Hi everyone, I’m back with Yarndango something-or-other-number (one day I will work out where I am in the Yarndango challenge!). Unfortunately last week the eternal struggle between essays and crochet claimed another victim, but I’m the brunt of the way through now so hopefully business can return to somewhat normal again!
What do I have for you today then? Well, it’s another kitty – Neko the Kitty to be precise.
Neko is the lead character of the webcomic Neko the Kitty. It’s a very funny comic, especially if you’re a cat owner, but equally so if you are just in on the cats = world domination secret too. Read the archive, the early ones are definitely worth a look as much as the new ones.
Neko poses with his namesake.
Free pattern to make your own Neko after the jump.
Last post before Christmas! Here I should do something Christmassy like a reindeer or Santa or something. But when have I ever managed to make a holiday themed amigurumi in the past? Maybe that should go down with knitting as my New Years Resolution…
Anyway, this week I have for you a pattern for yet another cat!
I was going to try something Christmassy, but then I remembered that a friend I am seeing over Christmas has her birthday in January and has requested a cat. She’d actually requested a specific one but can I heck as find the book the pattern is in, so I whipped up an Amiguruthi original for her instead.
Ok, so while I was offline my university life EXPLODED. I think I mentioned that I’d started my teacher training right? I’m specialising in Design and Technology, with a primary focus on Textiles and a secondary focus on Resistant Materials (or woodwork, metalwork and plastics as most people know it). The primary focus I’m ok on because I’ve been sewing for years (and my amigurumi creations helped tipped the favour to get me on the course – I have no formal textiles qualifications so I had to make a portfolio of my personal creations, and the ami’s had a page all to themselves!). The secondary focus I’ve had to do a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course for – basically I’ve had to play with tools, graphics packages and laser cutters. I’m not complaining! I actually love it possibly MORE than textiles, although now that I’ve started my in school placements I’m finding it a real challenge to teach.
Anyway, why am I telling you this? Well, one of my SKE course projects was to make two plain wooden boxes:
into something cool. I used one to make this:
Which has these inside:
They’re little firemen. I’m so proud of this make, hence why I’m showing you lot even tho it has nothing to do with the pattern that I promise I will eventually come on to. The pattern is actually related to the second box which I made into a suitcase:
This was heavily influenced by my recent house move. It says ‘Home is where the cat is’ around the edges, and has a map of the world on top and some plastic postcards. All fun. Then inside I have a cat ID tag (a copy of which is now hanging round my own cats neck) and an ‘I ❤ Cats’ pewter cast keyring. But it looked really empty, so I decided to pull in my ami skills and make this:
A mini green Lucky Tiny Kitty.
This is one of the simplest patterns I’ve every written, and it’s not rocket science, but I thought I’d share it with you all anyway. Plus it’s a great stash buster. Make your own plus further photos after the jump.
Following on from my Father’s Day Fat Gnome for my Daddy, here’s the present I’ll be giving my Mum for her birthday next week (it’s also my Dad’s birthday tomorrow – It’d be an expensive month June if I couldn’t crochet!). This amigurumi is based on my Mum’s cat Astra (long story there – basically my Dad, a fireman, rescued her from beneath the bonnet of an Astra car when she was a kitten).
I learnt to crochet the right way round for this pattern – you’ll notice that my Gnome (and probably others I’ll post in the future) are wrong side out. I think it looks nice either way, but I especially wanted the Stripy Cat the right way out to give her that zigzag fur look.