knitting

Stuck

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The long planned pullover for my boyfriend is finally almost ready, and all pieces are blocked. All it still requires is sewing up and knitting the neckband – sounds simple, right?

Not at all. I’ve never experienced such a mental block with any project before. Each time I prepare everything for seaming, I spend a lot of time worrying, thinking and analyzing, only to put it away in the end. Ouch…

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clothing · knitting

My first dress!

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I absolutely love warm, woolen, cozy dresses and I wear them a lot during the colder months of the year. Starting from autumn, until early spring – with nice high boots, a cardi and a scarf wrapped around my neck, they are my favourite winter “uniform”. I have a small collection in my wardrobe, and knitting dresses was one of my ultimate knitting goals and reasons why I wanted to learn at all.

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cats · crochet for home · knitting

An Update

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I’ve been away from blogging for a while recently. My first blogiversary is approaching and I’ve been trying to figure out what do I want from my blog. You see, when I first started blogging, it was just to write about crochet and I seriously wanted to try writing amigurumi patterns and to publish them here. But then I started knitting and I am constantly thinking about new things to try, and somehow the initial idea for this blog just ceased to exist. And I’m not really sure where to go now? I enjoy writing about my projects, as much as I love visiting the blogs of other crocheters and knitters and reading about their latest projects and ideas. So I decided to just leave the blog as it is and keep it as my crafty diary. It’s actually quite awesome to look back and read about my first knitting attempts and see all the progress I’ve already made!

However I decided to rename the blog. I’m the worst with titles, and “Kat’s Crochet and Knitting” sounded like a name of a small countryside Bed & Breakfast rather than a title of a blog. My new title is “Cats and Threads” – and while it probably sounds equally strange, I just want to focus on my favourite things here. Sure, there are also other things I love, like reading, hiking, video games or kayaking… but my cats and my yarn, knitting, crochet and sometimes sewing (hence “threads” and not “yarn”) are what I deal with everyday and what always brings me joy. So no worries, this Crazy Cat Lady is still going to focus on her crafts, but she wants to acknowledge her other source of joy too ๐Ÿ™‚

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accessories · knitting

Entrelac for the first time

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I’ve had a few skeins of Noro Silk Lite yarn (the same as used for my first ever real knitting project) in my stash and I couldn’t decide what to do with them. While I love the magnificent colours of Noro yarns, I found this particular colourway a little too much, especially when it comes to pink shades. So I knew I didn’t want to use it for garments, but I had no idea what to do with it. I thought about a throw or another granny squares bag – but in the end, I decided that this yarn was just perfect to try entrelac knitting.

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Retro Beach Party

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My life is still lazy and not necessarily by choice. Still not feeling quite well, so while I’m waiting for the new meds to kick in and do their job, I spend my days mostly at home and have plenty of time to read, binge watch Netflix and crochet or knit. Life’s not bad at all! And since the last week brought the so-called “Irish heatwave” (meaning temperatures around 26 degrees Celsius – crazy! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), I felt inspired to work on summer projects. Of course, as soon as I finished them, it got cooler, but I hope we’ll have a few more warm days during the summer months.

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accessories · cats · knitting

Winter Focus

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I’ve been feeling bad for the last couple of days, with swollen joints and energy-draining fatigue. Luckily, as I wrote in my previous post, I don’t have to work now, so I can allow myself to spend a few days snuggled up on the coach, with Stella on my lap, a mug of green tea, a book and some yarny project in my hands (not necessarily all at once of course).

Stella is my best medicine. She is such a loving, affectionate cat with the best purr ever! Every now and then she looks at me and very gently touches my face with her paw, as if trying to say “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine!”.

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Ciri, her younger sister, is not affectionate at all, but she makes me laugh with all the mischievous things she does. I really can’t imagine my home without them!

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for pets · knitting

Dog jumper trouble

A long, long time ago, in November last year, I have decided to crochet jumpers for my parents’ two rescue dogs. Those jumpers have never been finished, as I thought it would be cruel to force any living creature to wear them. I decided to wait until my knitting skills improve enough to knit some nice dog garments instead.

Unfortunately, the older of the dogs, Tosia, passed away some time ago. I still find it hard to believe that she’s gone and we all miss her a lot, including her adoptive sister Nika, who still refuses to sleep on Tosia’s favourite sleeping spots and eat where Tosia’s bowls used to be…

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clothing · knitting

So green!

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Let me introduce to you my Sage Remedy Top (pattern by Sarah Shepherd). This is another (and not the last one!) of my spring/ summer projects knitted with Louisa Harding Colline yarn.

I bought this yarn some time ago without any particular plan for it, simply because I loved this colour so much. It reminded me of young spring beech tree leaves and I really couldn’t resist it when I saw it on ebay. Side note: there are also a few other colours of Colline in my stash, so be prepared to see them in more projects in the future ๐Ÿ˜‰ My first idea for this yarn was Madigan by Melissa LaBarre for my Mum (because this is exactly the kind of sweater she loves, with short sleeves and the wide collar), but after knitting a few rows, I decided to look for something more stretchy for that sweater, like superwash wool or alpaca. Colline is mostly cotton and it is better for more spring/ summertime garments.

When I found the Sage Remedy pattern, I just knew that this yarn was made for it. And the colour of the original top knitted by the designer is similar, so I could see that it looks great in bright green.

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Winter preparations

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So… it’s May, spring came to Ireland and it seems to be here for good, with more sun than rain to the point that if the weather stays as it is now, we’re planning to go to the beach on the weekend. I mean REALLY to the beach, to lay down on our towels in the sun, which I’ve only done once in Ireland before, because usually it’s just too windy or cloudy. Yay! However, as you can see on the photo above, this lovely weather doesn’t distract me from planning ahead and preparing for autumn ๐Ÿ˜‰

The thought process that made me knit a hat and a neck warmer in may was simple:

a) I have leftover yarn from my first cardigan project and it doesn’t really match with other yarn colours in my stash, so I should use it for something small;

b) I really want to try knitting more cables and perhaps some easy lacework;

a) + b) = c), where

c) I have to knit a cabled hat! and if there is enough yarn left, then also gloves or a cowl!

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Speckled summer top

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I bought Conway + Bliss Lolli yarn as a part of my Wool Lotto shopping spree. I’ve had my eye on it for a while, even though it’s apparently designed for kids projects ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like the structure of the thread – like an airy tube, a bit thicker in its colourful parts. And I like the speckles too, and the fiber content (cotton with some polyester)… so I decided to give it a try, and use it for a summer top. I chose the grey version as I like how the bold neon speckles work with this calm, neutral background.

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