Handspun Kitschy Kat

Yesterday I whipped up my first toy made from my own handspun yarn, and I could not be happier with the outcome!

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This kitty pattern is called Kitschy Kat and is authored by Susan Claudino. (Yup, one and the same author of Figaro, which I just finished a couple of weeks ago.) You can purchase and download the Kitschy Kat pattern from Ravelry here.

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This merino wool fiber is from Hey Lady Hey in the colorway “Moon Boots.” There is nothing better than that teal and orange with pink, purple lime and blue nuances. It’s HEAVENLY. Being a newby spinner, I can’t yet get my plied singles any finer than a thick-and-thin worsted weight, so that’s exactly how this handspun turned out. Even so, this type of yarn has its uses and frankly seemed destined for a project like Kitschy Kat.

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Since I was working with handspun I had to make a couple of adjustments to the pattern. To see my notes visit my Ravelry Kitschy Kat project page here.

Figaro the Frog

I’ve knit several toys for my kids over the years–two snakes, a doll, reversible dolls, a bear, a reversible lion/elephant, a reversible baby alligator/egg and a Santa, to name a few. For well over a year toys were my primary focus in knitting. I wanted to knit them all, specifically toy patterns by Susan B Anderson. All are excellent patterns.

Recently, however, when I decided it was high time I knit another toy for my sentimental, knit-loving son, I went with a different author: Susan Claudino. When I spied the Figaro pattern on Ravelry last year I declared it to be the cutest frog pattern I’ve ever seen and added it to my queue straightaway. While I did discover that those twelve little toes are nightmarishly tedious to knit, they are what distinguishes this frog from all the others. Add to that the eyes, mouth and gigantic head, and this frog pattern is an absolute winner.

We are a frog-loving family and greatly enjoy the countless tree frogs that live around our home. We see two species regularly: the Green tree frog and Cope’s Gray tree frog. I knew I wanted to go in a less orthodox direction and not with the typical green color, so after a bit of stash diving I pulled out a skein of Hey Lady Hey DK in the colorway “Vine Whip.” I see this yarn as a whimsical interpretation of the Cope’s Gray tree frog.

As expected, Figaro is a huge hit with my son. He loves the speckled yarn, the eyes and toes, and especially the movability of the mouth, whose expression can be made into a smile, pout or frown. This feature was a nice little touch added by the author.

While Figaro was not the easiest toy to knit, I greatly enjoyed the process, and the pattern is perfect. If my son takes good care of him I believe Figaro will be a part of our family forever.