Coming up soon…

As some of you may or may not have seen, Kid the Cat’s son’s facebook page recently reached six hundred likes, thanks to everyone who has been following, liking and commenting. So, in order to keep you all up to date, we thought we’d let you know what’s coming up soon in the Kid the Cat’s son universe:

– Continuation of Marnie’s Adventures, complete with the Bayeux Tapestry 2 part special

– An insider’s look into all the great discoveries we made at the Knitting and Stitching Show as well as the purchases that we made

-New and upcoming products

-And more videos.

Do let us know if there is anything you would like to see more of. What kind of videos would you like to see?

As always, thanks for reading.

Kitty x

Celebration Time

Celebration Time

Kid the Cat’s son has officially reached 600 likes on Facebook, in addition to 50 likes on the blog- a pretty cool achievement if I do say so myself.
Moreover, a big thank you is due to all the lovely people who have been liking and following our creative movements. You’re the bestest, as K.C would say.
Kitty x

Something’s cooking down in the kitchen

Oven_mitt1I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in the kitchen creating meals for my family amongst the chaos.

It’s a fairly minimalist affair – I’m not a fan of having lots of frippery hanging around because it only gets dirty and housework isn’t my forte.  However I do like the odd little nicety and for a long time I’ve been meaning to make myself some decent oven gloves.  I don’t like the ones that are joined because they are always getting in the way and the ones without a thumb are just too cumbersome.

This little creation (made before breakfast no less!) is completely of my own design and fits me (if you’ll excuse the pun) like a glove.  It has two layers of wadding inside, one of which is thermally insulated, so hopefully it will protect me against the heat.  I am going to make a couple of tweaks to the pattern and then you’ll be able to buy a pair for your very own.

Cat x

Gotta love that fabric

Calico_1What is most apparent from the 40 Makes Challenge is that I am a bit of a crafting flirt.  I like switching from fabric to wool and back again. Occasionally I make cards – but generally for my own use at Christmas – and I do a spot of baking but since my family is a largely unappreciative audience on that front it’s generally for the school fair.

My longest love affair though has been with fabric.  Even through the Seventies when everything came in brown I had a stash.  And even now I can remember certain items of clothing I made purely by the cloth they were created in. Nowadays I am completely spoilt for choice with all of the lovely fabrics available online and it is more of a question of what not to buy rather than what I should.

Texture plays a big role, which is why I love Japanese import fabric with the mix of linen and cotton that gives that very special feel to the cloth.  I also love the way that many of the manufacturers of this fabric produce such eclectic collections with prints that can be cut in different ways to create completely different items.

Similarly I love Sarah Waterhouse Textiles because she uses a mixture of hemp, linen and cotton which creates fabrics with a very unique touch to them.  Somehow they feel more organic and tactile than a flat cotton which is highly processed. (I should confess here that I’m the sort of person who buys sized eggs because I like the fact that they aren’t all uniform in the box.)

One fabric which you will see time and again in my creations is calico.  In the UK this is a plain-woven textile which is made from unbleached and often not fully processed cotton.  I like the slightly rough texture of it and the working quality. I discovered recently that it originates from the city of Kozhikode (known by Europeans as Calicut in the 11th century) in Kerala, India. The fabric was made by the traditional weavers called chaliyans.

Most of the time you will find the calico I use hidden away, either as a lining or as the casing for a cushion pad but I’m going to experiment with making it more visible on some of my projects together with some of the linen/cotton blend I like so much.

Cat x

Get some style down at the gym

Gym_Bag_750pixOnce upon a time I used to find myself in the gym quite a lot – but that was quite some time ago.  However I suspect very few of us would be able to keep up with the young lady who is to be the recipient of this particular bag.

I’ve seen videos of her flying down the tumble track and frankly it is pretty amazing – her mum must watch her through the gaps in her fingers!  Not only has she won medals at national level but she has also been showing our cousins across the pond how it is done as well.  So this bag has been created especially for a special gymnast – it’s completely and totally unique – the only one of its kind anywhere in the world. I do hope she likes it.

Cat x

What next?!

Just_married_buntingHaving finally finished the 40 Makes for Lent Challenge (and discovering my deficiencies in the mathematics department) I have been wondering what to do next.

I do have a list of projects which need undertaking – not least that I need to get my stall in order for the summer selling season.  One thought I did have was that I should make 10 things per month which follow a particular theme.  Since the wedding season is upon us one of them could be 10 things for a Spring wedding.  Since I already have one thing complete it would seem to make sense, but I may yet have something else up my sleeve!

The bunting in the picture is for the daughter of one of our neighbours who gets married next week – let’s hope for better weather than we are currently getting.  I’ve never sewn with hessian before and I sincerely hope I never have to again.  It’s very rare for me to want to give up on something but this one drove me pretty close.  Not only did the hessian fray outrageously but it gummed up my lovely new sewing machine which is simply not on!

Cat x

Day 40

Day40_lilacscarfI did it! Forty makes in a little over 40 days – but nevertheless the task is complete.

This scarf was not actually meant to be number 40 but the project assigned for today is still in a heap on my desk, not least because I have fallen very rapidly in and out of love with jute.  Let’s just say that I won’t be rushing out to buy any more.

Back to my lilac woolly loveliness.  I can knit, and quite well though I say so myself – but I don’t get any enjoyment out of having to sew it all up at the end and then add necklines etc.  I always seem to lose stitches and gain them so everything looks higgledy piggledy and unsatisfactory to my slightly over perfectionist eye.  In this respect I prefer crochet with it’s one stitch wonderfulness.  However, Mr Cat does get a bit cross if I disappear every evening to commune with my sewing machine so it’s nice to have a little project to be getting on with in front of the fire.

I discovered Rachel John and her extreme knitting a little while ago and it is right up my street.  Straighforward knit one purl one but using great big needles (I have hidden them from Destructa Dog) and multiple strands of wool at the same time.  This scarf was easy breezy to make and is currently keeping me nice and toasty warm.

Cat x

Day 39

Day39_fabricnecklaceOut of the jaws of disaster… This was supposed to be a quick and easy little project to see me sail magnficently to the end of the 40 Makes but turned into a bit of an epic – all because I cut the fabric 2cm too narrow.

This little beaded necklace is really easy to construct – consisting of a fabric tube into which you push beads, either glass, cotton or wood.  I however misjudged the size of my balls in comparison to my tube and just at the moment of triumph discovered that the former were far to big for the latter.

Of course I could have just cut another length of fabric out – but I couldn’t waste what I had – so I just had to make a little trip to my favourite sewing emporioum Rainbow Silks in Great Missenden (right next door to the rather scrumptilumtious Cafe Twit) to get some different sized balls.  Three attempts later you see the finished result modelled here most beautifully by Kitty.

 

Cat x

Day 38

Day38_SpringCushionsYou might recognise the fabric on these super cute little cushions and, if you are really observant the patchwork pattern too.

These are the same purple and greens that were used on Megan and Lucy’s bunting – looking suitably pretty but not pink!  I think that these would look very nice sitting on the bed of someone’s lovely new bedroom – once the builders have moved out (hint hint).

Unfortunately the bunting has already gone to a new home or it would have given me the opportunity to create a little set – but I’m sure I’ll be able to recreate it in a different fabric.

Cat x