The Saturday Update: Week 40

Okay, okay, I’m late again. The new WordPress editor is kicking my butt, it is extremely smoky outside, and I was busy with errands for much of the week so I didn’t get as much done as I wanted. I kept telling myself that I would post when I got a little more progress done on a project so that it would make a nice picture. Just a little more, I would tell myself…

Anyway, here I am, late again but with some progress to show off. Look at what I got done!!

I finished this Itty Bitty Kitty for my cousin’s birthday present (late, of course) using left over yarn from my several over knitted cats.
Right now he is hanging out with MacKnitzie. The pattern is Itty Bitty Kitty by Claire Garland.

The other knitting that I’ve been busy with is the Secret Handshake MKAL by Sharon from Security with a little help from Casapinka. I am so happy with what is happening with the cowl that is being produced in 4 colors. I picked a speckled, a variegated, and two solid yarns for my cowl after digging around in the stash. I’m pretty happy with what I found:

I pulled yarn from the stash and ended up with these four. I was worried about how it all would go together so I paid careful attention to Sharon’s directions about when to use the speckled yarn, and when a solid would work well, and ended up with…
this!! This is Clue 1 finished with all four yarns in it. I’m so happy with how the colors are coming together. Now that I have finally finished the (still unmailed) Itty Bitty Kitty I can start on Clue 2. What a cool cowl this is going to be!!

So, what else is going on? Since I’m still struggling with this new editor (which I think will eventually be a wonderful thing to use as soon as I’m through the learning curve…) I’m just going to throw up a couple of other pictures. How about one showing what is happening in the garden?

Now that the extreme heat of the summer is over the flowers in all of my pots have recovered and are blooming like crazy. It is fun having blooms around while the leaves are falling off of the trees.

I’m behind on book reading as I was focused on getting that gift kitty done, but now that I’m caught up again I am looking forward to a week piled up with Hannah and a book. Doesn’t that sound great? Speaking of Hannah, how about a cute picture.

Hannah dreaming of kitty cookies in her sleep…

Have a great week, everyone!!

Read a little, knit a little, and garden like your heart can’t live without it.

Author: Midnight Knitter

I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and two exceptionally spoiled kittens. In 2014 I was diagnosed with a serious rare autoimmune disease called systemic sclerosis along with Sjogren's Disease and fibromyalgia.

19 thoughts on “The Saturday Update: Week 40”

  1. At first glance I thought you’d knitted a Miss Pitty Patt, then realised quickly it was a kitten 🐱 🐹
    Ooh you just know I love those colours in your secret handshake project. Looks gorgeous so far. Have a good week.

    1. It kind of does look like Miss Pitty-Pat, but the tail is too long. Now I need to see if I can adapt the pattern to make a hamster. I am so happy with the colors in the Handshake… I just love grey with dusty pinks, rose and plums, so it was pretty easy to dig up several yarns in those colors in the stash. I’m making progress on Clue 2 now and the colors are coming together really well. 🙂

    1. Hannah: You are welcome.
      The little kitty knitted up really fast. I posted the picture of it to the Facebook group for people who knit Claire Garlands creations and people are showing off their little kitties too… they are just cute in every color combination that you can think of. There is a kitten pattern out that I should make to look like Hannah. So much knitting, so little time….
      Have a good week!

  2. Your cowl looks great! ❤ There is nothing better than a stash buster. I am still chipping away at my Sharon Show, so I opted out of the Secret Handshake. It is fun to see yours and I am looking forward to see your finished project. Glad the heat has finally gone and your flowers are blooming, again.

    1. There absolutely is nothing better than a stash buster! I have been so inspired by all of the colors of the Secret Handshakes that are going up on Facebook… it really is a nice color balancing project too. I have some yarns laid out for the Stephen West MKAL project but am a little leery of committing to it before I know what it will look like. Must knit faster!!

    1. Hannah: I have been booped!!
      The Claire Garland patterns are doing all of the work… I just have to come up with my colors. There is a raccoon pattern that just dropped that I keep looking at. There is also a koala. These little animals can take over the stash!!

  3. The kitty is adorable!
    I love your cowl colors. Your cowl looks fantastic! Mine has a bit of a you picked the colors in the dark look but I like it anyway:)
    Your flowers look lovely! We’ve had a bit of a bloom-fest in the yards too:)

    1. It is really nice when the flowers take off again in the fall for that last burst of blooms. Little do they know what is coming around the corner, but the next week or so will still remain nice and warm here. It helps that I can take the pots into the garage for snowstorms so they go longer.

      I bought a bunch of Hue Loco yarns to make more cowls after seeing the Casapinka one that you are making. I hope everyone knows they are getting a cowl or a little stuffed kitty for Christmas this year…

  4. I hope and pray you are having a good week. Your knitting is beautiful! I haven’t gotten in much knitting time lately.

  5. That knit kitten is adorable. I keep thinking about trying to make cat toys and stuff animals, but I’m a fairly new knitter and my guess is it can get complicated. What do you think? More of an intermediate to advanced level for those?

    1. You know, I have been thinking about the whole kitten knitting process. The pattern is huge (like 50 pages) with lots and lots of pictures and video support. The actual knitting is pretty simple… just knit, purl, K2tog, SSK, and then the short rows. If you haven’t done short rows before you will want to head to YouTube for support, but they are pretty simple once you catch on. There wasn’t a lot of sewing because you pick up stitches, but once again there was good support and if you find it hard you can pull up the stitches with a crochet hook. I think you should go for it!!

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