Saturday, October 10, 2015

Pom-poms are so yesterday's news

My friend Kate often leads me astray. I'm not complainin', just sayin'. Recently, she made an adorable elephant hat. I had to follow her lead. It was an irresistible urge.

My cat's head hat combines a regular ho-hum knitted toque with the head from this delightful pattern. The hat fits a child (of course, although I'm sorta tempted to make one for myself).

Friday, October 9, 2015


Remember Max? He's a cutie. An all-black miniature schnauzer. I made Max mitts last winter.

I've been trying to figure out how to cookie Max, but his total eclipse black look doesn't lend itself to cookie-ing. For one thing, he's just a black blur with sweet warm brown eyes and his pink tongue. And speaking of tongues, too much black icing makes for really disgusting teeth and tongues. Just sayin'.

I finally landed on the idea of painting them.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Giving Thanks

Here in the Kingdom, as in the rest of Canada, we're coming up to the Thanksgiving weekend. This year, I've got lots to be thankful for.

As you know, I've been making cookies to fundraise for the Lyndhurst Feral Cat Project which is something that is very near to my heart. Recently, I've been joined by my friend Amanda.  The two of us have been baking (and decorating) up a storm.

We were asked to make some Thanksgiving cookies. If you want one of these cookies, you'll have to be a guest at the Denaut Mansion in Delta, Ontario, because Mariska and Theo ordered these to offer to the guests at their country inn. (If you're in the area, this would be a fabulous place to stay - with or without cookies.)

I am absolutely certain that Mariska is a wonderful cook. I'm pretty sure she ordered our cookies just so she could support the Lyndhurst Feral Cat Project. And for that, and for her friendship, I am very grateful.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Cowichan inspired

The Lyndhurst Turkey Fair has come and gone. The Lyndhurst Feral Cat Project did very well. We made money for the cat colony. The cookie biz is going to go along at a slightly slower pace for a while. And that means it's time for a new project. Oh, we could return to the Smiley Sweater all right, but I've been asked to make a very special sweater for a very special young woman. How could I refuse?

She's an outdoorsy girl who enjoys all kinds of weather. She's asked for a Cowichan-style sweater. I think this project will follow along quite nicely on the heels of the colourwork I was doing last year. If you remember the Batman earflap cap, I'm going to be attempting something similar where I draw my own design elements and fit them into the framework of the sweater.

Wolves have been requested. While doing my research, I saw a wolf design in an old Mary Maxim pattern. It was a leering, slobbering beast with a great, big, red tongue lolling out of its mouth. I'm shuddering at the memory. I'm going for a more noble, less scary image.

I love the planning stage of any project. Stick around and come with me on my Cowichan adventure.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Even tinier

A friend of a friend has a new granddaughter who was born early.  They named her Ivy, and something about the story touched my heart. I imagined all the people who were worrying about her, and wishing her their best, hoping she'd be OK.

I graded my booties down from a new-born size to a preemie size. I hope they fit. You can see how tiny they really are.

The last word I had was that Ivy was home, and doing well. Welcome to the world little Ivy.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Zippered Cat Pouches For Sale

About 6 inches wide x 4 inches tall x 1 1/2 inches deep (at the base). #'s 4, 6, 7, and 8 are already spoken for. These adorable cat pouches are $15. each (plus shipping) with all proceeds going to The Feral Cat Project. If there are any left (!), they'll be for sale at our booth at the Lyndhurst Turkey Fair on September 19th.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Purrrrls and Lace

Things have been jumpin' here in the Kingdom. I've been so buy doin' that I haven't had time for showin'. :(  Here are some new cat cookies I've been playing with:

And in the spirit of full disclosure, here's the first failed attempt.  Sorta looks like a feline Groucho Marx.

Proof positive that things don't always go exactly as planned. :)