Kitties and Knitters (plus a giveaway!)

Giveaway is now closed – we’ll announce the winners soon!

We hang our heads in shame.

Yesterday (October 29th) was National Cat Day and we completely missed it. I would normally take any opportunity to yak about kitties – either about my own or the cats & kittens I hang out with when I volunteer at Pixie Project.

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My kitty Rorschach, surrounded by yarn.

Well even if it is a few days late, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite kitty related crafty things anyway!

So it’s pretty obvious I was really excited about our new little design that Heidi created – the Yarn Kittens!

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We have these little kitties on buttons, tote bags & project bags and they are just adorable.  I am currently wearing my kitty button at work today in fact!

Another kitty project I’ve probably mentioned before is Angela Modzelewski’s adorable Kitty Cat Hat & Mitts.  I just love it – I even made a set for my niece a year or so ago. It might be a little late for your Halloween costume but I think these are adorable for any time of year.

Finally, we have a couple of adorable books for serious cat lovers – Knitted Cats & Kittens by Sue Stratford and Knit Your Own Cat by Sally Muir & Joanna Osborne.

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Both of these books are sweet & funny – perfect (or maybe purrrrrfect) for all cat lovers or, especially this time of year, gift ideas for any kitty lover on your list.  I love making little toys so, in flipping through these books, I’ve earmarked several I want to cast on immediately.

In fact, I have an extra copy of each of these books that I would love to give away to a fellow kitty lover.  Leave a comment on this blog post, telling me about your kitty (or if you don’t have one, a favorite cat you know).  I’ll randomly draw 2 winners who will each win one of these books!

Rules: One entry per person. Must have a US or Canada mailing address. No purchase necessary. All comments must be posted on THIS blog post. Comments on other blog posts or on social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, G+, Ravelry, etc.) will not be valid for this contest. We will close the comments at 7am PST November 4th) and select a winner soon after!

As a note, don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away – because of not-very-nice spammers that slip through our filters, we need to approve each comment. So there might be delay, especially over the weekend – but don’t worry, we’ll get your entry!


1289 comments

  1. Teri Landauer / November 3, 2013

    Our adorable ginger colored calico Jigg is sitting with arms perched over my arm now, helping me type. She loves to sit stretched out on my lap, and is the only people-friendly cat that’s ever graced us with her (or his) presence. She is the 11th cat that has decided our house is worthy to be called home, and adopted us as soon as she moved into the neighborhood. Life is never boring with a cat around!

  2. Tammi Hackley / November 3, 2013

    Love the kitty patterns. Thanks

  3. Linda / November 3, 2013

    I love cats. I’ve been must have rescued about 15 over the years. Ones that were sick, stray, or about to be euthanized. I couldn’t imagine my life without them.
    My present kitty is Sugar. She’s all white with blue eyes and was found in the streets in nyc. She is the most loving little thing. She gives me kisses when I ask, sits on my shoulder as she is very petite and she fetches when I throw her mousey. I’d just love to get the cat sand kittens book as I just started to get into knitting. But I’d be happy with either one.

  4. Gina / November 3, 2013

    These books look wonderful! I’ve actually got the “how to knit a cat” on my amazon wishlist.

    My fiance and I have 7 cats right now – I know, crazy! We had one, then took in a straw – who was pregnant and gave us 4 black babies (which we couldn’t find homes for and ended up keeping), and we’ve just recently taken in another black stray kitty, who has 6 “toes” on each of his front paws! It’s a bit of a madhouse, but we love them all. I do have to be careful not to leave yarn out where the cats can get at it, so everything gets locked away in plastic bags and totes. Gotta keep the kitties safe!

    Hope I win these books – I’ve been wanting to start making toys, though I’m still working on mastering the double pointed needles. I’ve made a few pairs of socks now, but on a large circular. Those DPNs really turn me into a butterfingers!!

  5. Candy Cosner / November 3, 2013

    I would love to make these for my friend’s kids (and for me…). I love knitpicks!

  6. gioia graham / November 3, 2013

    Ihave a black persian cat 14 years old named casey tool. I have had him since he was months old. I lost his brother murphy mcshea when he was 12 years old . casey is so loveable and real confort to me. I am 79 years old and lost my husband 3 years ago. he alsoloved cats as you can see our email address wgcats@aol.com. would love to have cat pattern book. thanks

  7. Cindy / November 3, 2013

    I love my kitties! When my Dacman (R.I.P) laid next to me, I could knit and he wouldn’t even mess with my yarn!

  8. Marie Mingus / November 3, 2013

    My Kittens love Yarn so much, that they attack it, even through heavy, zippered plastic bags!!

  9. Melanie / November 3, 2013

    I’ve had many cats but am now married to a cat owner who owns (or is owned by?) a very single cat. Tiana is not happy when around other animals, though she has learned to tolerate our (human) newborn. It took her almost eight months (so throughout the majority of my pregnancy) to learn to like me, and then I had the gall to bring another creature (my baby, lol) into the picture. She was not happy with us for several weeks. Poor thing! Now that we are to move to Japan soon (from the U.S.) thanks to my husband’s job, we have to decide what to do with her. :-(

  10. MaryFran / November 3, 2013

    I grew up with a beautiful black cat named Ebony. She was an attack cat, and hated anyone who came to the house. But she loved to snuggle and sleep with me!

  11. Linda Ecklund / November 3, 2013

    I have 3 kitties, Choclat, Shashiko, and Gladys. Gladys was a feral barn ct and she just moved in for the winter. Choclat is the sitting knitting kitty – all of them love to sleep on any new afghan or throw I make.

  12. Jerri / November 3, 2013

    I was recently adopted by a cat, so in honor of Whispurr I would like to enter this give-away contest. Thanks.

  13. Vivian L / November 3, 2013

    I share living space with 2 black cats: a rather well behaved female couch potato who pretty much ignores yarnies unless shiny-sparkly bits are involved, & a hyper, into-everything male who’s apt to gnaw on needles or dig into yarn if it’s left exposed. Keeps life interesting!

  14. Kathleen Wallace / November 3, 2013

    Can you really knit a cat? I have a friend who needs one, since she can’t have a real one right now.

  15. Raven Montgomery / November 3, 2013

    We have pretty much always had kitties. Currently the family cat was chosen by my son or as is their way, it was the other way around.

    He is one of the most friendly and personable cats I have ever known. He is black and white and very large, but not at all fat. He came with the name Marlin, but this evolved into Merlin.

    The strangest thing about him, other than all the comments we get from strangers about his size and temperment, is that he likes to have his belly, from his chest all the way down, rubbed more than any cat I have ever known. He will lie down on his back like humans do and stretch his legs down to facilitate reaching all of his belly.

  16. Linda Zick / November 3, 2013

    George and I presently have two adorable cats–Glennie is a 13 year old calico, and Sophie is a one year old brindle. Both of the girls have “dropped” into our family; they found us, and we couldn’t be more blessed by their presence. In short, they make our little family purrrrfect.

  17. Nicole / November 3, 2013

    My cats are my favorite children some days! Shhhh don’t tell my 4 other kids ;-)

  18. Penny / November 3, 2013

    My biggie girlie kitty Solara would dearly love to have a knitted playmate and maybe even a small one with some catnip in it. AND I love the kitty paw fingerless mitts; How darling are they. I am very pleased my Solara allows me to reside with her and take care of her.

  19. Jamie Walcott / November 3, 2013

    My favorite cat is my 13 yo daughter ‘Kat”/Katherine. I like to knit cat things for her. I’m allergic to felines so I have to love them this way.

  20. Virginia MacLean / November 3, 2013

    What neat books! A knitted kitty would almost be as much fun as a real one.

  21. Holly Clemens / November 3, 2013

    I have 2 great cats, however one of them thinks he’s a ferocious dog. both of them love it when I knit. They take it as their cue to play with me and my yarn.

  22. Shanndon Bradley / November 3, 2013

    Taz and Mojo helps me knitting. I make them balls all th time for them to play with. I would like to be able to make thm something else for them to use!

  23. Linda Harrower / November 3, 2013

    My kitty Mischief loved to sit on my lap when I knitted, if I sat, she was on my lap. I finally retired in February , and sadly, she got sick, she was very old , and had to be put to sleep. It was the saddest time of my life, and I miss her very much, especially when I knit.
    Thanks,
    Linda

  24. Alice Wasney / November 3, 2013

    The kitten my daughter rescued grew up to come live with us, bringing along three surprise kittens. Two of the kittens have found other homes (one of them with my other daughter), but Mama cat and the remaining kitty are still here, teaching my husband that he really does like cats, after all.

  25. Anika Cristwell / November 3, 2013

    My first cat, Beast, was a castoff. In fact, when my pet-crazed college roomie first carried her into our apartment, I said, “Turn back around and put that raggedy thing back where you found it!”
    I know, that sounds cold-hearted. But, please understand that, not far from our building, stood the Blacksburg Public Library, the environs of which were infested with the largest colony of feral cats I can imagine a municipality tolerating with equanimity. Every few months, a new litter of weirdo kitten inbreds cropped up–and my roommate (I’ll call her K) always sighed and expressed her longing for one. Our building charged a ridiculous nonrefundable deposit–and an increased rent–for pets. I was too poor to indulge my own love of animals, but K was from a high-income/low-restraint family, and had zero talent for self-denial. She was my friend, so I played the bad guy and told her NO! whenever her impulsiveness led her to, well, violate the terms of our lease.
    HOWEVER, this tiny, emaciated kitten with the huge eyes, delicate build, and sleek coat wasn’t a library specimen. Nope.
    Long Story Short:

    Leon’s Grandmother used to feed all the neighborhood strays in her North Carolina town. She died, the food stopped coming, so the cats stopped coming. Except one. This starving wee beauty, who Leon spotted in the bushes at his gran’s wake. He was smitten, took her back to college, and discovered that his snooty apartment complex would not allow any pets, for any reason, ever. So, would K be a pal and look after the wee one if he paid all the vet bills, etc.? You bet your ask she would!
    Problem? Yep! The kitten (her ribs showed, so we called her Kate Moss, at first) kept trying to stalk and kill my 3 room mates. I mean, she tried really hard! She went after me once, clawed my ankle, and ran in terror as I swore and chased her. She did not renew her attempts to hunt me.

    I called her Beast. She deferred to me, and kept trying to sneak into my room. We fed her premium kitten food, and her coat developed this obscenely silk hand. She was chatty and goofy. One day, she slipped into my room while I was napping, so I woke up with this little 4-pound motor purring by my head. It was nice. She followed me around the house, and waited by the door when I was away. Leon relinquished his claim on her, since the lady had made her choice.
    Beast and I had 13 years together, which isn’t too bad. She’s buried in a wooded park, beside a path overlooking the Minnesota River. Note: you’re not supposed to bury pets in city parks. Beast would be pleased to know that, once again, she’d managed to get somewhere she wasn’t allowed.
    Man, I just realized my comment is more of a treatise! Sorry, but, Beast was quite a lot of cat. Although she only weighed 6 pounds at her largest, she had a magical and mighty soul.

  26. Nikki Pacheco Theard / November 3, 2013

    I adore your knit kittens and cat pattern books!

  27. Karen Webb / November 4, 2013

    Love kitties and have had many in the past. Right now I’m kitty-less but enjoy making toys for all the kitties that make my friends’ lives better.

  28. Marilyn / November 4, 2013

    These books are so cool. I currently have 5 indoor cats in my household and 3 outside cats. At one time we had up to 20 cats that lived outside at our home. With getting the females spayed the population has decreased but we still have a few that call our place home.

  29. Sarah Smith / November 4, 2013

    I have two cats: Felicity, who has brought me so much happiness for 11 years now, and my playful young ragdoll, Frankie, named after Sinatra because of his striking blue eyes. They love to “assist” me when I’m knitting. One cat is black, one is white/gray/brown multicolored, so their hairy remembrances are with me wherever I go. :) There is nothing better than a warm purring cat nearby while knitting on a chilly evening.