Sunday, September 30, 2007

So Tired...

Nothing like a deadline to finish a pile of projects by to help you find piles more projects you want to work on. My Ravelry queue's been taking a beating as I find more and more things I want to knit, but of course I can't start on them until I get all the projects for the wedding done.

Seriously, I don't know how those 'bridezilla' girls do it - the only people I know who would follow orders like that are too incompetent to be of any use, and the people who are actually useful are too busy being useful.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Secret Agent Cat

We couldn't have Little Kitty Dude showing up to the party tomorrow underdressed, so I whipped up a little something for him to wear. He loves the silly thing, wore it all evening without a peep out of him.

Presenting... Secret Agent Cat! (go on, sing the chorus of the song, you know you want to)
Here's my first draft of the pattern, I'll work it over a bit and see if I can refine it a bit when I have the time.

black yarn (I used Paton's Classic Wool Merino, left over from the Kitty Pi)
size 5 needles
crochet hook
darning needle
measuring tape
very compliant cat

  • Measure cat's neck (or dog's, I guess).
  • Cast on 5
  • Work in garter stitch, slipping first stitch of each row, until piece measures 1/2 of neck measurement.
  • k2tog, k1, k2tog
  • knit row
  • purl row
  • Continue in stockinette, increasing one stitch at the beginning and end of every knit row until 11 stitches are on the needle.
  • Bind off knitwise
  • Cast on 11
  • purl
  • work in stockinette, decreasing first and last stitches of each knit row until 3 stitches remain, ending with a knit row
  • purl
  • knit
  • Using crochet hook, remove each stitch from the needle, pull through the base stitches of the other triangle, and place back on needle
  • kfb, k1, kfb
  • continue in garter stitch until band is long enough to go around cat's neck comfortably with some overlap and bind off.
  • (optional) Cast on 3, work 7 rows stockinette. Bind off and sew around center of bow
    • (if you were making this for a female cat, you could put something shiny here instead)
  • Sew in ends, block, tack down edges of bow, and attach Velcro to each end.
  • Sneak up on cat (preferably while sleeping) and attach collar to cat.

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