Hannah and the CoalBear: Orchid Cat Caturday

Hi. I’m Hannah.

The Mother of Cats has been ignoring me for days and days while she knits on a… CAT!!

I hardly know what to think. She had this cool yarn in the stash that kind of reminded her of orchids and spring. The orchids started blooming a few weeks ago and that was that… she began to ignore me and the CoalBear and started fussing over the orchids and the yarn.

Okay, it is true that the orchids are kind of cool. I like to climb into the garden where they are growing from time to time to hang out with them. The Mother of Cats gets a little cranky when I do it, however, so I don’t get to do it all the time. I lately have been sleeping right next to the Mother of Cats while she knits on this… cat… Really, it doesn’t look all that much like a cat, but she kept telling me that it was. Here’s what happened.

The cat started out with some crazy knitting that produced this leg. Whatever. I have a cat paw, and it doesn’t look anything like that. The colors kind of are like orchids, however…
As she kept knitting it began to look a little more like a cat, but…
What is up with this face!!!

I was really concerned for the Mother of Cats. It seemed like she didn’t really know what a cat is supposed to look like. I can kind of see the chin, but that nose and the EYES were the stuff of knitty kitty nightmares.

Finally, the ears, nose, and eyes were on the cat. Oh, wow. This is starting to look like a kitty (or maybe a pug?) and I can almost hear it asking, “When will I be done?”
Two days ago, she finally finished knitting the cat and I helped her put the whiskers on. Gee. He almost looks like he belongs in the orchids, doesn’t he.
He even looks pretty good in my strawberry box!
But the Mother of Cats says that he actually belongs in the orchid garden. He does look pretty good in there.

Now that the Mother of Cats has finished up the orchid kitty she has gone back to knitting on my blanket. Yay!! She isn’t ignoring me so much because she keeps putting the blanket on me while she sews the pieces together. I can’t wait to get my blanket and we are working on it every evening together while the CoalBear runs wild and chases his toys downstairs.

Mateo the CoalBear: why does Hannah get all of the cool knits?

Hannah: Because I am a little princess, and also because you don’t share the toys!!

This is Hannah, signing off.

Happy Caturday everyone!!

Notes from the Mother of Cats:

  • The pattern that I used is Grey Kitten Calico Cat by Claire Garland.
  • The yarn is a silk/merino/nylon blend by Noro called Tsubame. It is dk weight and I just knit the colors as they appeared in the ball as I worked. Mostly. I did throw out some green along the way.
  • My project page on Ravelry is here. Yeah, I was too lazy to write in any notes on the page.
  • I used the center quill of feathers to make the whiskers.
  • 5 of my 7 orchid plants are now blooming and they definitely deserve a knitted cat to hang out with them!!
  • Did you want to see the back of the cat? Here he is!
Doesn’t he look like a spring cat?

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.

21 thoughts on “Hannah and the CoalBear: Orchid Cat Caturday”

    1. This designer (Clair Garland) has patterns for several styles of cats. They can be made to look very realistic by using different blends of mohair yarn while knitting the cat, but I decided to go totally silly with this yarn and ignored the mohair.

  1. I think he looks a little like a pug because the eyes you’ve used are round irises rather than cat’s narrow slit, but regardless…it’s darn cute and looks good amongst the orchids. I really must read up about looking after orchids or throw mine out…yep still hanging on to a bunch of leaves I’ve mentioned before (years ago probably 🤦‍♀️)

    1. I do have a pair of cat eyes that I could have used, but decided to use the blue ones because this is a very silly cat, and why use up the good eyes on him? Then I saw that pug face looking up at me…

      I have my orchids under a grow light with a timer. I never paid much attention to how many hours I was giving them, but this fall I moved things around in the craft room and changed the setting on the times to shorten the day. Yeah. One of the plants (which hadn’t bloomed with the others) immediately responded with new shoots to bloom. There must be some trick with the light. Also, I was advised by the nursery that the plants needed big swings in temperatures in the fall to trigger the blooms, which is easy here in Colorado as we specialize in that type of weather. I just leave the window open in that room so they get cold air at night and the room gets good morning sun and warms up each morning. You are farther north than I am, so I’m not sure if those tricks will work for you, but the grow light on a timer might be something to consider.

    1. It was a fun knit. I kind of want to knit Hannah, but I didn’t understand how the cat was constructed and thought that this would be one way to figure out what was going on. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I’m still not sure I completely understand the shaping enough to produce a tuxedo cat.

  2. Marilyn, this is a delightful project. You’re amazing! I must admit to sharing kitties fear of that face before the eyes appeared. Now kitty is adorable (all three of them).

    1. I literally put the cat into time out for a few days when I got to the zombie-cat face because I couldn’t imagine how it would all work out. I finally decided to trust the designer, took him out of the bin and it all turned out.

  3. That is a really fun knitted cat! I have some plush animals I want to knit this year; hopefully they will turn out as good. And your orchids look lovely! I haven’t managed to keep any of the ones I’ve been given over the years alive…

    1. Thank you. I tied a purple ribbon in a bow around the cat’s neck (the ribbon came as a bow on an orchid!) and he looks even cuter! Hannah and I are hard at work on the blanket.

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