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Cats’ 87 Days

April 23, 2007
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Cats’ Day is finished. It is not at all ghostly like Melanie’s Hyrna, it is very substantial indeed. It blocked out to nearly 6 feet square and I didn’t even stretch it viciously (it’s merino, what would be the point?).

Here’s a detail where you can see the pairs of cats in the center sleeping under fir trees, then in the border the cats grooming in groups of 4, the cats trapped in the mesh of the nets, then the cats in a group, and then all around the border a single cat in each triangle along the seaside. (A ‘cat’ is represented by the little flower motif.)

The mesh was my favorite part. I love this lace pattern.

Did I mention it was big?

I totally love it although I don’t really need it. I just wanted it. I have no idea yet when I will actually wear it. I just like looking at it.

It took me 87 days to knit it, I started January 31st and blocked it on Saturday. I used laceweight merino in the ‘Seaglass’ color by Lisa Souza, and size 5 needles. This yarn was stashed for a couple of years and I had always intended to knit this pattern with it.

The pattern was pretty easy knitting, with the exception of a couple of bumps in the road due to either pattern errors or just instructions that are open to interpretation. In order for the border to go on right-side-out, you have to sort of ignore her directions for picking up stitches all the way around the square, and use your common sense to get what you know you need. She throws you a loop at the top of the border chart, where suddenly both right side and wrong side rows are charted for a couple of rows, and if you get into a rhythm of thinking you know what you are doing then you will get caught by surprise there. And I think there are a couple of errors in the instructions for knitting the corners. I have sent them to Blackberry Ridge and they are looking into them, so it’s still not clear whether it was my mistake somehow or the instructions – but I had the same result on all 4 corners so I am figuring it is the pattern.

I have enough yarn left to make myself a scarf from Victorian Lace Today, all I need is more time…

Last weekend I finished a little Victorian Shoulderette out of handspun bluefaced leicester left over from an old project.

My yarn was a little fatter than the pattern calls for, so it came out just a little bigger, but I think it is an ideal size.

The pattern is by Sivia Harding and I got mine at Knitting Zone.

I’m continuing to work on the Cable Down pattern, I am to the waistline on the body.

This yarn (Colrain from WEBS, merino/tencel) is showing the cables beautifully and making a nice fabric. The photos wash out the color a little, it really is a lovely wine shade. By the time I finish this it will probably be too hot to try it on…

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27 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2007 9:46 am

    The Cats’ Day is so pretty. I love the Seaglass colorway you used for it. It is just lovely. Thanks for explaining where the cats were! I was really looking until you explained (smile). It will be wonderful to wear. Congratulations!

  2. Melanie permalink
    April 23, 2007 10:47 am

    Cat’s Day is beautifully done and the colour is lovely. It’s huge, what a lot of knitting!
    I think the size of your shoulderette is perfect. I’ll have to be a copy cat and make one in a larger size too – perfect to wear over a strappy summer dress.
    So, what’s next?

  3. April 23, 2007 11:03 am

    The Cat’s Day is a gorgeous piece of work. You must be so proud. I would drape it over my bed and gaze at every time I came into the room. Lovely!

  4. April 23, 2007 11:05 am

    What a magnificent shawl! I bow to your shawl knitting superiority and I’m not worthy! wow.

  5. April 23, 2007 11:10 am

    opps, in reviewing the photos again (and again, ’cause they’re gorgeous) is that a tiny little dropped stitch I see, just there in the close-up of the border, the second to last photo in the upper right corner? You probably caught that already, but just in case…

  6. April 23, 2007 11:25 am

    Cat’s day is gorgeous! I would probably be tempted to just hang it on the wall so I could look at it all the time.

  7. April 23, 2007 11:34 am

    Oops Rebecca I think you are right! I will have to lay it out and ladder the stitch back up and tie it off! I was wondering if I would find any dropped stitches but it is just so big and floppy to lay out and look at! I hope I can find it again…

  8. Sam permalink
    April 23, 2007 2:26 pm

    Wow, Caroline – that’s huge – hugely gorgeous, hugely wonderful – I would just want to wrap up in it all the time! The cable is coming along beautifully, and your Shoulderette is the perfect size. I love them just a little bigger!

  9. April 23, 2007 3:55 pm

    Gorgeous! Congrats on finishing.

  10. April 23, 2007 4:47 pm

    caroline – cat’s day is a tour de force! gorgeous!

  11. Esther permalink
    April 23, 2007 8:09 pm

    87 DAYS! Amazing!
    I found this so encouraging for my project of knitting a shawl for my sister.
    Thank you.

  12. April 23, 2007 11:11 pm

    WOW! Cat’s Day is totally gorgeous, Caroline! And your other knitting is lovely too. I am in awe. Where do you find the time? You must knit like wildfire. I’m sooo jealous.

  13. Linda permalink
    April 24, 2007 3:35 am

    You could display Cats’ Day by laying it out on the bed, right over the quilt, and enjoy it every day. It looks like it matches your dresser…! Give it a nice rakish angle, or put it on point… :o)

  14. April 24, 2007 6:43 am

    Love the shawl. Very pretty. Your cable down is looking nice, as well. I just started knitting one in cotton fleece.
    Ang

  15. Jan permalink
    April 24, 2007 9:29 am

    Cats Day is glorious –the yarn, the pattern, the knitting, the size and scale of it all. And I love the way that knitters take care of one another…great save on the ladder.
    The shoulderette is a winner, too. I’m guessing you will wear it a lot.

  16. April 24, 2007 11:08 am

    Beautiful shawl!

  17. April 24, 2007 1:41 pm

    Your shawl is absolutely glorious! Love the Sea Glass colorway you chose, too. It’s amazing that you managed to knit and spin so many additional items in the 87 days you worked on the shawl. Great work on all of them!

  18. Lisak permalink
    April 24, 2007 4:20 pm

    Beautiful shawl!! Wear it at home while you’re spinning and knitting. Great job.

  19. April 24, 2007 4:36 pm

    Go pru!! You are taking over for ol’ flame fingers now!

  20. April 24, 2007 5:41 pm

    Gorgeous shawl and shawlette.
    I think the Cat’s Day is far more appealing in your photos than anywhere else I have seen it.
    Beautiful.

  21. April 24, 2007 6:07 pm

    Both projects are gorgeous! I think you and Sam have started a trend of handspun shoulderettes. Wear yours in good health… it is beautiful!

  22. April 25, 2007 7:44 am

    Wow Caroline! That is a gorgeous shawl, I think I would end up using it as a throw on the couch when the air conditioning is up too high! I love what you’ve done with the Shoulder shawl too. Everything is just looking great!

  23. April 25, 2007 11:29 am

    Stunned and amazed. It is all lovely, Caroline!

  24. April 26, 2007 6:41 pm

    Amazing! The Cats Day shawl, that is, but so are your other projects!

  25. April 28, 2007 11:58 am

    I don’t even know what to say…except that you are truly Amazing!! Everything you do is quite beautiful.
    Looking forward to seeing you at Maryland!!

  26. Jessica permalink
    April 28, 2007 1:54 pm

    The cats day shawl is amazing and you picked out a scrumptious colorway. The shawlette is gorgeous as well. Wonderful work. Thanks so much for sharing.

  27. May 3, 2007 5:59 pm

    that’s some excellent stitchery 🙂 great work!

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