The giant cat grows hair : Giant cat saga ep.2

October 26, 2010 § 4 Comments

After hours of tucking, tugging and trimming, the cat hat is finally finished. Keeping me company, was my new favourite knitting-buddy; online tv-shows. The cat hat was made while Bones fought crime and Mondo made a whimsical mexican circus inspired clothing line. It could make a girl feel like she is accomplishing very little with her needle and yarn, but when I finally put on the finished project I didn`t mind; just another red ribbon to add to my collection.Ta da!

And it provided some comic relief with a few students at school.

I was going for a calico look with the yarn colours. I`m not sure if I pulled it off, or if it looks like some strange liger-thing, made by scientists with too much time on their hands sort of creation. What do you think?

The hair is made by looping pieces of yarn through the hat base (the tight toque). I took some of the yarn ends and unraveled the twist so that it frayed. All of the yellow I did this way. I didn`t fray all the yarn because that would take FOREVER and I do have my limits ( I know, shocking, right?). When I showed the hat to my friend Hillary she said, “You could make a mean fro”. Then I looked at it and thought it would look like some strange multi-coloured fro, minus the cat ears.

Lindsay picked up some face-paint so on Saturday we will have the full cat costumes. During the party we will enjoy eating human food, taking short naps and biting people who get too friendly.

I realized after taking this photo, that cat`s don`t “rarr”, but after living in Japan, all my animal sounds have been confused. Animals don`t all speak the same language you know. In Canada, cat`s speak English and French: “meow” or “meow” (with emphasis on the nasal area). In Japan, cat`s speak Japanese: “nya, nya”. Unfortunately, as hard as I study Japanese, I have yet to understand the cats here. Maybe they speak in a street slang you can`t learn in textbooks.

With all the work that went into the cat hat, I won`t be able to just store it away in the closet until another costume party comes along. The cold weather is coming, and I know just what to wear to keep my head warm through the night in my apartment. Nya, nya, nya, nya…


giant cat saga : episode 1

October 19, 2010 § 4 Comments

A girl can be busy now and then.

I was explaining to my sister why there were no new posts on a red ribbon and I began saying that I was so busy that no crafting had been done. But that was a lie. Only after writing a few more sentences did I remember that knitting project I was working on for Halloween. Why did it not register as crafting initially, I am not sure. Maybe, because I filed it under costume in my brain and though the two categories have a lot of cross-over I just didn`t make the connection. But connect they did, and so I had the brilliant idea to share this not-so-serious, actually-very-silly side of crafting which I enjoy indulging in every so often. Because when you are busy, there has to be an outlet for the nonsensical somewhere.

This post will have several parts over the next few days before Halloween, so if you find it interesting, please check back often to see the progress. It will be like your favourite TV show having back-to-back episodes: a crafting special! Or, you could catch all the action in one sitting after Halloween and it will be like a Saturday morning cartoon smorgasbourg of crafts. I leave that up to you.

Let`s start with the inspiration. My photographer friend, Lindsay and I were spying on other crafters` photos on etsy and came across the cutest, crochetted, lion hat . Lindsay and I happen to be a little obsessed with this Japanese stop motion video of cats and their owner. There is a song and giant cats and violence…what more could we ask for?
Though I can`t remember exactly who should be credited for the idea, we decided it would be great fun to dress up as giant cats for Halloween. Of course I volunteered to use my crafting skills to make the cat hats once again sans pattern. And so the saga begins…

First, I made this beautiful swim-cap-esque toque. Some would call it a “scull cap”, but that creeps me out so, how about tight toque? Anyways, since I didn’t have a pattern, I just used the pinwheel blanket pattern and decreased around the ends to get it to curve inward. Actually, I may have to loosen it a bit, because it is a tad tight, but you get the idea.

What’s that harrowing silhouette?!

Oh, that? Well that’s a giant cat…

A giant hairless cat.

So I still have the ‘hair’ to add yet, but I do think the ears turned out quite nicely. These babies are made with mad crochet skills and are basically folded pouches. Before I stitched them on the hat I could fit my fist inside. Well, I didn’t try, but my visual-spatial skills are usually quite excellent, so I am most definitely, maybe right.

Here’s an ear close up (the best I could do, sorry!)

The ear is simply sewed onto the toque with the same yarn using a tapestry needle.


Stay tuned for episode 2: the giant cat grows hair!

These last three shots I took by putting the camera on a timer to take them in succession. The first two are decent and informative, the last one is just more nonsense. You know what they say, you go crazy if you wear cat hats for too long.

a red ribbon

October 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

For me, being creative has always had a strong connection with childhood. I remember having wild adventures in a time machine my brother and I imagined, helping my mother make chocolate-chip cookies and dressing up in a clown outfit that was too small for me along with roller skates that were too big. I was also content to spend many solitary hours in quiet meditation on a puppy dog cross-stitch or perfecting a work of art on LITE-BRITE. Crafting has continued to be an outlet for my creative whimsy. Though the forms these creations take have developed over the years, their inspiration still comes from a simpler place.

As a child, something as easy as putting a red ribbon in my hair made me feel like a princess. There is something about a red ribbon; the way it shines, the feel of its soft satin against your skin. A red ribbon is something special. This blog is a collection of creative projects from the past and present. It is a blog for my red ribbons, the little things that make me feel something more than ordinary and being the generous child that I am, I would like to share them with you.

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