I kind of liked going on holiday! I will say that M.C. Beaton is a deceptively good writer. At first, I thought this series was just cheesy commercial fiction, but the characters are well-drawn, fully-flawed humans, and there is plenty of social commentary to get you thinking about more than whodunnit.

Joining Ginny at Small Things today for her weekly Yarn Along. : )