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.


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!


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.


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!


  1. Christine L. / November 1, 2013

    Wonderful! My granddaughter has allergies and a knitted one from your book will be the only kind she can have. Thank you.

  2. Amanda / November 1, 2013

    My cat is usually very well-behaved around my yarn, but when I bring home minimally processed yarn or roving she smells sheep and goes crazy for the fiber! I have to hide it very carefully.

  3. Cindy Allen / November 1, 2013

    I actually currently have 3 cats, Leo (Dr. Leonhart Speckles – named after my daughter’s video game hero), a white and black male who is about 10 years old and is the only survivor of a group of kittens rescued from under a trailer, Maddie (Madagascar – named after a different daughter’s safe return from a trip volunteering at an orphanage in Madagascar) a calico tabby female who is about 7 years old, and Fry (named after my husband’s favorite cartoon character on Futurama) who is a 4-year-old orange tabby who was found as a 4-week old kitten on a farm, trapped by baling wire on a round bale of hay on a farm and rescued by a farm worker who gave him to us because he knew we loved kitties. They each have very different personalities, and we love them all.,

  4. Alkira / November 1, 2013

    Meow meow I’ll love to have more kitties around me.

  5. Nienke / November 1, 2013

    My 18month old niece came to visit us a few months back (she lives on the other side of the Ocean). She became bff with our cats and when we’re skyping she always asks in her own litte language if she can see the cats on the webcam. Incredibly that she’s able to understand that the world she sees on webcam is the same as the one she visited irl. I’d love to knit her a cat :).

  6. Tina R / November 1, 2013

    My cat, Molly, loves knitting so much that I have to wait until she’s sleeping to get anything done.

  7. Belinda / November 1, 2013

    Although I am a beginner in knitting, would love to win the kitty book.

  8. Linda R / November 1, 2013

    My Aunt Irene is the cat lover in my family and I am always trying to knit something different for her – this book would give me many many months of knitting – christmas, birthdays and of course National Cat Day ……

  9. Nancy / November 1, 2013

    Who wouldn’t love a maintenance free kitty?

  10. Christy / November 1, 2013

    I have three cats!! We named them all after cartoon/comic book villains. We have a ginger colored Mainecoon Siamese cross named Devastator (after the Transformer), a tortie tab named Harley Quinn (after Joker’s girlfriend from Batman) and we also have a little tuxedo tab named Isis (after Catwoman’s cat from Batman)!

  11. Diane / November 1, 2013

    a cat on your lap and knitting just go together.

  12. Joseph Aviles / November 1, 2013

    Eight cats are not enough, I need to fill the color gaps with some from your book!

  13. Rose / November 1, 2013

    My aunt used to knit poodles, oodles of poodles. My grandfather used to ask, “When are you gonna make a cat?” Now that they have both passed away, maybe it’s my turn to make a cat.

  14. CFields / November 1, 2013

    Ohh I KNOW two wonderful lovelies in my family who would (finally!) find a kitty to love under the Solstice tree this year…. :) Fabulous books!

  15. Taine / November 1, 2013

    My cat is usually well behaved around my yarn, until I leave a few small balls out when I leave for work. Then, it gets unraveled all over every floor of our split level.

  16. Diane / November 1, 2013

    I have a 5-month-old kitten named Yeah Toast. “Toast” because when he was found abandoned by the Dumpster, he went to the vet in an old toaster oven box as an emergency cat carrier. “Yeah Toast” because of the Heywood Banks song of the same name. I usually just call him Toast or Toaster. :)

    He’s an absolutely out-of-control-with-energy orange tabby kitten. He’s my first pet as an adult, and I love him to bits.

  17. Vivien Soule / November 1, 2013

    I love all animals — especially cats — and I have had many, but not right now because of my housing situation.

  18. Tina oman / November 1, 2013

    My daughter and best friend would love a knitted cat that looks like theirs, and I could knit one for myself since I’m allergic to up the real kind!

  19. Cindy / November 2, 2013

    I have three sweet boys: Magic, Monty, & Martin (all shelter cats). They’re the little loves of my life (besides my hubby, of course – but he gets it). They keep me company everyday, filling my life with all kinds of joy, excitement, love, and the occasional headache. :) They’re very smart when it comes to my knitting. They know the difference between my string and theirs. They never tangle with my knitting. Such smart boys! Though, my youngest will let me know when it’s time to give the knitting a break by forcing his way onto my lap and pinning my hands down. He’s just a lovey ball of fluff!

  20. Bredan Wayne / November 2, 2013

    My rescued cat, Lizzie, makes sure my needles are positioned just so when I return them to my knitting basket. She fusses until I place them the way she likes! She watches me knit all the time!

  21. Susan Knorr / November 2, 2013

    My Norwegian Forest Cat, Thor, is the most affectionate cat I have ever know. When I was undergoing chemo last year, he spent all of his time on my bed, patting my cheeks with his soft, furry paws and sleeping with his front leg over my arm. I am all better now, and believe in the healing power of pets.

  22. Donna U / November 2, 2013

    We had our cat for 18 years, he was great! I know other kitties and cat lovers who like to tell stories. Love the books!

  23. Roxanne Malloy / November 2, 2013

    Too cute! Would love to knit a companion cat for my two cats. Wonder if the book includes a pattern for a knitted hairball that my cats always seem to leave for me in the middle of the night?

  24. Roxanne Malloy / November 2, 2013

    My two cats would love for me to knit them a new friend that’s quiet, unlike the puppy that they are forced to live with now. Too cute!

  25. Mary / November 2, 2013

    Knitted kitties, who new? Just perfect. My kids (24,26, & 29) all love cats, me too naturally. I see knitted ones in their future.

  26. Susi Faber / November 2, 2013

    Cats and yarn, what’s not to love!

  27. Annemarie Cornell / November 2, 2013

    I have 2 cats one looks like the Chessie train system cat so she is named Chessie the other was found by a friend at work and I was talked into bringing her home Her name is Ana (for the Annoying and Anonymous Call Center at AT&T). They have many antics and keep me sane most days… other days they are the cause of insanity.

  28. Chris Sapyta / November 2, 2013

    My friend Jim’s cat, Memphis, was deep smokey gray. We called him “the Lion King,” because he was always lying around.

  29. Connie / November 2, 2013

    My kitty was rescued from a cardboard box on the street. She was there for a couple if days, and very scrawny when she came home with us. Her name is Snickers…she’s a spunky little creature! She’s 7 years old now and loves to snuggle. She loves to tug at my yarn when I’m knitting. I would enjoy receiving one of these cute books for my knitting library!

    I’m candlefun on Ravelry.

  30. Rosemary Bashaw / November 2, 2013

    You make kittens look really cute. There is a gal that I work with that love cats. The fingerless gloves look so cute.

  31. Jane / November 2, 2013

    My 18 mo. old grandson is fascinated by my cat, but the cat won’t hold still for him. The knitted kind would!

  32. Amanda L / November 2, 2013

    I have 3 kitties, 2 of them were by their choice. I happened to find them both wandering outside as strays behind my work building, 2 years apart from each other. We had a joke at work that the neighborhood cats spread the news that there was a sucker there that would take them in. :) They’re wonderful and I love them.

  33. Sarah / November 2, 2013

    I have three kids who all love that I’ve taken up knitting. They have so much fun sitting on patterns, spiking balls of yarn, and grabbing needles during that particularly tricky section of lace.

  34. Martha Montgomery / November 2, 2013

    I just knitted my grandson a teddy bear, but I think he needs a kitten, too. He loves my two cats and screams at the top of his lungs when he sees them (he’s 7 months).

  35. shelley krueger / November 2, 2013

    Cat has never touched my yarn but Kitty on the other hand will send a ball down three flights of stairs leaving a long tall trail. Lovely critters. I know, original names.

  36. Betsey / November 2, 2013

    I have a sweet, beautiful kitty named Jemimah and we had a Siamese cat named Piper. He was my daughter’s constant companion during all her growing up years. She is on her own now and doesn’t want get her own cat till she is more settled. I think one of these knitted cats would be just thing, while she is waiting for her next whiskered companion.

  37. Cynthia Nurnberger / November 2, 2013

    My cat, Queenie, loves to watch me knit, loves to play with yarn and loves to sleep on everything I’ve knitted. Be sure to keep your kntting needles where your cat can’t chew on the tips of the needles. If she could, Queenie would drive my car!

  38. PJB / November 2, 2013

    I’m knitting things for our craft fair for charity and would love to knit a kitty for children’s presents.

  39. Debra Forest / November 2, 2013

    My two kitties, Junior and Punkkin (better known as Punk because he is a little punk), would love to have knit kitties for friends.

  40. Lou Ann Martin / November 2, 2013

    My retired brother volunteers at a cat shelter is a small community. He even brings the over flow cats to his house when needed. The shelter always needs funds. Would love to make some of these cats to donate to their fundraising efforts.

  41. Penny Schummer / November 2, 2013

    I once knitted A siamese for our Ali also siamese he loved his friend then
    our Krystal spilled juice on the fake ALAS he was not washable.we need A repacement.I need the book so I canmake A whole family of kitties

  42. Tanya Tracy / November 2, 2013

    How great that there is a National Cat Day! I love knitting and I love my cat Alvin, so I think these books are a great way to combine two loves. My husband and I are trying to find ways to get our 5 month old daughter to positively interact with Alvin. Seeing as he is a Turkish Van and the Knit Your Own Cat Book has a pattern for a Van, it would be a neat knit to teach her kind snuggling.

  43. Julia / November 2, 2013

    I have a big black cat called Lucien. Today he is in disgrace because he stole my onion baguette. When I scooped him up to remove him from the kitchen he grabbed it with his claws and tried to take it with him! He’s a furry swine. He keeps my lap super warm while I’m knitting though :)

  44. Joyce / November 2, 2013

    My cat, Murray, always takes an interest in whatever is around to the point of knocking them over to better see. Hence I knit/crochet away from him.

  45. Eilene / November 2, 2013

    I used to have a mouser cat. She was a long-haired manx. Wonderful cat, she had no tail.

  46. Susan Lefebvre / November 2, 2013

    I would so love these books! I am a huge kitty lover and KnitPicks rules!

  47. Ashley / November 2, 2013

    I have two kitties, Loki and Orion – Orion is all lazy. He’s probably the most mellow cat I’ve ever met, but I swear he’s a dog trapped in a cat body. He’ll follow you around and loves to be played with, and is lazy enough that half the time I go looking for him, I usually find him sprawled out on his back in the middle of the living room floor. He’s pretty interested in ‘helping’ with my projects to the point where he’s more then happy to frog things for me, whether or not they need them.

    Loki is a bundle of nerves, but when he’s alone with me, he’s all love and fluff. He’s the kind of kitty that will head butt you in the morning and chatter with you at night, and loves to sit on the windowsill and chitter at birds and squirrels. Of course, should they get too close, he’s the first kitty hiding under the bed!

    I love my boys dearly and would never give them up. <3

  48. Patricia Schmidt / November 2, 2013

    I have 5 wonderful kitties and 1 furever dog and 1 foster dog at the moment. Each one of my kitties has a special place in my heart and a special story of how I got them. They like to play “totem pole” on mommy when she lays on the couch…is nice when it’s winter in Wisconsin as I get to stay all warm! I love all of my animals!

  49. Laura / November 2, 2013

    My kitty companion is Horace Williams. He is orange-striped, sleek, long and slender. He loves gardening, knitting and spinning–the perfect companion! He would love to knit an image of himself.

  50. Kathie / November 2, 2013

    Cats and knitting, my two favorite things. We have four fine boys ranging in age from 15 50 1, and all rescues. Two weeks ago, at our company meeting, our boss, a Virginia cat rescuer, was caring for four tiny kittens who had been vacinated too early for distemper. Three of the four died, but the fourth, a darling tiger calico, is a fighter and survived. We had to take her home. Now we have five.

    Cheers to the love of kitties and yarn!