The saddest craft book ever

Has it really been only four years since the book Knit Your Own Cat came out? I got my hands on a copy as soon as I could. After all, I had Slinky, the world’s most wonderful Devon Rex. And, the book has a pattern for a Devon Rex, made with boucle yarn to capture that lamby look.

(For the record, other breeds include Abyssinian, Bengal, Black Cat, Black & White, British Shorthair, Burmese, Kitten, Maine Coon, Orange, Persian, Ragdoll, Siamese, Tabby, Tortoiseshell and Turkish Van.)

I won’t lie, all of the cats are adorable. And, while the knitted Devon pattern is particularly totes adorbs, it’s no real life Slinky. Despite the best of intentions. I never made a black-and-white Devon.

Cut to February of 2014. My Slinkalina — other nicknames included Slinkster, Schmoozalina and Furry McPurry — started out on the path to renal failure. (She’d already been prone to mammary tumors having spent her early years as a breeding animal.) She spent a spendy five days with the vet, but I got another nearly four months with her. That spring I was as lazy as a girl could be, doing little else in my free time than just sitting with my curly girl. I have no regrets about that time with her!


Slinky after one of her surgeries
In May of that year, Slinky took seriously ill again. By mid June she was gone. Just few weeks before I had to say goodbye to her, I met Morgan. More than once I’ve said that I lost my cat, but found a unicorn.

There are no cats on the horizon. Unicorns, I’ve learned, are allergic and even I’ve been able to back off from so much allergy and asthma medicine. And, I don’t know that I’ll ever knit a Devon Rex. Or Maine Coon or Persian or any other kind of cat. I will, however, continue to miss Slinky every single day and continue to lover her and wish I could smell that soft, little head just one more time.

I think Knit your Own Cat is a great book. And, I hope that it will find it’s way into the hands of a Devon Rex owner. That would be great. But, animal lovers tend to be good people, so I’ll not get hung up on details. However, the title is also tied to one particular cat, not a love of cats in general.


Yes, she was that spoiled.
I also unearthed Kitty Knits. I have to admit, there are some really cute patterns in there for hats and scarves and cat toys and fuzzy slippers. I don’t know if I’m ready to part with that one just yet. I meant, the felted cat door stop would be great in a lime green or orange yarn. Because that title, while purchased when I had a cat, still isn’t tied to Slinky. This one just might stay.

So, this was less about a book and more about Slinky. But I think it kind of had to be. I sure do miss my kitten-kitten.


Ready to lounge

What a week! In addition to the market, I also participated in Costco’s Spring Craft Fair.  Both were great!
At the craft fair I had a wonderful neighbor, Mark. Gosh, I wish I could remember his last name. He made some really lovely steam punk resin pieces. I wanted to study them and figure out how he made them. Bottom line, I learned that steam punk doesn’t really speak to me. So, I hope Mark keeps on keeping on. And I’m going to keep dabbling in kitsch and silly kinds of things.

Saturday was such a gorgeous day at the market. It was wonderful to sit in sun. I love seeing regulars, such as Julie and Maddy — who is keeping me on my toes trying to come up with new ladybug designs.
And, I sold another pendant made from one of my brother’s paintings. That always makes me happy. I hope that he sees it as validation that he is, without a doubt, an artist. I guess I should post some photos of those pieces soon.
(The day was capped off by hanging out with Lili while her parents went to a birthday party. Cool. Coolcoolcool. Yes, we watched several episodes of Community. She and I both like Abed the best.)

I spent today working on many, many tiles. I tried to incorporate some letterpress blocks that I found at Ben Franklin. I think they’ll need screweyes and jump rings. We’ll see. And yes, photos TK.

I also have just shy of 30 resin pieces curing right now. Maybe they’ll be buttons; maybe they’ll be pendants. Maybe they won’t turn out at all.

I also got to play with some new stamps that Jonna handed over. Yea!

And now there’s a cat on my lap who is ready to get away from the computer and curl up properly on my lap. I think that sounds ideal.

I hope everyone had a grand Mother’s Day — regardless of your role.

(Slinky’s kittenmama)

It’s a start

After much feet dragging and excuse making I have a blog! Many thanks to Tiphoni, who held court at the super cool ArtFest Annex in Pioneer Square.
(The day was rounded out with two visits to Magic Mouse Toy Store—for a Scrabble game and then for a Playmobil punk rocker.)
Maybe this blog is a gateway  to some sort of retail proper website. Or maybe it will end up being exactly what I need. At least it’s a place to display the projects that fill my time. (And provide some proof that I’m at least half as busy as I say I am.)
Look for lots of photos to come—including Scrabble tile pendants (of course),  paper beads (my latest obsession) and other random creations. Oh, and I’m sure there will be at least an “occasional” shot of my cat, Slinky.
I’m not the best photographer, so please accept this blanket apology.
And, please accept this thank you for popping by and taking a

“Punk out, you’re nuts!” at the Artfest Annex.