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1  Knittin' for the kitten in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Parilla on: October 02, 2007 09:20:44 AM
...or the cat, as it may be.

The problem is, we've got fruitflies in the house.  We don't know where they come from or what they're eating, but they're breeding in a way that's taught me a lot about exponential growth.  The freaking things are everywhere.  And while there are worse insects to have wandering around than fruitflies, the fact remains that they are extremely annoying, especially if you're trying to eat fruit.

But there is hope! Simply wait until the weather is cold and let your house cool down to 55 degrees Farenheit.  That'll teach the little buggers!  It won't be so bad for us humans - we've all got sweaters - but the cat is not so gifted.  All he's got is a fur coat, and while his fur is decently thick, he's still adjusted to it being 65 degrees or warmer.  We're thinking that a drop of ten degrees is going to upset him a wee bit.

He needs a sweater.

Here's a picture of the cat, because cats are cool.  Especially this one.

He's only got one eye, and yes, he's wearing an eyepatch.  He's going to be a pirate for Halloween!  No, I don't know what happened to the missing eye; we adopted him as an adult.  That whole side of his face is a bit off, though; his whiskers constantly quiver, and he can't quite close his mouth there.  There are dark suspicions he was hit.  But now he is fine, if piercingly loud and vocal.  I've met children who speak less than this cat.

I've never really made anything clothing-like for a cat, so I need help.  Will wool be okay, or will that risk overheating him?  I'd like to avoid pulling something over his head - is it possible to make a cardi for a kitty, possibly buttoning along one side?  I was going to make some measurements and knit the main pieces, then crochet them together as needed, to make up for any shortfalls.  Will that work, or are there common pitfalls to avoid?

Does anyone know of a decent free pattern for a cat sweater?
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2  Re: Help on sleeves in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by Parilla on: February 22, 2007 10:31:06 AM
I guess I didn't explain it right...it's going to be a vastly oversized doily pattern.

The yarn is Blue Sky alpaca cotton.  Very nice, very soft.  For cotton, it fuzzes over quickly, so I think that you won't be able to see individual stitches in the giantdoilysleeves after a few washings. (As a sidenote - this was not the yarn to use for the body of a sweater.  I never knew cotton could pill at all, let alone so darned much).  It's a bit larger than worsted weight; I use an H hook with it.

The tank itself is a standard tank.  It looks like this:

Only it's yellow, soft, knitted, and covered in pills that eat at my soul.  I think it will be easy enough to adapt your idea to my mental image of doilies - it's pretty easy to wrap things like that into a tube, especially if you use little snowflakes to fill in the gaps here and there. I was mostly worried about how to do the shoulders, and now that you've explained it, I can see exactly how it should work.

And if it doesn't, cotton makes wonderful tinder.
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3  Kitty and Dragon hats in Crochet: Completed Projects by Parilla on: May 27, 2005 11:38:13 AM

I made these for my wonderful friends Becky and Kevin, for Christmas, mostly on buses and in cars.  After I gave them to them, I photographed them obsessively...and forgot about the pictures. Heh.

They're just standard crocheted toques, made with a pattern I dug up online.  I started at the brim and worked my way to the crown.  The cat ears and dragon ridges are cones, which are shockingly easy to make; you just chain twice the width you want the cone to be, make a circle, work the first row in sc, then continue working upwards in a spiral of scs, decreasing at a regular rate.  The quicker you decrease, the fatter and shorter your cone.  If you use a hook that's too small (I used an F hook with Lion Brand homespun), you get a really stiff, dense fabric that will stand up on its own.

So. Yarns.  The blue hat is Lion Brand homespun, with Fun Fur trim around the bottom of the ears and the edge of the hat.  The black hat is Lion Brand colorwaves in Lava, which is a really spiffy color.  There is a row of fuzzy black on the edge of each spike, from a labelless ball of something furry that I got for a quarter at a yard sale.  It isn't Fun Fur - they eyelashes are sort of wild and kinky.

Hats.  So much fun.

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4  Re: Help! Sun dress for a big, big girl. in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by Parilla on: May 24, 2005 08:54:32 AM
Moody, the only way I will ever wear maternity clothing is i I'm pregnant.  I realize that some large women wear it, and that it looks very flattering, and I know that the stuff at Target is very stylish and cute - but its still maternity clothing, and I'm not pregnant.

I mysteriously got money from my bank (which is really, really startling and a little scary, when you don't realize its coming to you), so I think I might be able to go this weekend and get the fabric and pattern.  Failing this weekend, I can go next weekend...sigh.  I get monthly paychecks.

I took some photos of me with my shirt pulled against me, so you can actually see my figure.  Then I promptly lost them.  Yay me.  However, I have this, which was taken around Christmas.

I'm modelling the hats I made for my friends Becky and Kevin.  Spiffy, no?  I wanted to keep the dragon hat..

And...yeah. Bras.  God, I hate shopping for bras.  I've seriously considered getting a bit tipsy before going out to buy them, because it gets *depressing*.  My Mom goes with me, and she's got a great sense of humor, thank heavens.  She keeps me laughing.

How come its so hard to find decoration?  I want something sexy, not something that looks designed for heavy duty restraint.  And when there is decoration, why do they put it on the most awkward spots?  People are going to notice my chest without my having flower-shaped lace impressions over my nipples.  There should be some attractive, sexy, and above all, *flat* decoration where the straps meet the cups, and maybe, maybe on the bottom of the cups, where a shirt touches loosely.  Not where it looks like I'm begging for attention and chafing!


Thankyou for the suggestion, Erindezeeu.  I miss wearing the cross-strap bras - I think they held things up and looked much more flattering in the first place. I never have that irritating bra-strap drift problem when they cross in the back.  And thankyou for the link to your dress thread!  I'm so glad that I won't be the first person to make the dress - it looks so pretty and flattering!

And thankyou everyone else, for the underwear sites! I'm at work right now, so I can't visit them without my boss spazzing out, but I will be sure to check them as soon as I get home.

Edit: Okay, I know that realistically, there's no way I'd be the first one to make this dress.  And with the flattering cut and spiffy style, there's no way I'd be the first heavy girl to make it.  But it's good to have pictoral evidence that someone else tried it first!
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5  Re: Um.. Tea cozy? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by Parilla on: May 19, 2005 10:17:42 AM
I've figured out how to make cones while crocheting.  Why is this good?  A squished cone makes a triangle, and a triangle maks other shapes.  Like the ridges on a dinosaur's back, or kitty ears, or the petals of a flower...

Here's how I do it:

I start with a hook that's smaller than you really need.  This'll give you a stiff fabric, which will stand up on its own instead of flopping over.

Decide how wide you want the triangle's base to be.  Chain until you have a chain twice as wide

On the first row, put a sc in each ch
On the second row, begin reducing at a constant rate - in other words, crochet normally for five stitches, then put the next sc into two sc of the bottom row.  The less you reduce, the taller and skinnier your cone will be.  The more you reduce, the shorter and squatter you'll get.

When you only have two or three sc to work into, unite them all into one sc, then finish off crocheting.  Use a darning needle to stitch down the middle of your cone, to make it into a flat triangle.

I used this to make this spiffy dino hat:

I'm sure it could be adapted to a teapot...it's amazingly simple.  After you've done it once or twice, it's easy to work out how to make cones of graduated sizes.
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