Last week during lunch, I found myself in a pet store staring into a cage with the most adorable kitten you ever did see. I stuck my fingers through the cage and scratched her soft furry little head. She responded with a soft purr and, people, believe me when I say that she actually sat up, looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Freshy, please take me home meow.” What an intelligent kitten, I thought. I began to imagine how wonderful it would be if I took this sweet little thing home with me. Our future brightly flashed before me: curling up next to each other under a warm blanket, telling each other funny jokes, eating tuna, I would train her to use the toilet and I would knit her cat toys….
Suddenly, I saw that upon bringing her home I would find out that she does not dine on tuna, however, she has an unprecedented palate for fine merino wool and silk blends. Unacceptable! Besides, I’m already a crazy knitting blog lady. Being a crazy cat lady with a knitting blog might be too much for me to live up to. With all that craziness in mind, I left the kitty behind in the pet store and went to work googling this.
Today, as I was walking by the pet store, I noticed she was still there. Fate, why do you tempt me with soft cuddly things I can’t have?! I couldn’t help but have that same momentary lapse in judgment where Freshy’s knitting world would be so awesome with a cute little kitty in it! Imagine all the fun kitty sweaters I could make! What fun we would have! I could change my blog name to Yarn Over Kitty, in which every post would feature a cute little kitten mischievously playing with yarn! Wait, my yarn? Damn, that’s right. This will never work out between us, Kitteh.
It’s a good thing I have such wonderful judgment (haha, that’s funny…), because I definitely would not have been able to block this shawl out on my bed with a soft, playful little ball of mischief hanging around.
I also listened to my better judgment when I decided to reknit this using a size larger needle. The shawl may not be as soft as a cute little kitten, but it’s big enough to wrap around your neck a couple of times to keep you cozy while it’s snowing outside.
Pattern: Rock Island by Jared Flood Yarn: Madeline Tosh Prairie, Lace 2 ply, in Tart (~700 yards) Needles: US 7, Knit Picks Harmony Wood Modifications: Used US 7 needles instead of US 6 Recommendation: Yes. Notes: It’s a simple pattern to memorize and pretty fast to knit up. I also love that it’s a reversible pattern. This was also my first time knitting with Madeline Tosh, and I was really pleased with how strong this yarn was. There was no splitting or snagging while knitting. The color is such a deep red (pictures really don’t do it justice). All in all, I loved the end result!