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Unraveled: In the nick of time

Joining Kat & friends again this week...

KNITTING:

On Christmas morning, I sat the kitchen table with my coffee and put the finishing touches on two Sleepy Kittens.

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Whiskers & a bright pink nose for Gin's:

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And the entire face situation for Jün's:

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Alabama Chanin's Button Craft Thread is perfect for whiskers on kittens... who knew?!

I'd finished knitting the "shirt" for Junah's kitten on Christmas Eve.

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It's a little more "ruffly" than I'd intended, but who cares? He certainly doesn't! I also ran out of a green and the lighter color of yarn, so one sleeve and a few rows at the bottom of the top are lighter green!

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  • Ravelry Project Page: Sleepy Kittens -- Gin's & Jün's
  • Pattern: Sleepy Kitten Set by Susan B. Anderson from Making No. 4 / LINES
  • Yarn: 
    • Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted for bodies
    • Leftovers of Sweet Georgia Superwash Worsted & Plymouth Galway Worsted for clothing
    • A couple of yards of pink from a Crazy Zauberball for noses
    • AC Button Craft Thread for whiskers
  • Needles:  5 US DPNs for bodies, 3 US DPNs for clothing
  • Start to Finish:  November 19-December 25, 2017
  • Mods:
    • I knit the first (Gin's) exactly as written -- except that I first made the nightie/dress too short and then just riffed the lengthening by extending the ribbing (which I actually like a lot as it helps prevent flipping up at the bottom).
    • For Jün's, I simplified the knitting-in of parts a bit by eliminating a needle (on the "held" pieces, pulling the back stitch through the front) so I could knit two stitches together from two needles instead of three stitches together from three needles.
    • Also, inspired by the too-short dress for Gin's, I striped only the legs and to the "waist" of Jün's kitten (not at all on the arms) and knit a separate top.

I am currently working on making additional kitten clothing!

READING:

I received some books from my Amazon Wish List for Christmas!

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In addition to Handcrafted Bitters from Ali, there was Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder from Rusty, and Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art from Kate.

I am looking forward to all of those books, but I am still enjoying Tender At The Bone, by Ruth Reichl. Hopefully, there will be a bit more time for reading now that holiday madness is winding down!

I will finish listening to You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, by Sherman Alexie, today! This was an amazing book, and I'm sorry that I was unaware of Sherman Alexie last spring when he was one of the featured authors at Green Bay's inaugural UntitledTown Book & Author Festival.

How are things going with you? Are you reclaiming some knitting/reading time??

Comments

AsKatKnits

OOO! That bitters book! Wow! That looks amazing! And, the kittens are just darling!

Bonny

Your sleepy kittens and Jün and Gin hugging and playing with them are some of the nicest Christmas photos I've seen. Thanks for sharing! I had the chance to hear Sherman Alexie last August, but a seven-hour round trip deterred me. After reading your recommendation, I kind of wish I had gone, but I can still read the book. Here's to some reclaimed knitting and reading time for all of us!

Juliann

Those kittens are so sweet!

Marcy

Such cute pictures of the kitties and the kiddoes! Especially love the one of Gin hugging her kitty so protectively. Great Christmas memories. Have a happy New Year.

Carole

You are truly tempting me with those little knit kittens! And that first picture of Gin reminds me SO much of Hannah at that age. I'll have to dig out the photo I'm thinking of and share it with you.

Kim Dean

I was doing some gift-finishing well into Christmas Eve myself! The kittens are wonderful, and the thought of additional outfits for them is so exciting --- like when we used to have Barbies.

I hope your happinesses are continuing.

Beverly

The kittens are adorable!!

Barbara

These kittens turned out so darling! I'm saving the post to refer to when I get going on my sleepy kittens. I love those outfits too, did you "wing " them? Probably, knowing your vast knitting expertise!

margene

The kittens couldn't be more darling and your picture of Gin is about as sweet as it can be. Your gifts to you g-kids are always so perfect! You've some great reading ahead!

Mary

Those kittens are adorable ... especially with their new owners! Wishing you plenty of reclaimed time to knit and read this week/weekend!

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