Wednesday, December 7, 2011

What's the collective term...?

At our house, I think it's called "an OBSESSION of cats."
Yes, I finished the Persian (and I never EVER want to do loop stitch again) and she (of COURSE, she's a she...) is in fine catty company here. 
 
We have "Fur Real Friends" (made in China battery-operated feline-eque monsters that meow and move like real cats.  Freaky.)
 Catty drawings EVERYWHERE - these ones copied from a "How to Draw Cat Doodles" book.  (And I'm sayin' nothin' more about that book title).
 Cats crafted from toilet rolls and paper towel tubes...
Every imaginable catty craft kit.... paper cats...
 Paper CLAY cats....
Big fluffy chenille pipe-cleaner cats...

The skinny-mini version, using (non-craft-kit) normal chenille pipe cleaners.  (These are the go-to gift of the moment.  Look sideways at the wee girl and she'll make you six of them.  They sometimes wear jewellery.)
 
Then there's the experimental cats... made out of uncoventional materials, like Fast2Fuse (no idea how she got her hands on this... I came home to find the finished cats).  These cats have collars... sometimes with diamantes (of the stick-on kind).
  I love the structural trussing on the inside.  Ingeniuous, non?
And it's got me thinking about the fine and fuzzy line that separates genius and madness..... I keep looking at this Persian cat, and then looking at the rest of the book of knitted cats - all different and all designed with such attention to detail of form and character.
How does one work these things out.... and WHY?

Can you spot the rows knitted by the wee girl?  On the first leg, she named me "purl girl", so I'd knit every second row (and do the increases and decreases).  By leg #3 she did one or two rows, and from there on, when she said, "Let's work on the Persian", it meant ME knitting and her talking incessantly and/or doing somersaults off the back of the couch.

And when she goes to bed.... I take photos of the real cat.
 This was taken when the man of the house fell asleep on the couch and the adoring cat fell asleep, cuddling his feet (...well if that ain't love, what is...?). 

So.... does "Obsession" fit the bill?

10 comments:

Lotti said...

Well we love love love cats at our house and our friends are called Angel and Garfield..... I love all the cats in your post ... especially the cats created by little people. Very cute.

bec said...

Oh, man, you had me cracking up from that first pic! No wonder that Persian cat took you so long, it looks dreadful to make! Love the book title (snigger) and yep, that line between genius and madness could even be hereditary haha. Glad to see the real cat has survived and flourished!
PS Horrible word verification: bryingsi (hope I get it right!)

Karen said...

They must be driving you catty - oh I mean batty!! (Sorry couldn't resist!!).

Freud would have a field day with that book title - ha ha!

Liam's Mummy said...

Wow, she really does like cats, doesn't she? You might want to consider guarding the fast-2-fuse a little better. As for the book title (!)

Katy Cameron said...

It's okay, the men with the nice white coat that lets you hug yourself will be round shortly... ;o)

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Um...yeah. I'd say you have an obsession. Meow! ☺

PS...I have a Christmas Quickie giveaway going on until tomorrow. Stop by for a chance to win Fat Quarters for your stash. ☺ Happy Wednesday!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Yes.

At least most of their 'doodles' take less kitty litter.

CurlyPops said...

I think you and the wee girl might need to open a cattery to deal with all of those frisky felines!

Lynne said...

Congratulations on finishing the cat - well done. I often wonder "why" about some of the things I have seen knitted or patterns for!

Fer said...

I think madness and cats are synonymous, in the best possible way. :-)