March has begun and I still have a virus. But I made it to my target of 10 cats (some kittens) for the Kilometer of Cats and Kittens Alzheimer’s Resarch charity project. I’d like to think my knitting has improved with practice, but the evidence is against me. My crochet squares are pretty awful too. (I’m going to blame the lurgy.) Still, I’m pretty happy with the way the kitties turned out, so take heart any fellow wonky square-makers out there. Make that cat anyway!
Knitting with a more tricky, slithery sparkly yarn. It’s pretty terrible.
Those terrible oblongs turned into Jazz, knitted cat #3.
Oh dear. Just look at the wonky edges on these. And the holes.
Knitted cat # 4, Robin. Spent a ridiculous amount of time working out how to do his boots, and then decided they had to be green, not red. Also, part of me insisted on a hat to go with them. His bum has a copper patch where I had to darn up a hole.
Got brave enough to knit with eyelash yarn. It hides a multitude of sins.
Unfortunately, got totally the wrong stitch count for the body, so knitted cat #5, Pumpkin, has rather short legs. Trimmed down fur on face to show embroidery.
Wen back to crochet, but this is also incredibly wonky!
Crochet cat #5, Hobb. She has glow in the dark eyes. Also, a long body so something went awry with the stitch count there. I thought I remembered the pattern, but clearly not.
Recap of cats already made. Sky, crochet cat #1, kitten size, made with acrylic DK yarn. That bit of me that sometimes drives me nuts insisted that all the cats with collars had to have bells.
Socks, crochet cat #2, cat size made with DK sock yarn.
Crochet cat #3, Ginger, cat size. Made with choice SPARKLZ, finer than DK so he came out smaller than Socks.
Knitted cat #1, Sprout. Kitten size, made with DK sock yarn.
Knitted cat #2, Mystic, cat size. Made with plain acrylic DK yarn, but came out smaller that comparable crochet cat (Socks).
Crochet cat #4, Princess Candy Floss Sparkle. Cat size, made with eyelash yarn.
Here they are, all together.
And again, on parade.
I’ll be off to the post office with them as soon as I can persuade the Hellbeast to pull a sleigh through the snowpocalypse.*
If this is your kind of thing and you want to help with the fundraising, there are patterns for knitting, crocheting and sewing cats (and kittens) here, and the Facebook group is here.
*That’s what we call it in Southern England when we’ve seen a snowflake.