it’s finals week

I would just like to say, if I started a knitting blog (other than this one, which is technically not a supposed to be a knitting blog but a multi-craft-related design blog) I would probably name it after knitting stitches. They’re really catchy. For example:

Slip Slip Knit (a blog about a somewhat frazzled but dedicated knitter who often encounters “slips” or issues in their life, but holds it together with their knitting.)

Through Back Loop (an avant-garde artist on the fringe of society writes about radical use of crafting, including yarnbombing and “craftivism”.)

Moss Stitch (a knitter with a fondness for their local flora, especially their parks and forests. Alternatively, Seed Stitch, by a gardener who loves to cook with their own crops and knits things with a distinctly homey aesthetic.)

Knit Two Together (couples’ blog about their shared love of crafting–wait, actually, that’s just Boys and Bunting, a site by a lovely couple who enjoy sewing, knitting, and crocheting together. I would still name my couples’ blog Knit Two Together though.)

4-Stitch Cable (a knitter who also likes to rappel! A knitter who likes making fishing nets and string (sometimes called cables)! A knitter with Celtic heritage or other cable-rich heritage!)

Of course, me, I’m the Seafarer’s Yarn, a simple marine biology student with a fondness for yarns of the fiber and story kind both. I’m content with that.

School is kicking my butt at the minute, but I took the time to test a quick pattern for someone on Ravelry: a hat masquerading as a pineapple. I made it out of a bunch of acrylics I had lying around, including some brown RHSS, some Loops & Threads Impeccable in green, and a yellow that I got at a rotary auction.

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The yellow is that kind of yarn you can tell is vintage just by looking at it; a peculiar kind of scratchiness and muted color that acrylic nowadays tries to avoid. The ball band was lost years ago. I love it.

Also, food-related hats are very seasonally appropriate. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

BRINGING HOME A BABY

Okay, not a human baby.

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My family is bringing home a kitten from Gentle Touch Ragdolls on the 9th of December; her name is Twinkle! Naturally, even though I’m not going to see much of her living in the UW dorms, I have to spoil her rotten. Obviously. Look at that precious face. How can I not shower her in gifts.

I’m thinking a handful of cat toys and a bed. Just for starters. Next Halloween, when she’s all growed up and big, I’m gonna start making some stupid-cute kitty costumes.

cat-toy-collection

From top to bottom, left to right: Meelai’s Easy Peasy Catnip Mouse Toy, Selina Kyle’s Catnip Bunny, Hanna Breetz’s Quack – Knitted Duck Toy, Lion Brand Yarn’s Door Hanger Bouncy Cat Toy, Nina Shimizu’s Roly Poly Cats, and Maz Kwok’s Bouncing Rainbow Jellyfish.

I’m thinking some normal mice and bunnies, and some laced with catnip. The roly poly cats would be excellent vessels for jingle bells–even if they’re too big in worsted weight, working them in sock weight or substituting this pattern will make them good for giant jingle bells. The ducks are technically dog toys, but I think they’re cute, and being of a more elongated shape than the other toys makes them good candidates for bunny kicking–that thing that cats do where they roll on their back and kick whatever they’re grabbing with their hind legs. This is usually done in play, but it’s an adapted defensive/aggressive behavior designed to disembowel the opponent. Cats are great.

Finally, maybe one door hanger with catnip and one with a jingle bell? Maybe crinkly paper, instead? An extra long one for playing one-on-one? The possibilities are endless.

I also wanna make sure the little twinkie is comfortable, so, pet beds:

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From left to right, Hanne Katajamäki’s Nest, Iona van Deurzen’s Cat Nest, and Cris Porter’s 1 Skein Pet Bed.

I love the first one, Nest, and it’s certainly the most popular pattern, but it also seems poorly supported, and a lot of the finished projects seem to collapse in on their kitties. Cat Nest has a wireframe opening, so it’s sturdier, but it’s also more bowl-shaped than cave-shaped. And of course, the 1 Skein Pet Bed is simple, cute, and easy, but in my experience whether or not a cat will go for a flat mat is totally hit and miss.

I’m going to have to go home before Christmas and get my bulky yarn, which I didn’t bring to college because it takes up a lot of space and I don’t use it as often. After that, I think I may have to do some wire engineering and combine Nest and Cat Nest to make something sturdy and cozy.

Currently, my shopping list includes:
  • Catnip
  • Jingle bells
  • Crinkly paper? (Might snag some wrapper somewhere instead.)
  • Some piping or wire for bed construction
  • A basket. This has nothing to do with kittens, but my finished items are starting to pile up in odd places in the dorm and I need somewhere to put them all. Gimme a bit longer to get over the midterm hump, and I’ll have a post up showing them off.

There’s so many things to make for cats, Twinkle might be the only one getting Christmas presents this year, to be quite honest. Sorry, fam.