Mewsley needed a treat. A big knitted treat…
What I haven’t shared with you yet is that Mewsley has been poorly. The day before we got back from honeymoon, she went blind.. We came down from the joy of the honeymoon pretty fast, I can tell you. Thug coped really well with being blind, Mewsley was another story – she’s much older than Thug was when he went blind. She was distraught and depressed – heartbreaking. But don’t fret – there is a happy outcome.
Vets appointments, diagnosis of retinal detachment due to high blood pressure, drugs, cuddles, prayers and a mighty large bill and I’m happy to say her retinas have BOTH reattached and she can see again She’s still too skinny and a little fragile but very well in herself. We’re mightily relived.
So what do you knit a recovering, vintage cat??
Well, she loves to curl up on the sofa on a cushion with us in the evenings and frankly, my old knitted cushions were well past their best.
I decided on a Debbie Bliss pattern from her Winter 2011 Magazine…
No, not the tiger’s head! That would scare her! (And I think it would look a bit naff in my house…and I don’t want THAT much intarsia!!)
I’ve made her the one on the left – the giant paw print. It’s supposed to be a tiger paw print but all I saw was Mewsley’s little pink paddy paws – awww.
I chose Mewsley-fur grey for the main colour and pink for the paw.
You want to see it don’t you??
The cushion is in aran weight so it’s nice and quick. The back is two slightly overlapping flaps with buttons to hold it shut and the whole thing is knit in one peice with a reverse stocking stitch row where you fold. Very neat and easy.
This is the edge…
And I found the perfect buttons for a cat cushion in my button box (I think I got them at hobbycraft)…
The intarsia of the paw print was fun. (Yes, I used “intarsia” and “fun” in the same sentance!) They are nice big blobbs of colour but at one point you do have 9 bobbins on the go when you’re working all 4 toe pads…
The nice part about this intarsia is that you don’t have to be 100% accurate – paws vary! That was actually quite fortunate as the chart in the magazine was pretty poorly printed – you couldn’t count the squares. Fortunately, I found a PDF of the chart on the Debbie Bliss Facebook page – Here if you need a copy –> Paw Chart
So did Mewsley like it? She is a cat and it’s cat-law to ignore anything special made or bought for you…..
But my lovely Mewsley ignored that She was on it the second I finished….you can see that from the pin tin and the trimmings in the photo!!
Ten minutes later I had inserted the cushion pad and a certain grey cat was very happily curled up….. Awwww
|Completed Knit Report|
|Name:||Tiger Paw Print Cushion|
|Pattern:||from Debbie Bliss Winter 2011 magazine|
|Yarn:||Grey – Patons wool blend aran, Pink – Debbie Bliss luxury donegal tweed aran|
|Pattern Problems:||Could have done with a bit more overlap for the flaps…|
|Pattern Modifications:||None – except changed to Mewsley colours|
|Washing and Wearing:||We’ll see about the washing ! Mewie likes it though…|
|Knit It Again???:||Very possibly with stash yarn|
|Difficulty:||Medium – intarsia is always a bit tricky for me.|
|Other Postings Relating To This One:||None|